The Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is an organization of resident leaders and experts in the food and beverage industries, and we are dedicated to growing, creating, promoting, and sharing our local food culture.
We founded our group in 2013 with 55 members—making it one of the largest initial memberships in the history of the organization. We are chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food writers and editors, registered dietitians, food photographers, food and prop stylists, winemakers and wine-industry professionals, food publicists, food-service professionals, culinary educators, and hospitality executives.
We are dedicated to creating a culture in our community that fosters excellence, and we are committed to sharing what we know through educational and charitable activities. Each fall, we host a sunset fundraising dinner, Southern Soirée. The money we raise is awarded to students, teachers, companies, and organizations in the Birmingham area to support their education, fund projects for their students, help local food businesses grow, and assist local non-profits to continue their work in the community.
We are steadfast and enthusiastic advocates for our local food community and seek always to celebrate its diversity, uniqueness, and time-honored traditions.