philanthropy

Austin Dames donate $1,000 to Green Corn Project

The Austin Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier donated $1,000 to Green Corn Project as part of its annual Green Tables initiative to support garden-to-table organizations in Austin. Green Corn Project is a grass-roots, Austin-based non-profit organization that strives to improve access to affordable, healthy food in low-income communities by helping families and social service organizations grow their own food. One of the group’s goals for the coming year is to increase the number of low-income elementary schools it serves. With the $1,000 grant from Les Dames d’Escoffier, Green Corn will be able to achieve that goal. The grant will cover the costs of vegetable transplants, seeds, cedar boards, soil and compost for two new raised bed gardens at four schools.

The Austin Dames were thrilled to not only donate to Green Corn but also to help plant gardens at Casa Marianella, a recipient of Green Corn Projects efforts. We look forward to returning to help with the Spring dig-in!

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2016 Scholarship Recipients

Austin’s Les Dames d’Escoffier Chapter
Awards Two Culinary Scholarships

The Austin chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) awarded culinary scholarships in the amount of $4,000 each to Adria Garcia and Karina Calderon.

The Austin LDEI scholarships are awarded each year to local women who are pursuing full-time coursework in a culinary arts program for professional development.

Adria Garcia of Buda received her Plant-Based Chef degree from the Natural Epicurean Academy at Austin Community College. After being diagnosed with a blood disorder by the VA, Adria chose to pursue a career in natural foods and was able to eliminate all medications from her regime. Adria is looking forward to teaching the healing powers of natural foods to her fellow female veterans.

Karina Calderon of Georgetown is pursuing an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts. Karina plans to use her degree to pursue her lifelong dream of owning her own business. She plans to open a food truck upon graduation and then pursue a business degree at the University of Texas, specializing in Marketing.

Austin’s LDEI chapter represents more than 70 of Austin’s top women culinary professionals. For the past eight years the chapter has contributed more than $40,000 in scholarships to local women seeking a culinary career.

Applicants must have completed at least 20 credit hours (or the equivalency), have a G.P.A. of 3.5 or higher, and be enrolled currently in a local certificate or associate’s degree program in culinary arts, baking and pastry, or hospitality and restaurant management. Scholarships are awarded based on academic accomplishments, references, financial need, goals, aspirations, initiative and culinary-related experience.

LDEI is an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage, and hospitality professions. To do this, members provide leadership, educational opportunities and host philanthropic events within their communities.

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