Les Dames d'Escoffier, Birmingham

Les Dames d'Escoffier, Birmingham Welcome to the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier International! Follow us for food events in Birmingham. The community of women in food in Birmingham.
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The food industry is still mourning the loss of this legend. “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” is a new docume...
07/16/2021

The food industry is still mourning the loss of this legend. “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” is a new documentary by Morgan Neville debuting in theaters tomorrow, July 16th. Support your favorite restaurant before you go (and take your hanky). #ldeibirmingham #womeninfood

The food industry is still mourning the loss of this legend. “Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain” is a new documentary by Morgan Neville debuting in theaters tomorrow, July 16th. Support your favorite restaurant before you go (and take your hanky). #ldeibirmingham #womeninfood

Who eats some form of a tomato sandwich every day of the summer?  #feedthepeople #dameslovetomatoes                     ...
07/15/2021

Who eats some form of a tomato sandwich every day of the summer? #feedthepeople #dameslovetomatoes

#ldeibirmingham #womeninfood #bhamfood #womeninfood #womeninbusiness #culinaryscholarships

Who eats some form of a tomato sandwich every day of the summer? #feedthepeople #dameslovetomatoes

#ldeibirmingham #womeninfood #bhamfood #womeninfood #womeninbusiness #culinaryscholarships

@beckysatterfield’s delicious Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake. After gathering a couple of quarts of blueberries from my back...
06/26/2021

@beckysatterfield’s delicious Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake. After gathering a couple of quarts of blueberries from my backyard bushes I decided to make this recipe. I froze my berries first before starting the recipe and used Meyer lemons. Please refer to this link for the recipe: https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/lemon-blueberry-pound-cake.html

Thanks to @chefraquelervin (our very own Dame) for hosting such a fun and delicious night for our June get together! We ...
06/25/2021

Thanks to @chefraquelervin (our very own Dame) for hosting such a fun and delicious night for our June get together! We got to hear her story of how she started in the food industry, her appearance on The Food Network, to now owning her very own restaurant in Irondale, AL @eatatpanoptic !

I’m going to be dreaming about those crabcake sliders and fries for a long time! 🍔 🍟

Salmon balls are a family favorite of @beckysatterfield’s. She serves them with mashed potatoes, English peas and colesl...
06/22/2021

Salmon balls are a family favorite of @beckysatterfield’s. She serves them with mashed potatoes, English peas and coleslaw. Also, add a little hot sauce to your ketchup! This recipe can be found in Winning Seasons Cookbook, Tuscaloosa Junior League.

Salmon balls are a family favorite of @beckysatterfield’s. She serves them with mashed potatoes, English peas and colesl...
06/22/2021

Salmon balls are a family favorite of @beckysatterfield’s. She serves them with mashed potatoes, English peas and coleslaw. Also, add a little hot sauce to your ketchup! This recipe can be found in Winning Seasons Cookbook, Tuscaloosa Junior League.

The day before our first meeting to begin our chapter in 2013. Dame Angela Schmidt, myself, Dame Nathalie Dupree from Ch...
06/20/2021

The day before our first meeting to begin our chapter in 2013. Dame Angela Schmidt, myself, Dame Nathalie Dupree from Charleston and Dame CiCi Williamson from Virginia flew in to assist us in laying the foundation for our chapter. What an honor and privilege it was to have them lead us in the right direction. ❤️

The day before our first meeting to begin our chapter in 2013. Dame Angela Schmidt, myself, Dame Nathalie Dupree from Charleston and Dame CiCi Williamson from Virginia flew in to assist us in laying the foundation for our chapter. What an honor and privilege it was to have them lead us in the right direction. ❤️

Mouth still watering over the amazing chocolate demo experience with Pastry Chef @susannotter, organized by @jazzy_the_p...
06/18/2021

Mouth still watering over the amazing chocolate demo experience with Pastry Chef @susannotter, organized by @jazzy_the_princess for @ldeibirmingham at @cantleyandcompany. Tasting different chocolates based on terroir and production process was illuminating and tasty! #pepperplace #superfood #superwomen #postcovidjoy #ldeibirmingham

Making Monday more memorable learning about chocolate! Presentation by the supremely talented @susannotter in the beauti...
06/14/2021

Making Monday more memorable learning about chocolate! Presentation by the supremely talented @susannotter in the beautiful show kitchen of @cantleyandcompany, courtesy of @ldeibirmingham. #chocolate #womenchefs #ldeibirmingham #pepperplace #magiccitymondays

Shopping for the week at the market is good for farmers, food producers, @ldeibirmingham Dames who are vendors and every...
06/13/2021

Shopping for the week at the market is good for farmers, food producers, @ldeibirmingham Dames who are vendors and everyone’s well-being, especially mine! #marketsmakemehappy #seeingoldfriends #makingnewones #flowers #dogsandbabies #grateful #stonehollowfarmstead #snowsbendfarm #banditpatisserie #emilysheirloompoundcakes

Life may be getting back to normal for some, but plenty of folks in our community are struggling and would be a lot wors...
06/10/2021

Life may be getting back to normal for some, but plenty of folks in our community are struggling and would be a lot worse off were it not for @feedingal. Dame Kathryn Strickland is leading their efforts at the national level, and here in BHM, is helped with weekly volunteer efforts of @ldeibirmingham. So proud of the Dames who make time to help every Wednesday, and thrilled that our chapter will partner on the Community Foundation’s major fundraiser next spring. #womenwarriors #ldeibirmingham #ldeiphilanthropy

Life may be getting back to normal for some, but plenty of folks in our community are struggling and would be a lot worse off were it not for @feedingal. Dame Kathryn Strickland is leading their efforts at the national level, and here in BHM, is helped with weekly volunteer efforts of @ldeibirmingham. So proud of the Dames who make time to help every Wednesday, and thrilled that our chapter will partner on the Community Foundation’s major fundraiser next spring. #womenwarriors #ldeibirmingham #ldeiphilanthropy

Making success more achievable for women is what we do - $15k in scholarships for female culinary students and $7500 in ...
06/07/2021

Making success more achievable for women is what we do - $15k in scholarships for female culinary students and $7500 in grants to female food/bev entrepreneurs this year and it feels so good! #ldeibirmingham #alabamastrong #philanthropymatters #membershipmonday #celebratewithcocktails

Rainy Sundays are perfect for transforming @marketatpepperplace goods into meals for family and friends - kale salad+pas...
06/06/2021

Rainy Sundays are perfect for transforming @marketatpepperplace goods into meals for family and friends - kale salad+pasta Bolognese+berries+chocolate cake=perfection! #almostsummer #womeninfood #ldeibirmingham #teliajohnsoncakes #sweetgrownalabama #localisbetter

05/25/2021

The Mayor of Irondale James D. Stewart, Jr. had nice things to say about our fellow Dame Raquel Ervin with the opening of her new restaurant Eat At Panoptic!

Our very own Birmingham dame, @deborah_stone of @stonehollowfarmstead , featured on the cover of @lesdamesintl magazine!...
05/21/2021

Our very own Birmingham dame, @deborah_stone of @stonehollowfarmstead , featured on the cover of @lesdamesintl magazine!

This includes a lovely article written by fellow dame, Martha Johnston, about Deborah’s passion for farm and food.

Always proud of these ladies!

A group of Dames gathered last night Sol Y Luna for the restaurant's award-winning Key lime margaritas and duck empanada...
05/21/2021

A group of Dames gathered last night Sol Y Luna for the restaurant's award-winning Key lime margaritas and duck empanadas and some long-awaited fellowship and face-to-face conversation! We also heard from representatives of The World Games 2022, which will be here in Birmingham next summer. The World Games is looking for creative, delicious ways to feed visitors to our awesome city. The women of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Birmingham are a great place to start that kind of search.

Today Gia McCollister and Susan Swagler volunteered on behalf of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Birmingham for the Community Foo...
05/19/2021

Today Gia McCollister and Susan Swagler volunteered on behalf of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Birmingham for the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Dames go to the Food Bank every month to pack boxes of food or do whatever else needs to be done. This afternoon they--single-handedly--packed more than three dozen Tetris-like boxes of pasta, fruits, tuna, veggies, peanut butter, beans, snack bars and more for food-insecure families in our area. Volunteering at the Food Bank is a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon, and it's a wonderful exercise for companies and organizations--lots of cooperation and camaraderie.

The super-smart owner of The Lumbar, Rylie Hightower, also received an entrepreneur grant from Les Dames d'Escoffier, Bi...
05/18/2021

The super-smart owner of The Lumbar, Rylie Hightower, also received an entrepreneur grant from Les Dames d'Escoffier, Birmingham this year. This came around the same time she earned her Ph.D in neuroscience! Rylie says she will use the $2,500 grant to expand her outdoor space and help with staffing and equipment. This is the sort of thing Les Dames Birmingham does with money raised at our Southern Soirée. It’s happening again on Oct. 3. Save the date! #ldeibirmingham #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #womeninbusiness #bhamfood #ldeiinternational #bhamdrinks

Happy to say Monique Y. Williams, owner of The Cheesecake Empori-Yum in Montgomery, received a $5,000 entrepreneur grant...
05/17/2021

Happy to say Monique Y. Williams, owner of The Cheesecake Empori-Yum in Montgomery, received a $5,000 entrepreneur grant from the Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. This year, Les Dames d'Escoffier, Birmingham awarded more than $23,000 in grants and scholarships to women across our state. #womeninfood #bhamfood #lesdamesdescoffier #womensupportingwomen #womenempowerment #womenownedbusiness

Save the date! October 3, 2021. Birmingham Les Dames d'Escoffier will have its Champagne & Fried Chicken picnic again! T...
05/17/2021

Save the date! October 3, 2021. Birmingham Les Dames d'Escoffier will have its Champagne & Fried Chicken picnic again! This fundraiser allows us to award scholarships and grants to women pursuing culinary careers all across Alabama.

Save the date! October 3, 2021. Birmingham Les Dames d'Escoffier will have its Champagne & Fried Chicken picnic again! This fundraiser allows us to award scholarships and grants to women pursuing culinary careers all across Alabama.

Congratulations to our Birmingham dame, Deborah Stone, of Stone Hollow Farmstead for winning the 2021 GOLD SOFI Award fr...
05/11/2021

Congratulations to our Birmingham dame, Deborah Stone, of Stone Hollow Farmstead for winning the 2021 GOLD SOFI Award from the Specialty Food Association for their Strawberry Rose Drinking Vinegar! They are one of only 130 winners selected from nearly 1,500 entries across 49 product categories!⁠ You can find this and more at her store at Pepper Place. #womensupportingwomen #ldei #lesdamesdescoffier #ldeibham #ldeibirmingham #stonehollowfarmstead

Congratulations to our Birmingham dame, Deborah Stone, of Stone Hollow Farmstead for winning the 2021 GOLD SOFI Award from the Specialty Food Association for their Strawberry Rose Drinking Vinegar! They are one of only 130 winners selected from nearly 1,500 entries across 49 product categories!⁠ You can find this and more at her store at Pepper Place. #womensupportingwomen #ldei #lesdamesdescoffier #ldeibham #ldeibirmingham #stonehollowfarmstead

Happy Friday friends! Hope you all have plans to enjoy the glorious weather we’ll be having this weekend. @marketatpeppe...
05/07/2021

Happy Friday friends! Hope you all have plans to enjoy the glorious weather we’ll be having this weekend. @marketatpepperplace and @birdsongfarmersmarket will both have gorgeous fresh cut flowers to celebrate #mothersday (or just because!) this Saturday. #supportlocal #lesdamesintl #ldeibirmingham #womensupportingwomen

Just reread our #spring newsletter, and love this article by fellow dame @margaretannsnow . Rolling a log of goat cheese...
05/06/2021

Just reread our #spring newsletter, and love this article by fellow dame @margaretannsnow . Rolling a log of goat cheese in edible flowers sounds absolutely stunning, as does this #strawberry 🍓 crostata (also great #mothersday menu ideas! 😉). Newsletter link in bio. #continuingourstrawberrytheme #alabamastrawberries #springinthesouth #lesdamesdescoffier #lesdamesintl #womenempowerment #womensupportingwomen #ldeibirmingham #bhamfood #revbham #womeninfood @snowsbendfarm

Just reread our #spring newsletter, and love this article by fellow dame @margaretannsnow . Rolling a log of goat cheese in edible flowers sounds absolutely stunning, as does this #strawberry 🍓 crostata (also great #mothersday menu ideas! 😉). Newsletter link in bio. #continuingourstrawberrytheme #alabamastrawberries #springinthesouth #lesdamesdescoffier #lesdamesintl #womenempowerment #womensupportingwomen #ldeibirmingham #bhamfood #revbham #womeninfood @snowsbendfarm

What a privilege to celebrate one another! We are so proud of our very own Dame, @chefraquelervin for opening her new re...
05/01/2021

What a privilege to celebrate one another! We are so proud of our very own Dame, @chefraquelervin for opening her new restaurant today! Her hard work, talent, determination and grit are inspiring to us all. We can’t wait to come dine with you @eatatpanoptic ! 🥳🌟🙌🏻

What a privilege to celebrate one another! We are so proud of our very own Dame, @chefraquelervin for opening her new restaurant today! Her hard work, talent, determination and grit are inspiring to us all. We can’t wait to come dine with you @eatatpanoptic ! 🥳🌟🙌🏻

Members of @ldeibirmingham visited the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama @feedingal this week to pack 138 boxes for...
04/28/2021

Members of @ldeibirmingham visited the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama @feedingal this week to pack 138 boxes for food-insecure families in our area. We love partnering with this amazing organization!

Members of @ldeibirmingham visited the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama @feedingal this week to pack 138 boxes for food-insecure families in our area. We love partnering with this amazing organization!

It was a beautiful day in Birmingham giving out scholarships and grants to so many well deserving women! Thanks to all o...
04/22/2021

It was a beautiful day in Birmingham giving out scholarships and grants to so many well deserving women! Thanks to all of our sponsors and all who purchased from our annual Champagne & Fried Chicken fundraiser- that is what allowed this great day to happen! We look forward to introducing all the recipients to you soon!

It was a beautiful day in Birmingham giving out scholarships and grants to so many well deserving women! Thanks to all of our sponsors and all who purchased from our annual Champagne & Fried Chicken fundraiser- that is what allowed this great day to happen! We look forward to introducing all the recipients to you soon!

Help us congratulate Birmingham dame, Leigh Sloss-Corra, for being one of 21 women nominated nation wide for the Woman o...
04/08/2021

Help us congratulate Birmingham dame, Leigh Sloss-Corra, for being one of 21 women nominated nation wide for the Woman of Purpose Award! Way to go Leigh!

“It is both an honor and a privilege to introduce you to our inaugural slate of nominees for the LDEI Woman of Purpose Award presented in partnership with YETI.

These bold women are doing extraordinary things to make the lives of those around us better. Each and every nominee is making a positive impact, both locally and globally, incorporating the important and complex realms of sustainability, food justice and public health into their everyday commitments to humankind.

For these Dames it’s not simply about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up and the lives you’ve helped make better. It’s about what you’ve given back.

Thank you @workatforge for the wonderful article on “13 female owned Restaurants in Birmingham” in honor of Women’s Hist...
03/31/2021

Thank you @workatforge for the wonderful article on “13 female owned Restaurants in Birmingham” in honor of Women’s History Month. So proud of so many dames represented here!
Link in bio for the full article❤️

Congrats to all!!!

@beckysatterfield of @satterfieldsrestaurant and @el_zunzun

@ashley_mcmakin of @ashleymacs

Pardis Stitt of @bottegacafebham @highlandsbarandgrill @fonfonbham

@jyyarbrough of @crestlinebagel

Kristen Hall of @essentialbham @bakingbandits

Also featured 2 of our Scholarship recipients:
@jjsbutterfly of
@nbnkettlecornco

and @jsenskeryan of @bluerootco and

Wow what an amazing response! Thanks to your overwhelming support with pre-orders,  the LDEI Sweet treats Boxes are All ...
02/13/2021

Wow what an amazing response! Thanks to your overwhelming support with pre-orders, the LDEI Sweet treats Boxes are All SOLD OUT! ! This has raised money for our scholarship fund and we are so grateful! Love to all our fans, happy Valentine's Day, and we can't wait for another sweet treats event next year!

Wow what an amazing response! Thanks to your overwhelming support with pre-orders, the LDEI Sweet treats Boxes are All SOLD OUT! ! This has raised money for our scholarship fund and we are so grateful! Love to all our fans, happy Valentine's Day, and we can't wait for another sweet treats event next year!

Last chance to order your Valentine’s Box from some of Birmingham’s top female bakers! Head over to @marketatpepperplace...
02/12/2021

Last chance to order your Valentine’s Box from some of Birmingham’s top female bakers! Head over to @marketatpepperplace link in bio to order by 9am Friday!
All proceeds support our scholarship fund❤️

We have the perfect Valentine’s treat for you and yours! Each Sweet Treats Box contains an assortment of cookies, bars a...
02/08/2021

We have the perfect Valentine’s treat for you and yours! Each Sweet Treats Box contains an assortment of cookies, bars and chocolate treats prepared by the top female bakers and pastry chefs in Birmingham, all members of Les Dames d'Escoffier. You can order Mon 9am through Fri 9am, with pickup Saturday at the Curbside Winter Market at Pepper Place, 7am-Noon. Proceeds from the sale of each Sweet Treats Box will benefit Les Dames d'Escoffier's culinary scholarship fund.

Boxes ($25) will be available for purchase starting at 9am Monday! Link in our comments to purchase or head over to @marketatpepperplace ❤️❤️❤️

We have the perfect Valentine’s treat for you and yours! Each Sweet Treats Box contains an assortment of cookies, bars and chocolate treats prepared by the top female bakers and pastry chefs in Birmingham, all members of Les Dames d'Escoffier. You can order Mon 9am through Fri 9am, with pickup Saturday at the Curbside Winter Market at Pepper Place, 7am-Noon. Proceeds from the sale of each Sweet Treats Box will benefit Les Dames d'Escoffier's culinary scholarship fund.

Boxes ($25) will be available for purchase starting at 9am Monday! Link in our comments to purchase or head over to @marketatpepperplace ❤️❤️❤️

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Order your sweets treat Valentines box from Les Dames d’escoffier Bham @marketatpepperplace $25
Big love to all our wonderful Les Dames d’Escoffier! Les and I loved our meal and champagne and all the special treats! Hoping you had a great fundraiser to help more women leaders in the food industry! Cheers!
My stint at The Nick
We have such a great team of women at Satterfield’s Restaurant.
El ZunZún Mexican Restaurant Nixtamal corn demo and talk on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at Pepper Place Market.
Just a reminder dames, that there is still space available for you and a guest to attend our first LDEI BHM Financial Literacy event taking place tomorrow (Monday, 1/28/19) at 11:30 am at the Emmet O'Neal Library in Crestline. Bring your favorite portable nosh for this valuable Lunch and Learn Event! DM me to reserve your spot.
Dallas Detroit Chicago New Orleans and BIRMINGHAM! Cherry Bombe Magazine is bringing their radio tour to Morris Avenue on November 15th. Space at The Essential is limited so click here to get your tickets for the Cherry Bombe: The Future of Food in Birmingham event.
Working on a feature suggesting fantastic foods to send as corporate gifts during the holidays. Any company suggestions?
Nice promo piece from Patch about our upcoming fundraiser!