Since 2001, the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International has been pleased to offer annual Scholarships for Education and Continuing Education Grants to female applicants pursuing culinary or pastry arts, farming, beverage management, hospitality, or agriculture coursework. 



Following a rigorous and competitive evaluation by the committee, select applicants will be eligible for a minimum $1,000 award.

  • Individual Scholarship Applications: due 5/15/2019

  • To learn more about our application process and to apply online, please click here.

INDIVIDUAL CONTINUING EDUCATION GRANTS:  Grants are awarded in amounts determined by the Atlanta LDEI Board based on funds available for that year. Specific rules and criteria must be met before an applicant will be considered.

  • Individual Continuing Education Grant Application Quarterly Deadlines: 1/15, 4/15, 7/15, & 10/15

  • To learn more about our application process and apply online, please click here.

Non-Profit Organization Grant

Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) Atlanta provides thousands of dollars of funding to local organizations each year. We specifically focus on helping organizations working in the areas of: green tables/farming, global culinary initiatives, the culinary community and programs that teach cooking, nutrition or support anti-hunger work.

Grant applications are accepted bi-annually. Deadlines for applications are April 1 and October 1. Requests not awarded grants in April will automatically be placed into consideration for the October review period. LDEI Atlanta will give only one financial grant per organization per calendar year and only to registered 501c3 non-­profit organizations. Organizations will be notified within 6 weeks of deadline for application.

To learn more about our application process and apply online, please click here


In 2015, the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, in partnership with the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, established a Fellowship Grant of $2,800 to be awarded annually to a member of the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International.

This grant provides for a 2-week residency fellowship. For more than 80 years, the Hambidge Center ( has awarded residency fellowships to distinguished artists, writers, culinarians and scientists at their 600-acre property located

in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Eight individuals are in residence at any given time. Each person has private accommodations with a full kitchen and studio space and shares communal dinners prepared by an in-residence chef.

Residency projects could include but not be limited to:

Cookbook and editorial writing, menu development, development of business or marketing plans for restaurant and hospitality, agriculture or food and beverage related business, recipe development, scripts for culinary content or programs, photography/food styling projects, development of organic or farm-to-table programs, culinary journalism/writing and digital media content development, etc…

The $2,800 Grant covers Hambidge residency fees and in addition, up to $500 in travel and material expenses may be reimbursed. The Grant recipient will have the entire Hambidge calendar year (mid-February to mid-December of the year after the application is received and awarded) to complete the residency program. Residencies will be scheduled based on The Hambidge Center lodging calendar and the grant recipient must communicate with the Hambidge Center to coordinate a mutually agreed upon date.

Deadline for Application is September 15, 2019.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

·      Be an active member in good standing of Les Dames d’Escoffier International

·      Be a legal resident of Georgia

·      Complete ONLINE APPLICATION in it’s entirety and submit on-line no later than 11:59 pm September 15.

·      Share your Hambidge experience and accomplishments with the Atlanta LDEI Chapter in both a written and oral presentation within           one year of completing the Fellowship

Representatives from the Atlanta LDEI Scholarship Committee and Hambidge will review applications and submit recommendations to the LDEI Board for approval.  Grant Recipient will be notified by October 1, 2019.  Any revision to the originally submitted subject matter or intended use of the Fellowship must be approved by the Scholarship Committee. The LDEI Chapter Treasurer will coordinate payment of fees to Hambidge in a timely manner and the stipend awarded to the grant recipient upon the timely submission of itemized receipts. Should the recipient cancel participation in the Fellowship, all awarded funds must be returned to the LDEI Atlanta Chapter. Please contact with any questions.