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January 2, 2015
Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


2014 was an active and productive year for our chapter. On the administrative side, we refined and ratified our by-laws and updated our standing rules and mission statement. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this arduous process!


We presented numerous educational programs this past year which targeted the public and our members, including our ninth Women in Gastronomy symposium, and a Meet-N-Tweet, led by Ellen Grey and Polly Wiedmaier, to promote professional development.


We also worked to bring an organized focus to our fundraising efforts. Theresa Morrison spearheaded our second annual Craft Spirit of Poe at a new venue with an updated format, delivering nearly twice as much revenue to support our scholarship programs. Ann Stratte was struck with inspiration while at her hairdresser, ILO. The result was our inaugural Women in Words fundraiser. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of these programs.


I am looking forward to even more success in 2015. Our renewed focus on fundraising will enable us to expand our grant and scholarship efforts allowing us to deepen our reach into the community. Our program committee, led by Eileen Dykes, is cooking up some creative events for the year, and in 2016, we will host the LDEI annual conference. Major planning efforts for these events have begun. I would like to encourage each of you to take advantage of your membership in our organization in 2015. Participate! Volunteer. Donate. Attend.


On a personal note, I am grateful for the opportunities my membership in LDEI-DC brings me. It has given me a chance to work alongside and learn from all of you as we strive to make a difference in our community. What a remarkable group of women! Thank you.


Happy New Year to All,

Drew Faulkner




January rings in our New Member Recruitment season! It is time to focus on finding exceptional colleagues who will bring new talents, ideas and energies to enrich our organization in 2015-16 and beyond.  We ask you to recommend and sponsor highly qualified individuals who will be welcome additions and enthusiastic contributors to our Les Dames d'Escoffier DC Chapter, whose philosophies align with our mission and who are willing to participate in activities to help achieve it. All skills sets are needed and the ability to think out-the-box is encouraged. Requirements for membership include, but are not limited to, a minimum of five years as a distinguished professional in the food, beverage or hospitality industry.


Prospective new member recommendations from member sponsors are due January 31, 2015. Sponsoring is an important and fulfilling responsibility that is critical to the success of our chapter. Sponsors are required to do the following:

 *     Inform qualified prospective new members about the organization

       (mission, goals, activities, requirements) and assess their interest in    

        becoming contributing members of Les Dames. If they express interest in becoming a Dame,

  *    Submit nomination(s) to Theresa Morrison by January 31, 2015

      *     Assist the candidate in completing the application for submission by March 15, 2015.  

*     If your nominee is put forth to the board and accepted for membership, attend the Spring Membership Meeting to introduce her to  your sister Dames.




Lisa Cherkasky her part in Washingtonian magazine's win of FOLIO's 2014 Eddie and Ozzi Awards  ( for best COVER DESIGN (consumer- under 250K circulation) for its June 2014 Burger cover. 





 "Dim Sum" means a touch of the heart. Dame Janet Yu, chef/owner of Hollywood East Café, will talk about the history of dim sum and demonstrate the art of making dim sum. We will then enjoy a delicious lunch at the restaurant, known for serving some of the best dim sum in our area.

DATE: Saturday, January 10, 2015

TIME: 11:00 a.m.

PLACE: Hollywood East Café, 11160 Viers Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902

(Located inside the Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center-near Door #12).


$30 for members; $40 for non-members.

The menu, comprising 17 traditional items and jasmine tea, is listed in the invitation and is on our website. 

RSVP: For reservations, more information or questions : OR 202-973-2168


BOOK: Cod: A biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky, 1997.

DATE: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

PLACE: Katherine Newell Smith's home, 5525 Devon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PRICE: FREE, Book-focused refreshments will be served.




Explore the complex food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork on a docent-led tour of this fascinating exhibit. After the tour, Kaitlin Yarnall, Executive Editor, Cartography, Graphics and Art for the National Geographic Society, and director of the Future of Food initiative, will give us a behind the scenes look at how the NGS developed its food series and the editorial process behind the initiative. She will join us at a brunch at Kellari Taverna, an elegant, nearby restaurant.

DATE: Saturday, January 24, 2015

TIME: 10:30 a.m. tour. Brunch following.

PLACE: National Geographic Society Museum (17th and M Sts.) 1145 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20036

Brunch: Kellari Taverna 1700 K Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

PRICE: $45 for members; $55 for non-members.(Includes museum exhibit ticket, brunch, tax, and gratuity). Brunch includes three course choices: appetizer, main course, dessert and unlimited cocktail or non-alcoholic drink. See brunch menu at 

RSVP: For reservations, more information or OR 202-973-2168


Women in the Arts of Escoffier 

Plans are progressing. Potential sponsors are being approached and details attended to.

Contact Theresa Morrison to join the planning committee. MORE TO COME....



January 15-17. Future Harvest, Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture annual conference "Cultivate the Chesapeake Foodshed," College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, University of Maryland main campus. The conference will offer 42 sessions covering seven tracks, including value-added farming and artisan food production. Susan James and Debra Moser will be featured speakers. There also will be how-to workshops the day before the conference begins. Keynote speaker, Chef Spike Gjerdje of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen, will deliver remarks on the importance of local sourcing. Conference target audiences include farmers, food businesses and food enthusiasts.


Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 5:00-10:00 pm Sips & Suppers  , VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. This annual fundraiser supports Martha's Table and DC Central Kitchen, two leading nonprofits that combat hunger and poverty in our nation's capital. Honorary chairs José Andrés, Alice Waters, and Joan Nathan are the hosts. Volunteers with significant fine-dining experience are needed to staff each of the 30 Suppers in private homes across the region. Each of these small dinners will be prepared by two well-known chefs. Volunteers are needed to fill the roles of General Manager, Server, Kitchen Help, and Wine Expert/Sommelier. To volunteer, please complete the questionnaire at  

Event information: 


Women Chefs - the Art Show - WANTED: Woman chef's to be muses for professional artists in preparation for a juried and invitational Women Chefs - the Art Show (working title) at the Strathmore Mansion, September 5th to November 8th 2015. Susan Callahan created the idea and Debra Moser is working with Susan to organize this special event. Thus far, the following chefs have agreed to be paired with artists. We could use an additional 12 female chefs:

Carla Hall

Nora Poullion

Beverly Bates

Ruth Gresser

Susan Wallace

Janis Mclean

Lynn Foster

Janet Yu

Nongkran Daks

Kate Jansen

Tracy O'Grady

Nona Nielson-Parker

Laurie Alleman-Weber

Michelle Houser

Mary Howley

Marianne Ali

Sue McWilliams

Elise Welland

Sarah Dwyer


The chefs and artists will coordinate their own schedules. The artists may work from a series of photographs or from meetings and interviews. Susan and Debra aim to make this a comfortable and rewarding experience for everyone! The entire Strathmore Mansion to fill with wonderful images of women chefs.

Editor's Note

ENTRE NEWS is published on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Deadline for HURRAH! and other news is the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Please send a BRIEF paragraph with your professional and personal news that you would like your sister Dames to know about in HURRAH!


HURRAH! is not meant as an advertising opportunity for a cooking class or event, rather it offers a shout out to members for recent accomplishments and honors.


OF INTEREST offers Dames a chance to let their sister chapter members know about events they are involved in that might be of interest to a majority of the membership. OF INTEREST entries can be NO LONGER than 75 words. Less is always better.


JOB OPPS can open Dames networks to employment opportunities.


Send information to EN Editor Katherine Newell Smith  


Thank you for you continued interest and participation.


Katherine Newell Smith

Editor, Entre News

In this issue
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Join a Committee....
You were invited to join Dames because of your talents and achievements and you promised to be part of our chapter's committee work; so, now it is time to
Get Involved!

Our committees offer the perfect opportunity to get to know your sister Dames, share your skills and to give back to the community through service.  Every committee needs dedicated participants. Please contact the committee chairs and offer your time and skills, now.



Kate Jansen   

Cindy Kacher 


Sara Engram  

Michele Jacobs 

 Green Tables: 

Danielle Turner 

Aviva Goldfarb 


Gail Forman 

Barbara Cullen & Eileen Dykes; 

Global Culinary Initiatives:

Amy Riolo 

Public Relations:

Jill Collins 


Theresa Morrison 

Entre News Update:
Please submit your Entre News information in a brief, concise statement to Katherine Newell Smith at .
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Members-Only Section to our Website

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We now have a single password that all Dames must use to access this section of the website.  The password is ldedc2014.  Please do not share this password with anyone outside of the Chapter.


If you are having trouble logging into the website please contact our Communications Officer, Stacey Adams, at  


Once you log in under Members Only, you will see a revised toolbar where you can find:

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  • archives of past chapter activities in the Chapter Events dropdown menu along with upcoming events.
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Quick Links

Member Milestones - Share your professional news with Dames in all Chapters in our LDEI Quarterly. Submit your news to: - Edited by - Edited by Dolores Koteski (Phil)

LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:

The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the SPRING issue of the LDEI Quarterly is January 10, 2015. You can see archived Quarterly magazines online  at under the Our Members tab. If you are not receiving hard copies of Quarterly, please check your online contact information. If it is correct, please contact Greg Jewell to make sure you are on the mailing list. 


Milestone Submission:

PROVIDE DAME'S NAME and CHAPTER. Submit up to 50 words about honors or important business-related activities to appear in the LDEI Quarterly. You may email a quality headshot to accompany your news. Press releases and cookbook covers are not accepted. Entries received after the deadline may appear in a following issue.


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Photography/Images-Electronic images must be properly focused, in color with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi (TIFF or JPEG). Cell phone photos are acceptable if they meet resolution requirements. Do not send photos taken off the internet or embedded with text in Word files or PDF files. Identify individuals in photos from left to right in the message of your email. Include photo credits, if required. CAPTIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR PUBLICATION.

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