Media & News

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The Auction is LIVE!!

Our inaugural “Best Dame Auction Ever” online auction starts *NOW*, Sunday, November 12th and runs through the 19th  The proceeds from this auction benefit our Micro Grant and Scholarship programs in the St. Louis area. This program is brought to you by the St. Louis Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, a philanthropic organization of women [Read More...]

November 14, 2023

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2023 LDEI Woman of Purpose Award

Congratulations Nina! We love and all that you do!

May 10, 2023

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Donation to Unfailing Love Christian church for their holiday support of 150 families.

This 2021 holiday season, our St Louis Les Dames d’Escoffier Chapter donated goods and funds for 150 families in The Ville Collaborative. The Ville Collaborative is a group made up of various stakeholders in the Ville and Greater Ville neighborhoods. It was formed to promote communication and collaboration between people and organizations for the betterment [Read More...]

December 14, 2021

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Dame Nina Mukerjee Furstenau releases a new book!

Dame Nina Mukerjee Furstenau is the author of “Biting Through the Skin: an Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland” (Iowa, 2013) Winner of the 2014 M.F.K. Fisher Grand Prize for Excellence in Culinary Writing/ She recently completed a Fulbright study grant – a working trio to Kaldata, resulting in this new book “Green Chili and Other [Read More...]

November 9, 2021

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Dame Suzanne Corbett picked up 2 regional awards!

Dame Suzanne Corbett picked up 2 regional awards in October from the Midwest Travel Journalists Association. The awards were presenetd at the association’s Mark Twain Travel Journalist Awards held in Sanibel Island, FL. Corbett wone first place for a short story, “Catch the Louisiana Blues”. The story appeared in AAA Southern Trabeller. She also received [Read More...]

Table Talks with Les Dames: Celebrating Women’s Achievements

Elevated Irish: Celebrating St Patrick’s Day the St. Louis Way ST. LOUIS CHAPTER By Alyse K. Scaglione Martha Kemper and Whitney Linsenmeyer kicked off our March 9 event with some helpful Zoom etiquette followed by a magnificent lecture on the Irish presence and celebrations in St. Louis. We rolled into our filmed demonstrations; chef/owner Grace [Read More...]

July 6, 2021

Dames Dietitians Take the Lead

CONNIE DIEKMAN, M.ED., RD, CSSD, LD, FADA (St. Louis Chapter) Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics Connie Diekman’s career has been diverse, starting as a registered dietitian in a research study, then providing nutrition consults to businesses, government agencies, fitness facilities, and ultimately, to the campus of Washington University in [Read More...]

Virtual Connections

As we will not be connecting in person for the foreseeable future, we are working on and implementing alternative ways to stay in touch. We miss nothing more than our programs and get-togeth­ers! Our chapter connects with monthly Zoom “Dames Who Drink” happy hours, and our Dames “Food Lit” Book Group is meeting more frequently. [Read More...]

June 7, 2021

Macaroon Master Class

On July 28, Alyse Scaglione hosted a Zoom “Macaron Master Class” for her St Louis Chapter accompanied by her assistant, Heather Barrett. The word “macaron” comes from the Italian word, maccherone (“fine dough”). It’s thought that the maca­ron cookie originated in Italy and was brought to France as early as 1533 by Catherine di Medici, [Read More...]

LDEI Fontbonne University Scholarship Program

On September 23, 2020, St. Louis inducted two dynamic new members into our chapter. In addition, we also introduced the first recipient of our Fontbonne University Marching Scholarship Program. While different from our previous inductions as this was a Zoom meeting, we did offer optional gourmet take-out from a Dames-owned catering business. And to add [Read More...]