Les Dame D'Escoffier (LDEI) Philadelphia Chapter hosted its National Convention dinner on Oct. 2 at the Sofitel Hotel, Philadelphia. Dame Alice G. Foreman, a Seattle chapter member, commissioned The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in Phildelphia to create a cake to celebrate anniversaries of LDEI's various chapters. The "Big Cake" was designed and created by pastry art students in a competition, with the winning team receiving a scholarship award. Students Kelli Payne and Hannah Lane won the cake competition, both receiving scholarships toward their education at The Restaurant School.
The Restaurant School pastry arts students Hannah Lane (left) and Kelli Payne (right) pose with their winning cake.

This year, LDEI's celebrated anniversaries included: Boston, 50 years; Dallas, 25 years; Philadelphia, 25 years; San Francisco, 20 years; Seattle, 20 years; Houston,15 years; and Cleveland, 5 years.