The Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier welcomes 12 accomplished new members across a variety of food, beverage and hospitality related professions to join the invitational organization whose mission is education, scholarship and philanthropy. New members include:
- Wendy Allen, Cooking School Director, The Cook’s Warehouse
- Jodi Burson, Director of Brand Enhancement, Big Green Egg
- Debby Cannon, Ph.D. Director, Georgia State University, Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality Administration
- Lauren Carey, Executive Director, Peachtree Road Farmers Market
- Kendall Collier, CEO, A Divine Event
- Kate Dolan, Executive Corporate Chef, Golden State Foods
- Lisa Ito, Pastry Chef, Umi Buckhead/Himitsu Lounge
- Chrysta Poulos, Creative Director - Pastry, RocketFarm Restaurants
- Nancy Resman, Senior Catering Sales Manager, The Ritz-Carlton
- Alice Rolls, Executive Director, Georgia Organics
- Suzi Sheffield, Founder & CEO, Beautiful Briny Sea
- Tracy Stuckrath, President & Chief Connecting Officer Thrive! Meetings & Events
Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) 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.
“Our members stand out as leaders in their industries, and this new member class further contributes to the overall strength of our local chapter in our very special 20th anniversary year,” said Chapter President Gayle Skelton. “It is a humbling experience to lead this group of leaders as we continue to award scholarships to women in the industry, support non-profit partners with grants and work together to enhance everyone’s paths – both professionally and personally. Welcome, new members!”
Founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News, LDEI is a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that provides education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.
The LDEI Atlanta membership boasts more than 100 prominent women in career paths ranging from professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, and culinary educators to hospitality executives.