That means the ladies of Escoffier, which refers, I believe, to George Auguste Escoffier, a French chef and culinary writer. According to the Washington DC chapter website, Les Dames d’Escoffier
“. . . is comprised of influential women of high achievement in the culinary, beverage and hospitality industries. Membership is by invitation only, and DC Dames range from top chefs, restaurateurs and caterers to renowned journalists, authors and hospitality executives. Our members are at the forefront of shaping decisions regarding what we choose to eat and drink everyday. As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, Les Dames d’Escoffier, Washington, DC offers scholarships to women seeking advancement in culinary-related fields, and offers grants to non-profit organizations that support women and help better our community. Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier share their expertise by offering educational programs which are open to the public, and volunteering for worthy food-related causes throughout the year.”
I mention this group because one of their members got in touch to let me know about an upcoming event they are hosting called the Octoberfest Dinner and Beer Tasting. Details as follows:
WHERE: Rustico, 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.224.5051
COST: Tickets are $75 for members of Les Dames d’Escoffier; $85 for non-members. Price includes dinner, beer, wine, gratuity and tax.
REGISTRATION: Reservations close October 11, 202.973.2168. Space is limited.
Seung and I ate at Rustico about a month ago and were impressed by the atmosphere, food, and absolutely superb beer and food pairing program. They have an option called the “Trio” – tastes of three items each paired with a four ounce sample of beer. We got three of these sets, sharing everything and loving every minute and bite of it.