Come to the Table

When women help other women succeed, good things happen. Tasty things do, too.

This year, $10,000 in scholarships and awards from a group of women leaders in our food community will help four college students pursue their food-science studies, three high schools better serve their culinary-arts students, Jones Valley Teaching Farm connect with more kids, and entrepreneur Nancey Legg grow her business and make more kombucha.

The Birmingham chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI), a philanthropic organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality, awarded its $3,000 2018 New Entrepreneur Award to Legg, who owns better kombucha. Jones Valley Teaching Farm received the $2,000 Non-Profit Organization Award.  The Birmingham chapter gave four $1,000 college scholarships this year; recipients were Rebecca Klang from Jefferson State Community College; Hope Etheridge and Sydney Smith, both of whom are majoring in dietetics at Samford University; and Ally Cound, an Auburn University nutrition major. And three high school teachers—Lauren Bolding, Albertville High School; Melissa Allphin, Moody High School; and Diann Pilgrim, Wenonah High School, Birmingham City Schools—shared a $1,000 teachers’ grant.

Read the entire story here on Alabama NewsCenter.

Then join in. Southern Soiree is the main vehicle for the Les Dames philanthropy.  It’s an al fresco, sunset dinner with wine and cocktails in the gardens of Jones Valley Teaching Farm.

Consider yourself invited.

This year the event will be October 7 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and scholarship and grant recipients will be recognized there.

You can get tickets here.

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