GRANT: Les Dames d’Escoffier : DEADLINE: July 15

Deadline is July 15; Grants to be awarded at a reception on September 9.

Nashville, TN (May 1, 2019) — The Nashville chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier has opened up the application submission process for its annual Career Advancement Grants, a program that has awarded more than $20,000 since it was started in 2017. The Career Advancement Grants are cash grants designed to assist women who are interested in furthering their careers in the fields of food, beverage, hospitality and farming. It can take the form of a continuing education class, conference fee and associated travel expenses, professional development consultation or training, or equipment needed to advance a business.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville is awarding grants in increments of $500 and $1,000, as well as one grant of $2,500 (Note: Any grant that exceeds $600 will be reported as 1099 earnings.) Deadline to submit application is July 15, 2019. Recipients will be notified by August 1, 2019.

—Applicant must be a female resident of the area comprising the membership scope of Les Dames Nashville chapter, which broadly includes Middle Tennessee and Chattanooga.
—Applicant must be actively pursuing her career.
—Applicant must demonstrate a financial need.
—Applicant agrees to attend the Les Dames Nashville Award Reception on September 9, 2019 at The Nashville Food Project (an early evening time to be determined) to accept the award and receive acknowledgement.

Career Advancement Grants application deadline date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Application is available on the Les Dames Nashville website.

Past Recipients have included: Adriana A. Ortega, Succulent Vegan Tacos; Elizabeth Lassiter, Lost Weekend Farms; Kylee Thatcher, Three Daughters Farm/BootHill Blades; Alex Comfort-Wasnewsky, baker, pastry cook, The Thompson Hotel; Erin Keas, bartender, LA Jackson in The Thompson Hotel; Jennifer Albanese, Pig&Leaf Farm, Spiral Ridge Permaculture; Kechelle Williams, Early Eats Food Truck; Keshia M Hay, Sip N Bite private chef services; Melissa Corbin, Corbin in the Dell; Rachel Maxwell Carpenter, Good Flower Farm; Tasha French Lemley, Chai Wallah LLC; Trish Mathisen Adjunct Professor, Nashville State Community College, Culinary Arts

About Les Dames d’Escoffier International and Les Dames Nashville: Les Dames Nashville is the 30th chapter of LDEI, an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in food, beverage, hospitality and farming professions. More than 2,300 members in 42 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities, and host philanthropic events within their communities. Visit for more information about our international organization.

Les Dames Nashville is a philanthropic organization dedicated to scholarship, mentorship, education, and community enrichment. The Nashville chapter includes more than 70 women working across the industry in food, farming, education, hospitality, beverage, media, and the nonprofit sector. To learn more, visit Les Dames Nashville website. and follow Les Dames Nashville on Facebook, and Instagram.

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