About Miami Dames

ABOUT LES DAMES D’ESCOFFIER MIAMI

The Miami Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International was founded in June 2000 under the leadership of Elizabeth Gardner Adams, of Gardner’s Market, and 13 other distinguished charter members. Our chapter has since grown to include more than 50 highly accomplished members.

To fulfill our mission, we create a supportive culture by sharing our knowledge, goods,
services and support to provide leadership, educational opportunities, career mentorship and scholarships. Through various signature fundraising events, LDE Miami funds agricultural programs in the South Florida classroom and schoolyard, awards scholarship mones to local college-bound Culinary/Agriculture female students and provides kitchen equipment and counseling services to area
women and children in need. Additionally, Miami Dames teach nutritional and culinary life-lessons as part of the community services we facilitate as volunteers. Through the support of our patrons, donors and sponsors, we’re able to accomplish our Mission and undertake this very important work throughout the year.

OUR MISSION

Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami is an organization of women leaders in food, wine, hospitality and farming that draws on our membership’s resources and skills to improve education, nutrition and quality of life in our community.

OUR WORK

To fulfill our Mission, LDE Miami creates a supportive culture by sharing our knowledge, goods, services and support to provide leadership, educational opportunities, career mentorship and scholarships. Through various signature fundraising events, LDE Miami sponsors agricultural programs in the South Florida classroom and schoolyard, awards scholarship monies to local college-bound Culinary/Ag female students and provides kitchen equipment and counseling services to area women and children in need. Additionally, Miami Dames teach nutritional and culinary life-lessons as part of the community services we facilitate as volunteers. Through the support of our patrons, donors and sponsors we are able to accomplish our Mission and undertake this very important work throughout the year.

ABOUT ESCOFFIER

escoffierThe Les Dames d’Escoffier organization takes its inspiration from our namesake Auguste Escoffier, a legendary chef and culinary innovator in his own time (1846-1935), as well as a philanthropist who marshaled his culinary resources and connections to do good things. Sadly, his son, a chef on the Titanic, went down with the ship, as did most of the kitchen staff. Dozens of widows and hundreds of fatherless children were left in the wake of this epic tragedy. Such a profound personal loss compelled Escoffier to help the shattered families survive. To this end, it is believed that he was the first chef in the world to proactively enlist food and wine as fundraising vehicles.

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