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, Dinner with Churchill by Cita Stelzer




Evite will be sent prior to RSVP

A colorful and eloquent look at Churchill as he has never been seen before. With fascinating new insights into the food he ate, the champagne he loved, and the important guests he charmed, this delectable volume is a sumptuous and intellectual treat.

A friend once said of Churchill “He is a man of simple tastes; he is quite easily satisfied with the best of everything.”           

But dinners for Churchill were about more than good food, excellent champagnes and Havana cigars. “Everything” included the opportunity to use the dinner table both as a stage on which to display his brilliant conversational talents, and an intimate setting in which to glean gossip and diplomatic insights, and to argue for the many policies he espoused over a long life.

In this riveting, informative and entertaining book, Stelzer draws on previously untapped material, diaries of guests, and a wide variety of other sources to tell of some of the key dinners at which Churchill presided before, during and after World War II– including the important conferences at which he used his considerable skills to attempt to persuade his allies, Franklin Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin, to fight the war according to his strategic vision.

Pot Luck to be held at the home of Millie Mattfeld-Beman, 7534 Westmoreland Avenue, St Louis, MO  63105.  Evite to follow


About Les Dames d’Escoffier International

Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is the only organization of its kind: a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. Founded in New York in 1976, the invitation-only membership has grown to 45 individual chapters across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France and Mexico, with over 2,400 members in the culinary fields. The membership is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.

Visit www.LDEI.org for more information about our international organization.

The St. Louis Chapter

Founded in 2008, Les Dames d'Escoffier St. Louis is the St. Louis, MO chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI). Our members are professional women in the food, beverage, hospitality, and related industries. All are women of achievement and leaders in their fields as well as their communities.

Our mission is to create a supportive culture in our community to achieve excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality professions.

To accomplish this, our members share knowledge, fellowship and provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropic events for the larger community. LDEI members also assist women in careers in culinary arts, nutrition, beverage management or hospitality through active mentoring and the funding of scholarships to accredited programs of study.

Membership in Les Dames d'Escoffier is limited to qualified women and is by invitation only. For more information, click here.

Global Culinary Initiative (GCI)

The Global Culinary Initiative (GCI) of the LDEI St. Louis Chapter embraces diversity through food, recognizing that food is a thread that connects cultures and its people within our communities, nation, and world.  Our GCI activities provide a “rich table” to learn, engage and nourish cultural diversity … to bridge cultural barriers … and help us serve as advocates within our community … with food and foodways as our focus and connection.

An annual highlight, GCI’s “Passport to …” is a philanthropic culinary event, celebrating the foods, flavors, and traditions of cultures in a different part of the world each year. Traditional food and beverages, ethnic music, dance, and ambiance, and attendance gifts with a cultural twist make “Passport to …” a much-anticipated public and member event. These recent culinary “journeys” have taken guests and their tastebuds to India, Peru, and Provence in France.  In 2022, “Passport to …” will travel to Morocco!  As a fund-raising event open to the public, “Passport to…” provides financial support for culinary scholarships for young women and for St. Louis area community outreach, raising over $33,000 to date. 

Do enjoy some highlights from former Passport to . . .  dinners


Green Tables

Launched in 2006 as a Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) farm-to-fork outreach initiative, Green Tables (GT) programming has explored and expanded crucial relationships between LDEI members and the farms and farmers, restaurants and chefs, kitchen tables, and home cooks who comprise their local and regional food systems. The form of these efforts has primarily been technical assistance and education, while the audiences have been quite diverse. From consumers at farmers' markets to teachers and students at K-12 schools, from culinary students and peer education among Dames about sustainable food sourcing, food waste, and much more – Green Tables has had an impact across countless Chapter communities for nearly 15 years.

Since 2008, Green Tables has been a core program for LDEI St Louis.

Our programs that highlight local farmers and food sourcing include our bi-annual Flavors in a Bag and participation in Food Day in October. The upcoming Junior Chef competition in early 2022 will pit students in an Iron Chef-style contest featuring local produce and products.

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