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.

 

Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger
Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger

Dames Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger founders and operators of the Border Grill Restaurants seen here with the legendary Julia Child.

Dames Receive 2018 Julia Child Award
Dames Receive 2018 Julia Child Award

Dames Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger received the 2018 Julia Child Award from the Julia Child Foundation! They are the first women to receive the award and the first team.

2017 LDEI Newport Beach Conference
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.

Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger
Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger

Dames Mary Sue Milliken & Susan Feniger founders and operators of the Border Grill Restaurants seen here with the legendary Julia Child.

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OUR MISSION

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.

 

 

OUR VISION

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.