The Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is an organization made up of professional women involved in the food, beverage and hospitality industries.  Membership is by invitation only.



Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. The by-invitation membership, composed of over 2,400 members in 42 chapters in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.




LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality fields.


To promote high standards in the supply, preparation, and service of food, wine, and other beverages.

To mentor and network with fellow members in matters pertaining to food wine and hospitality. 


To raise funds year-round for Culinary Scholarships and other worthy causes.

2017 LDEI Newport Beach Conference

Panelists for Session #6: Can I Stop Now? Embracing Life's Next Chapter. Dame Cathy Thomas, Dame Ina Pinkney & Dame Patti Londre.