Les Dames d’Escoffier : Colorado Chapter

August 2008, Denver, Colorado

The Colorado chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international, invitational philanthropic organization of women in the hospitality industry, was granted a charter in 2003. The 42-member Colorado chapter is one of 27 chapters in North America and is one of the most recent to create a philanthropic and educational program to support aspiring chefs, sommeliers, hotel managers, educators, and administrators in food, beverage, and hospitality professions. The organization’s mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. LDEI/Colorado also recently launched a scholarship and mentoring program for young women. Last fall, as part of a national initiative, the group initiated an educational Green Tables program for fourth-grade students at Fairview Elementary School in northwest Denver, designed to introduce youngsters to gardening, harvesting, and preparing fresh produce.

LDEI Colorado elected its board of directors for 2008 at its annual meeting in September 2007. Officers include: president, Joan Brewster, executive director of the Colorado Chefs Association; vice president, Nancy Merrill, attorney and food historian; treasurer, Mary Mino, president of the Colorado Restaurant Association; Wendy White, marketing director of Colorado Department of Agriculture; and board chairman, Holly Arnold Kinney, owner of The Fort restaurant in Morrison, CO.