Les Dames d'Escoffier, Ann Arbor
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Home base in Ann Arbor, The Ann Arbor City Club

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.
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    • Work is underway to recruit more new LDEAA members with interests in the Kudzu Project, from both near and far:  in Kudzu country (where it is a prevalent overgrown pest) or in emergent Kudzu country (where it might be handled as it emerges so it does not become an overgrown CO2 producing pest).
    • Recent attendance at a zoom meeting with Chicago Foodways that presented a meeting with a food forager, restaurateur, Michelin star chef, who  lives part of the year in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where she has a food-foraging B&B, and part of the year in Chicago.
    • Recent brief (less than 200 word) summary of the Table Talk event hosted by LDEI submitted to The Quarterly of LDEI.
  • LDEI 3rd Annual Table Talks Events, Kudzu Kickoff, March 26 zoom meeting.
    • Link to Instagram Reel of Kudzu Kickoff 2 on May 7, 2023, focused on a local project.
    • Link to Instagram Reel of Kudzu Kickoff on March 26, 2023.
    • Link to associated materials (pdf)
    • Link to Zoom meeting (mp4)
    • Link to archived material in persistent digital archive, University of Michigan
  • Associated articles on the topic are forthcoming
  • Links to future movie files dealing with kudzu will evolve to correspond with the natural seasonal development of kudzu in East Central Mississippi, where the aquifer is clean (no PFAs).
  • Continue to develop an association with nationwide partners who might be interested in creating their own special projects on related topics.  A fine example involves our Affiliate, Bill Arlinghaus, and under his local leadership, the kudzu team at the Brickhaus Brewtique in Meridian, MS.
We welcome participation from anyone who is interested.

For further information, or with questions, contact the webmaster, Sandy Arlinghaus, sarhaus@umich.edu
She will attempt to answer your questions or will direct you to an appropriate resource.

Copyright 2015--present, Les Dames d' Escoffier Ann Arbor.
Image credits:  Floral images, Alma S. Lach, copyright 1998, and Sandra Lach Arlinghaus.Burgundy/green LDE logo created by Alma Lach for the Chicago Chapter (of which she was an original first-year 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).