NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Les Dames d’ Escoffier International (LDEI) – New Orleans Chapter is excited to introduce Dames Connect – a casual bimonthly meetup aimed to inform and assist women in New Orleans who are interested in pursuing various fields in the culinary and hospitality industries. The first Dames Connect,  How to Break into Food Writing,” will take place on Wednesday, May 29 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB). Local writers and Dames Beth D’Addono, Stephanie Carter and Rebecca Friedman will be offering advice and helpful hints to aspiring culinary writers.

According to LDEI New Orleans’ President Stephanie Carter, “Dames Connect is about providing mentorship and assistance to women who are pursuing a number of fields. There will be a wide range of areas of expertise, including: food and travel writing, restaurant marketing, running nonprofits, entrepreneurship, pursuing Masters degrees in food business and culinary and tips for applying to and attending culinary school. We hope people will find these meetups insightful and helpful.”

In addition to the May launch event, additional sessions follow:

The #Metoo Movement and How it’s Affecting Us – Thursday, July 25

Increasing Revenue Through Partnerships – Wednesday, Sept. 25

Culinary School: Do You Need It? – Wednesday, Nov. 20

Stepping out on Your Own: Trials and Successes of Opening Your Own Restaurant or Food Business – Jan. 2020

Does your Business Need a PR agency or In-House Help or Can you Handle this on Your Own and How? – March 2020

Time Management Tools – May 2020

Dames Connect will kick off on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 5:30PM – 7PM at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley in New Orleans.

For details on Dames Connect and to RSVP, please visit