Membership in the Kansas City Chapter

Membership is by invitation of a current Dame and must be voted on by the Board and the Membership. Internationally, the criteria are the same for all members:

  • Professional women in leadership positions in food, wine, other fine beverage, hospitality, farming, nutrition, or other fields that relate to these disciplines; and with a minimum of five (5) years full-time, leadership experience in these fields.
  • Women who support the purposes of Les Dames d'Escoffier International and abide by its bylaws.
  • Women dedicated to furthering the role of women in the professions of food, wine, and hospitality.
  • Women who exhibit integrity and the highest ethical standards in their work.
  • Women who will make an active contribution to LDEI, work harmoniously with others to achieve the Society’s goals, and abide by their chapter’s requirements.

For additional information about the international organization visit ldei.org

If you would like a local contact, please visit our Contact page.


LDEI-KC 2020 Board

President: Kathy Denis, Bo Lings & A la Carte, LLC

Vice President: Jenny Vergara, Foodlie LLC

Secretary: Mindy Riley, The Olive Tree

Treasurer: Lindsay Howerton, Howe Consulting

Treasurer-Elect: Judy Ensminger

Communications: Jenny Vergara, Foodlie LLC

Communications-Elect: Kimrey Kent, Major Brands

Membership: Jane Zieha, Blue Bird Bistro

Membership: Jill Silva, Jill Silva Food 

Philanthropy: Mary Holland, Herfeford House and Pierpont's Restaurants

Programs: Mary Meade Eastman

Programs-Elect: Cheryl Hartel, Pita for Good

Nominating: Chris Becicka , Show Me Happy Hours

Yes, I would like to help

further the education of young women entering the culinary field with a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund.

Yes, I would like to help

further the education of young women entering the culinary field with a tax-deductible donation to the scholarship fund.