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! We are happy to announce that Our 2017 Annual Scholarship recipients have been selected.  Please visit our Scholarships tab listed under Programs.

Our next fundraiser "A Lonestar Afternoon with Aaron Franklin" will be held October 1, 2017! Our event chairman, Dame Leslie Horne is working tirelessly and there is a dedicated web site for this event. Please visit www.lonestarafternoon.com for details and ticket information. It will be a fantastic Sunday afternoon this fall so mark your calendar!with 

If you missed our Plate Changer Luncheon for our Aspirations Grant, you must see our video! Please click on this link Plate Changer Luncheon for more information on our luncheon last Fall of 2016. Please visit again soon!

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Upcoming Events

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A Lone Star Afternoon with Aaron Franklin

A Lone Star Afternoon with Aaron Franklin

Join us for our next major fundraiser October 1, 2017, 2-6:30pm at the Don Strange Ranch. Go to Lonestarafternoon.com for more information on event and tickets. Or go to our Programs tab.

Next Dame Meetings - Mark Your Calendar!

Next Dame Meetings - Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, October 10th,Board of Directors Meeting 4pm to 6pm, All members welcome. Dinner and our Dame June Hayes has a special surprise!! At Los Patios. RSVP to Nancy Fitch. More details to come. Board of Directors Meetings, all members welcome, 4pm, November 14th at home of Dame Linda Triesch, plans are underway for something fun and dinner, RSVP to Nancy Fitch. Annual Holiday Party December 3rd at Dame Martita's home. Roy Maas Christmas Party December 11th, more details to come. And lastely for now, stay tuned for Mandatory Bi-annual Business Meeting in January, details to come. All Dames must RSVP to Nancy Fitch one week prior to event.
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

Viewing of UTSA Mexican Cook Book Collection

At our June 13th Bi-Annual Business meeting at the UTSA Library we had the privledge of viewing a fabulous collection of very old Mexican Cookbooks, some a century old! Please view this video introducing this unique collection. A special thank you to Library and the Archivist that showed us a preview of this collection that is available by appointment.

LDEISA Legacy Award

Local Community Leader to Receive Legacy Award

The San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) has announced that Silbia G. Esparza, Executive Director of SA Time Dollar Community Connections, will receive the Legacy Award at the chapter’s annual business meeting on January 10, 2017. Our invitation was mailed to all members.

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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.

Every other year we have a fundraiser for our Aspiration Grant called Plate Changer Luncheon. Our next event will be September21, 2018 with details to be announced. Please visit Plate changer Luncheon page under the Programs tab.

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Plate Changer Luncheon Fundraiser

Mark Your Calendars and Check Back Often for information on our third Plate Changer Luncheon to be held September 21, 2018

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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Thank you! For Contributing to our next fundraiser, A Lone Star Afternoon with Aaron Franklin on October 1st

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