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Mar 23

5 PM-8PM 


Olive Oil Tasting Masterclass and Aperitivo!

With master taster Nancy Ash from the Les Dames d'Escoffier - San Francisco chapter.


You will get familiar with the proper tasting techniques, learn to discern flavors and appreciate the quality of various olive oils. Come with questions!

The masterclass will be followed by a cordial gathering around a glass of Prosecco and selection of appetizers prepared exclusively for us by celebrity chef Paula Da Silva.

  • This event is open to non-members and to significant others.
  • $75 includes the masterclass, a glass of prosecco and appetizers.
  • Add an optional $10 for a chance to win 2 bottles of the latest harvest of award winning EVOO Piro, fresh from Tuscany.
  • RSVP by March 20th!

Mar 30

6 PM


TABLE TALKS WITH LES DAMES: Top 10 Food Trends of 2023 

Les Dames South Florida and The Specialty Food Association Trendspotters Discuss the Latest 10 Top Food Trends featuring Dame Marie-Charlotte Piro, Vice President of the South Florida Dames Chapter


Discover the latest food trends with Les Dames South Florida as they discuss the newest specialty food and beverage trends in more that 40 product categories with the Trendspotters from the Winter Fancy Food Show in Las Vegas. The Show had over 1,000 exhibitors featuring specialty foods and beverages from around the world.


Dame Marie-Charlotte Piro, Vice President of the South Florida Dames Chapter, is the host of the South Florida Dames Table Talk about products gaining prominence in the specialty food industry. She was an attendee at both the Summer and Winter Fancy Food Shows.


Dame Marie-Charlotte will discuss the 10 Top Trends from the 2023 Winter Fancy Food Show with the Specialty Food Association’s top Trendspotters:  Denise Purcell, Vice President, Resource Development, Specialty Food Association; and V. Sheree Williams, Founder, the Global Food and Drink Initiative, and Editor and Publisher of  Cuisine Noir.


Together they’ll highlight the unexpected twists on classics, reconceived packaging options, better-for-you indulgences and comfort foods, global flavors, and the growing interest in sustainability and ethical production.


This is a virtual event open to the public. 


5 PM 


13th Annual Tour of Kitchens 2022

May 22

5 PM-7:30 PM 


 BOOK SIGNING & CUBAN DINNER with Dame/Chef Patty Ruiz

Les Dames South Florida is hosting a 4-Course Cuban-Style Dinner Party and Book signing for Dame/Chef Patty Ruiz, celebrating the release of her new cookbook, The Essential Cuban Cookbook.
  • Art Book Room, Books & Books, Coral Gables
  • 4-Course Cuban-Style Dinner Party. Patty will be reading from her book &  personally sign her book for each person who purchases one.
  • Menu (All recipes are from Patty's book): Complimentary glass of wine; Appetizer: Camarones al Ajillo/Garlic Shrimp; Salad: Ensalada de Aguacate con Bero y Piña/Avocado, Pineapple and Watercress; Main: Ropa Vieja/Braised Shredded Beef; Side: Frijoles Negros/Cuban Black Beans and Rice; Dessert: Flan de Queso/Cream Cheese Flan; Cuban Coffee/Cafecito. 
  • Vegetarian Option: Main: Black beans and Rice, Avocados and Sweet Plantains

     2 OPTIONS: Dinner with or without purchasing the book.

  • $76.04 pp: includes dinner; service charge; Patty's Book $15; applicable taxes on book
  • $60.00 pp: includes dinner; service charge (no taxes if you are not purchasing the book).
  • RSVP to:
  • RSVP is mandatory!




 Piro olive oil tasting & light bite; Dame Marie-Charlotte Piro

Celebrating the US release of the Piro 2021 harvest

  • Special for Les Dames & other food industry professionals at her home in Miami Shores.
  • At the tasting you will meet the Piro production team, Marie-Charlotte's brother Romain, & Danile, their Master olive oil producer, who will be here from Tuscany.
  • International Women's Day is meant to uphold feminist values and celebrate womanhood to the fullest. It’s also an occasion to celebrate the great achievements of women & the meaningful contributions they’ve made to the world. 
  •  Preview YouTube video The Making of Piro.The Making of Piro

MAR 14

6 PM 


Table Talks with Les Dames - South Florida Chapter

“How to Write a Cookbook and Get it Published” 

  • Cookbooks are no longer just a niche market! Hundreds are published each year, covering a variety of subjects. Maybe you’re a writer who’s a food lover, or a great cook who loves to write, or a food blogger looking for a book deal. Writing a cookbook can be very rewarding, but the world of cookbook publishing has changed, & it can be a daunting prospect. Our experts share what to expect.

In this Table Talk, four cookbook authors & experts will discuss how to write a cookbook & find a publisher. 

  • Dame Patty Ruiz of The Mad Table, a brand inspired & created to bring people together through food, is a recently published cookbook author. Dame Patty will tell you how to write that all-important book proposal & how to find a literary agent.
  • Dame Ingrid Gangestad, owner of St. Croix Culinary Consulting, LLC, will speak of her experience with cookbook writing  creating targeted food content, including recipes, menu development & reative writing for clients. She is known for creating recipes that are on-trend & that work.
  • Cathy Swanson Wheaton, Executive Editor behind the Betty Crocker & Pillsbury books for the past six years, will share her experiences in the corporate world of cookbook writing & publishing,  Topic include: what a larger publisher is looking for in terms of an author & subject, suggestions on getting started, tips on writing your proposal, elements of a cookbook, testing recipes & photography.
  • Dame Barbara Seelig Beyer (formerly Barbara Seelig-Brown), cookbook author & teacher, has a cooking show, Stress Free Cooking (on We Cook TV,  Cablevision, Roku streaming). She will delve into self-publishing then & now, freelance editors, photography, art, print on demand,  & writing for a health organization, such as American Diabetes Association (ADA) or The American Heart Association.
  • $20 donation - proceeds to benefit scholarships.

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FEB 19

11:30 AM 



  • This Week we have a fun get-together and outdoor lunch! 
  • Dame Claire Tomlin is hosting a Farmers Market Lunch for Les Dames.
  • Las Olas Oceanside Farmers Market, 3000 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 11:30 AM Tour - 12:00 Lunch Outdoors
  • RSVP is a must so Claire knows how many to expect for table arrangements and seating. 
  • RSVP to
  • Claire will be sending a list of vendors & menu items for lunch (fresh fruit & juices, cheeses, &  more.

FEB 10

5 PM 



  • Learn about the delicious libations on the menu at Bon Vivants - the 1st true cocktail bar in the Bahamas dedicated solely to the art and history of the craft cocktail.
  • Kyle has conjured up the most amazing cocktail menu we've ever seen! 
  • Check out the website and cocktail menu here:
  • RSVP TO:

JAN 31

5 PM 



  • Dame Andrea Griffith, Head Chef at Residences at Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo.

  • Dried beans, peas & lentils (aka legumes or pulses) are a vital food source & one of the world's oldest cultivated crops dating back 7,000+ yrs globally.

  • Program: New year tradition "Healthy, wealthy & wise";  Beans & Peas in S. Traditional Cooking; Hoppin’ John (a traditionally eaten in S. USA on New Year’s Day to bring prosperity in the New year). Dating back to the early 1800s, it is made with black-eyed peas (aka cow peas), rice, & meat (usually pork, in the form of bacon or ham). The meal can also include collard greens & corn bread; Bean Cookin': Preparing beans/nutrients, 

    Fresh vs. dried; Dictionary of Beans, Peas & Lentils: The origin of beans/famous bean varieties; famous bean dishes around the world.





Hosted by LDEI & Guittard Chocolate Company

  • Dame Amy Guittard - Senior Director of Brand Marketing & 5th generation in the Guittard family business her great-great-grandfather started in 1868 - will share her passion for cocoa & chocolate. 
  • Dame Abigail Langlas - Chef / owner of Cake Works, instructor at Leeward Community College’s Culinary Arts Department, cake designer & pastry chef -will demo Mousse au Chocolat a L’Orange.
  • Dame Alexandra Leaf - Culinary educator & cookbook author with a specialty in chocolate & confectionery - will discuss the world of chocolate & focus on today’s trends & production methods.
  • Dame Kathryn Gordon - Chef-Instructor in the professional Pastry & Baking program at Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) NYC, cookbook author & co-founder of Food Startup Help - will demo a quick chocolate tempering technique, how to free-form pipe heart-shaped mendiants & decorate them with freeze-dried raspberries & strawberries, rose petals & gold leaf, in time for Valentine’s Day.
  • Recipes & Zoom link provided upon registration. 
  • $20 per peson; After registering, Guittard chocolate products will be offered at 15% off at TO REGISTER: click here






DEC 11

5 PM


La Fête Des Lumières - A Potluck Holiday Celebration  

Hosted by South Florida Dame Denise Courshon

  • Every year, the people of Lyon, the world's gastronomic capital, celebrate La Fête Des Lumières - The Festival of Light from December 8-11
  • This annual celebration is renowned for its temporary light installations which light up the city for 4 magical evenings & reconnecting with a popular tradition dating back to 1852. 
  • The people of Lyon place lit candles on their window sills, a symbol of coming together in a spirit of solidarity. 
  • We will celebrate with the food of Lyon - everyone is to bring a dish
  • Courshon Residence - 6400 Pine Tree Dr. Circle, Miami Beach
  • Outdoor seating, Max 20 people, Proof of Vaccination required 
  • Link- La Fête Des Lumières in Lyon:

    Link - Information on Lyonnais Gastronomy: - 

* RSVP required to attend!

DEC 10

DEC 11

DEC 12 


KENDRA SCOTT Give Back Event to benefit LDEI

Hosted by Kendra Scott & Dame Joi Chevalier

  • Virtual Styling Session when guest co-host Dame Joi Chevalier joins Kendra Scott co-host Joy Saunders on Friday, December 10th from 8–9pm ET. 
  • On Saturday, December 11 & Sunday, December 12 shop in person with friends & fans of LDEI at 8 select Kendra Scott stores
  • Mention LDEI at checkout &  20% of the sale will benefit LDE
  • OR relax and shop at & enter the code at checkout to benefit LDEI. 
  • All the information -
  • You can also support our new partner The Wine Group and save 15% on your order from Imagery Estate Winery ( or Benziger Family Winery ( by entering code 15LDEI at checkout.

Nov 7

4 PM


 Welcome BACK - 1st LIVE EVENT! Dinner at TUR Kitchen 

Hosted by South Florida Dame Karen Escalera

  • Les Dames South Florida are hosting a dinner to kick off our 1st in-person event
  • Sunday, November 7 at 5:00 PM with a special welcome-back cocktail at 4:00 PM. 
  • Tur Kitchen in Coral Gables - with a stylish outdoor setting.
  • Enjoy their novel menu that focuses on the Eastern Mediterranean - Turkey, Lebanon, & Israel - with their flavorful spices & different textures. They support local farms & fisheries.
  • Guests are Welcome
  • $95 per person - 3 course dinner & Welcome cocktail. (Wines by the glass),
  • 259 Giralda Avenue, Coral Gables
  • NOTE: Daylight Saving Time ends 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7th when the clock “falls back” 1 hour.




LDEI ANNUAL Conference in San Antonio - Livestream Events

  • At the LDEI Conference in San Antonio. LDEI has given all members the option to attend through Livestream Options in Central Daylight Time. For those who are not able to join the conference in San Antonio but would still like to take advantage of some of the education, LDEI is offering a live-streaming option through Vimeo. 
  • Friday/ Saturday keynote speakers & Friday/Saturday luncheon presentations will be offered via livestream. The Chapter Leadership Forum & Council of Delegates meeting will also be offered via livestream. 
  •  If you're a member, RSVP to Amy West at for instructions.

OCT 14

5 PM


 Cocktails & Conversation" 

Hosted by South Florida Dames Robyn Webb &  Stephanie Miskew

  • Join us for an intimate conversation with Dames Sheri Allen + Andrea Griffith.  
  • Sheri is a new member + Owner/Founder of Artisan Pairings by Sheri/Artisanal Touch Events. She will tell us all about many kinds of cheese, since she has several certifications on the subject - should brie amazing!
  • Andrea transferred from Savannah + is Executive Chef at Ocean Reef Residence Club in Key Largo, FL.  She will dish on what it's like to work as Exec Chef in an exclusive resort! 
  • Don't forget Patty's Cocktail of the Evening: French 75
  • Click RSVP button for the Zoom link & receive Patty's coveted cocktail recipe.

AUG 14 






Hosted by Dame Juana Franklin  & Dame Andrea Griffith


    Great news! Our 1st in-person event will be at the private Ocean Reef Club

  • 6:30 PM: Cocktails & tour of Residences7:00 PM: 3-Course Dinner - Chef's Choice by our new SF Dame, Chef Andrea Griffith, Executive Chef, Residences Club. Dame Andrea transferred to our South Florida chapter from the Savannah, GA chapter.
  • Price: $90 per person, inclusive of tax & gratuities. Cocktails & wine included.
  • RSVP:;
  • Overnight Rate: $299 + $15 service charge + taxes = Total $350 per night, with Juana's sponsorship Ocean Reef is a private club, members only! Weekend Stay: Contact Reef Rentals, ask for Nicole at 305-367-4214 Or Reef reservations 305-367-2611.

JUL 1  

 5 PM



Hosted by Wine Expert LYN FARMER!  

  • First 15 to RSVP to attend this tasting event receive a complimentary bottle of Vermentino from Tuscany’s Maremma region - graciously donated by South Florida Dame Marina Nedic and Mariana Nedic, of I.E.E.M (International Event & Exhibition Management), an agency specializing in marketing, organizing, and managing wine events.
  • There is no better person to teach you about wine! Lyn is an explorer of wine, food, art, culture, and travel! He will take us through a tasting of five Vermentinos from the fascinating Tuscan province of Grosseto in the Maremma Toscano region, a vast area in the southern part of Tuscany that extends from the slopes of Mount Amiata to the Maremma coast, the Argentarion, and the island of Giglio. The history of wine in this area dates all the way back to the Etruscans.
  • The Consorzio Tutela Vini della Maremma Toscana was established recently in 2014 after receiving DOC designation, which means “designation of controlled origin,” so you may not be familiar with it. After this, you will be! Its aim is to promote the quality of the wines and ensure that the production methods set out in the standard are followed, as well as protecting the brand and supporting its members with regard to the regulations governing the sector.
  • RSVP: click link to the right for the Zoom link 


JUN 26  

11 AM



Hosted by South Florida Dames 

  • Imagine yourself sitting at a taverna at the water’s edge on a beautiful Greek Island.  Greece’s idyllic islands are home to some of the country’s most unique foods and wines. The cuisine of the Aegean Islands offers authentic ingredients that are part of the Greek tradition: easy, delicious, and healthy recipes, embodying environmental, physical and emotional well-being. 
  • Each Aegean island has its own particular cuisine, just as each island is distinct from the others. The islands have their own customs, dialect, and ingredients that are indigenous to its specific dishes.
  • Travel with Greek food and wine expert Lisa Stavropoulos, owner of Greek Grape Tours, on a culinary experience to learn more about the food and wine of some of Greece’s most beautiful and fascinating islands. 
  • Lisa has put together a wonderful visual and culinary tour of these islands for us: Santorini, Paros, Samos, Rhodes, Crete
  • Lisa develops and leads custom wine and food tours of Greece for enthusiasts and industry professionals. She has led tours to Greece for Sonoma State University’s Executive Wine MBS Program, the Napa Valley Wine Academy, and Women for WineSense. In 2019, she received an award for “Best Wine Tour” in Greece. Lisa is a marketing professional with an MBA and over 20 years of experience in consumer marketing in several industries, including wine and consumer packaged goods.
  • Special guest speakers Zooming in from the Greek Islands: Lefki Vardikou; Samos: the sweet wines of Samos and her winery, Nopera Wines; Aphrodite Dellaporta; Mykonos, head of the Mykonos Municipal Tourism Committee, and Project Manager for Promotional Activities at International Tourism Fairs: update on travel in Greece
  • Lisa and Dame Irene Moore will have a surprise for you at the end of the Zoom!
  • RSVP: click link to the right for the Zoom link

May 1  




Kentucky Derby Party & Fundraiser! A guaranteed good time for all!

Hosted by South Florida President Irene Moore & LDEI President Judy Hollis Jones 

  • Join us on Saturday, May 1 at 6:30 PM EST via ZOOM for an exciting event! 
  • We will begin with an overview of the historic Kentucky Derby as our South Florida President Irene Moore shares personal stories of this beloved annual Southern ritual.
  • We are honored to be then joined by our LDEI President Judy Hollis Jones.
    • Judy, who is not only a Kentuckian, but an expert in everything Bourbon, will...Tell us all about Mint Juleps - you just can't go to the Derby without trying one! Take us through the intriguing process of creating THE perfect Mint Julep. Regale us with humorous and insider tales. From there, it's a lively slide show all about Kentucky Derby history, fashion, & food.  You’ll receive one of the most beloved Derby recipes, world famous Kentucky Hot Brown, in advance,  so you can enjoy it with your Mint Julep as we watch the race together! Lastly, we will compare our bets while the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest winner is chosen!
  • $10 pp/Dames, $15 pp/guests (click links)  Zoom link & recipe.
  • To purchase a hat/fascinator:

    So mark your calendar for Saturday, May 1 at 6:30 PM! We'll see ya'll then! 

* This event is our 1st official fundraiser since our live events ceased. Our primary commitment as a chapter is to provide culinary scholarship to a young woman with wishes & dreams to enter into a career in the culinary world.  Please donate! 

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APR 19  

5 PM


Special Event! "Cocktails & Conversation" Tenacity through trying times!

Hosted by South Florida Dames Robyn Webb &  Stephanie Miskew

  • Join us for an intimate conversation with Dames Natalia Levey  & Nancy Radlauer
  • Chef and restauranteur Natalia, opened a gorgeous new Asian restaurant in Sarasota on Feb. 17, 2021. Kojo is Hi Hospitality Group’s 3rd Florida venue, joining Italian seafood restaurant Speaks Clam Bar and the upcoming Central Park St. Pete Food Hall.
  • Nancy, is Bailli/President of the Greater Miami Chapter of La Chaine des Rôtisseurs, Vice-Chair of National Chaine Foundation (which supports Young Chef/Young Somm Competitions & awards scholarships in culinary, oenology, & hospitality), & is the designer & "webmistress" of our website,
  • Don't forget Patty's Cocktail of the Evening, of course.
  • Click RSVP button for the Zoom link & receive Patty's coveted cocktail recipe.

APR 3  

11 AM


Easter Brunch Celebration & Egg Strata Demo

Hosted by South Florida Dames Amy Sedeno & Patty Ruiz

  • Share in the joy of Easter in this special Zoom brunch to celebrate with Dame Amy Sedeno, who's about to deliver twins! Some of you already know Amy from her interview with Dame Robyn in "Cocktails and Conversation," but get to know her better now because soon the twins will take over her life!!
  • Dame Patty Ruiz will teach us how to make an Egg Strata, as well as brunch cocktails and mocktails. 
  • We'll talk about how the egg came to be the symbol for Easter in Christianity.
  • No fee for Dames, $10 for guests (click link) 
  • RSVP: for the Zoom link & recipe

South Florida Dame Amy Sedeno is having twins!  Please donate toward a special gift for the new family.


5 PM


Table Talks with Les Dames South Florida

Power Hour Digital Marketing Series with Ellen Marchman of Get Ink PR 


March 5 - Session 1 - What's Your Story - Build Your Most Effective Digital Footprint

  • Seminar will cover effective digital verbiage for bios, marketing blurbs, presentations & website profiles.
  • Focus: Who is your audience, How do your services benefit your audience, What makes you stand apart.
March 12 - Session 2 - Speaking Your Story - Build an Effective Content Creation Program
  • Seminar will cover Zoom training /etiquette, public speaking, building an effective content creation program.
  • Focus: Creative content to influence desired audiences, How to share your value, Effective digital platforms to publicize your craft.

March 19 - Session 3 - Distributing Your Story - How to Master Google

  • Seminar will cover building brand pages, keyword searches, conversion & the future of digital marketing.
  • Focus: Mastering multiple platforms within Google, Categories and search optimization.
Ellen Marchman has been a leader in corporate communications for 20+ years. She founded Get Ink PR in 2005, specializing in luxury hospitality, food & beverage, & wellness clientele, and teaches conscious communication & digital marketing courses nationwide.
  • Fee: $30 per session or RSVP in advance for ALL sessions & save 10% (3 sessions for $81)

MAR 27  

11 AM


Passover Celebration & Flourless Cake Demo 

Hosted by South Florida Dames Carole Kotkin & Susan Weinstein

  • Zoom cooking class with Miami Herald Culinary Columnist, Dame Carole Kotkin and her granddaughter, Julie Hirschhorn. Carole is also the Manager of the Carysfort Cooking School at the Ocean Reef Club. Many South Florida Dames have taken classes with her at the cooking school and loved them!

  • The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, as her granddaughter Julie is also a Miami Herald columnist: Her column is "No Frills Kitchen". Her real job is with the Society of Human Resources in DC as Senior Specialist Media Relations.
  • Carole and Julie will discuss the history and culture of Passover, and teach us how to make a flourless chocolate cake. You don’t have to be Jewish to love this cake! 
  • Dame Susan Weinstein & her husband Jay will explain the Passover Seder Plate and say a prayer.
  • No fee for Dames, $10 for guests (click link) 
  • RSVP: for the Zoom link & recipe

FEB 25  

5 PM