LDEI Atlanta Chapter Event - New Member Introductions Event
6:30 pm18:30

LDEI Atlanta Chapter Event - New Member Introductions Event

  • King Plow

New Dames Introduction Reception

Join us as we welcome the outstanding women to the Les Dames d'Escoffier Atlanta Chapter Class of 2017.

  • Lelia Bryan Co-Owner, Vino Venue & Atlanta Wine School

  • Mallory deGolian, Food Stylist and Culinary Producer

  • Shirley Hughes, Owner, Sweet Treats

  • Natalie Keng, Owner/Founder, Chinese Southern Belle

  • Mandy Landefeld, Lifestyle Expert/Founder, Sumptuous Living

  • Denise L. Pickett-Bernard, PhD, RDN, LDN, Assistant Dean of Nutrition, Life University

  • Sarah O'Brien, Owner, Little Tart Bakeshop

  • Susan Pavlin, Founder, Global Growers & The Common Market Georgia

  • Christy Simo, Editor, Restaurant Informer Magazine, Executive Editor, Georgia Trend Magazine

A very special thank you to the Class of 2016 for their support and enthusiasm in coordinating this event.

Hors d'oeuvres, Wine, Beer and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Included. Click HERE to view the complete menu.


This is a Dames-only event.

Registration Fee:

$45.00 by June 6th

$55.00 after June 6th



Complimentary valet parking provided at King Plow Arts Center.


Register Now!


Wholesome Wave Georgia Picnic in the Park
1:00 pm13:00

Wholesome Wave Georgia Picnic in the Park

  • Historic Fourth Ward Park

You're Invited to Picnic in the Park benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia on May 7th.

On May 7, guests will join together for a Sunday afternoon picnic benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia (WWG). Some of Atlanta's favorite chefs and restaurants will provide picnic baskets to be shared among guests as they dine al fresco, while enjoying beer and wine, live music, dancing, lawn games, and the beautiful scenery of Atlanta's public parks. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on gourmet picnic baskets and win prizes provided by local chefs and restaurants. Tickets are $35 for a two-person picnic basket and $70 for a four-person basket. This annual event aims to raise community awareness of and funds for Wholesome Wave Georgia, an organization that believes that all Georgians should have access to fresh, wholesome and locally-grown food. For more information and to purchase tickets please click here.

LDEI - Annual Business Meeting
6:30 pm18:30

LDEI - Annual Business Meeting

Join us for our Annual Business Meeting and some Farmers Market Fun!

Now in its eleventh year, Peachtree Road Farmers Market is a leader in the community. PRFM is the largest producer-only farmers market in the state. Producer-only means that everything at the Market has been grown, raised, or made by the seller, ensuring fair prices for both the vendors and the consumers.

Dame Lauren Carey at Peachtree Road Farmers Market is buying each Dames first beer from the Wrecking Bar and giving $5 of market money toward whatever each Dame wishes to buy at the market for dinner. Dames will get a coupon from the market tent to use for their beer and market purchases.

There are 20-25 vendors each Wednesday with a variety of dinner options including but not limited to: S&J’s Wood Fired Pizza, Heritage Farm proteins grilled on a Big Green egg, whole grain salads, Crepe Masters, Flora & Flour savory biscuit sandwiches, Little Tart Bakeshop, King of Pops and Taco Wednesdays by our own Dame Jenn Robbins.

Bring your shopping bags and visit the market which opens at 4:30 PM on Wednesdays. Pick up your beer & food coupon at the market tent, purchase your supper and make your way to Child Hall for our meeting that will begin at 6:30 PM with drinks & supper followed by our meeting and our great chapter raffle.

Please REGISTER by Wednesday, April 26th.
Contact Dame Laureen Herzig with any questions at Chef@peacelovefood.com or 678-596-0811

LDEI Atlanta Chapter Green Tables Event & Exhibit
6:30 pm18:30

LDEI Atlanta Chapter Green Tables Event & Exhibit

  • Museum of Design

Green Tables Event & Exhibit at Museum of Design Atlanta Food by Design: Sustaining the Future – Wednesday, April 26th 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Dames & Guests Event

An evening to celebrate and experience a peek into the future of food by design with innovations in sustainable food and agriculture. The event will also include an exciting raffle that features culinary inspired products and experiences. Atlanta, Georgia Green Tables Mission: Les Dames d’Escoffier, Atlanta Green Table’s initiative mission is to inspire and promote a community table, whose centerpiece is focused on whole, local, and sustainable food.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors:  MODA, Proof of the Pudding, Trouble Makers Incorporated, peace love food, LLC, Loliware, Thirteenth Colony Distilleries, Daufuskie Island Rum, Inland Seafood and Moore Farms and Friends, Empire Distributors, Southern Sky Brewing

Registration includes: Exhibit viewing, locally crafted & sourced appetizers, beer, wine and a signature cocktail

Registration Fees:
Early Dame Registration $55 – Fully paid registration by April 12th
Early Guest Registration $65 – Fully paid registration by April 12th

Dame On-site Registration $65
Guest On-site Registration $75

Early registration closes on April 12, 2017. Event can accommodate up to 150 people.



Passed Appetizers
Seared Scallop Cone
Celery, Red Peppers, Cajun Aioli
Edible Savory Cone
Herb Rolled Falafal Meatball
Carrot Pesto Sauce
Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese
Goji Crisp, Fried Basil

Stations Reception - Chef Attended

Tuna Poke
Blue Fin Tuna, Shoyu, Sesame Oil,
Caramelized Pineapple, Macadamia Nuts On Bed of
Seaweed Salad

Faux Poke
Crispy Tofu, Avocado, White + Black Sesame Seeds,
Mango, Coconut Tamari Aioli,
On a Bed of Brown Rice

Chef Vagn's Vegetable Garden
Coconut Curry Baked Turnips
Pickled Carnival Cauliflower
Lemon Zested Fingerling Potatoes
Roasted Heirloom Carrots
White Balsamic Marinated Cremini Mushrooms
Maple Roasted Acorn Squash
Petite Syrah Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Mason Jar Skinny Salads

Spring Berry Kale
Kale, Slivered Radishes, Seasonal Berries, Goat Cheese
Crumbles, Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

The Greek
Baby Romaine, Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, Red
Onions, Pepperoncinis, Lemon-Oregano Vinaigrette

Layered Cobb
Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Roasted Corn, Hard Boiled
Eggs, Arugula, Watercress, Green Goddess Dressing

Nitrogen Ice Pops - Chef Attended
Where Desserts, Fun, and Science Meet!
Orange Anglaise
Vanilla Bean Anglaise
Chocolate Ganache
Fresh Berries
Assorted Sugars


White Oak Pastures Workshop Event
Apr 21

White Oak Pastures Workshop Event

On April 18-21, White Oak Pastures will be hosting a holistic management workshop, hosted by The Savory Institute and White Oak Pastures led by Spencer Smith. 

Workshop Highlights:

  • Minimize input costs and increase profit using Holistic Management alone
  • Create healthy soil that increases crop yields and forage production
  • Read the land and identify ecosystem processes
  • Use Holistic Planned Grazing to improve soil fertility

To learn more about this event and to attend, and check out other events hosted by White Oak Pastures, visit their Tours and Events page on their website, or you can reach out directly to Jodi Benoit at 1-229-220-4614.

This is not an event hosted by LDEI Atlanta Chapter.

The Cook's Warehouse Workshop Event
10:00 am10:00

The Cook's Warehouse Workshop Event

Dianne Jacob, the 2016 Grand-Prize Winner of the Les Dames d’Escoffier International M.F.K. Fisher Award for Excellence in Culinary Writing, will be leading a one-day food writing workshop at The Cook’s Warehouse on Saturday, April 8.  

"The Meaning of Mangoes" was selected as the 2016 grand-prize winner and the internet category winner. Dianne’s winning article, chosen from among 80 entries, is about her parents longing for mangoes after they escaped the Communist revolution in China. Her article was posted on Lucky Peach, David Chang's Internet magazine at luckypeach.com

As always, members of Les Dames receive a 15% discount on class registration fees at The Cook’s Warehouse, use discount code “LesDames15”.

 Food Writing for Food Lovers
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Dianne Jacob
Are you a food enthusiast who loves to write, cook and eat? Do you devour food magazines and cookbooks in bed, or secretly dream of whipping up your own cookbook or blog? This overview class will give you a taste of food writing in many variations: personal essay, blogging, recipe writing, and how to get a cookbook published. Writing exercises and an interactive classroom style will make the time fly by. Instructor Dianne Jacob will lead you through a day designed to bring your simmering creativity and style to a boil, beginning with exercises on the senses, memory, and place. We’ll start the day with a light breakfast and coffee, take a midday break for lunch (lunch is provided), and the workshop will conclude with a short wine & cheese reception. Dianne Jacob is a coach and speaker specializing in food writing. She is the author of the multiple award-winning Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Memoir, Recipes, and More. She co-authored two cookbooks with chef Craig Priebe: The United States of Pizza and Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas. Dianne has been published in Best Food Writing 2016, Writer’s Digest, The San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere, and has won two national awards for an essay in Lucky Peach. She has also judged cookbook awards for the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She blogs about food writing at Will Write for Food at www.diannej.com/b.

Register here! Or call 404-815-4993 to register by phone.

This is not an event hosted by LDEI Atlanta Chapter.

Dames Who Play In The Kitchen
2:00 pm14:00

Dames Who Play In The Kitchen

  • The Beautiful Briny Sea

This Dame only event was the dream of our late Dame Leah Bruckner. It is meant to be a small gathering of Dames, learning, sharing and inspiring each other.

Who: Complimentary event; open to 25 Dames only
When: Sunday, March 26th 2-4pm
Where:  The Beautiful Briny Sea's Production Kitchen
Hosted by: Dames Suzi Sheffield & Lauren Carey
Bring:  Your own beverage/wine

What:  An educational session about salt- how it is harvested and the various ways it influences the flavors of cheeses, pickles and fermented goods (which we will taste).  This session with be led by certified cheese expert Hannah Thompson.  

Following we will have a Dames playing in the kitchen time for each Dame to make her own custom salt blend.

Please RSVP to laurencarey@peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com if you are interested in attending by March 23rd. Space is limited to 25 Dames.

Dinner & A Movie - Know Your Farmer – Know Your Food Celebrating the Good Food Movement
6:30 pm18:30

Dinner & A Movie - Know Your Farmer – Know Your Food Celebrating the Good Food Movement

  • Stone Ridge Event Center

Les Dames d'Escoffier Atlanta 12th Annual Dinner & a Movie Event

The Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International invites you to join us at our 12th Annual Dinner and a Movie Event. Dame Cathy Conway and Dame Ashley Mitchell of Avalon Catering are creating an exceptional evening of food and film which will also include an exciting raffle that features culinary inspired products and experiences. This promises to be an exciting evening with cocktail fare and a BYOB self-serve bar.

We will be showing two movies:
National documentary by Patagonia Provisions  - Unbroken Ground
Southern Foodways Alliance short film by Joe York – The Flavor Savor

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
at the Stone Ridge Event Center

$40 - Dames (Members - by March 15th)
$50 Dames (Members - after March 15th)

$45 - Guests (Non-Members - by March 15th)
$55 - Guests (Non-Member - after March 15th)

Complimentary parking at the Stone Ridge Event Center

REGISTER NOW! Attendance is limited to 125.

1:00 pm13:00

February Chapter Meeting and Atlanta Community Food Bank Volunteer Project

  • Atlanta Community Food Bank

Join fellow Atlanta Dames as we support ACFB in their efforts to fight hunger. The Atlanta Community Food Bank relies on more than 15,000 volunteers every year in various capacities. 

Our assistance in the Product Rescue Center will begin at 1:00 PM followed by our February chapter meeting and potluck roundtable to meet our 2017 board members. If you are unable to join us for the volunteer session all are invited to the meeting beginning at 4:30 PM.

We have committed to 40 volunteer slots - so please do not delay in registering.

Your volunteer commitment is an important step in the fight against hunger.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - Registration Deadline is Janaury 24th
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
1:00 to 4:00 pm - Atlanta Dames Volunteer
4:30 to 7:00 pm - Meet Your Board Chapter Potluck Roundtable

Atlanta Community Food Bank
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd, NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

This event is complimentary for Dames

Dress Code: Closed-toe and closed-heel shoes are required, with sneakers or work boots recommended. Flips flops, sandals or heeled shoes are not allowed. Please wear comfortable clothing you do not mind getting a bit rumpled. 

Parking Information: Upon arrival into the main entrance (look for the big high sign with the Atlanta Community Food Bank orange peach logo), the parking lot will be to your left (on a slight hill). After exiting your vehicle, look left for the fence covered walkway (affectionately known as "the cage") with the Product Rescue Center Volunteers sign. Follow the fenced walkway to the PRC door.

The Atlanta Community Food Bank will provide support to inspect, sort, and pack quality grocery donations to prepare for distribution to almost 700 partner agencies across Georgia. With 1 in every 5 Georgians and 1 in 4 Georgia children at risk of hunger, it takes caring folks like YOU to bridge the meal gap. Your time is deeply appreciated and urgently needed.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - Registration Deadline is January 24th

Culinary Futures
5:30 pm17:30

Culinary Futures

Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
at The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta - Plaza Room
181 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

$60 - Dames (Members)
$80 - Guests (Non-Members)
Special Event Valet Parking Rate of $14 at The Ritz-Carlton

Attendance is Limited to 125

The Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International invites you to join us for our Annual Culinary Futures Event on January 12, 2017. The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, has created a memorable culinary experience for this year's one-of-a-kind cocktail party and fundraiser. View the menu.
Along with honoring our Aspiring Culinarian Scholarship recipients, Jordan Fessehaie - 2014, Eboni Hughes - 2015 and Makenzi Petrin - 2016, the evening will include an exciting raffle for culinary inspired products and experiences.

Proceeds from this evening benefit one female high school senior pursuing a degree in Culinary Arts, Hospitality or related fields. Our need-based Aspiring Culinarian scholarship would not be possible without your support. Thanks to Culinary Futures attendees and sponsors, each year we are able to help make one young woman's dreams come true.

Ticket price includes access to The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at AmericasMart Atlanta for Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15.

Sponsored by: AmericasMart, The Ritz-Carlton, The Cook’s Warehouse, Harold Import Company, Dugan Bliss, GoVino, Trudeau Corporation, Jura

2016 LDEI Atlanta Scholarship Recipients

2016 LDEI Atlanta Scholarship Recipients

6:00 pm18:00

December Chapter Meeting - Home for the Holidays

When: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Dame Melissa Bunnen’s Home
413 Manor Ridge Drive NW Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Parking is available on the street – we highly encourage using UBER or Lyft.
Cost: Complimentary Dames-Only Event -  Please bring a dish to share and your choice of beverage. 

The Atlanta Chapter of LDEI celebrates its annual Home for the Holidays event at Dame Melissa Bunnen’s home. Please join us for our final event in 2016 by bringing a festive potluck dish and your choice of beverage.

In the true spirit of giving during the holidays we ask that you also bring a check made payable to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Your generosity assists the ACFB in their work to end hunger in our community.

2:00 pm14:00

Dames Who Play in the Kitchen: Dames Who Decorate Cookies!

When: Sunday, December 4, 3:00-5:00 PM
Where: Home of Dame Doris Koplin
Cost: Complimentary
 Dames-Only Event

We will be rolling, cutting, baking, decorating....and eating wonderful holiday cookies from dreidels to Christmas trees.  This is limited to the first 10 people that sign up. Once we have our attendee list, we will send out the assignments of what to bring from cookie dough and decorations to wine and cheese. We will also decide where we should donate our homemade cookies.

RSVP to Dame Stacy Zeigler at szeigler@boldamerican.com 

6:00 pm18:00

LDEI Atlanta Chapter November Meeting: New Year Networking and Global Culinary Initiative Dinner

What: A Taste of India
When: Tuesday, November 15, 6:00-8:00 PM
Where: Bhojanic Restaurant The Shops Around Lenox 3400 Around Lenox Road #201, 
Atlanta, GA 30326
Cost: $40.00
This is a Dames-Only Event. Complimentary parking.

Dame Archna Malhotra Becker will lead attendees through a delicious and informative Taste of India. Prepare to explore the history, heritage and food traditions of India. 
View the menuView Archna's Bio.

Click here to register. 

Attendance is limited to 40 and registration deadline is November 9!

Dame Archna Becker

Dame Archna Becker

7:00 pm19:00

Thanksgiving with Les Dames d'Escoffier Simple Abundance Class Benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank

What: LDEI Atlanta Chapter's Annual Simple Abundance Cooking Class Benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank
When: Monday, November 14 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: The Cook's Warehouse Midtown
1544 Piedmont Road, Suite 403-R
30324 Atlanta, GA
Cost: $75
Click here to register

LDEI has been a long-time friend of the Food Bank. On November 14, 5 Dames (we're working on more!) - Chefs Virginia WillisRebecca LangHolly ChuteTamie CookVanessa McIntyre and Pastry Chef Ami Dand - return to Simple Abundance to help attendees pull off the perfect Thanksgiving feast by each demonstrating how to make a delicious dish to add to your holiday meal. 

Menu: Sparkling Pomegranate Punch, Goat Cheese and Roasted Grape Crostini, Wild Mushroom Soup, Fall Harvest Salad, Herb Roast Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy, Bourbon Collard Saute, Honey Lemon Roasted Sweet Potatoes, and Pumpkin Cheesecake on Gingersnap Crust. Evening includes wine tastings and a chance to win tasty door prizes. 

1:00 pm13:00

16th Annual Afternoon in the Country


Sunday November 6, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
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Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club
8000 Capps Ferry Road
Douglasville, GA 30165  

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Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International 
Sue Anne Morgan - Event Producer - ideaLand


Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 6th! 

EXCITING NEWS: Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International will host its 16th Annual Afternoon in the Country at FOXHALL RESORT & SPORTING CLUB on Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm. 

Chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants, paired with our area’s best farms will be set up in a tasting format alongside fine wines and premium micro-brews--all under festive big-top tents on the expansive and pristine lawns of Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club just 35 minutes from downtown Atlanta near Douglasville.  Other highlights include:  Live music, a one-of-a-kind cake raffle featuring sweets from Atlanta's top pastry chefs and an expansive silent auction offering exclusive dining and travel packages and food and wine merchandise.
Please note: There are no children's activities planned this year at our new venue.

Purchase your tickets today and celebrate the 16th Annual Afternoon in the Country with the Atlanta Dames. You can also download the Afternoon in the Country APP on your iphone or smartphone to get more information on this year's event.

For more information on our new venue, Foxhall Resort & Sporting Club, visit www.foxhallresort.com.

Our 2016 Participants Included...

Alma Cocina, Aria, Athens Tech Culinary Students, Atlas, Avalon Catering, Bar Margot, Beetlecat, Bellina Alimentari , Bhojanic, Bistro Niko, Bocado, Bold American Events, Botiwalla, CaJa Popcorn, Canoe Restaurant, Cape Dutch, Century House Tavern, Chai Pani Decatur, Chicken and the Egg, Cockentrice, Colletta, Common Quarter, Cooks & Soldiers, Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse, Del Frisco's Grill, Delia's Chicken Sausage Stand, Double Zero Napoletana, Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar, Ecco, Fairywood Thicket, Farm Burger, Foundation Social Eatery, Georgia Grown / Department of Agriculture, High Road Craft Ice Cream, Inc., Holeman & Finch, Il Giallo Osteria & Bar, JP Atlanta, King + Duke, KR Steakbar, Kyma, Le Bilboquet, Livingston, Local Three, Marcel , Marlow's Tavern, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, Murphy's, Muss & Turner's, No. 246, Oak Steakhouse, ONE. midtown kitchen, Ormsby's, Pricci, Proof, Proof of the Pudding, Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar, Saltyard, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Seven Lamps, Soiree Catering and Events, South Main Kitchen, Sun in my Belly, Sweet Grass Dairy, Tavernpointe Kitchen & bar, The Brasserie and Neighborhood Cafe at PARISH, The Café at Linton's in the Garden, The Farmhouse at Serenbe, The General Muir, The General Muir Bread, The Hil Restaurant, The Mercury, The Paddock at Foxhall, The Pinewood, The Spotted Trotter, TWO urban licks, urban foodie feed store kitchen & bar, W. H. Stiles Fish Camp, Wahoo! Grill, Watershed on Peachtree, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails and Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Adelsheim, Blue Durango Teas, Bombay Sapphire, City Winery, Classical Wines, Don Julio, FIJI water, Four Roses Bourbon, Georgia Crown, Grain Cocktail Bar, Korbin Kameron, Laetitia Vineyards, Lakehouse Coffee , Laureate Imports Co., Mile Post, ORR Selections, Prestige Wine Imports, Proof Cocktail Syrups, Quality Wine and Spirits , R. Stuart & Company, Stellar Selections, Stem Wine Bar, Ste-Michelle Wine Estates, SweetWater Brewing Co., Tito's Vodka, Unum Wine Cellars, Winesellers Ltd. and Wrecking Bar Brew Pub

Ashland Farms, Atlanta Harvest, Baker Farms, Bes Made Garden, Bobby Britt, Brasstown Beef, Brush Creek Farms, Carolina Heritage Farm, Crager Hager Farm, Crystal Farms, Crystal Organic, Decimal Place, Foster/Brady Farm, Green Ola Acres, Grow Where You Are Farm, Gum Creek Farms, Love is Love Farms, Mercier Orchards Farm, Metropolitan Urban Farm, Milton's Acre, Moore Farms, Pearson Farms, Riverview farms, Serenbe Farms, Grateful Pastures, Skuna Bay, Southern Family Farms, Springer Mountain, Stoke Farm, Summerland Farm, Sweet Grass Dairy, Taylor Organics, Truly Living Well Urban Farms, Tucker Farms, White Oak Pastures, Woodland Gardens, Woodsman and Wife Cheese and Wrecking Barn Farm

Les Dames d’Escoffier International is dedicated to creating a supportive culture in the community, fostering excellence and promoting the achievement of women in hospitality professions through educational and charitable activities. Proceeds from Afternoon in the Country benefit Georgia Organics, Wholesome Wave. Global Growers Network, The Giving Kitchen, The Wylde Center, The Atlanta Community Food Bank and Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s scholarship fund for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality arts.  Our 2015 event raised over $105,000 for our beneficiaries, and Afternoon in the Country has garnered a reputation as one of Atlanta's most unforgettable food and wine tasting events.  Your participation is vital to the success of our Annual Fall Fundraiser, so thank you in advance for your support of Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International.

Our 2016 Sponsors Include


                       Bombay Sapphire     Inland Seafood  

  Halperns' Logo                                      

 Dangling Carrot Creative                               


If you are interested in becoming a 2016 Sponsor, please contact Sue Anne Morgan at 678.540.2045 or sueanne@idealand.com.

6:30 pm18:30

Grillin' & Chillin' with Dame Savannah Sasser & Dame Jenn Robbins Benefiting LDEI Atlanta Chapter

When: Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:30 PM
Where: The Park at Emory Point
1520 Avenue Pl, Atlanta, GA 30329
Cost: $35 - All Proceeds Benefit Our Chapter
Click here to purchase tickets!

On Thursday, October 20, Dames Savannah Sasser & Jenn Robbins will be the featured chefs at Grillin' & Chillin' at Emory Point from 6:30 - 10:00 PM. Make it a date night: There will be live music, Chef-prepared bites off the Big Green Eggs, Signature cocktails from one of Atlanta's top mixologists, Julian Goglia (named top 20 in the Nation by The Daily Meal)... plus a chance to win a Big Green Egg! 

Savannah and Jenn's menu includes: Sweet Tea Brined Grilled Chicken Thigh, Curry Yogurt, Sweet Potato, Carolina Gold Rice Grits, Muscadine Grilled Sweet Onion and Pickled Beet Stem Salad, Side of Grilled Spent Grain Cornbread w/ Sorghum Butter. 

All a great value at just $35 a ticket! The Best news: 100% of ticket sales and Big Green Egg raffle proceeds will go directly to Les Dames d Escoffier Atlanta Chapter. So every ticket purchased is another $35 for our organization! We hope to see you there.

Dame Savannah Sasser and Dame Jenn Robbins

Dame Savannah Sasser and Dame Jenn Robbins

5:30 pm17:30

LDEI Atlanta October Chapter Meeting: New Member Reception

What: LDEI Atlanta October Chapter Meeting: New Member Reception
When: Tuesday, October 18, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where: Eventide Brewing
1015 Grant Street SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Cost: $40.00
Includes beer, wine and heavy hors d'oeuvres. 
This is a Dames-Only Event. 

Join us to welcome the Class of 2016 as we celebrate the love of good beer, wine and the flavors of fall with a menu prepared by the 2015 Class of New Dames.

Click here to register.

6:00 pm18:00

September Chapter Meeting: Hatch Chile Celebration

When: Monday, September 12, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Agave Restaurant
242 Boulevard SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Click Here to Register

$40 for Dames & Guests | Cash Bar, Complimentary Valet Parking
Attendance is Limited to 40
Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 7

Try some of the world’s tastiest Chile Peppers!

Authentic New Mexican Hatch Chiles area a favorite Southwestern Chile grown in the Mesilla Valley, just north of Las Cruces. Stuffed or sautéed, fire-roasted or fried, this versatile Chile will give any dish a signature punch. Fresh and delicious they are not around for very long so join us as we spice things up at Agave!

Join us for a Family Style Chef’s Tasting Menu featuring Hatch Chiles!

Click here to view the menu.

6:00 pm18:00

4th Annual LDEI Atlanta Scholarship Dinner

When: Monday, August 8, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road, NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

Cost: $55 - Dames, $65 - Guests
Click Here to Register

Be sure to register for this wonderful event honoring our 2016 Scholarship and Grant Recipients. As a member or supporter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, YOU contribute to our mission of education, scholarship and philanthropy and we invite you to experience the good that comes of your dedication to our Chapter. 

The evening will include a cocktail and appetizer reception where you can meet and congratulate our scholarship and grant recipients in the beautiful Grand Overlook Ballroom of The Atlanta History Center. Following the reception, we will enjoy a fantastic, seasonally designed dinner prepared by A Divine Event (Dame Susana Braner and Dame Kendall Collier) and we'll learn more about the lives and experiences of the recipients. 

This evening is designed to embrace the most important part of our mission - please don't miss out on seeing, first hand, the difference you make in the lives of so many special women. Register today!

Photo Credit: Travis S. Taylor

Photo Credit: Travis S. Taylor

6:30 pm18:30

Dames Who Play in the Kitchen, BYOB Edition!

When: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: 3163 Laramie Drive SE, Vinings
Open to the first 10 Dames who sign up - RSVP today!

Ladies, start your engines! The next Dames Who Play in the Kitchen is BYOB - Bring Your Own Blender! We'll be playing with sauces, soups, mousses, purees, and whatever frozen concoctions help you hang on. 

Dame Elizabeth Lee, with the help of Dame Lenada Merrick, is hosting at her home in Vinings. It's open to the first 10 Dames who sign up. Once we get signups, we'll ask you to come up with a drink or a dish - and recipe - to share during the evening. Plan to spend 90 minutes blending and cooking, then we'll enjoy a meal from our creations and wrap up around 9 or 9:30. 

No blender? No worries. We'll have extras to share. RSVP to Lenada at lcmerrick1@aol.com.

6:30 pm18:30

July Chapter Meeting: Annual Business Meeting

What: LDEI Atlanta Chapter Annual Business Meeting
When: Monday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Where: Margaret Mitchell House & Museum
979 Crescent Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Cost: Complimentary, Dames-Only

Direction & Parking Instructions

Click Here to Register

Join us for our Annual Business Meeting, sponsored by Margaret Mitchell House & the Atlanta History Center. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Please bring a Southern Favorite Potluck dish to share. 

As Scarlet would say "Fiddle-dee-dee!" 

"Perhaps, too, you may have seen, in your mind's eye, that polished mahogany dining table at Tara, reflecting a juicy baked ham at one end, a veritable mountain of fried chicken at the other, and crowding in between corn muffins, hot biscuits, and waffles oozing with butter; heaping dishes of fried squash, stewed okra, and collards swimming in rich liquor; pecan pie , rich, steaming plum pudding, pound cake topped with sweetened whipped cream, and fluffy, white Syllabub fragrant of the wine cellar."
- Gone with the Wind Cookbook, Pebeco 1940

Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 5th and briefly describe your Southern Favorite potluck dish. Any questions about this event please do not hesitate to email Dame Laureen Herzig at  Chef@peacelovefood.com.


6:00 pm18:00

East Point Farmers Market Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner

When: Saturday, June 18, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Sweet Selma Farms - Historic College Park, GA 30337
Cost: $75 per person suggested minimum donation

The East Point Farmer's Market, an LDEI Atlanta Chapter 2015 Institutional Grant Recipient, and the state's fastest-growing Wholesome Wave partner market, is hosting it's first ever Farm to Table Fundraiser Dinner on June 18th from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Sweet Selma Farm in Historic College Park. 

Dames Tamie Cook, Vanessa Parker McIntyre, Debi Loftis and Cynthia Graubart will be the featured chefs for the evening, serving a delicious, family style meal featuring locally sourced ingredients. Tickets includes cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, adult beverages and a tour of the farm. 

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

6:30 pm18:30

June Chapter Meeting: An Evening of Butchering & Eating with Chef Savannah Haseler

When: Monday, June 6, 2016 - 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Dame Savannah Haseler’s Home
977 Seville Drive Clarkston, GA 30021
Cost: $40.00
This is a Dames-Only Event – Limited to the first 30 Dames who register.
Registration deadline is Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Click here to register.

Dame Savannah Haseler

Dame Savannah Haseler

Dame Savannah Haseler, Executive Chef, Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards, will demonstrate the art of butchery while discussing the cuts, the difference between Ossabaw and Berkshire Pig and general information about butchering animals.

Pre-butchery Appetizers: Pine Street Market Charcuterie Board & Hot Miniature Cuban Sandwiches

Following the demonstration Dames will enjoy a family-style outdoor meal featuring:

  • Clams with Smoked Chorizo and Tomato Broth
  • Beans & Kale with Herbed Sausage
  • Wild Rice Salad
  • Biscuits
  • Lemon Butter Chess Pie

Wine & Non-Alcoholic Beverages will be Served Throughout the Evening

Any questions about this event please do not hesitate to email Dame Laureen Herzig Chef@peacelovefood.com.


6:30 pm18:30

Grillin' & Chillin' to Benefit LDEI Atlanta Chapter

When: Thursday, June 2, 6:30-9:00 pm
RAIN OR SHINE (Indoor space is secured and will be used if needed)
Where: The Park at Emory Point
1520 Avenue Pl, Atlanta, GA 30329 
Cost: $25 - All Proceeds Benefit Our Chapter


Calling All Dames: We need your support!

On Thursday, June 2nd, Dames Hillary White and Holly Chutewill be the featured chefs at Thursday's Grillin' & Chillin' at Emory Point from 6:30 - 9:00 PM. 

Make it a date night: There will be live Jazz music by Joe Gransden, Chef-prepared bites off the Big Green Eggs, Signature cocktails from one of Atlanta's top mixologists, Julian Goglia (named top 20 in the Nation by The Daily Meal)... 
plus a chance to win a BIG Green Egg! 

All a great value at just $25 a ticket! The Best news: 100% of ticket sales and Big Green Egg raffle proceeds will go directly to Les Dames d Escoffier Atlanta Chapter. So every ticket purchased is another $25 for our organization! We hope to see you there.

11:00 am11:00

May Chapter Meeting - Dames Meet on the Farm

What: May Chapter Meeting - Dames Meet on the Farm
When: Sunday, May 1, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM CDT (Transportation departs at 9:00 AM)
Where: Moore Farms and Friends - 239 County Road 561, Woodland, AL 36280
Cost: $40 - This is a Members-Only Event
Click here to register.

Real Farmers and Real Food. An afternoon of learning about Good, Clean and Fair farming while visiting the chickens and goats, followed by a delicious locally grown organic lunch served in the historic Farmhouse. A special Birmingham Signature Beverage will be highlighted.

Sponsored by Moore Farms and Friends

Featured Speaker: Dame Laurie Moore

Featured Speaker:
Dame Laurie Moore

6:30 pm18:30

April Chapter Meeting - 20th Anniversary Celebration

What: A Platinum and Emerald Evening with Les Dames d’Escoffier Atlanta - The 20th Anniversary Celebration
When: Monday, April 18,  6:30 p.m.
Where: 4th & Swift - 621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Cost: $75 Dames/$100 Guests
Register Today!

Please join the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary over a private, intimate dinner at 4th & Swift. In honor of 20 years of good work by accomplished women in the food and beverage industry, Chef Jay Swift is graciously closing his restaurant to the public and will indulge us with a seasonal dinner paired with the finest wines. Please dress in festive shades of spring and delight our Chapter by being a part of our elegant celebration in Old 4th Ward. 

The evening will include: 
A private evening at 4th & Swift with LDEI Atlanta
A multi-course dinner to mark the occasion, prepared by Chef Jay Swift
Fine wine pairings
A Champagne toast with the Founding Members of LDEI Atlanta
An elegant atmosphere that will surprise and delight
A visual representation of the rich history of LDEI Atlanta

April 18, 2016
4th & Swift
621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

6:30 PM Start with Cocktails and Wine
7:30 PM Dinner Service 

$75 for Dames
$100 for Guests 

Click here to register.

6:00 pm18:00

Dames Who Play in the Kitchen Take 3!

When: Tuesday, March 29 at 6:00pm
Cost: This is Members-Only Event, Complimentary for Dames

Gloria Smiley, with the help of Josalyn Holmes, will be hosting Dames Who Make Pasta on Tuesday, March 29.  This is open to the first 12 people that sign up.  Arrivals between 6:00pm and 6:30pm and then it is time to get to work learning how to make pasta from scratch.  Gloria will have all the ingredients to make the dough, roll it, cut it and cook it. Pasta ideas are fettuccini, ravioli, gnocchi and perhaps a chocolate pasta for dessert.

Attendees will sign up to bring a pasta sauce, wine, salad or an appetizer.  Please rsvp to Josalyn Holmes at jholmes@boldamerican.com.

6:00 pm18:00

Dame Nora Pouillon Comes to Atlanta for Event Benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia

What: An Evening Celebrating Nora Poullion
When: Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 pm
Where: EcoManor - 348 Manor Ridge Drive, Atlanta
Cost: $30 per individual, $50 per couple
Click Here to Register

Dame Nora Pouillan

Dame Nora Pouillan

Dame Nora Pouillon is an Austrian chef, restaurateur, and author. She is the owner of Restaurant Nora, famous for its status as Americas first certified organic restaurant. In April 1999, Restaurant Nora received certification from Oregon Tilth, one of the six largest private organic certifiers in the United States, which means that at least 95% of all ingredients must be produced by certified organic farmers, growers, and suppliers. This process led to the USDA developing the standards and guidelines by which organic restaurants become certified. Restaurant Nora is a fine-dining restaurant known for its organic, locally-grown ingredients from the Mid-Atlantic region.In 1979, Restaurant Nora opened its doors on the corner of Florida Avenue and 21st in the Washington, D.C.s DuPont Circle neighborhood. Nora was a founding member of Wholesome Wave national and currently sits on their advisory board.

Join one of our benefiting partners, Wholesome Wave Georgia, on March 23 for an evening of delicious, organic bites to celebrate Nora, her memoir, "My Organic Life:  How A Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat" and cookbook, "Cooking With Nora." Food will be provided by Radial Cafe and drinks will be provided by Sweetwater Brewing Company. 

All ticket sales will directly benefit Wholesome Wave Georgia, who's mission is to strengthen local food communities by empowering networks of farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices.

Click here to register.

6:30 pm18:30

March Chapter Meeting - Dinner & A Movie

When: Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Daylight Studio - 500 Bishop St. NW B-1, Atlanta, GA 30318
Cost: $35 Dames/$45 Guests - Be sure to BYOB!

This annual event will feature several short films from The Southern Foodways Alliance, showcasing heroes of the Southern food and culture movement. Cocktail fare will be served from an interactive kitchen and will feature foods highlighted in each movie. Sure to be a fun and enlightening evening for everyone!

5:30 pm17:30

Culinary Futures


Thursday January 14, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST
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AmericasMart - Fashion Theatre 
240 Peachtree Street NW
Building 3 - Top Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303

Join us on January 14th for a cocktail hour and silent auction to raise funds for Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International, a philanthropic society dedicated to fostering the education of students in food, fine beverage and hospitality. 

Enjoy libations, live entertainment and delicious tastings offered by some of Atlanta's finest restaurants.

Also, everyone who attends the Culinary Futures Event will receive a free pass to the January Housewares Show at AmericasMart!

Tickets are $65.  Space is limited for this event, so be sure to register today!

6:00 pm18:00

December Chapter Meeting: Home for the Holidays

Tuesday, December 15
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Dame Melissa Bunnen's Home
Cost of the Event: Complimentary for Dames
The Atlanta Chapter of LDEI celebrates its annual Home for the Holidays event at Dame Melissa Bunnen's home. At this event we enjoy a fabulous potluck dinner and wines provided by the Chapter. Please join us for this very festive end to 2015. 
Contact: programs@ldeiatlanta.org