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LDE-AA:  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. The Ann Arbor Chapter, LDE-AA, supports the broad mission of LDEI with a diverse group of professional talent and experience.  We are focused on developing scholarships and educational opportunities for women seeking professional expertise in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality fields, especially the emerging movements of the environment, health, and local resourcing in those professions in our multi-cultural community.


Welcome to Les Dames d'Escoffier--Ann Arbor
A non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the State of Michigan.

Les Dames d'Escoffier International, www.LDEI.org, home page.

The Ann Arbor Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is an invitation-only membership, composed of 38 individual chapters across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom; it is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. For full information about LDEI please see their website; our local website is simply a small addition to this primary website of our parent organization.

Mission Statement of Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI)

LDEI is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy.




Ann Arbor!


Ann Arbor Chapter


December 14, 2017, 3:30 pm-6 pm

Ann Arbor City Club Member Club Les Dames d'Escoffier-Ann Arbor is hosting a

Downton Abbey/ English Tea

at the Ann Arbor City Club—Valet Parking!

The main event will be a fabulous presentation by Dame CiCi Williamson of the D.C.  Les Dames d’Escoffier International Chapter focused on the dining, kitchen, and food (preparation and service) behind the scenes during the filming of the popular Downton Abbey TV series.   CiCi is the author of six cookbooks, a syndicated columnist, past president of the Culinary Historians of Washington D.C., and past president of LDEI.  In addition, she was host of an award-winning PBS-TV show entitled The Best of Virginia Farms.

     You will all have a chance to get to know her while enjoying a traditional English Tea.  The event is open to the public and it is a great Holiday event for LDE--AA and Ann Arbor City Club members to celebrate with friends, family, and colleagues.  In addition, it is a major fundraising project for the scholarship program of the LDE--AA Chapter of LDEI which supports women enrolled in our area culinary programs.  Check out the links for information on both organizations and.....Spread the word

Ticket price:  $65 LDEI members, $75 non-members.

Ticket price includes $10 tax deductible contribution; receipt will be given at the door.

Order tickets through ldeaa.brownpapertickets.com or 1 800 838 3006



  • Letter from co-Presidents Agranoff and Benjamin, March, 2017.
  • Letter from co-Presidents Agranoff and Benjamin, January, 2017.
  • Letter from co-Presidents Agranoff and Benjamin, November, 2016.
  • Report and display associated with visit to Alma Lach Exhibition:  1, 2.
  • LDEI conference report .  Delegates Benjamin and Tope.

Links to Ongoing and Archived Information Related to Chapter Mission
  • 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.
    • Photograph below by Marc Monaghan; contact sarhaus@umich.edu for possible access to complete set of Exhibition images.

LDEI Quarterly Submission Guidelines are available in the Quarterly itself and on the LDEI website.

It’s never too early to email your news for the Quarterly.  

Les Dames d'Escoffier, Ann Arbor (LDE-AA)


Copyright 2015 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)

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