January 2, 2009
What do Julia Child, Alice Waters, Barbara Kafka, M.F.K. Fisher and Lidia Bastianich have in common, besides being famous female chefs? Did you know that they all belonged to an organization called Les Dames d?Escoffier, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women in the field of food, fine beverage and hospitality? The invitation-only membership has 27 chapters across the U.S. and Canada and is the only organization of its kind. Interestingly enough, it had its roots in jealousy.