The BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDBC) has raised $10,000 for their scholarship program this year through the generous support of partners located throughout BC
The most recent and notable fundraising event, Dames Dine Around (previously known as Summerdine) raised $6,700. This one-night exclusive dining experience took place on September 12, 2023, at partner restaurants and wineries throughout the province during which specially created multi-course menus were provided to participating guests for $100 each. One hundred percent of the proceeds contributed to the LDBC scholarship program. Wine and cider pairings were also provided for each menu as generously donated by Peak Cellars and Sea Cider.
Participating restaurants were located throughout Vancouver’s Lower Mainland, the Okanagan and Sunshine Coast including the Lower Mainland’s Black Walnut, Blue Water Café, Botanist at the Fairmont Pacific Group, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Fanny Bay Oysters, The Farmers Apprentice, Globe at YVR at the Fairmont Airport, H Hasting Lounge at the Westin Bayshore, Maenam, Savio Volpe, Uli’s, The Vancouver Fish Company, and Vij’s. In the Okanagan, The Naramata Inn and Poplar Grove Winery provided special dining experiences.
Earlier in the year, LDBC received funds towards a BC Spot Prawn Pop-Up at the Beer Farm fundraiser hosted on May 22nd by Chef Johnny Bridge and 46 South Fish Co’s Mark Urwin at Persephone Brewing on the Sunshine Coast. Chef Bridge, a chef at the University of British Columbia, and Vice President at both the Chefs’ Table Society of BC and Mind the Bar Foundation, grilled fresh BC spot prawns straight from the boat with proceeds provided to the LDBC.
On June 15th, Tushar Shroff’s Indish Food Truck celebrated its third anniversary at the Vancouver False Creek Farmers’ Market, providing 75% of its sales that day to the LDBC totalling $1,275.
Les Dames, BC Chapter President, Cassandra Anderton expressed her thanks, “We are so immensely grateful for the generous support we have received from this diverse group of members from our food, beverage, and hospitality industries! We know that many are experiencing financial challenges right now so it means so much to our members to receive this support so that we can continue to inspire, advance, and support the women in our communities today and the next generation of female leaders.”
The Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter scholarship program is open to all females of any age and at any stage of their career who are looking to either refine or expand their expertise at a credible educational institution of their choice anywhere in the world. 2024 applications will be accepted starting December 1, 2023, at LesDames.ca.
About Les Dames d’Escoffier International:
Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is an international organization of women leaders who create.
a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the fields of food, beverage, and hospitality. The organization’s 2,400 members in 44 chapters in the US, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy provide leadership, educational opportunities, and philanthropy. LDEI chapters raised and donated more than $525,000 to community non-profits and philanthropic organizations in 2021.
The organization is named after Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935), a French chef known as “The Chef of Kings” and the “The King of Chefs”. He is recognized as the most innovative chef in history, one whose philosophy, accomplishment, and philanthropic deeds serve as inspiration to culinary professions today.
To learn more about Les Dames Escoffier, BC Chapter, its scholarship application process, and how to support its scholarship program, visit LesDames.ca.
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