LDEISA Legacy Award

Local Community Leader to Receive Legacy Award

The San Antonio chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International (LDEI) has announced that Silbia G. Esparza, Executive Director of SA Time Dollar Community Connections, will receive the Legacy Award at the chapter’s annual business meeting on January 10, 2017. Our invitation was mailed to all members.

The LDEISA Legacy Award:

The award recognizes women who are not members of the association, but who have had a profound influence on San Antonio’s culinary world. Past recipients are Doña Maria Treviño of El Mirador, and Isabel Sanchez Wong of Rosario’s Café y Cantina.

LDEI has had a long and strong relationship with Time Dollar. Chapter members donate time and funds to support a community garden at the organization’s center, and members frequently lead workshops on nutrition and cooking subjects. LDEI has also served as a catalyst for connecting Time Dollar with farmers, ranchers and food purveyors who donate goods weekly from their Pearl Farmers Market stalls. Those goods are then distributed through Time Dollar’s weekly food pantry. Silbia and her husband Eduardo personally handle the bulky market pickups.

“Silbia represents the selfless generosity that ensures families in need get nourishment that is critical to their survival,” says Chapter President Blanca Aldaco. “Not only does Time Dollar’s food pantry play an important role in that sustenance, Silbia ensures that members of her community learn about basic nutrition, the value of fresh vegetables and fruit, and how to prepare healthy meals at home, thus giving them nourishment beyond their immediate needs. She and her organization embody the notion that we must help others now, because hunger cannot wait.”