Welcome to Les Dames San Antonio

We are Women Leaders in Food, Fine Beverage, Agriculture 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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    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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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Nichole Bendele, Sommelier, Public Relations Coordinator for Becker Vineyards

Welcome from the San Antonio Chapter! 

I am honored to be serving the San Antonio Chapter as President for the next 2 years and working with a dynamic and energetic group of fellow Dames. 

We invite you to join us for our next Fundraiser, Lone Star Whiskeys A "Dame" Good Afternoon on Sunday October 6th, 2pm-6pm at the River Rock Event Center in Fair Oaks. For tickets and table sales please click on this link Lonestar Afternoon. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help support our Chapter's Scholarship and Green Tables Programs.

We continue to improve our Programs which support Women in food related aspirations and businesses. These programs are the following: our Aspirations Grant which supports women who own an existing food related business, Scholarships for women with a desire to persue education to enter a food or agricultural business and Green Tables that helps support our community gardens. 

Visit our video from our  Plate Changer Luncheon in the Fall of 2016 which is a heartfelt example of our Aspirations Program.

San Antonio - named by UNESCO in 2017 "Creative Gastronomy" will be the site of the 2021 LDEI Conference which we hope you will participate in! 

We look forward to seeing you soon!





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Upcoming Events

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Mark your Calendar for this Fall 2019. Our Major Fundraiser for Scholarships and Gardens is October 6th, 2-6pm, River Rock Event Center. Spread the word to friends and family for ticket sales share the web site. www.lonestarafternoon.com Other ways Dames can help. Contact Dame Di-Anna Arias to donate a fabulous Gift Basket for the Silent Auction. Volunteer before, at or after the event by contacting one of the Event Chairs, Dames Debbie Gonzalez, Cathy Siegal or JoAnn Boone. Our next Board of Directors Meeting Tuesday, October 8th, 4pm at the San Antonio Food Bank. Bring used Cook Books. See what our Chapter is doing to help the Food Bank.To RSVP for meetings contact Nancy Fitch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Other Important Dates: November 12th, Board of Directors Meeting, 4pm, details to follow. December 1, Dame Holiday Party, Home of Dame Julie La Barba, details to follow. December , Roy Maas Holiday Party, details to follow.

Lonestar Afternoon, October 6th 2019

Lonestar Afternoon, October 6th 2019

Lonestar Afternoon, Sunday October 6th, 2pm-6pm at River Rock Event Center, Boerne, Texas. Details at Lonestarafternoon.com

Nichole Bendele

Nichole Bendele

President, Winery/Sommelier-Becker Vineyards

Marilyn Magaro

Marilyn Magaro

Marilyn Magaro, First VP for Membership, Rancher & Owner of Fratello's Italian Market & Deli
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

Karen Haram

Karen Haram

Corresponding Secretary, Retired Food/Taste editor for the Express News.
Denise Mazal

Denise Mazal

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

Blanca Aldaco

Blanca Aldaco

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

Kathy Shearer

Kathy Shearer

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

Linda Triesch

Linda Triesch

Past President 2011-2013, Co-Chair-Green Tables Committee, 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

Latest News

LDEI San Antonio Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is now accepting scholarship applications from San Antonio area women who are currently pursuing a post-high school education in the food/culinary arts, wine, hospitality or agriculture industries. The women’s professional organization will award up to $25,000 in scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need, attend an accredited institution, and currently maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point grade average. Scholarships are limited to women who are current residents of San Antonio, Bexar County and its contiguous counties.

The scholarship application is available online at www.ldeisanantonio.org, and in the financial aid offices of many area schools.

Past scholarship recipients have included students attending the University of The Incarnate Word, St. Philip’s College, Johnson & Wales University, The Culinary Institute of America, and other higher education institutions.

Completed applications should be postmarked no later than April 15, 2019 and mailed to Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship, c/o Diana Barrios Treviño, P.O. Box 15302, San Antonio, TX 78212.

Successful scholarship recipients will be notified no later than May 31, 2019. Funds will be sent directly to the scholarship winners’ educational institutions no later than September 1, 2019.

For more information, contact Diana Barrios Treviño at (210) 771-7011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Les Dames d’Escoffier San Antonio

Les Dames d’Escoffier San Antonio (LDEI-SA) is a chapter of LDEI International, a nonprofit association of professional women in the food, wine, hospitality and agriculture industries around the world. The organization is dedicated to assisting others through scholarships, education, advocacy and philanthropy.


LDEI San Antonio Chapter is honored to announce a special Aspirations Grant approved by the Board and Membership in January. This Aspirations Grant Program is to award a grant(s) (4 grants up to $5,000 for women owned restaurants affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Port Aransas, Aransas Pass and Rockport, Texas) to empower and re-open, re-build their business to a non-LDEI SA or former member or non-LDEI member or former member woman or 501(c)3 resident in the San Antonio, Texas Hill Country, or South Texas community.

The deadline for submission of complete application will be February 20, 2018.

To download the application click on this link Hurricane Harvey Grant.

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.

Please visit our web site often for our next Plate Changer Luncheon. 

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Plate Changer Luncheon Fundraiser

Plate Changer will be held Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Marriott Riverwalk, 11:30am

Thank you to all the Sponsors!

Plate Changer Co-Chairs  Dame Blanca Aldaco & Dame Debbie Gonzalez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 210-801-1775

Levels of Sponsorship inspired by Plate Changers named for Outstanding Women in the Culinary World. Please go to Contact Tab for Table Purchase (see Levels below ) and Individual Tickets are available for $150 per person on PlateChanger.org

We truely appreciate your support!

"Grande Dame" Rosemary Kowalski (RK Group)  $10,000.00 Level 

"Chili Queens" $5,000.00 Level - Dame JoAnn Boone

"The Lady Boss"  $2,500.00  Level

"Maria's Tortillas" $1,500.00 Level - Great Northwest Recycling, H-E-B

Three Aspirations Grant Winners were awarded $30,000  from the 2015 Plate Changer

Julie Braune, Braune Farms, Seguin, Texas - $10,000

Lori Krieger, Taste Elevated, Castroville, Texas - $10,000

Alysa Seeland, FOND Bone Broth, New Braunfels, Texas - $10,000

Two Aspirations Grant Winners were awarded $20,000 from the 2016 Plate Changer

Talking Tree Farm owner Sarah Nordman - $10,000

Zanzenberg Farm owner Kathryn Graham - $10,000

Seven Hurricane Harvey Relief Recipients from Rockport and Port Aransas were awarded a total of 35,000 in 2018

Glow Restaurant owner, Karey Swartwout,  Rockport  - $5,000

The Boiling Pot Restaurant owner Ramona Le Blanc, Rockport - $5,000

Miss K's Bistro and Catering owner Kathryn Bambridge - $5,000

The Crazy Cajun Restaurant owner Phyllis Capps - $5,000

The Venetian Hot Plate owner Linda Halioua - $5,000

The Phoenix Restaurant & Bar owners Tiana Warsham & Vanessa Brundrett -$5,000

La Barataria Restaurant owner Lezlie Keebler - $5,000


View this Video of the winners for 2016!

For more information on the Apirations Grant and Application Click Here

Les Dames d'Escoffier is 501 c (3) and international organization of 1900 leading women in the fields of culinary arts, hospitality, agriculture, viticulture, nutrition and related fields. Our San Antonio chapter of more than 70 women is in its 21st year of community philanthropy, concentrating on scholarships for women, community garden funding, nutritional education for children and families, and culinary excellence throughout South Texas.

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

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