Nominations Now Open for ‘Leading From the Heart’ Awards

169279635698959544NEW ORLEANS (press release) — Les Dames d’Escoffier International New Orleans has opened the call for nominations for the second annual Leading From the Heart Awards. The two awards will honor one woman in the hospitality field, along with one woman leading a hospitality related nonprofit or company. Two $2500 grants will be awarded. 

In keeping with LDEI’s philanthropic mission, these awards will honor women in the local, 10-parish Greater New Orleans community who have set themselves apart by making a positive impact in the important and complex realms of hospitality, sustainability, food justice and/or public health.  According to LDEI President Christa Cotton, “I’ve long been inspired by the women in our community working selflessly for a better New Orleans. The Leading From The Heart Awards are a great way to not only further the great work of women like past winners Amanda Toups and Cristina Quackenbush, but also shine a spotlight on the initiatives making a real difference in our community. I’m looking forward to congratulating this year’s winners.”

“We often forget to pause and reflect on the good work that has been accomplished in our communities,” said Chef Dee Lavigne, vice president of philanthropy for the New Orleans LDEI chapter.  “We encourage the whole community to celebrate what these amazing women have done to make a difference.”

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The inaugural Leading from the Heart Awards was celebrated in February 2023 at the Hotel Fontenot. Restaurateur Amanda Toups of Toups Meatery and Cristina Quackenbush Chef of pop-up Milkfish and founder/president of Good Trouble Network were each awarded individual $2,500 grants. An additional $2,500 grant to WeHelp Nola, a woman-led nonprofit, was awarded to founder Olivia McCoy.

All award recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony in January 2024. Details are forthcoming.

Submit your nominations HERE by November 30, 2023, 5:00 PM.

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We are seeking sponsors for next year’s Leading From the Heart Awards. For more information contact Christa Cotton, president@lesdamesnnola.org

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