Welcome to Les Dames San Antonio

We are Women Leaders in Food, Fine Beverage and Hospitality.

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  • We are Les Dames!

    The San Antonio Chapter, with more than 65 members, just celebrated two decades of community philanthropy. Our organization is focused on scholarships for women, community garden funding, nutrition education for children & families and culinary excellence.

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  • New Members 2016

    Welcome to our new members - Jo Ann Boone, Angela Covo and Julie Vrana.

Our Mission

We are a proud chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) www.ldei.org.

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

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Education

  • The San Antonio chapter offers a wide variety of educational programs that are of interest to their community. These programs are designed to enlighten attendees and to stimulate discussion about selected subjects. In addition, the Les Dames members offer opportunities to mentor promising women who want careers in the food, beverage, hospitality and agricultural industries.

Advocacy

  • The members of Les Dames d’ Escoffier work tirelessly to promote women in the various food industries through networking and providing opportunities for education and career advancement. This amazing and talented group of women has worked very hard and continues to advance the significance of the entire food Industry.

Philanthropy

  • The San Antonio Chapter has helped to create and support ways to give back to our local community by providing educational programs and by offering annual scholarships to women entering culinary, hospitality and agricultural institutions. We also provide grants to local gardening associations to help with costs associated with these community garden projects.

Our Programs

A message from our Chapter President

Blanca Aldaco

Welcome to our web site! I just returned from our national LDEI conference in Washington DC. It was fabulous! Nine of our members attended which sealed our bonds on a local level but we also bonded with our international members from the other 36 chapters represented! The holidays are fast approaching as we plan to continue our support of our local community by hosting a luncheon at a children's shelter. We are also working to get a fabulous San Antonio package together for the annual CharityBuzz (online bidding packages) in which our chapter will benefit 50% of the proceeds. We will announce that date soon so you can bid for a cause. If you missed our Plate Changer Luncheon you must see our video! Please click on this link Plate Changer Luncheon. Please visit again soon!

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Upcoming Events

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Dame Events

Dame Events

Les Dames Board of Directors Meeting

Event Details

  • Tuesday, December 13, 4pm, All Members Welcome!
    • Location: Aldaco's Restaurant - Dominion
    • RSVP: Dame Nancy Fitch, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Mark your calendar and save the following dates- Sunday, December 4, LDEISA Holiday Party at the Home of Dame Martita Seeligson, 6:00pm, Evite was sent to your email contact. Please let Nancy know what you will bring, RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Monday, December 12, Annual Holiday Lunch at Roy Maas, 10am, All Dames encouraged to help with event, more details to come via email. contact Nancy Fitch for more details, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Little Gretel Restaurant presents "A Night in Prague"

Little Gretel Restaurant presents "A Night in Prague"

Please check out our Programs Tab to access more information on our next Fundraising Event. Thank you! Czech Chef and Owner, Dame Denise Mazal who took us on a sensory journey of the food, flavors and her memories of Prague, which is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. A portion of the proceeds benefited Les Dames d'Escoffier - San Antonio Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Special Guest

  • The Honorable Consul of Czech Republic, Mr.Brian Vanick
    • Chef Mazal will delight guests with a multi-course menu. Each course paired with wine
  • Wednesday, October 21, 2016
  • 6:30 Little Gretel, 518 River Road, Boerne, Texas 78006, $85, 830-331-1368
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Blanca Aldaco

Blanca Aldaco

President of San Antonio Chapter, Restaurateur-Aldaco's Restaurants

Naylene Dillingham

Naylene Dillingham

1st Vice President-Membership/Chair Restauranteur - Mac & Ernie's

Nancy Fitch

Nancy Fitch

2nd Vice President - Programs:Chair-Programs Committee, Manager, Pearl Farmers Market, Chef, Pastry Chef, Restaurateur

Kimberly D. Mauldin

Kimberly D. Mauldin

Recording Secretary, RE/MAX Realtor, Pastry Chef

Kay Shumake

Kay Shumake

Treasurer,Sr. Director of Program Sales, Sysco Foodservice

Denise Mazal

Denise Mazal

Archivist/Historian, Restaurateur, Czech Chef, Little Gretel, Boerne Texas

Nichole Bendele

Nichole Bendele

Corresponding Secretary, Winery/Sommelier-Becker Vineyards

Kathy Shearer

Kathy Shearer

Past President 2013-2015:Chair-Aspirations Grant, Book Publisher

Linda Triesch

Linda Triesch

Past President 2011-2013, Nutrition & Diabetes Consultant

Leslie Horne

Leslie Horne

Past President 2011-2013, Owner-Aurelia's Spanish Chorizo

Di-Anna Arias

Di-Anna Arias

Past President 2008-2011, Caterer-Don Strange of Texas, Resaurateur-Earl Abel's

Tracey Maurer

Tracey Maurer

Past President 2007-2008,Owner of TM Photo Inc.

June W. Hayes

June W. Hayes

Past President 2005-2006, Owner-Estate Sale Gallery at Los Patios

Rosemary Kowalski

Rosemary Kowalski

Past President 2003-2004, Grande Dame, Owner/Caterer-RK GROUP

Rollie Blackwell

Rollie Blackwell

Past President 2003-2004, Retired B & B Owner, Chef

Pat Mozersky

Pat Mozersky

Past President 1995-2001, Retired Chef's Secrets writer for San Antonio Express News

Diana Barrios Trevino

Diana Barrios Trevino

Chair-Scholarship Committee, Restaurateur-Los Barrios Restaurants

Susan Jaime

Susan Jaime

Chair-Green Tables Committee, Q Grader/Owner-Ferra Coffee Roasters

Latest News

Little Gretel Restaurant presents "A Night In Prague"

Czech Chef and Owner, Dame Denise Mazal will take us on a sensory journey of the flavors and recapture her memories of Prague which is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. Recently, Dame Denise was chosen Boerne Business Woman of the Year.

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Aspirations Grant

Aspiration Grant: To empower and further business enhancement or culinary innovation.

The purpose of the Aspirations Grant Program is to award a grant(s) (amount to be determined) each year to empower and further business enhancement or culinary innovation to a non LDEISA member or former member woman resident in the San Antonio, Texas Hill Country, or South Texas community.

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Plate Changer Luncheon Fundraiser

Our second Plate Changer Luncheon was another success! Our featured speaker was Diana Kennedy - Celebrated authority on Mexican food and cooking. Chef Kennedy offered her insights on kitchen waste, recycling and sustainability.

Diana Kennedy is an international ambassador of authentic Mexican cuisine, having committed her life to its preservation and protection. She has published nine  cookbooks to international acclaim, and won the James Beard Award in 2011 for "Oaxaca al Gusto".

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Sponsors

Goldsbury Foundation
Marriott Riverwalk
Ben E. Keith
Sysco
Aldacos
Guenther
HEB
Rosarios
SOGO
VPI-Vollmer Products Inc.
atkg CPA
Frost
RK Group
Kiolbassa
Komet Communications
Chef Johnny Hernandez
San Antonio Botanical Garden
Texas Dermatology
SA CVB
St. Philip's College
SARA

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