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

Founding Members:

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

    *In Memorium

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