He may not be trending on Twitter nor a topic buzzing about the grand tasting tent, but Auguste Escoffier is one of the most important names in history of food as we know it today. Born on October 28, 1846, this French chef, restaurateur and culinary scribe began his long and distinguished professional culinary career at the age of 13 and retired 61 years later. During his lifetime, he made French cuisine world famous. Escoffier revolutionized and modernized menus, the art and practice of cooking, and the organization of the professional kitchen as well. 
To honor its namesake, the international organization of women in the culinary profession, Les Dames d’Escoffier, works to advance education and philanthropy in food, beverage and hospitality for the good of the global community. You may not know about it either, particularly the Miami Chapter which was founded in 2000 under the leadership of Elizabeth Gardner Adams and 13 other charter members.
Now empowered by more than 50 accomplished South Florida women in food, wine, hospitality and farming, Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami has chosen to honor our very own Michael Schwartz with the chapter’s first Achievement Award and Dinner, the proceeds of which will go to fulfilling its mission of improving education, nutrition and quality of life in our community. Monies raised from the event will benefit its scholarship program and local college-bound Culinary/Ag female students. LDE Miami also sponsors agricultural programs in the South Florida classroom and schoolyard and provides kitchen equipment and counseling services to area women and children in need. Seems like our missions are aligned!