Welcome New LDEI Dallas Chapter Member Jennifer Uygur

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Dame Jennifer Uygur's career has included time spent as a teacher and in advertising, before she moved into wine and food. She spent time managing the Wine and Beer department at Central Market before she and her husband opened Lucia in 2009. Jennifer is also an active member of Slow Food Dallas and a Level II Sommelier. Jennifer's LDEI Dallas Chapter Sponsors are Dame Mary Kimbrough and Dame Sharon Hage. 

Welcome New LDEI Dallas Member Andrea Gates

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Dame Andrea Gates is the current Managing Director of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. She has over 25 years in the hospitality industry, with most of her career spent working for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. She began her career in Dallas at the Mansion and has held management positions at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in New Mexico, before returning to Dallas to take over running the Mansion in 2013. Andrea's LDEI Dallas Chapter Sponsors are Dame Janet Cobb & Dame Kerstin Rettig. We are also happy to share, that Andrea was recently named General Manager of the Year in the Luxury and Upscale Category, at the 2017 Hospy Awards Annual Gala.

Shelby Schafer retires from the Kimbell Art Museum after 35 years


Upon receiving Emeritus Status in the Dallas Les Dames d’Escoffier Chapter, Shelby said how much it has meant to her to be a part of the Dallas Chapter.  She went on to say that she had learned so much from her association with so many talented and giving women over the last twenty years.



“My life after retirement from the Kimbell has led to some new and exciting activities here in Fort Worth. I am loving my activities with Tarrant Area Food Bank and working with local chefs. I am really honored to have received Emeritus status in our Chapter”.