Dames d'Escoffier, Boston Chapter
Les Dames d'Escoffier, Boston Chapter, is part of an international society representing distinguished women chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, culinary educators and historians, food journalists, fine food purveyors, hospitality executives, etc. It was founded on April 12, 1959, as Les Dames des Amis d'Escoffier, as a collaboration between Eda Saccone and Charles L. Banino, then the executive chef and managing director at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston. In 1966 the chapter became the first women's chapter to be affiliated with Les Amis d'Escoffier, and in 1992 it was officially renamed Les Dames d'Escoffier, Boston Chapter, part of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, which seeks to promote the "understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of food, wine, and other beverages, nutrition, the arts of the table and other fields as they are related to these disciplines." The chapter also funds scholarships for students in the food industry through the Charles L. Banino Scholarship Foundation.