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December 4, 2014  
Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


 I so enjoyed our Dames Who Drink Beer and Play Ping Pong evening on December 1 at Comet Ping Pong. (All ping pong players, winners and losers, shall remain anonymous!) Once again, this member-to-member gathering was a great opportunity to network and just plain ol' gab with sister Dames. Evenings like that make me so grateful for my membership in Dames.


 Our next member-to-member networking opportunity is our Holiday Potluck next Monday night at Karen Vartan's. We have two wonderful fundraising events in the works as well: Culinary Women in Words, December 14th and the Women in the Arts of Escoffier Gala next March. Information on all three events is below.  


 Just in, Carol Brock, our 90 year-young LDEI founder, will attend our Culinary Women in Words. It is a great honor for our chapter to host Carol. If you haven't met her you are in for a treat.  This event will be a wonderful chance to chat with our DC Dame book authors and make holiday gift purchases. A portion of the proceeds go to support our scholarship program! Please sign up today.


 This is such a busy time of year for everyone, but particularly for all of us in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries. It is also a time to give thanks and to reflect on the needs of others.


 In this season of giving, I am reminded why I wanted to become a Dame.  It was to be part of a respected organization of like-minded women professionals who use their talents to give back to our community. What an honor and privilege! And, with this privilege comes responsibility. Whether we volunteer as mentors to women in our industries, or sponsor interns, chop vegetables at DC Central Kitchen or fundraise to benefit our grants and scholarships, together we can make a difference in our community and to women working to enter and succeed in our fields. If you haven't been active in the chapter recently, I invite you to step up and get involved with a project or a committee.


 I wish you the very best during this winter holiday season and in the New Year.



Drew Faulkner


Dames News 


The Dames book club met at Paula Jacobson's home on Nov. 19 to review "The Billionaire's Vinegar" a story of the cult, egos and fraud surrounding old wines. By perfect chance, Paula's husband, Greg, who was once in the wine business and put away a number of cases of wine when he left the industry. Most of it was consumed but, somehow, a mixed case was forgotten in the recesses of their basement and rediscovered during a recent renovation. Our book club, under the able instruction of Janet Cam, tasted a selection of these 30 to 40 plus year-old wines. Interesting. As a bonus, we got to try on hats from Paula's extraordinary and extensive collection. We are just SOO chic!

 An Egyptian cloche modeled by Paula Jacobson; 1971 Chateau Leoville Poyferre;l-f Janet Cam, Gail Forman,Katherine Newell Smith, Paula Jacobson, Barbara Elaine Dykes. Jot pictured: Karri Barrett. 



This scarf was left behind at our annual membership meeting at Roofers Union

please contact Katherine Newell  to retrieve.



Job Ops


LDE-DC Administrative Job  


As many of you may recall from our discussion and budget approval at the general membership meeting in October, our board has created a paid position to help administer our chapter operations. This is a part-time position of approximately 10 hours a week for which we will offer $20.00 per hour. The person will report to our communications secretary, Stacey Adams. Here is the job description developed by Stacey:


1.  Re-type Entre News into Constant Contact and schedule email blast to membership.

2.  Add contacts to Constant Contact and maintain changes to email address.

Field membership questions about their email requests.

3.  Create email blasts in Constant Contact for chapter and public events.

4.  Maintain chapter calendar of events.  Communicate with BOD and committees to add important dates.

5.  Pick up mail if possible, but otherwise supervise mail pick-up from P.O. box and send to appropriate person.

6.  Answer chapter voicemail and send requests to appropriate person.

7.  Maintain chapter documents on website.

8.  Create Dame events on Eventbrite and coordinate with appropriate people.

9.  Print, mail, and assist in the processing of ballots.

10.  Maintain chapter email address list and forward emails to appropriate


11.  Work with communications secretary to build content on website.


Special: Fit Relationships, a financial literacy education and employment coaching program for low-income individuals, would like to make its graduates available to Les Dames d' Escoffier members seeking employees at all levels.   Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), FIT provides training in housekeeping, construction, dishwasher, receptionist, truck driver, logistics, supply chain management,   food preparation, administration and book keeping skills and helps match its graduates with potential employers. It also provides ongoing job coaching to help ensure their success in their new job.  If you have job opportunities, please contact Julio Rodriguez, Fit Relationships Project Director at 703-831-8300, ext 451. Diane Feffer Neas is a member of FIT Relationships' advisory board.






DATE: Monday, December 8

PLACE: Karen Vartan's home. 4103 Beechwood Rd, University Park, MD 20782


Bring a dish. Refer to signup genius here



Find perfect personalized gifts for the holidays!

Come spend an afternoon meeting award-winning Dame authors at a book-signing. You and your friends will enjoy sample tastings from the Dames' cookbooks' recipes along with festive beverages. You will also be supporting our chapter's scholarships program. In addition, as a special treat, LDEI founder Carol Brock will grace us with her ebullient presence at the event. Joan Carris (NYC) will accompany her.

DATE: December 14

PLACE:   ILO, 3417 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, DC

TIME:  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..

PRICE: $25 per person. Monies raised through ticket sales and raffle/auction will benefit the LDE-DC scholarship fund. Book sales are separate and handled by Politics and Prose. 

Register at 


Nancy Baggett "The 2 Day a Week Diet" September 15, 2014

Ruth Gresser "Kitchen Workshop-Pizza" February 1, 2014

Carla Hall "Carla's Comfort Foods" April 1, 2014

Cathy Barrow "Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry'" Nov. 3, 2014 

Along with Najmieh Batmanglij, Pati Jinich, Bonnie Benwick, Nongkran Daks, Paula Shoyer, Sheilah Kaufman,Domenica Marchetti, Katherine Tallmadge, Nancy Piho, Aviva Goldfarb and Amy Riolo.


Please advise if you have a book that has been or will be published this year.   


 "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).


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.


Monday, March 16, 2015

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

Sister Dames, please consider your contacts as we prepare for this big March fundraising event. As a group, we have extensive reach and connections for sponsorships, donations, auction add-ons, in-kind, and other opportunities. The more we reduce costs through these connections, the more monies we raise to support our mission.

Here are the documents you will need. PLEASE copy Theresa Morrison and Lizette Corro  

on ALL your correspondence when approaching potential sponsors. This is to ensure that the sponsorship process is timely and that there is no duplication.  


Escoffier Sponsorship Document:click here

Escoffier Benefits & Response Form: click here

Escoffier introduction email: click here


These documents are also posted on the Members Only section of our website under Women in the Arts of Escoffier.  Please use the password ldedc2014 


For more information about the history of the event which can help you with your potential sponsors:

Gala Report to Members: click here for history and summary of our Dames gala 


Save the Date



DATE: January 24

Other details to be advised.



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.


Gail Forman has planned a special 10-course Taiwanese dinner that showcases the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Taiwanese kitchen at Seven Seas Restaurant in Rockville. Sponsored by The Transition Network, Dames are invited to attend. December 4, 6:30 p.m., $30 all inclusive.  The menu includes Rou Bing (Original Roll-Your-Own Spring Roll), Crispy Squid Ball, Beef Tenderloin with Cilantro, Pumpkin Seafood Soup, Tropical Jumbo Shrimp, Crispy Chicken with Basil, Steamed Fish with Taiwanese-Style Black Bean Sauce, Taiwanese White Cabbage with Gourmet Mushroom, Pumpkin with Rice Noodle, On-Lei Cookies & Fresh Fruits.  To register, contact

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
Social Media Connections


Connect with Sister Dames

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

We need ALL members who have FB, Twitter and Instagram accounts to follow and actively re-tweet our members' tweets to spread the great news about our activities and programs!
Connect with Les Dames d'Escoffier International

Please share news, events and updates.  Join the LDEI members-only LinkedIn Group to stay connected with other Dames.

Like us on Facebook   View our profile on LinkedIn
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 .
Board Meeting Minutes
To view the latest approved board meeting minutes, go to and

click on the Members Only tab and again on Member Login Page. Log in. Once you are logged in, click on the Bylaws, Roster & Minutes tab. You will see a link to the board meeting minutes. During each monthly board meeting, the board approves the previous month's minutes and they are then posted to our website. 

Members-Only Section to our Website

It is easy to find chapter documents and resources, our event archives and past editions of Entre News.  


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:

  • past and current Entre News issues posted under the Chapter Events tab.
  • archives of past chapter activities in the Chapter Events dropdown menu along with upcoming events.
  • helpful files including chapter letterhead, name tag template, LDEI logos and tax-exempt certificates under Documents & Forms.
  • our chapter's standing rules, bylaws and membership roster under About Us/Governance 
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.


Quarterly Guidelines:

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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