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AUG 28, 2014 
ENTRE NEWS will be published on a limited basis during July and August with editions on July 30 and August 28. The regular bimonthly schedule will resume on September 10.


Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer. Labor Day is just around the corner. It's back-to-school time as well. To tell the truth, this has always felt like the beginning of the year for me. Indeed, it is the beginning of the year for our chapter activities.


As I write this letter, I am preparing for our board's strategic planning session. In the meeting we will be examining who we are as an organization and be looking to create an action plan to achieve our goals as we define them. We will make a presentation on the results of our strategic planning session at the Autumn General Membership Meeting in October, date TBA.


Our 2014-15 board comprises a dynamic group of talented women. I am looking forward to working with and learning from each of them.


Please note that our Wheaton Walking Tour on September 20 is filling up. Registration information is below. I urge you to sign up now if you are considering attending. It promises to be a fun and informative day.


October 13th Dame Evelyn Bunoan will be hosting a discussion and buffet of Philippine cuisine at her market in Arlington, VA. Again, registration information is below. Seats are limited for this interesting program, so you will want to sign up soon.

All of our committees are planning wonderful activities for 2014-15. If you have yet to decide how you want to participate in the year ahead, you might ask yourself if you are more interested in the service or education side of our organization. If your answer is service, then please get involved in the grants and mentoring, scholarships, or fundraising and development committees. If education is your interest, then programs, Global Culinary Initiatives, or Green Tables might appeal to you more. We also need writers to submit stories about our programs to the LDEI Quarterly magazine and to work on producing our chapter e-newsletter, Entre News. Please step forward. You don't need to wait to be asked. Whatever your skill set there is a spot for you to participate. I look forward to interacting with each of you in 2014-15.


Warm regards,


Drew Faulkner


Nominations are open for our 2014 Distinguished Dame Award


Every other year, our chapter confers its highest honor upon one of our members who has exhibited a history of generously giving her time, talents, energies and leadership to benefit our chapter in a lasting and meaningful way and to further its mission. The Distinguished Dame award was created in 1996 and has been presented to the following members:

Carol Cutler

Lizette Corro

Susan Derecksky

Gail Forman

Phyllis Frucht

Carole Palmer

Katherine Newell Smith

Goody Solomon

CiCi Williamson

Ann Yonkers


Below are the criteria for the award. We ask that you submit your nomination by September 12 to committee chair Katherine Newell Smith with an accompanying paragraph describing your nominee's involvement, leadership and accomplishments in our chapter. The committee, comprising previous Distinguished Dame honorees, will review the nominations and present a recommendation to the board for approval. The board will present the award at the Autumn General Membership Meeting in October.



1. Member for at least eight (8) years of Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Washington DC Chapter;

2. Served on the board or as an officer in at least two (2) positions;

3. Actively involved in various chapter activities and projects (fundraisers, programs, etc.);

4. Served on at least two (2) different committees;

5. Assumed tasks that demanded energy and hard work;

6. Regularly attended chapter and/or LDEI functions;

7. Showed leadership and creativity, commitment and results.


Polly Wiedmaier, her husband Robert Wiedmaier and sons Marcel and Beck, were featured, along with their beautiful Western Maryland shore side vacation home, in a seven-page spread in Home & Design magazine's Fall 2014 issue.

Job Opps:


Martha's Table is seeking a talented, hands-on leader to fill the non-profit's full-time Deputy Director, Food and Nutrition for Food Distribution position. Please click on to view the job description (the position is the fourth listing). If you know of someone who is an excellent leader, cook and educator, committed to social change and who believes that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, please share this link and have them apply to our HR team as indicated in the posting. Also, please copy on any submission so Martha's Table management knows that it came through our Dames network. 

Of Note: 


Many of you participated in the Crab Feast last autumn at Ann Yonkers' Pot Pie Farm near St. Michaels, MD. On Monday, June 30, the farm's lovely and historic barn burned to the ground. While Ann's family was at the farm in preparation for the July 4 weekend, no one was injured. However, much of the equipment for the St. Michaels and Annapolis Farmer's Markets that Ann founded as part of Fresh Farm Markets was destroyed. No cause of the fire can be determined since heavy equipment was used to move burned timbers and ensure the fire was extinguished.  

photo credit Kevin Smith/SMFD




DATE: Tuesday, September 9

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Gail Forman's house  10213 Lloyd Road Potomac, MD 20854

PRICE: FREE, refreshments will be served by the host.
RSVP: Phone: 301-279-2554
BOOK: Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichel



Summary: Join Les Dames culinary experts for a guided gourmet walking tour and experience the multiplicity of ethnic food markets and restaurants as we make our way to stops for tastings and demonstrations, beginning with breakfast at By Brazil and culminating in a delicious luncheon at Dessie Ethiopian Restaurant.  


DATE: Saturday, September 20
TIME: 9:45am to early afternoon
PLACE: Meet at the corner of Price Ave & Fern St.
Click here to view invitation
PRICE: Members $38; Non-members $48 with price including a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships.

For more information: Gail Forman at  


Join Dame Evelyn S. Bunoan for a compelling discussion about Philippine cuisine and ingredients, a plentiful buffet luncheon and cooking demonstration. Assisted by her husband and sous chef, Oscar Bunoan, Evelyn will demonstrate Bean Thread with Salmon & Artichoke (Pancit Sotanghon) and Bistek with Onions (Beef Steak, Filipino Style). 

DATE: Monday, October 13,

TIME: noon to 2:00 p.m.

PLACE: Philippine Oriental Market & Deli in Arlington VA




This offbeat smash-up of craft spirits and Edgar Allen Poe has 10 of DC's avant-garde mix-ters authoring bespoke cocktails inspired by the literary giant. Not as random as you think! Many of the top mixologists are secret (or not so secret) Poe fans. The people (attendees) will decide who nails the coveted bragging rights for the "Poe-letariate" prize. For added dimension, literature experts from American University will hold "classes" to help interpret the drinks and the man. For added fun, Poe movies will stream in the scene. This is a night when mind and senses finally party together. A fundraiser generously sponsored by The Loft at 600F.

Help NEEDED to organize this event. Volunteers needed on the night of the event.

DATE: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

TIME: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

PLACE: The Loft at 600F, 600 F St NW, Washington DC 20004

PRICE: $45 per person 


Do you have connections who would clamor to be a major supporter of Les Dames d'Escoffier and this stellar event? We're looking to identify potential supporters for the Table sales. Extraordinary wine and special attention will be splurged on these generous folks. Contact Theresa Morrison to join the planning committee. MORE TO COME....

DATE: March 16, 2015

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

PLACE: Ritz Carlson Hotel, West End, 1150 22nd Street NW, DC


Dames-only cost: TBD

Escoffier Table for 10: $10,000

Grande Dame Table for 10: $7,500

Connoisseur Ticket for 2: $1,000

Individual Ticket: $450


Sunday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Library of Congress 2014 National Book Festival, Washington Convention Center. Sheilah Kaufman, Amy Riolo and Carla Hall will present, demonstrate and sign their books. For a complete schedule: 


Tuesday, September 9, 7:30 p.m. at 945 "G Street,NW . FRESHFARM Markets panel, "Chef + Doctor + Farmer = A Revolution," with Spike Gjerde, local food advocate and chef/owner of the renowneWoodberry Kitchen Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, author, professor, oncologist, and an architect of the Affordable Care Act; and Zach Lester, owner of Virginia's Tree and Leaf Farm and food visionary. As part of the FFM FEED Series, they will discuss how innovative (and age-old) farm-to-body practices are transforming the future of eating, healing, and growing food. Corby Kummer, senior food editor for The Atlantic; magazine will moderate the discussion. Dr. Katherine Alley, medical director emeritus of Suburban Hospital Breast Cancer Center, will introduce the panel.  

Editor's Note


ENTRE NEWS will be published on a limited basis during July and August with editions on July 31 and August 28. The regular bimonthly schedule will resume on September 10.  


ENTRE NEWS is published on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Deadline for HURRAH! and other news is the first and third 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.


And, we will try this for a while to see how it works: OF INTEREST will now offer 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.


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
Job Opps
Of Note
Of Interest
Social Media Connections


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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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Member Milestones - Share your professional news with Dames in all Chapters in our LDEI Quarterly. Submit your news to: - Edited by Hayley Matson Mathes (Hawaii)  

LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:

The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the WINTER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is November 7, 2014. 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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