Les Dames d'Escoffier St Louis Chapter


We are pleased to invite the St Louis Chapter Dames to our 2022 New Member Induction and Scholarship Recognition Dinner.

This year the Dinner will be held at the beautifully renovated Meadowbrook Country Club where Dame Alyse Scaglione is the pastry chef.

In working with Alyse and the staff at Meadowbrook, we know that this will be an exceptional and fun evening for our Chapter as we introduce and welcome our new members.

Come join in the celebration!!

**CANCELLED** Les Dames STL Food Lit 📙 Book Group Potluck🥘 

A Culinary History of Missouri: Foodways & Iconic Dishes of the
Show-Me State by Dame Suzanne Corbett

Join us for an interesting evening when historian and culinary writer Dame Suzanne Corbett leads us in discussion about her most recent book. Missouri's history is best told through food, from its Native American and later French colonial roots to the country first viticultural area. Highlights of the book include the state's vibrant barbecue culture, the evolution of iconic dishes such as Kansas City burnt ends, St Louis gooey butter cake and Springfield cashew chicken. We'll discuss how hardscrabble Ozark farmers launched a tomato canning industry and how a financially strapped widow, Irma Rombauer, would forever
change how cookbooks were written. Suzanne also included more than eighty historical recipes in her book, capturing a taste of Missouri's history that spans more than two hundred years .

** Dames Only Event **

Annual STL Dames Meeting

**Dames Only Event**

What a joy to work with a couple of our newest Dames - Meredith Barry, Co-Owner Platypus and Bridget Bitza, Vice President of Sales & Catering for Butler’s pantry!  

I want to thank them both for their great planning and flexibility!  I hope you can all join me in celebrating the New Year, experiencing Meredith's new venue and sampling the wonderful creations of Butler's Pantry (and a couple of specialties from Platypus) at our Annual Meeting on February 8.   

Meet your new Board and Committee Chairs.  Catch up on all their exciting plans for the new year.  Looking forward to see you all there! 

RSVP with payment no later than Saturday FEB 5th, 2022

**CANCELLED** – Dames Event – Kaldi’s Roastery Tour

**Dames Only Event**

Take a mid-day break (also known as a “fika” in the Swedish culture) and
join us for a tour of Kaldi’s, a prominent local coffee roastery. We will learn
about coffee and what makes Kaldi’s so special through a cupping
(tasting) designed just for our Dames. We will try to find a place for lunch
nearby for those interested after the tour.

Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. and Roastery, 3983 Gratiot St., St. Louis, MO 63110
There is guest parking on site

  • Dames only (due to COVID restrictions) – Attendance limit of 15 dames
  • Vaccination and mask will be required to attend
  • No cost for the tour; lunch on your own if you decide to join

RSVP by Wed 02/02/22

Due to the Omicron variant, we will confirm that the event is “on” to the Dames that register by Wednesday, 2/2/22. We appreciate your flexibility as we attempt to have an in-person event for our members.

Holiday! Celebrate! – (members only event)

St Louis Dames! Let's celebrate this holiday season together with our annual Pot Luck!

Join us for a festive holiday potluck at Joan Long's home
(she's back downtown!)
It's been quite a Covid stretch, and we're all anxious to get together and
catch up. There's no better time than our annual holiday fete!

Please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert!

Please RSVP through the EVITE Invitation COMING SOON!

Joan has recently converted part of her home into an Airbnb, and
would be happy to accommodate any Dame as her guest, coming from
a distance. Her lodging can comfortably sleep 9 Dames.
If interested, please contact Joan directly

This holiday season, the St Louis  Dames will again support The Ville Collaborative Christmas party by contributing household items for their family baskets. 

We were super generous in 2020, and the Collaborative was more than grateful for our donation and efforts. Below is a list of items that they need. 

The Collaborative makes baskets for 150 families. Please give as little or as much as you can. 

What they need to fill baskets with:

  • Blankets/throws
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand Soap
  • Bath Soap
  • Dish Detergent
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Lotion
  • Kleenex
  • Hand Sanitizer

If it is easier, we are also accepting monetary donations. You may bring your donations to the Holiday Party.  If you cannot attend, please contact Millie to set up a time with her for delivery of your items.

Thanksgiving Supper Wine Pairing

Les Dames d'Escoffier St Louis is getting together to make a better Thanksgiving Dinner!

Enjoy a cocktail and wine tasting hosted by Dames Dana Eliason, Denise Mueller and Liz Engelsmann. We’re hoping to make your Thanksgiving meal beverage menu a breeze. 

Come try a cocktail and taste four wines that are ideal
pairings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Wines and spirits used to mix the
cocktail will be available for purchase at the event

Also a charcuterie plate and a short cooking demo of an easy Thanksgiving-appropriate dish is also included. 

No Cost for Admission.

This is a Member's Only Event

Dames Who Drink – OCT 2021

We are better in person!

Join us MONDAY OCT 11, from 5-7pm at Olive and Oak on the Patio!

Olive + Oak Patio, 216 W Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119

This is a Member's Only Event

2021 Induction Dinner

There is no better time for the St Louis Dames to get together than at our 2021 Induction Dinner.  We will be honoring a new Dame, as well as two Dames who were inducted virtually last year. It will be great to fete all our new Dames in person!

Our celebration dinner will be held at Spazio Westport.  This unique banquet space is managed by Russo's Catering, and has provided over 50 years of award-winning catering in the St. Louis area 

When:           Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Time:             6:00 pm (Cash bar opens at 5:30 for cocktails)

Where:          Spazio Westport

                      12031 Lackland Road

                      St Louis, MO  63146

Cost:              $55 per person includes light appetizers, three-course seated meal, and a glass of wine with dinner

Please join us for this memorable evening!

Food Lit Book Club, The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Potluck dinner at the home of Marilyn Freundlich

320 Kendall Ridge Court

 Chesterfield, MO 63017

Evite will be sent prior to RSVP


From the bestselling author of The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir comes an unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives.

Two years into World War II, Britain is feeling her losses: The Nazis have won battles, the Blitz has destroyed cities, and U-boats have cut off the supply of food. In an effort to help housewives with food rationing, a BBC radio program called The Kitchen Front is holding a cooking contest—and the grand prize is a job as the program’s first-ever female co-host. For four very different women, winning the competition would present a crucial chance to change their lives.

For a young widow, it’s a chance to pay off her husband’s debts and keep a roof over her children’s heads. For a kitchen maid, it’s a chance to leave servitude and find freedom. For a lady of the manor, it’s a chance to escape her wealthy husband’s increasingly hostile behavior. And for a trained chef, it’s a chance to challenge the men at the top of her profession.

These four women are giving the competition their all—even if that sometimes means bending the rules. But with so much at stake, will the contest that aims to bring the community together only serve to break it apart?

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