Celebrating its 18th year in 2019, Taste of Atlanta is the city's food and drink festival showcasing the local restaurant scene and attracting food lovers from the region and beyond. Throughout three days of bites and bevs, more than 90 of Atlanta's favorite restaurants will show off their most craveable dishes alongside live on-stage cooking demos from top chefs, the 11th Annual Bartender Competition, and a Opening Night Party with outstanding food and music.  

Save the date for this fall's Taste of Atlanta in Historic Fourth Ward Park in October 2019. Oprah Magazine named Taste of Atlanta as the "Top Food Festival Worth the Trip," and Taste of Atlanta has won Creative Loafing's "Best Food Festival or Event" for six years running. 

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit http://www.tasteofatlanta.com, and follow Taste of Atlanta on Facebook (Taste of Atlanta), Twitter (@tasteofatlanta) and Instagram (@tasteofatlanta).




Join us on Nov. 3, 2019, at Foxhall Resort just 35 minutes
southwest of downtown Atlanta.




Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia - February 2, 2018

Once a year the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia (HEFG) brings passionate students that want to learn about the culinary industry together with industry leaders to strengthen, and encourage our future workforce.

For the past 14 years, HEFG has hosted an expo showcasing the many career paths the hospitality industry offers. Allowing students, and educators to walk through the HEFG Expo,  and know that in this industry, “Every Step is Your Opportunity!”

Atlanta Dames have an opportunity to present at this expo that takes place THIS FRIDAY, February 2 from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm at the Georgia International Convention Center.  Dame Tamie Cook will be there representing us, and it would be wonderful if
any other members would like to be there to
help our chapter really shine. It’s inspiring to
see young folks open their minds to how many
opportunities there can be for them. Our Atlanta
chapter will have a display table to highlight
information about our group, as well as our
scholarship opportunities.

Please contact Dame Tamie Cook if you would like to help out.  tcooker4465@gmail.com

2017 Legacy Awards: Call for Entries

The 2017 Legacy Awards and Hosts have been announced! The awards, presented to six outstanding professional women in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries, will be decided in May 2017, with all experiences being completed by October 1, 2017. Please visit the website to learn more about this year's lineup of amazing experiences.

For more information on nominating or entering, contact Dame Shara Bohach (Cleveland Chapter) shara@unitydesign.biz or Dame Becky Paris Turner (British Columbia Chapter) bparist@gmail.com.

2017-2018 LDEI Board Nominations due March 31

LDEI is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on the international Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term. The LDEI Nominating Committee will collect nominations and produce a single slate that will be ratified by the seated delegates.

The following positions are available for the LDEI Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term. Each position is a one-year term, with the exception of First Vice President. The First VP moves into the president's position, then the immediate-past president position, making it a three-year commitment. Positions available are:

  • First Vice President
  • Second Vice President
  • Third Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Chapter Board Liaison (3)


  • March 31: Deadline for LDEI officer nominations to be sent to LDEI office
  • May 1: Executive Director sends slate of candidates/ballots to chapter delegates to ratify
  • May 31: Completed ballots returned to LDEI office

For more information, view the full nomination form here.

Dame Jennifer Booker on the TODAY Show

In anticipation for the Super Bowl LI, the Today Show put on a culinary segment to celebrate regional game day snacks. Our very own Dame Jennifer Booker was not only featured on the segment, but she took home the trophy. Check out the video of the segment. You can find the recipes to her winning dishes at the bottom of the link. Keep up with Chef Booker, and learn more about her experiences here.

Message from 2017 Chapter President - Dame Holly Chute


Dear Dames, 

Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe January is half over.  It's going to be an exciting year for the Atlanta Chapter. Our chapter is one the most envied chapters in LDEI.  It is because of the incredible leadership we have had over the past 20 years.  The only way we can continue to be successful is for our members to be involved and participate.

The Culinary Futures event last Thursday was amazing and reinforced the reason we do what we do.  Listening to the 3 young women whose lives we have impacted was inspiring. I think the decision to move "Afternoon In The Country"  to Foxhall was a great decision and we look forward to an even better event this year.

The lives we touch as a result of our fundraising efforts continues to amaze me.  We need our members to step up early with sponsorships and silent auction items to ensure the maximum impact we can make.

Thank you for trusting me with the presidency.

Dame Holly Chute
LDEI Atlanta Chapter President

Attention Dames! Announcing our second Annual Call for applications for Hambidge Residency

Beginning in 2015, the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier established a Fellowship Grant to be awarded annually to a member of our chapter.

Dame Angie Mosier, the first recipient of our LDEI Hambidge Grant had this to say, “I just returned from my two week residency at the Hambidge Center and I was able to work on a project that is unfolding to be not only visually beautiful but socially intriguing and potentially important. We all work hard and our schedules are packed. It's sometimes difficult to imagine being able to take two weeks away but now that I've done it, I can't imagine not experiencing the beauty, serenity and focused energy that I was able to partake of there. The LDEI scholarship to Hambidge is a rare opportunity for our members to become part of the Hambidge fellowship. The Hambidge Center accepts artists of all disciplines from all over the world and they are eager to receive more culinary artists into their fold. I encourage you to think about those projects that you may have put on the back burner or consider an idea that you have had brewing for a while and apply for the LDEI Hambidge Scholarship. I'm truly grateful to the Atlanta Dames for the opportunity to energize and exercise my passion for creating compelling work that brings about conversation and consideration of the way we eat.”

Please click here for all of the information, requirements and application. Should you have questions please e-mail Dame Nancy Lutz at nancy.fox@affairs.com.

Scholarship Corner: September 19

Dame Nancy Lutz & Dame Vanessa Parker McIntyre, Scholarship Committee Co-Chairs

Below is a note we received from one of our repeat scholarship recipients, Nicolette Kirkpatrick: 

"Good Afternoon,

I wanted to say thank you to you and the rest of the Dames for your continued support these last 4 years. My brother Tyler and I enjoyed the dinner and had a lot of fun getting to know the other recipients and new Dames I had not meet yet. I met a recipient that will be a freshmen at JWU this year and I can't wait to show her around.

I have made so many great connections and hope to continue to meet more Dames. I was told there is a new chapter in NC and I hope to get in contact with some of them for a new job and internship opportunity.

Thank you again,

Nicolette Kirkpatrick"