The chapter was founded in 2006, and since that time has grown to about 60 members  representing almost every area of food, fine beverage and hospitality. We have a flourishing scholarship and mentoring programs, as well as engaging educational, networking and professional development programs.


How We Began

LDEI was founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily  News.  At the time there were few opportunities for women in the culinary arts and there were no prominent women chefs or sommeliers. Brock saw a need to create an organization of professional leading women in the industry who would serve as role models and mentors to others. From its inception, the organization has been a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that has provided education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.

For more information about our national organization, Les Dames d’Escoffier International 

(LDEI), visit

Our Mission

The Charleston Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to promote knowledge, appreciation and accessibility of food, wine, beverages, nutrition, the arts of the table, and hospitality within our local community and to assist women in careers in these areas through active mentoring and the funding of scholarships to accredited programs of study.

How We Are Funded

The Charleston Chapter of LDEI is a recognized 501(c)3 non-profit. Our primary source of  funding comes from a combination of member contributions, community support, and corporate sponsorships that include prestigious organizations in the food, hospitality, and related industries. Feel free to contact us here!


• Fund-raising for culinary scholarships

Community outreach in the culinary arena

• Mentoring

• Dame-sponsored events and programs