mcfadden-auguste-escoffier_thAuguste Escoffier is a name synonymous with the modernization, simplification and organization of French haute cuisine. His influence as chef and dining manager extended from the kitchen of the Ritz in Lucerne to London’s Savoy hotel, during his lifetime.

It was with his passing in 1935, however, that the world at large began to glean inspiration from this eminent figure—Les Amis D’Escoffier formed as an all-male organization devoted to Escoffier’s approach to food preparation, service and preservation. In a mere 14 years, Les Amis was able to boast a members list of international professional chefs, caterers, growers, critics, etc. This fame caught the attention of one Amis’ wife who was jealous of her husband and threw a dinner party for her own friends. Shortly thereafter, Les Dames D’Escoffier was born.

From MFK Fisher to Alice Waters, from Julia Child to Marcella Hazan, the group has included some of the most notable forerunners of food philosophy and cooking today. ‘[Les Dames] have made it their personal duty to ensure that no one just “eats,” but that we all eat well . . . [they] have promoted sustainable land use, clean water, local food production, humane animal husbandry, fair working conditions, strong food communities, and public education.’*

It is with the utmost admiration for these revolutionary women, for the men who came before them, for Auguste Escoffier and his vision, and for all those who enjoy eating well, that we are pleased to announce the inaugural meeting of Gastronomical M&E.

Feature Cookbook: Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier: At Home with the Women Who Shape the Way We Eat and Drink, edited by Marcella Rosene & Pat Mozersky


When: Friday, April 17th from 5:30pm (or as soon as you’re able to arrive) to 9:00pm (or as long as the wine holds out).

Where: Miriam Schulingkamp’s kitchen on Walloon Lake in Boyne City (directions available upon registration).

Cost & Registration: $20 per person — this cost covers the entire meal (including vegetarian option), dessert and libations. Space is limited, so please contact us today to reserve a spot. Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier is available for purchase for $35 at McLean & Eakin, or by clicking here. We would love for as many individuals as possible to spend some time becoming familiar with the cookbook in advance so that we are able to have lively discussion as we cook together from the book! To that end, we’re offering this special savings:  purchase your cookbook at the time of registration for only $30.

*from the foreword by Alice Waters and Jerry Anne Di Vecchio