In January, AmericasMart hosted Culinary Futures, an event where industry guests raised scholarship funds, enjoyed live entertainment and savored delicious tastings offered by some of Atlanta’s finest chefs. This annual reception and silent auction raised more than $20,000 toward scholarships provided by the Atlanta Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a philanthropic society dedicated to fostering the education of students in food, fine beverage and hospitality.
“Thanks to everyone who supported this years Culinary Futures event, we are able to provide a young woman in need with a scholarship to pursue her culinary dreams,” said Dame Tamie Cook, LDEI Atlanta’s Vice President of Philanthropy.
Since 2001, LDEI Atlanta has provided annual Scholarships for Education and Continuing Education Grants to female applicants pursuing culinary or pastry arts, farming, beverage management, hospitality, or agriculture coursework.
On hand was last year’s recipient, Jordan Fessehaie, who is studying Hospitality Administration at the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration.
“Because of LDEI I am able to see the possibilities of women in the hospitality industry because the organization is filled with wonderful role models,” she explained. “This scholarship made me see that my major is serious and it is a great career path. To be successful you don’t have to be a doctor or lawyer, you can be an event planner and own your own business, you can be an executive chef, or you can be a food stylist.”
To learn more about LDEI Atlanta Scholarships and Grants, including applications, deadlines and how to apply, visit ldeiatlanta.org/scholarships.
For more information about the event, to participate next year or to make a donation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org