Dallas Dames Host Fundraiser for Area Women Seeking Careers in Culinary Arts

DamesGoLocal_postcard_FN1Mark your calendars, everyone. March 3 is when Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s Dallas chapter is hosting its annual Raiser Grazer from 5 to 8 p.m. at Union Station. Once upon a time, in 2010, Nancy attended this event and  “won” four nights in a Jamaican hotel for $250. She said it was a great travel bargain. Sounds like a win-win to me. Hit it, ladies:

The event, themed Dames Go Local, raises money for educational scholarships for area women seeking careers in the culinary arts.  The event is open to the public and tickets are available for $65 per person. This year’s event will showcase the many local purveyors of fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and other artisanal dairy products. The silent auction is now live at biddingforgood.com. Browse Auctions, Texas and find Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Raiser Grazer brings together talented chefs, suppliers, pastry artists and business women for an evening of exceptional food and beverages, outstanding auction items and a lively, family-friendly environment.  The event will feature more than 30 chef-hosted kiosks serving everything from local beef to desserts made with local dairy products; local and international wines, and an outdoor beer garden featuring only local brews. There will also be more than 100 items and experiences up for grabs in the silent auction.

Participating chefs include:
Dame Liz Baron, chef/owner, Mesa Grill – Salad of Tassione Farms Greens, Mozzarella Company cheese and olive oil, pecans and grapefruit from Texas.

Dame Dunia Borga, chef/owner – La Duni – Arequipe (aka Dulce de leche) with Three Cows Dairy Cream and Texas Pecans

Dame Tiffany Derry – chef – Pan Seared Scallops with Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Beurre Blanc

Dames Sharon Hage and Wendy Taggart – Chef and Owner of Burgundy Pasture Beef – Burgundy Pastures Beef Keftah with Three Happy Cows Tzaziki Sauce

Dame Lisa Perini – Owner, Perini Ranch Steakhouse – Mesquite Smoked Peppered Tenderloin

Beer Garden breweries include:

Lakewood Brewing Company
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Peticolas Brewing Company


Central Market
Whole Foods
Fresh Point


About Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Scholarship Fund

For more than 25 years, LDEI’s mission has been to provide support to women through educational programs, mentoring and scholarships.  Our efforts have raised more than $1.2 million and we have
directed those funds to five colleges and universities in Texas.  Locally, LDEI has endowed a scholarship at El Centro; funded Days of Taste, a nutrition education program for DISD students held at the Farmer’s Market and the Family Gateway Culinary Training Program in Dallas, among others.

To purchase tickets visit www.LDEDallas.org.