As of 2019, we are proud to have 86 amazing women in Central Texas as members of Les Dames Austin. Below our active membership, you will also find mentions of our Honorary Dames and Emeritus Dames.
Philanthropy/Grant Committee: Helps coordinate weekly food runs, the annual holiday dinner for the homeless, and our annual garden dig for Posada Esperanza.
Scholarship Committee: Organizes, reviews, and awards culinary scholarships and educational stipends.
Programs Committee: Executes spring and fall meetings, the annual fundraiser, and monthly events.
Membership Committee: Oversees the membership experience, thanking engaged members, supporting new members, and touching base with inactive members.
Finance Committee: Oversees annual budget.
Honored Community Members:
These are non-Dame women who have contributed to our industry and we have recognized for their efforts.
Carol Ann Sayle – owner/farmer at Boggy Creek Farm
Virginia Wood* – restaurant critic and food editor of The Austin Chronicle from 1992-2016
We recognize that we would not be where we are today and would not have made the profound impact that we have without the work and support of our founding members. Many are still active in the industry, while others have retired but continue to support our work. To the following women, we thank you.
(Job titles were as of chapter incorporation in 2003)
Joan Wood – culinary educator, food writer, caterer, and member of San Antonio chapter
Cathy Cochran-Lewis – culinary consultant, food writer, marketing/promotions, cooking school consultant, and member of San Antonio chapter
Lisa Smith – chef, recipe development, product development, past member of Dallas chapter
Johanna Gordy Brown – caterer, product development, marketing and sales, and member of San Antonio chapter
Susan Auler – Owner Fall Creek Vineyard and member of Dallas chapter.
Lucinda Hutson – cookbook author, writer
Jill Lewis* – owner of Austin Slow Burn food products
Edna Lynn Porter – chef, chef instructor Texas Culinary Academy
Pamela Nevarez – personal chef
Diane Camille Tucker – chef, chef instructor Texas Culinary Academy
Michele Haram – pastry chef
Pat Sharpe – food writer and edits restaurant reviews for Texas Monthly Magazine
Cara Anam – pastry chef, chef instructor Texas Culinary Academy
Aimee Olson – pastry chef
Melissa Porter – marketing director for Central Market
Beth Pav – culinary instructor and chef
Jane King – food expert and culinary instructor
Shelley Grieshaber – chef and culinary educator, Central Market cooking school coordinator
Karen Farnsworth – Amuse Bouch Catering Company
Paula Biehler – public relations and marketing for restaurants and chefs
Abigail Bird Donovan – chef/owner, Culinary Travels, and culinary instructor
Mary Margaret Pack – food writer and chef
Kelly Ann Hargrove – cooking school manager
Madelyn Naber – Owner Flat Creek Vineyard
Maureen Hearn – promotions coordinator/special events, HEB Central Market
Sahar Arafat-Ray – manager, Central Market Cooking School
Our Partners, Friends, and Folks We Support: