Les Dames d’Escoffier is a dining and philanthropic society that was formed in 1959. It was then known to be an all male group that would soon change in the early 1970’s when Carol Brock, Sunday food editor at the New York Daily News set out to create the first organization inspired by the Boston Les Dames Des Amis d’Escorrier. Carol pulled together a task force consisting of five other influential women food professionals. In 1985 after five chapters had been established, (New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas and Philadelphia) their presidents met in New York to form Les Dames d’Escoffier International. As of September 2017, LDEI is comprised of 40 chapters in the U.S., Canada, the united Kingdom, and Mexico and has over 2’300 members.
I was invited to cover an amazing event sponsored by Les Dames to raise scholarship money for some lucky and deserving students around Atlanta.
I would arrive to see an array of goods to auction off to raise money, a variety of wines from local vineyards, as well as many well known restaurants displaying their feature dishes.
I head on over to collect my wine glass so that the tasting could commence. I search for vegetarian/vegan options and with so much to take in there has to be something here for me and vegans alike. The wine selection is endless, reds, rose’s, whites, and ports. El Jimador, Tito’s Vodka and Sweet Water has beer to cool us off on this sunny hot day.
I grab some pictures of the amazing cakes that are on display. Beauty in every aspect.
The crowd here seems to be equally as happy as I am to taste endless wine and food. The buzz in the air is all about restaurants that are familiar to many and what wine is a favorite.
I run into some familiar faces whether it’s PR or a well known chef. I scope out what is being offered from kale wraps, to pickled beets, to sushi.
I indulge is some Rose’s that are clean and crisp to my palate. Meanwhile El Jimador decided to tickle their Tequila with a splash of pomegranate juice and some fresh ginger……… Absolutely delicious.
There’s a lot of ground to cover and as I make my way around I spot Four Roses Bourbon, one of my favorite Bourbon brands. I recognize the bar tenders that are mixing up some cocktails from Black Restaurant Week and make myself known.
I also run into Lasheeda Perry, the Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta. She says hello with her intoxicating smile and we chat a while about her position.
I make my way over to the ice cream. Who wouldn’t want ice cream at this point, I’ve been walking around for about an hour now and the Georgia heat is not forgiving. This treat delicious and creamy. I take a seat at a table and take in the sounds of the band playing Jazz as a beautiful voice sings to the sweet sweet tunes.
I think it’s time to part from all that I had a chance to take in today. Great food paired with amazing wines and wonderful people. We were blessed with Sun filled skies and a cool occasional breeze…….
Many thanks to Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta for hosting such and awesome event and allowing me to tell my story. tI was an amazing experience and I look forward to may more to come.
Disclosure: I was not paid to write this story and all words that are written are mine…..
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attached are some videos from the event…..