Quick and Easy: Chicago Les Dames’ Swank-A-Licious Supper Club

MAD-Les-DamesJoin Chicago’s finest female leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industries for an upscale supper club event.

What: Les Dames d’Escoffier Chicago is hosting its bi-annual fundraiser, where you can rub elbows with the prevailing forces in Chicago’s dining scene. Enjoy specialty drinks, live entertainment, a silent auction and a family-style dinner while supporting scholarship programs for aspiring young women in the culinary arts.

This year’s event, Swank-A-Licious, includes the Les Dames version of a supper club, replete with delicious offerings from Honey Butter Fried Chicken and beers from Goose Island Brewery. Specialty cocktails from Koval Distillery include the Waukesha Whiskey Citrus Sour and the Appleton-tini.

“Every single thing you may find at a (traditional) supper club is elevated because of the wonderful chefs we have in our group,” says Event Co-Chair and Convito Café & Market Co-Owner Nancy Brussat.

The Wisconsin supper club theme is carried through the event by the entertainment, provided by the Generation Band (featuring Make It Better’s own Julie Chernoff). A live auction of rare wine and food bundles will be followed by an extensive silent auction, but the highlight of the event is sure to be the Dessert Dash “Fun”Raiser, a raucous and interactive bidding on world class desserts by Chicago’s best pastry chefs.

All proceeds will benefit the Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarship Fund to women in Chicago for culinary education.

Where: Gallery 1028, 1028 N. Hooker St., Chicago

When: Monday, May 12, Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.

How: RSVP online by May 2.

The organization: Founded in 1983, the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is comprised of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. The invitation-only organization is dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions. The group supports scholarships for young women pursuing degrees in culinary arts and participates in active community service projects. Past projects have included the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls Club.

With chapters in all the major U.S. cities, London and Canada, Les Dames offers networking opportunities to women, who remain the minority in culinary fields. Since its inception, the organization has proved an invaluable resource. “Because men were so dominant in the kitchen, and there weren’t that many women who filled those positions, it was helpful to be able to network with other women,” says Brussat, a twice-former Chicago chapter president and former international president. “The women that participate in this organization are leaders in the community.”

Make It Better is a proud media sponsor of Swank-A-Licious.

Editor’s Note: Editor-in-Chief Julie Chernoff is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier of Chicago.