Here is the story of our chapter founder: Dolores Snyder
FORMATION OF LDEI DALLAS CHAPTER
In 1978, I went to the French Riviera for some R & R after leading a two week food and wine tour for Neiman Marcus to Normandy and the Loire. I had signed up for cooking classes in Michelin starred restaurants—a pilot program designed by Simone Beck. The trip originated in Cannes in early May. The cultural side of the
tour included the Matisse Chapel and a visit to Picasso’s home with a cooking class
in Simone’s kitchen.
Staying at our hotel was Carol Brock who was leading a group from New York. One day we took an excursion to the home and birthplace of Auguste Escoffier. There,
Carol was presented with a medal for founding the New York Chapter of Les Dames
d’Escoffier in 1976. She and I discussed the future possibility of a Dallas Chapter.
should LDE ever expand. A picture was taken of our tour group in front of Escoffier’s home and this photo was later run in the New York Daily News.
Time passed and a culinary teacher from Australia visited me in 1983. She asked if I knew what Les Dames d’Escoffier was and I told her of my encounter with Carol Brock during our cooking classes. My Aussie friend had been asked to start a chapter over there. She said,”Dodie, I am going to suggest you start a Dallas Chapter
when I am in New York next time.” This was May, 1983 and the following September, I received a letter from Saralie Slonsky inviting me to form a Dallas
chapter. I immediately replied but time passed before a reply came. On August
27, 1984, I had the first meeting with my nine charter members. Each immediately replied, “Yes.” when I asked them to meet to form our chapter but each asked,
“What is it?”
In 1985 and 1986, I made trips to New York and Washington D.C. to form Les
Dames d’Escoffier International.as we now had five chapters. Our formal induction of New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas and Philadelphia took place on October 27,1986 around the world globe in the lobby of The New York Daily News.
There, I lit a candle for Dallas as an official Les Dames d’Escofffier chapter, and all
because I was in need of some R and R on the French Riviera.