Chef Lee Anderson of Sugar Beach Events was one of three Maui women recently inducted into the Hawaii Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of gastronomy, fine beverage and hospitality. The 2018 inductees from Maui include Lee Anderson, executive chef and owner of Sugar Beach Events; Elizabeth McDonald, pastry chef and owner of B3 A Beach Bunny Bakery; and Shonna Pinheiro Baltar, Slow Foods Maui chairperson. All three women were nominated for membership by Dame Dania Novack Katz, publisher and owner of Edible Hawaiian Islands magazine.
The Les Dames d’Escoffier is composed of over 2,200 members in 38 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The by-invitation-only group strives to create a nurturing highly diversified community to achieve excellence in the fields of contemporary foods, fine beverages and hospitality by offering women scholarships, educational programs, externships and networking.
The Hawai‘i Chapter was founded in 2000 and includes more than 80 women that includes a wide spectrum of professional chefs, caterers, restauranteurs, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, wine and spirits industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators, food-community organizers and hospitality executives.
The chapter’s charitable projects include “Dames Who Donate,” offering scholarship funding and education grants for local women pursuing a career in food, fine beverage or hospitality, and the Green Tables program, an initiative to promote community health and well-being through focusing on the value of local farmers and encouraging the use of locally produced food. LDEI Hawai‘i holds several events each year, including dinners and gift basket sales, to support these philanthropic efforts. To learn more, visit www.ldeihawaii.org.