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Les Dames d'Escoffier San Francisco Chapter (LDEI-SF) is a chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality whose mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy. Through events, programs and philanthropy, LDEI-SF supports and nurtures the next generation of women industry leaders. Our membership includes restaurateurs, professional chefs, bakers, caterers, cookbook authors, food journalists, farmers, food retailers, event planners, wine makers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, culinary educators, and hospitality executives.

The mission of the LDEI-SF Female Entrepreneur Grant and Mentorship is to support SF Bay Area female-owned businesses in the food, culinary and hospitality industry with cash awards of $5,000 to help them expand and enhance their business.

The 2023 Female Business Grant and Mentorship Applications are now closed!

Thank you so much to our applicants, we'll be in touch soon!

Eligibility Requirements:

This grant of $5,000 cash plus one year of mentoring meetings is open to business owners who identify as women, who are not members of Les Dames d’Escoffier, and who meet the following requirements:

  • Business must have been in operation since January 1, 2022.
  • Business must be female-owned and located in, or primarily serving, the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Business must have less than $1M in annual revenue.
  • Applicants must provide a profit and loss statement for 2022 and another for 2023 YTD.
  • Applicants must, either in an essay (500 word maximum) or a video (5 minute maximum), state who they are, what their business provides, and what they would use the money for if their application is selected.

Les Dames d' Escoffier Int'l-San Francisco

Les Dames d’Escoffier International, San Francisco Chapter, is a 501 (c)(3) (EIN 20-5341764) Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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