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Les Dames d'Escoffier

-Hawaii Chapter Fundraiser!

We didn’t want a dining society. We wanted to do something. We wanted to show what women could do.

Carol Brock, founder, Les Dames d'Escoffier International

Chef Vivian will put a local twist on a Southern favorite from her award winning book, Deep Run Roots and Chef Ed will be creating the night’s luau theme with kalua pork prepared in a traditional imu, nestled amongst the lush setting of the farm.

Copies of Deep Run Roots are available for pre-purchase when you buy your event ticket, to be picked up and signed by Chef Vivian at the event. Quantities are limited. (Additional copies will be for sale at the event, but pre-purchasing ensures you’ll get one! )

Our 10 Les Dames chefs will create dishes to highlight the evening’s themes of sustainability and hospitality:

Jackie Lau/HFM (all islands)
Smokey Chili Pepper Tomato Shot with Pipikaula
Beth Fuller/Lava Lava Beach Club (Waikoloa, Hawaii Island; Kapaa, Kauai)
Squash-Onion Smother; Squash Pickle Salad
Lee Anne Wong/Koko Head Cafe (Kaimuki, Oahu)
Ulu-Kalo Luau Stew with Coconut & Sweet Onions
Kathy Masunaga/Sweet Revenge (Oahu)
Purple Sweet Potato Maui Onion Bread with Lilikoi Butter; Ahi Poke Pie
Aletha Thomas/Monkeypod Jam (Lawai, Kauai)
Creamed Collards with Pickled Collard Stems; Lillie’s Fried Cornbread and Monkeypod Tomato Jam
Jocelyn McCann& David Passanisi/EAT Honolulu (Honolulu)
Cumin-Crusted Tilapia w/Sweet and Sour Beet Bottoms and Tops
Amy Ferguson/Ferguson Catering (Hawaii Island)
Spoonbread with Sausage Ragout
Maria Short/Short n Sweet Bakery (Hilo, Hawaii Island)
Pecan Chewy Bars
Abigail Langlas/Cake Works (Honolulu, Oahu)
Peanut, Pepsi & Bourbon Float
Michelle Karr-Ueoka/MW Restaurant (Honolulu, Oahu)
Coconut Cake
Dames’ Specialty Drinks:
Satomi Goo/The Tea Chest (all islands)
Mamaki Mojito
Cheryl To/Pacifikool (Honolulu, Oahu)
Kool Punch (non-alcoholic)
Amy Bender/Kai Vodka (all islands)
Specialty Drink (TBD)
Chefs’ Signature Cocktails:
Coffee & Tea:
Marilyn Kirakos-Askari/Hawaiian Paradise Coffee (all islands)
Satomi Goo/The Tea Chest

Vivian Howard is the James Beard Award-winning chef of Chef & The Farmer, a farm-to-table restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina that’s the focus of her PBS series, A Chef’s Life.

Dame Vivian’s book Deep Run Roots won the 2016 IACP (International Association of Cookbook Professionals) in four categories: Cookbook of the Year; Julia Child First Book Award; Chefs and Restaurant Award; and General Award. She was also nominated for the 2017 James Beard Award for American Cooking.


Chef Ed Kenney is the host of the Emmy-winning PBS show Family Ingredients. With four restaurants on Oahu, he has been a James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef, West, every year since 2013. Kenney was an influential champion of the local farm-to-table movement back when it wasn’t part of the culinary norm, fostering the careers of many local chefs who have gone on to make their own mark here in the Islands.


Proceeds from this event go to our Dames who Donate Scholarship


It is our Hawaii Chapter’s goal to offer scholarships for education and continuing education grants for mentorships, both locally and abroad, to kamaaina female applicants who are pursuing careers in the food, fine beverage and hospitality industries. These awards range between $500 – $5000 and are based on financial need, achievement, experience, and potential for success in the culinary trade. The Mission of “Dames who Donate” is to promote and inspire local women to dream big and become leaders in their chosen field.

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