About Us

Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The by-invitation membership, composed of over 2,400 members in 42 chapters in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.

The Portland chapter, established in 2015, is an organization of some of the cities finest women representing the culinary arts. We are restaurateurs, cooks, bakers, authors, educators, wine makers, farmers, media personalities…bottom line, we are intelligent ladies with damn good taste who would like to share their knowledge and experiences with you!

Our Vision

LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, fine beverage and hospitality fields.

To make this vision a reality, LDEI members:

  • Share knowledge

  • Support members

  • Provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropic events for the community at large

Guiding Principles

The members of LDEI adhere to Guiding Principles that uphold the integrity, professionalism and outstanding leadership, which our founders originally established for the organization.

  • Provide a supportive culture for member networking

  • Share knowledge among members, upcoming women in the professions and the general public

  • Appreciate LDEI history while advancing our future

  • Promote the significance of food, fine beverage and hospitality in all cultures

  • Provide opportunities for education and career advancement

  • Create and support philanthropic opportunities within our local communities

  • Celebrate and promote the professional diversity of our membership