Les Dames d'Escoffier, Ann Arbor
Founded 2015



Home base in Ann Arbor, The Ann Arbor City Club

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Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a world wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality.

EVENTS AND PROJECTS
MEETINGS
  • REGULAR BOARD OF DIRECTORS' MEETINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 1:00 PM.  THE BOARD MEETS WHEN IT NEEDS TO DO SO, BUT RESERVES THIS TIME SLOT FOR MEETINGS. 
  •  SPECIAL MEETINGS, OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, ARE CALLED AS NEEDED.

CURRENT EVENTS AND PLANNED PROJECTS
  • Alma Lach Circle--funded for 2017 (thanks to Dame Sandy Arlinghaus and her husband Bill, and to Dame Donna Tope).
  • Scholarship Development--partially funded for 2017 (thanks to Dame Amy Emberling, and to Dame Antoinette Benjamin and her husband Don).
  • Interaction between LDEAA and Project My Heart / Your Heart.




  • Interaction between LDEAA and various groups within The University of Michigan

PAST EVENTS AND PROJECTS

  • DONATION OF GIFT BOOK TO ALL LDEI MEMBERS IN ANN ARBOR.
  • ALMA MATER CIRCLE, NATURE COVE, NOVEMBER 2017.
  • FARM, FLOWERS, AND FOOD, ZINGERMAN'S CORNMAN FARMS, JULY 14, 2016
  • MORGAN AND YORK, APRIL 28, 2016
  • CASUAL GET-TOGETHERS AT NATURE COVE COMMUNITY ROOM
  • STANDING COMMITTEE KICKOFF MEETING, JANUARY 18, 2015
  • INAUGURAL LDE-AA BUSINESS MEETING, HELD SEPTEMBER 14, 2015.  Summary of interactive discussion tables. 


LDEI CONFERENCE DELEGATS:
  • Antoinette Benjamin was the delegate to the 2017 conference in Newport Beach, CA
  • Antoinette Benjamin and Donna Tope were delegates to the 2016 conference in Washington, D.C.  Link to report.
  • Sandy Arlinghaus and Antoinette Benjamin were delegates to the 2015 conference in Charleston, SC

LDEAA DAMES TRAVEL...
  • Antoinette Benjamin and Donna Tope travelled to Mexico City for a Taste of Mexico.
  • Sandy Arlinghaus travelled to Meridian, Mississippi where she met with southern chefs.
  • Antoinette Benjamin travelled to Southeast Asia for a spectacular food trip.
  • Pat Amort, Sandy Arlinghaus, Antoinette Benjamin, and Donna Tope travelled to Chicago to a special event at the Joseph Regenstein Library of the University of Chicago.  Alma Lach Papers and Culinary Book Collection,
    • Permanent collection housed at Special Collections Research Center, Joseph Regenstein Library, University of Chicago.  Summary of 285 images of exhibition
    • Exhibition, "Alma Lach's Kitchen:  Transforming Taste,"  September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017.
    • Invitation to Special Event:  Ann Arbor Executive Committee of LDEAA invited.  Dames Amort, Arlinghaus, Benjamin, Tope all attended, along with about 10 Dames from the Chicago Chapter (exclusive of Arlinghaus, Benjamin, and Tope who are dual members with Ann Arbor).  In all, there were about 100 guests, many from Chicago but others from elsewhere, too.
    • Link to display from party at Quadrangle Club, November 2, 2016.
    • Report and display associated with visit to Alma Lach Exhibition:  1, 2.
    • Photograph below by Marc Monaghan; contact sarhaus@umich.edu for possible access to complete set of Exhibition images.
  • Antoinette Benjamin, travelled to Edible London and a tour of the Cotswolds
  • Sandy Arlinghaus travelled to Chicago and met with Chicago Dames Olson and Emas


Copyright 2015--present, Les Dames d' Escoffier Ann Arbor.

Image credits:  Floral images, Alma S. Lach, copyright 1998, and Sandra L. Arlinghaus.Burgundy/green LDE logo created by Alma Lach for the Chicago Chapter (of which she was a founding member) and used here with their permission.  LDEI logo used here, in both original and modified form, with LDEI permission.  Photo of the Ann Arbor City Club reprinted here with permission of the copyright holder.  Globe image, Google Earth (TM)