Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 22 at 11am to join the Palm Springs Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) at its 16th annual fundraising event, L’Affaire Chocolat, hosted by La Spiga Ristorante in Palm Desert.

Chef Vince Cultraro is preparing a special Italian feast with a farm fresh organic salad with housemade dressing, traditional Italian fare paired with wines from Delicato Family Vineyards. Make sure you save room for dessert because this elegant luncheon features Les Dames’ famous 25-foot chocolate dessert buffet. Pastries and sweets are from some of the desert’s best restaurants and pastry chefs including La Spiga, Sherman’s Delicatessen, Wilma & Frieda, Exquisite Desserts, Cello’s Pantry, ShareKitchen, New Leaf Catering, Brandini Toffee, and many more.

Keynote speaker Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is the author of seven award-winning cookbooks including Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook which has sold nearly one million copies. Entertainment is provided by the Dolce Vita duo of Constance Gordy and Joyce Kelley Lawrence who will be performing classical, pop, jazz and show tunes.

A live auction and raffle prize drawings also add to the afternoon’s excitement.


Lunch is $100 per person inclusive. For reservations and credit card payments, call (760) 895-9899 or mail checks to LDEI, 1775 East Palm Canyon, # 5048, Palm Springs, Calif., 92263. Proceeds benefit LDEI’s Thelma Pressman Memorial Scholarship Fund.

About LDEI

LDEI is a world-wide organization of executive women of high achievement in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. Each chapter conducts fundraising projects and awards scholarships to women continuing higher education in the culinary and hospitality industries who are often young women who are the first in their families to attend college.

LDEI is also involved with “Green Tables” Civic Agriculture & Garden Initiative, whose goals are to promote community health and well-being and enhance use of locally grown food in the community.