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  fundraiser "A Lonestar Afternoon with Aaron Franklin" was held October 1, 2017! Our event chairman, Dame Leslie Horne worked tirelessly and it was a terrific success! Many thanks to our sponsors and in-kind donors.

We are excited to have the fabulous founder of LDEI in San Antonio Today! She will be touring our lovely city and attending our annual Holiday Party at Roy Maas. Stay tuned in for pictures.

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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Lone Star Afternoon with Aaron Franklin

 

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Upcoming Events

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Next Dame Meetings - Mark Your Calendar!

Next Dame Meetings - Mark Your Calendar!

Next Dame Meetings - Mark Your Calendar!

Today! Carol Brock, the fabulous founder of LDEI, will arrive in San Antonio on Sunday, December 10 - Carol accepted our invitation to attend our Roy Maas event. Our chapter has a fabulous evening planned for her that evening on the Riverwalk. All Dames please check your newsletter on your email and contact Nancy Fitch to RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Blanca Aldaco This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Blanca Aldaco

Blanca Aldaco

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

Nichole Bendele

Nichole Bendele

1st Vice President/Chair Membership, Winery/Sommelier-Becker Vineyards

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

Leslie Komet Ausburn

Leslie Komet Ausburn

Corresponding Secretary, Owner, Komet Marketing Communications
Denise Mazal

Denise Mazal

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

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

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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