Welcome to the Charleston Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. We’re a philanthropic organization that elevates women in the fields of food, beverage and hospitality through scholarships, mentoring, and increasing the visibility for the importance of these fields.



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Dames in the News

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Dames in the News

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Our Board of Directors

Carly Paume, President

Angie Colyer DuPree, Vice President

Angie Colyer DuPree, Vice President

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Carly owns Christophe Artisan Chocolatier with her husband, Christophe. The couple has two  shops, one in Charleston and one in West Ashley. While Christophe does the baking and chocolate making, Carly does all the other myriad tasks that go into keeping a business running.

Angie Colyer DuPree, Vice President

Angie Colyer DuPree, Vice President

Angie Colyer DuPree, Vice President

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Angie is the Director of Training at One80 Place and has been with the organization since 2012. One80 is the largest provider of homeless services in the state of South Carolina. Angie and her team run the Zucker Community Kitchen, the robust food rescue program, and the successful culinary job training program. The Zucker Community kitchen serves over 500 meals a day from the food they rescue each week that would otherwise go to waste. The One80 Place 5-week culinary job training programs primary goal is to teach and educate the guests at One80 Place in culinary basics for them to get jobs in the food industry. Angie’s mission is to take food that is wasted by society and people that are undervalued and turn them into success stories every day.

Helen Mitternight, Secretary

Angie Colyer DuPree, Vice President

Helen Mitternight, Secretary

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Helen Mitternight is a former AP reporter and current freelancer living in downtown Charleston. She grew up eating food prepared by a country Southern grandma on her dad’s side and a Sicilian grandmother on her mother’s, and her best memories involve food. Helen’s byline has been in Charleston's Post and Courier, Local Palate, Edible Charleston, and HealthLinks Magazine, among others. She has two monthly columns for Skirt Charleston -- one on food and one on nonprofits. She’s a blogger: her lifestyle blog is, "Stilettos Not Required," and she’s the relationship/sex blogger for Charleston Magazine's Grit, "What's Love Got to Do With It?". And she’s a podcaster. Her 30-minute weekly interview podcast for over-50s is called "Keep it Juicy!" and her love of food has led her to start a column and a podcast called, "Hidden F&B," celebrating the hidden heroes in the food and beverage scene.

Amanee Neirouz, Treasurer

Jen Kulick, Past President

Helen Mitternight, Secretary

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Operations Manager, Ms. Rose’s Fine Food + Cocktails. It takes humble persistence and an inspired stomach to go from a rural town outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, to an executive chef in culinary hotspot Charleston, S.C. But that’s the story of Amanee Neirouz.  She came to Charleston in 2005 and was a butcher at the Sanctuary on Kiawah Island before starting at Relish Restaurant group as a part-time pastry chef in 2008. In the near decade that she has been with the group, she has worked her way up the ranks to serve as both an Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef for the restaurant group. In her current role for Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails, Amanee serves as Operations Manager and oversees catering functions, manages teams, streamlines operations and handles administrative duties. Some of Amanee’s most prized professional moments include traveling to Cortimellia, Italy, to represent America in the 2014 International Hazelnut Festival and having her smoked chocolate parfait named “Best Frozen  Dessert” by Food Network Magazine in 2013. She also participates in many charity events, including Chef's Feast, Feed the Need, Chocolate Affair, etc. 

Jen Kulick, Past President

Jen Kulick, Past President

Jen Kulick, Past President

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Jen’s first encounter with the Restaurant business was as a 15 year old in a dying Friendly’s 

located in small town Vermont.  The manager was either never there or drinking whiskey in his office. (The good old days) There was only one line cook, Chuck, and Jen, serving a full restaurant, seating, serving, busing, and cashing folks out.  Jen was hooked.  Since that day, her mission was to become a Bar Manager, which she achieved in multiple locations on her way to land in Charleston, SC.  She met her husband and they opened their first location, Voodoo, and achieved a bit of success.  Riding on that, they opened the Tattooed Moose and never looked back.  They have opened three locations and are working on a fourth in the next couple years. During all the adventures they’ve added two children and 3 dogs to their lives.  Never a dull moment!