Welcome to the Birmingham Chapter of
Les Dames d’Escoffier International

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.

You’re invited: Our fall fundraising dinner is happening October 7!

Our annual fundraiser, Southern Soirée, is happening Sunday, October 7, from 4:30 to 7:30 at Jones Valley Teaching Farm. Tickets for the sunset dinner are available now!

  • Ally Cound
    Scholarship Recipient

  • Rebecca Klang
    Scholarship Recipient

  • Hope Etheridge
    Scholarship Recipient

  • Sydney Smith
    Scholarship Recipient

  • Lauren Bolding
    Grant Recipient

  • Diann Pilgrim
    Grant Recipient

  • Melissa Allphin
    Grant Recipient

  • Nancey Legg
    Award Recipient

  • Jones Valley Teaching Farm
    Award Recipient

Les Dames d’Escoffier International
Scholarships & High School Teacher Grants

The Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International has been pleased to offer annual scholarships for education and continuing education grants to female applicants pursuing culinary or pastry arts, farming, beverage management, hospitality, nutrition and dietetics, or agriculture coursework.

Members

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Les Dames d’Escoffier International Members