Green Tables

The Les Dames d’Escoffier International “Green Tables” Initiative was launched in 2006 as a chapter-led program to deepen the relationship between locally grown food at farms and gardens with school and community-food programs, restaurants and kitchen tables.

Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter supports two Green Tables initiatives: Growing Chefs! and Project CHEF. These programs teach school children about the importance of fresh, nutritious food with hands-on experience that inspires them to make better food choices throughout their lives.

Growing Chefs!

The mission of Growing Chefs! is to connect chefs, kids, and communities to foster systemic change towards healthy, sustainable, just food practices. They offer a variety of programs that engage kids in exploring food and food systems in an exciting way that connects to their lives and learning. As an example, Growing Chefs’ Classroom Gardening and Cooking Program brings a team of three or four volunteers to participating BC elementary classes to deliver hands-on lessons related gardening, cooking, and sharing food.

They also host fabulous fundraisers such as Eat.Give.Grow., the Eat Local Challenge, and From Farms to Forks. If you’re interested in volunteering or attending a fundraiser, please visit  GrowingChefs.ca

Chefs in the Classroom.

Chefs in the Classroom is a not-for-profit group of chefs, cooks, junior chefs and associates dedicated to educating the children in the Okanagan about how to grow, cook and enjoy local foods! Its edible education program available for select elementary classrooms is taught by a team of volunteer chefs, cooks, nutritionists, gardeners, farmers, educators and industry associates with topics including planting a garden/transplanting/composting, nutrition, local fruits and vegetables, why you should eat local foods, easy recipes, and connections to Indigenous education.  For more information and to support, please visit ChefsInTheClassroom.com

Relief Fund

BC Dames have stepped up to the plate and offered relief through new funding initiatives.

Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter established $40,000 COVID relief fund for food-focused organizations supporting women

Feb. 11 2021, Vancouver, BCRecognizing the onerous challenges that charities and community programs in British Columbia are confronting during the global pandemic, Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter has created a COVID relief fund to provide much-needed aid. The $40,000 fund was established in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the significant fiscal impact faced by many organizations and programs supporting women and their families through food security, education, and training.

“We developed these grants to assist established programs that empower women and encourage positive change within the food industry,” explains Cassandra Anderton, Chapter Co-President. “A number of the charitable events and promotions we normally support had to be cancelled or postponed last year, and this is our way of continuing to give back to our local communities.”

Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter (LDBC) hosts food-and-beverage-related events that raise money to facilitate outreach programs as well as a scholarship program that empowers women in the industry by supporting their educational goals and advancement in their fields. The LDBC completed another successful scholarship application campaign this year but, unfortunately, countless charitable events and promotions that would have benefitted a variety of organizations were cancelled in 2020. Thanks to generous donors and successful fundraising activities in 2019 along with a significant $20,000 contribution from British Columbia’s Snow Cap Enterprises Ltd., (owned by LDBC member, Linda Seifert) earmarked specifically for this fund, LDBC can reimagine and continue its philanthropic efforts.

With grants ranging from $500 to $5,000, many recognized non-profits, charities, and social enterprises can find assistance through the LDBC Relief Fund. Eligible organizations and programs that fit the criteria of delivering successful experiences and support to women and their families through food access or mentorship are encouraged to review the guidelines and complete an application at Les Dames BC Relief Fund. Application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Les Dames d’Escoffier British Columbia Chapter is a not-for-profit organization of women leaders in food, beverage, and hospitality whose mission is education, scholarship, philanthropy and to advance women in their industry.

Les Dames Fundraising Wine

It all started with a scholarship – Mireille Sauvé was a 22-year-old woman who loved the restaurant industry. Thirsting for challenge after having worked front-of-house for eight years, she decided to pursue certification through the Canadian Sommelier Guild and was granted a scholarship from Les Dames BC in 1996 to do so… Fast forward 19 years and that brings you to the start of this unique fundraising initiative: Dames Wine / The Wine Umbrella.

Mireille had long wanted to pay back the Dames’ generosity and, after becoming a Dame herself in2013, she developed a plan to raise money by making delicious wines, using exclusively Okanagan Valley grapes. With the help of many industry members and wine-loving consumers, these beauties contributed $45,000 toward educational scholarships for women in British Columbia.

Dames Brut 2017  

A combination of Pinot Blanc and Riesling, all certified organic from Kelowna’s Sperling Vineyards, make up this Champagne-Method bubble. A “quick riddle” lends to its creamy mouthfeel full of crisp apple and grapefruit flavours.

Dames White 2015  

This wine is a Sommelier favourite. Lean, crisp and sophisticated, it is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer. A definite “food wine” as its lovely acidity and crisp minerality balance flavours of Ambrosia apple, lime zest and grapefruit pith. Divine with cheeses, fish, soup, Swiss cheese fondue…

The Wine Umbrella Fleur White 2019   

This wine tastes like tropical fruit salad in a glass. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Muscat, this is thirst-quenching beyond words. Also great with BBQ or spicy foods.

The Wine Umbrella Chardonnay 2022   

Do you like Pina Coladas? A balanced Chardonnay grown in Oliver and fermented in American oak. Ripe pineapple flavours pair with toasted coconut and crisp apple nuances. Juicy and delicious!

The Wine Umbrella 70/40 Red 2018  

Inspired by the reds of Loire Valley, France, this is a unique blend of Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir. Lighter body with bright red cherry and Earl Grey tea flavours. Perfect with charcuterie and cheese plates.

The Wine Umbrella Co-Syrah 2020   

A co-ferment between ultra-premium Osoyoos Syrah (91%) and Viognier (9%), this is a rich, fruit-forward red that we call “The Ultimate Fireplace Wine”. Ripe blackberries and star anise pair with toasty notes of black plum and vanilla. Great with strong-flavoured meats and cheeses or as a treat on its own.