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Pre-registration for this event is now closed. Onsite registration opens at 7:30 am on Thursday, October 20 at the Intercontinental Barclay Hotel in NYC.


Dear Dames, 

I cannot wait to personally welcome you to New York City, my hometown, in just a few short months. It will be my honor to preside over this Conference as president of Les Dames d’Escoffier International and as a New York Dame in the city that never sleeps. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity after having served as the LDEI president this year. As luck would have it, October in New York is simply glorious. The weather is temperate with warm sunny days and pleasantly crisp nights. The trees that dot the city’s streets and many parks will be beginning to show the glorious shades of autumn. It’s the perfect weather for jaunting around New York during your stay at the beautifully appointed InterContinental Barclay Hotel with its ideal midtown location.

I know that quite a few of you have already booked your flights and hotel rooms. It’s been quite some time since there was a Conference in the Big Apple—actually 26 years. So we were long overdue to welcome you back to one of the greatest cities in the world. 

Conference Cochairs Joan Brower and Marsha Palanci, along with a veritable village of dedicated New York Dames, have been working for over a year to deliver the experience of a lifetime. From special pre-conference tours to meaningful seminars, a Friday night event at Pier Sixty that is spectacular to a lip-smacking, feet stomping post-Conference jaunt to Harlem, this year’s Conference will be something you will not soon forget.

This year we will also be celebrating two Grande Dame winners at our Saturday night dinner. Be there to join me in honoring Dames Paula Lambert and Bev Shaffer, both dedicated Dames. We will also be presenting the impressive M.F.K Fisher Prize, as well as hearing about the unique Legacy Award experiences from the various recipients, which are always inspirational.

Come early and stay late to enjoy all this great city has to offer including the world-famous Bronx Zoo, glorious New York Botanical Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum, the Cloisters, Lincoln Center, the many art galleries strung along Madison Avenue, and our architecturally designed Central Park, as well as the many shows that Broadway has to offer. You want it. We’ve got it. I look forward to seeing you in October!

As always,
Deborah Mintcheff
LDEI President

Conference Brochure
Please note that the following optional events are sold out:

Tour 3: Leave Town to Explore Chef Dan Barber’s Extraordinary Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Tour 5: Walk the Brooklyn Bridge and Spend the Morning in Trendy Dumbo

Tour 6: Discover Historic Chinatown: Eat, Drink, and Shop with the “Mott Street Girls”

Tour 7: Breakfast at the James Beard House, Stroll Greenwich Village, the Highline, and Shop at Chelsea Market

Tour 8: Walk the Historic West Harlem

Optional Event - After-Party at The Skylark Lounge

Optional Event - Sunday Brunch


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