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We Are

We are an all-female organization dedicated to the education and empowerment of women in food + beverage + hospitality.

Since 1959

Since our chapter’s inception in 1959, we have encouraged and connected hundreds of female food and beverage professionals from across the Boston area. Our organization consists of leaders who believe in the power of education, advocacy, and philanthropy. We support one another professionally to help our industry and women across the world flourish. 

Accomplishments We Are Proud Of

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OUR HISTORY

The timeline of Les Dames

1846 –1935
Auguste Escoffier was one of the most innovative chefs in history, one whose philosophy, accomplishments and philanthropic deeds serve as both model and inspiration to culinary professionals today.

1936
Former pupils of Auguste Escoffier gathered at the Waldorf Astoria to form an all-male organization of dedicated gastronomes called Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of New York.

1959
Boston natives, Eda Saccone and Charles Banino had the courage and tenacity to create an all-female culinary group modeled after Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of New York. Ada got the first Charter the 1st charter in Boston that started it all.

1966
Joseph Donon, the founder of Les Amis d’Escoffier, granted Les Dames des Amis d’Escoffier their charter, making them the first ever women’s chapter in the world.

1981
Established the Charles L. Banino Scholarship Foundation which awards scholarships to deserving female students in the food industry.

1985
A Tribute to Julia Child at The Copley Plaza with Boston luminaries and White House Chef Henry Haller.

1992
First all-women’s chef dinner at Mason Robert with Julia Child as an honored guest.

1992
Les Dames des Amis d’Escoffier joined forces with Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a professional women’s society founded in New York.

1994
Boston hosted the Les Dames D’escoffier International Annual Conference.

2004
Julia Child with Dame Judy Mattera at the Federalist

2010
Boston Les Dames d’Escoffier celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

Lucille S. Giovino
Past Les Dames Boston Chapter President, 1980-1989
Past LDEI Treasurer, 1982-1984
Daughter of Founder Eda Saccone
Lifetime member at Large

2014
Boston hosts the Les Dames d’Escoffier International Annual Conference a commemorative stamp of Julia Child’s was issued by the Cambridge Postmaster Julis was a member til her death.