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Olive oil tasting masterclass

Olive Oil Tasting Masterclass and Aperitivo!

Please join us for a fantastic master class with the very talented Dame Nancy Ash, Master Taster and member of our 

San Francisco Chapter. 

When: Thu, March 23, 2023, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 United States

Table Talk With Les Dames: Latest 10 Top Food Trends

Les Dames South Florida and The Specialty Food Association Trendspotters Discuss the Latest 10 Top Food Trends with 

Dame Marie-Charlotte Piro, Vice President of the South Florida Dames Chapter and CEO of Olio Piro. LLC.

When: Thu, March 30, 2023, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Where: Zoom (Virtual)

Online Silent Auction: Hospitality Scholarship Fundraising

Les Dames d’Escoffier South Florida Chapter is proud to announce its first-ever culinary-focused Online Silent Auction. 

The auction, dedicated to raising funds for scholarships for aspiring culinary and hospitality students and other 

efforts that benefit the community, aims to raise $10,000 though member’s donations.

When: From Wednesday, April 12 to Sunday, April 16, 2023


What is Les Dames d’Escoffier?

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is a worldwide society of professional women of high 

achievement in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. 

Les Dames d'Escoffier: Past Present & Future

Les Dame​s d'Escof​fier International

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is the only organization of its kind.

Our Mission

To inspire, advance and support women in food, beverage and hospitality to achieve excellence in leadership and philanthropy.

Our Vision

To be the preeminent global professional association for women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, for communication and networking.

LDEI South Florida Chapter

   January 1, 2017, was the day that Les Dames South Florida’ founders announced that we were forming a new LDEI South Florida chapter. Our intention was to have members in South Florida from Palm Beach to Key West. By the end of January 2017, in only one month, we miraculously had recruited the required 15 charter members to found our new chapter! All membership applications were in and dues were paid in time for our new chapter to be ratified at an LDEI Board Meeting in February 2017. We held our inaugural chapter meeting in March 2017, and in April then LDEI President Stacy Zeigler, Atlanta chapter, and Ann Stratte, then LDEI Secretary, Washington, DC chapter, flew in to Palm Beach to welcome our new chapter to the LDEI organization. To celebrate the occasion, we hosted a classic British afternoon tea at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach. We are currently the only active LDEI chapter in the state of Florida. Our chapter is thriving with 37 members in a wide range of culinary and hospitality careers. Our membership now includes an area from our northernmost Dames in Orlando, to Fort Myers on Florida’s southwest coast, and on the southeast coast in Stuart, Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and Miami, down to the Florida Keys.   

Membership Criteria in Les Dames d’Escoffier International 

  • An influential woman leader who has achieved distinction, knowledge, excellence, and high 
professional stature in the area of food, fine beverage and/or hospitality. 

  • A minimum of 5 years of leadership experience in her chosen culinary field. 
  • Knowledge, willingness and commitment to support the Mission of LDEI, which is to further the 
advancement of education and philanthropy of women in the culinary arts for the good of the 
global community. 

  • Note: Prospective members will be reviewed on the basis of 
leadership, merit, ethical standards, and professional reputation. 

Who are the members of Les Dames d’Escoffier? 

Les Dames d’Escoffier’s membership is highly diversified, reflecting the multi-faceted fields of contemporary gastronomy. Les Dames members include women in the fields of: Food/Beverage Production/Distribution/Education: Wine & Spirits, Food Manufacturing;  Food/Beverage Sales: Retail Sales, Food Service Sales, Restaurateur, Sommelier; Food Education: Avocational Culinary Educator, Vocational Culinary Educator, Food Historian/Researcher, Culinary Tours
; Food Preparation: Chef, Pastry Chef, Personal chef, Caterer
; Food Science: Registered Dietitian, Degreed Nutritionist, Home Economist, Product Developer, Research Chef, Food Scientist; Green Tables: Farmer /Grower, Artisan Food Beverage Producer Food Systems Activist; Hospitality/Lodging: Hotel/Motel, Private Member Club, Country Club; Marketing: Public Relations, Advertising, Consumer Affairs, Marketing Professional, Events/Conference Planner; Media/Broadcast: TV Show Host/producer, Radio Show Host/Producer; Media/Print: Magazine Staff Writer/Editor, Newspaper Staff Writer/Editor, Syndicated Columnist, Freelance Writer/Editor, Internet Writer/Editor
; Public Relations: Advertising, Consumer Affairs, Marketing Professional, Events/Conference Planner; Publishing: Book Author, Book Editor/Publisher
; Recipes: Recipe Developer/Tester, Test Kitchen
; Visual Arts: Photographer, Food Stylist
. Each has a least five years’ professional experience; all have distinguished themselves in their fields. * Membership in the organization is by invitation only.


LDEI South Florida is a 501c3 organization. Through our fundraising efforts, we promote the significance of food, beverage and hospitality in all cultures with the goal of providing opportunities for education and career advancement.


Les Dames South Florida Scholarship Fund. 

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