Friday, October 16, 2015

Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International Celebrates 15th Anniversary of Afternoon in the Country

For more information:
 Emily Connolly or Morgan Dyches
Melissa Libby & Associates

Allison Palestrini
Type A Development

Annual Food and Wine Event in Idyllic Serenbe Community to Raise Funds for Local
Non-Profits and Female Culinary Professionals While Establishing Zero Waste Practices

ATLANTA (Oct. 16, 2015) – On Sunday, Nov. 8, Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI|ATL) will host the city’s most memorable food and wine tasting event - Afternoon in the Country, held at the Inn at Serenbe and presented by Lexus. Although Atlantans look forward to this fall affair every year, 2015’s Afternoon in the Country promises even more top culinary talent to celebrate the fête’s 15th anniversary.

From 1 to 4 p.m., attendees will enjoy more than 100 tasting stations from Atlanta’s finest chefs, such as Gerry Klaskala of Aria, Shaun Doty of Bantam+Biddy and Chick-a-Biddy, Thaddeus Barton of The Farmhouse at Serenbe, Joey Ward of Gunshow, Andreas Müller of Revival and Matthew Ridgway of The Southern Gentleman paired with the area’s best farms, along with fine wines and premium micro-brews. These stations will be set up under festive big-top tents in the beautiful gardens surrounding the Inn at Serenbe for a picturesque backdrop. Additional entertainment includes live music, a cake raffle featuring sweets from the city’s most talented pastry chefs, hayrides, children’s activities and an extensive silent auction offering exclusive dining and travel packages, food and wine merchandise and original art from prominent local artists.

Proceeds from Afternoon in the Country benefit Georgia Organics, Wholesome Wave, Global Growers Network, The Giving Kitchen, The Wylde Center, The Atlanta Community Food Bank and LDEI|ATL’s scholarship fund for women in the culinary, beverage and hospitality arts. Last year’s event raised over $118,000 for these beneficiaries.

With nearly 2,000 attendees sampling food and beverages, an event of this size is bound to generate a significant amount of food waste; however, this year’s refuse will not end up in a landfill because LDEI|ATL is committed to creating zero waste practices that will become standard policy for all of the organization’s events as well as other annual events in the metro Atlanta area. For more information about these sustainability efforts, click here.

Tickets cost $125 for adults, $50 for ages 16 to 20, and $35 for ages 13 to 15. Children 12 and under are free.

The Inn at Serenbe is located at 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. For additional information on this year’s event, visit or download the Afternoon in the Country App for iPhones and smartphones.

About Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International:
Les Dames d'Escoffier International (LDEI) is dedicated to creating a supportive culture in the community, fostering excellence and promoting the achievement of women in hospitality professions through educational and charitable activities. Founded in New York in 1976 by Carol Brock, a food reporter for the New York Daily News, LDEI is a membership-by-invitation, philanthropic organization that provides education, networking opportunities and scholarship support.

The LDEI|ATL membership boasts nearly 100 prominent women in career paths ranging from professional chefs, restaurateurs, caterers, farmers, food retailers, event planners, cookbook authors, food journalists and historians, winemakers and wine industry professionals, food publicists, and culinary educators to hospitality executives.For more information on Atlanta Les Dames d'Escoffier International or Afternoon in the Country, please visit

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