Thank you for your interest in membership in the Sacramento Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI). With more than 40 chapters across the US, Canada, Mexico and England, our members are accomplished, committed and dynamic women—truly a diverse group of leaders and mentors.
The Sacramento Chapter of Les Dames represents women who are active in the world of food, wine, hospitality and farming throughout Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties. Each of us has worked professionally in our field for a minimum of five years. We are the women who own or run restaurants, bakeries and specialty food shops; farm for and manage local markets; make wine, cider, spirits and coffee; author cookbooks and teach classes; promote, research, write about and photograph these efforts; and so much more!
QUALIFIED CANDIDATES MUST:
- Have at least 5 years of professional experience in the food, beverage, agriculture or hospitality industry, and who have demonstrable career advancement and/or achievement
- Have a track record of active community or professional volunteerism
- Will participate actively in the work of our Chapter
- Will be an engaged part of our vibrant community
Prospective members are highly encouraged to visit the LDEI national website to learn more about LDEI’s mission, vision and guiding principles, which include philanthropy, diversity, professional excellence and more. We also invite you to use this website and our Facebook and Instagram accounts to learn more about our Sacramento Chapter.
Becoming a member of LDEI may be accomplished via two paths: nomination by a current LDEI member (a.k.a. Dame) or self-nomination. (See more details on the membership application.) Either way, your application materials must be received by close of business on Friday, May 17, 2024.
The required list of application materials includes:
- Completed and signed LDEI 2024 Membership Application
- Current resume, reflecting at least 5 years of professional experience in the food, beverage, agriculture or hospitality industry as well as career advancement and/or achievement
- Letter of nomination from a Dame OR, in the case of self-nomination, letter(s) of reference from a professional colleague
- Statement of intent detailing how you will contribute to the Chapter, including examples of other community or professional volunteerism (500 words or less)
- Brief bio (3-5 sentences)
- Signed Code of Ethics form
Please note, we often receive more applications for membership than are ultimately inducted into the Chapter each year. Application does not guarantee membership, however, every application is carefully reviewed and considered.