Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. The invitation-only membership, composed of 28 individual chapters across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.
In 2006, LDEI developed an ambitious community service program in partnership with the National Gardening Association called Green Tables Civic Agriculture and Garden Initiative. LDEI chapters volunteer to help a variety of established garden-to-table organizations in their hometowns. Members lend their expertise to teach cooking classes, lead farm tours, and teach at-risk youth kitchen skills among other culinary-related activities.
- Education: we aim to further our knowledge and appreciation of culinary arts, agriculture, fine beverages such as wine, spirits, and beer, and hospitality
- Career advancement: we promote the education and advancement of, and offer advice and assistance to, women in careers of food, fine beverage, and hospitality
- Community: we promote community health and well being through our Green Tables efforts that support the sustainable food movement and local food and agriculture
- Philanthropy: we raise scholarship funds for women seeking to further their educations in the fields of culinary arts, agriculture, fine beverage, and hospitality
Although our chapter is relatively new, we awarded nearly $5000 in scholarships in 2017-2018 to women for education in local wine, culinary, and agricultural programs. (See our Scholarships section for information on 2019 scholarships, and our Philanthropy section for more information on our philanthropic mission.)
Our 52 Sacramento chapter members are professionals in the fields of food, wine, and hospitality. We are journalists, entrepreneurs, restauranteurs, farmers, bee-keepers, wine makers, cookbook authors, chefs, caterers, photographers, writers, educators, public relations professionals, bloggers, and community leaders.
We organize events in the Sacramento region in keeping with our stated purpose, including co-organizing the Davis Village Feast which benefits our scholarships as well as the Davis Farm to School Program.
Board of Directors
Amy Myrdal Miller — 1st VP, Member Nominations
Rachael Levine — Green Tables
Sue Huffman-Robison — Scholarship Committee
Didi Wilson & Liz Mischler — Programs & Events
Didi Wilson — Philanthropy
Debbie Arrington — Communications; Social Media
Vicki Revak — Board Member at Large
Maryellen Burns— Board Member at Large