Les Dames d’Escoffier International is the only organization of its kind: a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. The invitation-only membership, composed of 28 individual chapters across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.
In 2006, LDEI developed an ambitious community service program in partnership with the National Gardening Association called Green Tables Civic Agriculture and Garden Initiative. LDEI chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada volunteer to help a variety of established garden-to-table organizations in their hometowns. Members lend their considerable expertise to teach cooking classes, help farmers develop retail products, teach at-risk youth kitchen skills and coordinate farm visits among other culinary-related activities. The goal is to help strengthen those programs and broaden their reach. National Gardening Association provides gardening support and expertise.