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$2000 Culinary Scholarship Awarded!

Melissa Holden Meet Melissa Holden!
Winner of the 2019 Culinary Scholarship
Sponsored by the Cleveland Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International

READ ABOUT Melissa, her culinary journey and good community works, and the $2000 scholarship she is receiving!

About the Scholarship

To assist and promote women in the professions of food, wine and hospitality, the Cleveland chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier is offers a $2,000 culinary scholarship, awarded to a woman student enrolled in an accredited culinary program for the current academic year, who has permanent Ohio residency.

This scholarship is awarded based on academic accomplishments, career goals, culinary experience, professional and personal references and financial need. Awarded scholarship money will go directly to the school or institution in which the recipient is enrolled and must be used for tuition only.


$2000 Grant Awarded!

LDEI-Cleveland Chapter Announces 2019 Grant Winner

Cleveland Roots, a local nonprofit that creates opportunities for urban agriculture and educational programs that encourage people to grow their own produce, is our chapter’s 2019 Green Tables Initiative grant winner. The organization will receive $2,000 in support of their Food & Garden series, which teaches a full range of skills – from gardening technique to food preparation – to residents of the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. Congratulations!

Cleveland Roots - urban agriculture and educational programsCleveland Roots - urban agriculture and educational programs

About the Grant

Chapters around the country including Cleveland are participating in civic agriculture and garden projects, collaborating with established programs in their own communities or starting new ones. LDEI/Cleveland is interested in supporting organizations that strive to help individuals of all ages in Northeast Ohio better understand the link between farming and the food on their plates.

See other past grant recipients below.


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Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) launched a nationwide initiative called Green Tables in 2006 to help people better understand the link between rural and urban farms and their tables. Many Dames are at the forefront of this global movement to transform how we eat. Chapters around the country including Cleveland are participating in this civic agriculture and garden project, collaborating with and starting programs in their own communities.

Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier are participating in the farm-to-table revolution in a variety of ways:

  • Chef leaders of local farm procurement
  • Farmers and gardeners
  • Farmers’ market operators
  • Farm-to-market leaders fostering links among regional farmers and local restaurateurs, caterers, etc.
  • Civic agriculture educators and journalists
  • Public heath nutrition experts and educators
  • Community food project developers

For more information, click here.
Connect on Pinterest to see what various chapters are doing with Food Day and Green Tables.

Past Grant Recipients


Take Charge and Learn Food
2014-2015 Green Tables Initiative Grant!

Take Charge and Learn Food was awarded the grant to educate and connect residents of East Cleveland and surrounding communities about the benefits of fresh locally produced fruits and vegetables available at the Coit Road Farmers' Market. The need was addressed through two monthly events, free to participants, over a one year period. Take Charge targets individuals who want to improve their overall health, but have limited resources. Learn Food targets food oriented individuals from the Cleveland area who want to improve their cooking skills using fresh local ingredients.

Case Western Reserve University Farm
2013-2014 Green Tables Initiative Grant Recipient

The CWRU Farm was awarded $2,000 to expand its year-round food production capabilities. This expansion benefitted school visitation programs between staff at University Farm, faculty and students at the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University and 5th and 6th students at the Michael R. White Elementary School in the Cleveland Municipal School District. Funds were used to upgrade the existing hydroponic system and to construct cold frames. The addition of these two improvements allows for increased understanding and enhancement by the students regarding the local food system, as they are now able to participate in food cultivation no matter what time of year they are able to visit for their field trips. The academic year is mostly out of sync with the food production season as it relates to the traditional growing season in our climate. Increasing University Farm's year-round food production capabilities allows for better accommodation of both the public school's availability as well as that of the nursing students.

Veggie U, 2010 Grant Recipient

In 2010, the chapter awarded a $2000 grant to Veggie U to help place new Earth to Table kits and provide teacher training for fourth grade classrooms in Cleveland area schools.

Farmer Bob of Veggie U
Photo by Veggie U

North Union Farmers Market, 2009 Grant Recipient

In 2009, the chapter awarded a $2000 grant to the North Union Farmers Market to support their Chef at the Market educational programs. View Chef at the Market Video

Chef Mary Wills of The Good Fork cooking up local produce and educating at the market
Photo by The North Union Farmers Market

Photo of Dame Carla Snyder with Jr. Chefs

Countryside Conservancy Farmers' Market Jr. Chef Program, 2008 Grant Recipient

In 2008, the chapter also contributed to the Countryside Conservancy Farmers' Market Jr. Chef Program. The focus was on forging connections between kids, farmers and food producers; teaching nutritional fundamentals; and simple hands-on food preparation.

Dame Carla Snyder with Jr. Chefs
Photo by The Countryside Conservancy

Tremont Urban Learning Garden,
2007, 2008 Grant Recipient

The Cleveland chapter provided financial support to the Tremont Urban Learning Garden, a food-growing project for at-risk city teens, in 2007 and 2008. Today, the mini-farm still offers an opportunity to build agricultural and entrepreneurial skills as well as nutritional awareness. A portion of the organic produce the teens harvested was donated to CityFresh Market, which offers fresh, local sustainably raised fruits and vegetables to low-income urban residents. The balance was purchased by Lucky's Cafe, a restaurant adjacent to the garden and owned by Dame Heather Haviland, who still plays an instrumental role in the project.

Dame Heather Haviland with Urban Learning Garden teens
Photo by Marilou Suszko

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