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Les Dames In Normandy Gala & Auction

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    Mon, June 3, 2024 (6:30 PM - 10:00 PM)

Ambassade de France / Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
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Join our chapter for a gala fundraising dinner, “Dames in Normandy,” at the French Embassy on June 3!

The evening promises a merveilleux mélange of the area’s finest chefs, sparkling personalities, music, and fun all for a good cause: to help fund the grants and scholarships we award each year to women seeking careers in the culinary arts, beverage, and hospitality.

Share VIP drinks and dinner with luminaries such as chef/TV host Carla Hall, food critics Tom Sietsema and David Hagedorn, esteemed cookbook authors Joan Nathan and Toni Tipton-Martin. Bid on terrific dining and experience packages in a live auction (hosted by Dame Carla!) Meet some of our new and past grantees, scholarship winners, and notable Dames. TheListAreYouOnIt and radio host Nycci Nellis will emcee.

Cocktail receptions from 6:30-7:30 PM

Dinner and Auction from 7:30 -10PM

Enjoy a feast honoring Normandy and the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, featuring, cheeses, cider and wines, and a Normandy-inspired meal prepared by noted area chefs including: Scheyla Acosta of La Bonne Vache; Susan Bae of Moon Rabbit; Ann Cashion of La Bonne Vache; Bertrand Chemel of 2941; Hugh Cossard of Food Expression; Mark Courseille of Olivia Macaron; Tony DiGregorio of Kingbird at The Watergate Hotel; Stéphane Grattier of Boulangerie Christophe; Seng Luangrath of Thip Khao and Padaek; Christophe and Michelle Poteaux of Bastille Brasserie & Bar; and Kevin Tien of Moon Rabbit.

DC Dames are part of an international nonprofit philanthropic organization (LDEI) dedicated to lifting up all in the fields of food, beverage, and hospitality. Our diverse chapter includes restaurateurs and chefs, wine and spirits professionals, cookbook authors and journalists, nutritionists and food policy advocates, social media powerhouses and public relations experts, and event planners. Since our group’s inception in 1985, we have given out more than $500,000 in grants and scholarships.


Tickets are $350 VIP dinner (for the general public + Dames); $250 dinner (for the general public); $125 dinner (for members only of the DC Regional Chapter of Les Dames).

For VIP ticket purchasers, please select your VIP table when purchasing your ticket.


Business/Cocktail attire


Please note that there is no valet parking at the Embassy and very limited street parking. We recommend using ridesharing services.

Everyone will be required to go through security at the Embassy. There may be lines, so please allow some extra time.

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