Les Dames d’Escoffier International is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy and philanthropy. To do this, members in its chapters provide leadership, educational opportunities and host philanthropic events within their communities.
The local Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames helps Georgia Organics, Wholesome Wave, the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market and Oakhurst Community Garden.
In 2011, the Atlanta Chapter gave scholarships of $30,500 to 10 women, ages 18 to 50, at seven different institutions. The 28 international chapters have granted more than $4 million in culinary scholarships since LDEI was founded in 1973 in New York.
The Cook’s Warehouse is a fantastic gourmet cookware store and cooking school boasting four stores in the Midtown, Decatur and Brookhaven areas in the city and the East Cobb County area of the suburbs. It offers more than 15,000 products for the kitchen and operates the largest avocational cooking school in the Southeast conducting more than 800 classes yearly, often taught by local chefs, and has a large web-based delivery-by-post site.
Mary S. Moore is the owner/operator/founder of The Cook’s Warehouse, which also sells high-end appliances; conducts private cooking classes for unique celebrations and corporate events, and is a pro bono partner with virtually every major cooking event and gourmet association in Atlanta.