Book Signing Lunch with Madeleine De Jean

Boutour en Avant
Please join us for this incredibly special event!

Lunch and A Book Signing with Madeleine de Jean celebrating her latest book, Bouter en Avant! Full Speed Ahead with Julia Child: A Memoire of Friendship. One of Julia Child’s dearest friends and the first woman sommelier in the world, Madeleine will mesmerize you with fascinating tales of her remarkable friendship both on the written page and in her incredible talent as a storyteller, weaving together remarkable stories of her life with Julia. A light lunch will be served based on Julia’s recipes in what is sure to be an afternoon to remember! Continue reading →


Community Spotlight: Dame Shellie Kark

IMG_0910Dame Shellie Kark has been working with the Colorado Health Foundation and LiveWell Colorado for over 5 years, training the very important and valuable school food service workers (aka lunch ladies and gentlemen) in districts throughout the state of Colorado the skills and techniques of cooking from scratch and providing real food to their kids. These educators – and they truly are educators as they teach children about food, eating and making healthy choices – work under amazing constraints and detailed regulations and yet, they produce food for this country’s children day in and day out.

School lunch salad barKark says she is thrilled to be able to support these amazing contributors by helping them with cooking skills, giving them management and organizational tools and working with them, side by side, in their kitchens with their staff to help them launch beautiful salad bars and a healthier, from scratch lunch program. You can find more information about this program on the LiveWell website.


The Baking Bible Launch Party at The Fort

PrintThe Fort welcomes baker and cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum and invites you to meet her for a book signing, hearty appetizers from the Fort, and a taste of her Cadillac Cafe Milk Chocolate Bread Pudding from her new cookbook, The Baking Bible. In Rose’s honor Dame Holly Arnold Kinney, proprietress of The Fort, will tomahawk champagne to toast the celebration. The cost is $35 per person and includes a glass of Gruet sparkling wine. The event is open to the public and $10 from every ticket will benefit the Colorado Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier to raise money for scholarships and farm to table programs for schools.

Thursday, November 13th
6:00 to 8:30 pm
The Fort, 19192 Colorado 8, Morrison, CO
RSVP by November 7 to Jennifer Weeks, 303-697-2882


Holiday Cooking Class and Cookbook Signing

michele morris chef whites square smallJoin cooking teacher and cookbook author Michele Morris for a special FREE cooking class as part of Douglas County Libraries Season’s Eatings series called Beat The Clock: Timing Your Holiday Meal. She will demonstrate 3 different side dishes and serve up tastes for you to enjoy, and will also talk about a game plan that will leave you free to watch the parade if you choose on Thanksgiving morning! You’ll leave with a recipes and tips to get you through the season. Continue reading →


Gluten Free Talk and Tasting by Carol Fenster

100 best quick gluten freeGluten-free author, Carol Fenster, will speak at 6 PM, Thursday, November 13, at the Gluten-Free Homemade Holidays Event at the Bookworm of Edwards Bookstore in Edwards, Colorado. Her topic is how to save time in the kitchen and attendees will taste dishes from her new book, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes. Tickets are $10.  For more information, visit


Brunch at Panzano’s in Denver

PanzanoChefAmyDame Carol Fenster organized a fundraising Sunday Brunch on September 21 at Panzano Restaurant in the Hotel Monaco, with an entirely gluten-free menu. Colorado chapter Dames and guests from the gluten-free/celiac disease community selected from a specially-designed menu that was adapted to be gluten-free and includedEggsBenedictPanzano Panzano Eggs Benedict served on a polenta rather than English muffin, plus Carrot Muffins and Focaccia made from gluten-free flours.The meal ended with a special demonstration of Raspberry Blintzes by Panzano’s pastry chef. Scholarship winners from the past 3 years were our special guests.


Sunday Brunch in the Panzano Wine Cellar

panzano wine cellarEnjoy Sunday Brunch on September, 21 at Panzano, Chef Elise Wiggins’ Italian restaurant in the Hotel Monaco, downtown Denver.  An award-winning chef, Elise is one of Denver’s celebrity chefs and she and her staff have assembled a special brunch menu, (including gluten-free and vegetarian options), that showcases the mouthwatering dishes that Elise and Panzano are known for.  As a special treat for dessert, the Panzano staff will demonstrate and serve Raspberry Blintzes – all in the cozy, intimate Panzano Wine Cellar, downstairs. Continue reading →


Tasting Colorado Book Signing with Michele Morris

TASTING_COLORADO_FRONTCOVERDame Michele Morris, author of the multiple award winning cookbook, A Taste of Colorado, will be offering up tastes from the book and signing books this Saturday, August 9th, from 11 am until 2 pm at the Kitchen Collage cooking store in Edwards (34323 Hwy 6, Edwards, CO 81632 ~ Phone:(970) 926-0400). Stop by to say hi, and get a jump on your holiday shopping!


LDEI Colorado Now on Facebook

LDEI FB headerLes Dames d’Escoffier Colorado now has a new presence on Facebook.

All Dames can visit our new Facebook page and feel free to post your news and events. All blog posts from the LDEI Colorado website will be shared on Facebook to help increase visibility for the organization.


Upcoming Classes at Longmont YMCA

ldei green tables 7-2014 2From August 5th to the 7th, Dame Kimberly Lord Stewart and other chapter volunteers from Colorado LDEI, will teach at the Longmont YMCA educational farm, using produce from on site that the summer camp children helped plant, weed and harvest. The culinary nutrition classes are part of a larger commitment from the Longmont YMCA to teach youth healthy lifestyle habits and the value of science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) in school and their daily lives. If any LDEI Colorado members are available to assist with the classes, please contact Kim via email.

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