Eataly Dallas Celebrates International National Women’s Day with Festa Della Donna

The Italian marketplace hosts a storewide celebration in partnership with the Dallas chapter of
Les Dames d’Escoffier

On March 9, to celebrate International Women’s Day, Eataly Dallas has partnered with the Dallas chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International for a storewide celebration to honor Dallas’s talented female chefs, business owners, farmers, bartenders, sommeliers, and entrepreneurs. Festa della Donna is a showcase of female talent that will feature more than 25 female-led tasting stations with bites and drinks from their own businesses, a City of Dallas booth, live music, a photo booth, a silent auction, wine bottle hand-engraving station, and so much more.

The night will feature some of Dallas’s most talented female culinary leaders who will be preparing their own dishes around Eataly’s marketplace, alongside endless cocktails, and entertainment for a night of celebration and plenty of food with over 25 food stations and 20 beverage stations. Grand Dames Paula Lambert (Dallas Mozzarella Company) and Lidia Bastianich will be in attendance.

The event will include dish tastings and cooking demonstrations from women like:

  • Nikky Phinyawatana (Asian Mint)
  • Melissa Tate (Tate Farms)
  • Dunia Borga (La Duni)
  • Andrea Meyer (Bisous Bisous Patisserie)
  • Amber Fletcher (Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs)
  • Jin Ya Huang (Break Bread, Break Borders)
  • Joanne Bondy (Stocks and Bondy)
  • Franchesca Nor (Dive Coastal Cuisine)
  • Jennifer Bajsel (Getting Saucy)
  • Tina Wasserman (Cooking and More)
  • Kess Eshun (Kess Kravings)
  • Tida Pichakron (Haute Sweet Patisserie)
  • Andrea Schakleford (The Seed Project)
  • Fana Yohannes (Carverpark)
  • Tiffany Tobey (Sommelier, Tower Club Dallas)

There will also be additional tastings and cooking demonstrations in La Scuola throughout the evening, including:

  • 7 p.m.: Tina Wasserman- The History of Eggplant – Focus on Jewish recipes with demonstration and tasting
  • 8 p.m.: Tiffany Tobey Wine Tasting
  • 9 p.m.: Nikky Phinyawatana Cooking Demonstrations

La Festa della Donna is an Italian celebration of women. Every year, Italy comes aglow with the golden blossoms of mimosas, and on March 8, the fragrant flowers are presented to women across the country in celebration of La Festa della Donna, International Women’s Day. In Italy, the celebration tends to have a symbolic flavor reminiscent of Mother’s Day. With each mimosa blossom, they recognize women’s economic, political, and social achievements over the last century, which have been sizable. At Eataly Dallas, they are recognizing the women who have changed the face of Dallas’s culinary scene in partnership with the Dallas chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Les Dames d’Escoffier International is a global organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in our communities to achieve excellence in the food, fine beverage, and hospitality fields. They share knowledge, support members, provide leadership, educational opportunities, and philanthropic events for the community at large. The Dames are chefs, food writers, sommeliers, farmers, butchers, pastry artists, restaurant owners, publicists, teachers, dieticians, food manufacturers, sales reps, influencers, and philanthropists.  Since 1985, Les Dames d’Escoffier has donated more than $1,500,000.00 to fund endowments, scholarships, grants, and local nonprofits.

General admission tickets ($95) include unlimited tastings from more than 25 tasting stations around Eataly’s marketplace, cocktails and wine stations, access to the silent auction, music entertainment from DJ Steffi Burns. VIP tickets ($125) include all the general admission perks, as well as premium drinks and bites, including oysters, caviar tartlets, quail legs with truffle honey, shrimp skewers, and early access to the event for one-on-one conversations with the Dallas Dames from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tickets are available here:


Eataly Dallas opened its doors in NorthPark Center on December 9, 2020.  Following the company’s philosophy, the vibrant Italian marketplace is interspersed with restaurants, counters, and a cooking school. Significant focus is devoted to local producers, who provide fresh ingredients daily to complement Italian products harmoniously. The unique environment invites guests to “Shop, Eat, Learn” while learning about high-quality Italian food and drink as they taste dishes, find ingredients, and take classes. Since Oscar Farinetti first opened Eataly Torino in 2007, this philosophy has spread with more than 40 stores across the world, including our flagship NYC Flatiron (2010), Chicago (2013), NYC Downtown (2016), Boston (2016), Los Angeles (2017), Las Vegas (2018), Toronto (2019), Dallas (2020) and Silicon Valley (2022).

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Eataly Dallas

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