About Les Dames d' Escoffier St. Louis Chapter

The St. Louis Chapter of Les Dames d' Escoffier was formalized in September of 2008 with 25 charter members and today includes 36 women leaders in the food, beverage, hospitality and restaurant management fields. The Board and members of LDEI St. Louis Chapter would like to officially acknowledge and express appreciation for the support received from the officers of LDEI International and the Dames of the Kansas City Chapter. The Kansas City team's support served as a catalyst for the formation of our relatively new chapter by strengthening our regional representation in this most esteemed organization.


About Les Dames d' Escoffier International

Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a world wide 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.

Our Vision

LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality professions. To do this, LDEI members: share knowledge; support fellow members and provide leadership, educational opportunities and philanthropic events for the larger community.

Our Mission

The St. Louis Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) is one of 28 chapters worldwide of this invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality who are joined in the mission of promoting education, advocacy and philanthropy.


St. Louis Chapter Slate of Officers 2019:

  • Marilyn Freundlich, President
  • Millie Mattfield-Beman,  First Vice President
  • Connie Diekman, Second Vice President
  • Judy Bellos, Treasurer
  • Mary Sutkus, Secretary
  • Beth Heidrich, Member’s Advocate
  • Kathy Costello, Scholarship Committee Chair
  • Joan Ferguson, Membership Committee Chair
  • Beth Heidrich, & Cecily Hoffius, Programs Committee Co-Chairs
  • Patricia McManus, Fundraising Committee Chair
  • Whitney Linsenmeyer, Green Tables Committee Chair
  • Priscilla Ward, Past-President
  • Roberta Duyff & Judith Bellos, Global Culinary Initiative Co-Chairs
  • Beth Heidrich, Social Media Communications Committee Chair


History of Les Dames d'Escoffier International

Click here for
The History of Les Dames d' Escoffier International,
written by Katherine Newell Smith, Washington, D.C. Chapter.

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