The Market at Pepper Place spotlights Top Women in Food in September

The Market at Pepper Place is spotlighting Top Women in Food for the entire month of September!

The month-long celebration officially kicked off Saturday, September 7 by teaming up with Les Dames d’Escoffier’s Birmingham Chapter, an organization of resident leaders and experts in the food and beverage industries who are dedicated to growing, creating, promoting, and sharing local food culture.

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Members of “Les Dames” will “take over” the weekly chef demonstrations at the Market throughout the month of September, show you how to make a simple, fresh seasonal recipe, share free samples of the dish with the audience, and offer information about the chapter’s mission and community outreach. The chef demos are free and will be held rain or shine every Saturday at 9 a.m. on 29th street.

Chef Demos

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The September 14th cooking demo will be hosted by Chef Ashley McMakin of Ashley Mac’s. Also on September 14th, visitors will get a sneak peek – and possibly a taste – of some of the yummy dishes that will be served at the Dames’ annual fundraiser, Southern Soiree, to take place at The Barn at Shady Lane on October 13th.

The Les Dames Market Takeover continues on September 21st when Chef Andrea Snyder of Farm Bowl and Urban Cookhouse demos a fresh dish from her newest restaurant in Homewood.

Executive Chef Mary Grace Viado Howard of Village Tavern will wrap up the “Market Takeover” on September 28th.

Assisting the Dames each week will be the proud recipients of this year’s culinary scholarships.

The Market at Pepper Place was founded in 2000 and at that time struggled to find local female chefs to host weekly cooking demonstrations. The Pepper Place team is thrilled to see the growing number of women dominating the food scene in Birmingham and excited to share the accomplishments of female chefs with the help of Les Dames d’Escoffier during the month of September.

The Market at Pepper Place

The Market at Pepper Place
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The Market at Pepper Place is a certified Alabama farmers market and the largest producers’ market in the state, with over 350,000 visitors annually.  It hosts 100 tents year-round, every Saturday, rain or shine, with Alabama farmers, food vendors, crafters and artisans, live music, cooking demonstrations and activities for the whole family. A Zyp bike station is nearby, MAX bus service is available and on street parking is free. A list of market vendors and more information is available at

More About Les Dames’ Birmingham Chapter

Founded in 1976, Les Dames d’Escoffier is an international organization for women leaders in food, wine and hospitality, with a mission of education, advocacy, mentoring and philanthropy. The Birmingham Chapter of Les Dames was founded in 2013 and continues to grow as more outstanding female chefs and food professionals emerge in the greater Birmingham area. Among its members are household names for foodies – respected chefs and restaurateurs, like Kathy G., Idie Hastings, Becky Satterfield and Pardis Stitt, as well as many of the top female food writers, cookbook authors, food photographers and stylists, cooking instructors, wine experts and leaders in the hospitality industry.

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