The San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) announced its scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 school year, awarded to area women who wish to pursue an education in the food/culinary arts, wine, hospitality and agriculture industries.
“We are thrilled to bestow $22,000 in scholarships this year … the most we’ve ever awarded,” said Diana Barrios Trevino, Les Dames d’Escoffier board member and scholarship chair.
“This boost in scholarship money is a direct result of the hard work the San Antonio Dames have put into our fundraising events, with most of our scholarship money coming from our Simply Celebrating Julia dinner.”
The 2013 scholarship winners are
- “Lenny Angel” Scholarship for $5,000: Emily Madeline Thompson, Johnson and Wales University
- “Viola B. Barrios” Scholarship for $5,000: Bianca Valero, The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio
- “Saundra Winokur & Cathy Tarasovic” Agriculture Scholarship for $5,000: Joslyn Christine Elswood, Texas A&M University, College Station
- “Les Dames d’Escoffier” Scholarship for up to $5,000: Alexis Sarah Quiroga, St. Philip’s College, San Antonio
- “Les Dames d’Escoffier” Scholarship for $1,000: Kimberly Chavez, St. Philip’s College, San Antonio
- “Les Dames d’Escoffier” Scholarship for $1,000: Sarah Marie Ramirez, St. Philip’s College, San Antonio
All scholarship applicants must demonstrate financial need and currently attend an accredited institution with a cumulative 3.0 grade point to be eligible for an award. These scholarships are for post high school studies, and are available to women who are residents of San Antonio/Bexar County and its contiguous counties.
The San Antonio chapter of Les Dames also bestowed its Legacy Award to Isabel Sanchez Wong of Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant and Rosario’s Mexican Cafe & Cantina.
Isabel Wong’s passion for cooking began at an early age as she helped prepare meals alongside her mother Luisa, who took great pride in making dishes from scratch for her six children and husband. Isabel passed these memories and recipes on to her own family, making new memories with her daughter Lisa Wong, a renowned San Antonio restaurateur and Les Dames member. When Lisa was 18, she shared her dream of opening a Mexican restaurant. Even though Isabel was 50—an age at which many people begin thinking about retiring—she committed to helping her daughter with the restaurant opening for three months. Fourteen years later she was still in the kitchen working side-by-side with Lisa at Lisa’s Mexican Restaurant and Rosario’s, contributing to the restaurant’s recipe for success.
LDEI is a non-profit international association of women in achievement with careers in food, wine, hospitality and agriculture and is dedicated to assisting others through scholarships and its “Green Tables” initiative where chapters help to bring about education at all levels to enhance fresh food supply and preparation. For more information on the scholarship program of the San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, the public should contact Scholarship Chair Diana Barrios Trevino at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210.771.7011.