Outreach and Mentoring
The Birmingham Dames are pleased to partner with various area organizations whose missions align with our own.
We regularly volunteer at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, and we’ve partnered with that organization to raise awareness and money to assist food-insecure families in our state. We also produced a seasonal cooking and food-safety guide to go into the Food Bank’s holiday boxes. And we recently worked alongside the Food Bank to produce their beautiful and successful Feast for Hope gala held in the Food Bank warehouse.
Additionally, we’ve worked with Urban Ministries, The WellHouse and Magic City Harvest. We provide scholarships for two female summer campers at Jones Valley Teaching Farm.
We happily volunteer as cooking-contest judges for the annual Wing Fest sponsored by the Junior Board of the Literacy Council of Central Alabama, The Cahaba River Society’s annual Fry Down, Episcopal Place’s popular Gumbo Gala, state ProStart competitions and more.
Members of Les Dames d’Escoffier Birmingham believe that having a mentor during the early stages of one’s career is one of the key factors that lead to success.
Our mentoring program pairs applicants with Dames for real-world, one-on-one advice for reaching their career goals—everything from starting a business to scaling one up, from nutritional guidance to menu creation, from everyday best practices to seminars on small-business financial advice.
We provide opportunities for the mentees to meet and network with our members. We believe these kinds of personal experiences provide invaluable assistance to the mentees and leads to greater professional and personal growth.