Minnesota Les Dames d’Escoffier Fundraising Events

LDEI is a non-profit which raises funds that go towards:

  • Academic scholarships for women students in culinary, food science, and agriculture fields
  • Micro-Grants to support working women in the food industry
  • To support Urban Roots which educates youth in the fields of food and ecology

Please see below for upcoming events, or consider making a tax-deductible donation.

Our chapter also hosts member-only events, if you are interested in learning more about membership click here. We would love to have you!

Upcoming Events

Monday, March 4: Zoom with Tina Rexing of T-Rex Cookies

$15, Noon Central

Former corporate warrior and competitive baker, fierce advocate for being honest and building your business, charming and business-savvy, articulate, smart and fun! Tina’s progression from a six-figure corporate job, to a successful entrepreneur making and selling cookies, is remarkable. It involves the MN State Fair, farmer’s markets, group-funding and Shark Tank, techniques and tips (she’ll share) and key tenets: hire ‘brand ambassadors,’ social media is key, don’t apologize for success, and women should support other women.

Tina’s famous ½-pound (and 5-pound!) cookies are at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minneapolis airport, and she’s an official sponsor of Minnesota’s hockey team, The Wild. Tina has a storefront in Eagan, Minnesota, and her frozen cookies are available in Midwest grocery stores. She ships nationwide.

Tina will make cookies and answer any and all questions, fielded by Dame Robin Asbell, at Dame Kristen Olson’s beautiful Studio Q. Your name will go in a drawing to receive a shipment of Tina’s fabulous cookies…sorry, U.S. residents only. To learn more about Tina’s business, check out her website T-Rex Cookies.

May 1-11, 2024 – Dame It! Online Silent Auction

We are seeking items or experiences that will capture the attention and interest of our bidders, many of whom have a strong interest in cooking/dining, travel and entertainment. 

If you are able to contribute, please fill out this donation form by March 9.

Not able to donate an item or experience for the auction? Here are some other ways you can help:

Our belief is that any size donation received at the right time can have a huge impact!

Past Events

France 44 Wine and Cheese Tasting August 17, 2023

MN Les Dames Online Auction May 2023

Women Made Women Owned Wine & Cheese Pairing Fundraiser August 2022

Grilling Kit Fundraiser July 2022

Pizza and Salad Kit Fundraiser June 2021

Dinner for Two (Puerto Rico & Canary Islands) Fundraiser April 2021

Party in a Box Fundraiser December 2021

Mardi Gras Cooking Class Fundraiser February 2021

Party in a Box Fundraiser December 2020

Mask Up! Fundraiser Fall/Winter 2020

French Dinner for Two Fundraiser September 2020

It’s a Party Dame It! Fundraiser March 31, 2019

It’s a Party Dame It! Fundraiser April 8, 2018

News & Upcoming Events

Your support of MN Les Dames d'Escoffier events and fundraisers provides educational financial support to our local community of hospitality professionals.