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February 11, 2015
Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


By the time you read this, members of our chapter will have gathered on one night, Tuesday, February 10th, in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland for Dames Who Drink and Tweet!, a trifecta of fun and camaraderie. Thanks to Polly Wiedmaier and the RW Restaurant Group for making the evening possible.


Our event at the National Geographic Museum was a sold out success. The tour and talk were very informative. Lunch afterwards at Kellari Taverna was generous and delicious. A big thank you to Joan Bacharach for arranging the tour for us.


Nominations for new members are in. Thank you to everyone who participated. Our next order of business is a call for nominees to fill open positions in our board of directors. In 2016, our chapter will host our Women in Gastronomy symposium in the spring and the annual Les Dames d'Escoffier International conference that autumn. The 2015-16 board will be very active in planning both events. If you are ready to expand your involvement with our chapter and would either like to take a leadership role or believe a one of your sister Dames is well-positioned to make a positive difference in our chapter's operations during this important year, please step up.


Happy Valentine's Day to all!



Drew Faulkner


Call for 2015-2016 LDE-DC Board Nominations!

The nomination period is now open for LDE-DC chapter officers and directors for 2015-16. This is your opportunity to nominate Dames who possess leadership qualities to represent our membership and who will work to achieve our chapter's goals in the coming year. You may nominate any chapter member in good standing, or you may nominate yourself.  Please consider who will best serve the organization and submit your nomination(s) by Sunday, March 15, to committee chair Kate Jansen at  Please be sure that the Dame you nominate agrees to participate as an active member of the board.


The LDE-DC BOD positions are: president, first vice president (membership), second vice president (education and community outreach), NEW second vice president (development and philanthropy), recording secretary, communications (corresponding) secretary and treasurer. Database and web-savvy individuals are needed for the communications secretary and treasurer positions. In addition, three of five director positions will be open. Shortly, we will send a notice that includes the full descriptions of our board positions, requirements and responsibilities as defined in our chapter bylaws and standing rules.


2015-16 Board Nominating Committee

Chair: Kate Jansen. Committee members: Amy Brandwein, Beverly Brockus Shaud, Susan Callahan and Janet Cam




Thank you to all who submitted nominations for new members and those who have agreed to serve on the membership committee. We have 14 wonderful candidates! We hope to meet with all the prospective candidates and their sponsors at the new member reception, tentatively scheduled for March 10, 2015. The time and location is TBD. Completed applications and the $25 processing fee are due by March 15, 2015. The committee will submit its recommendations to the board in early April. The board will approve candidates during the April board meeting. The new members will be notified of their acceptance by April 21, 2015.  Our new members will be invited to attend the Spring General Membership Meeting to be introduced to the full membership. All sponsors and candidates will receive reminders about the remainder of the process and deadlines via email. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 917.327.7916 or




Robyn Webb's new book, The Paris Vacation Apartment Guide,

 http//  captured the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Award, Silver Honoree, Best In Digital. Judges deemed it "the best use of live linking ever done in a digital book.   It was a spectacular multimedia presentation all without disrupting an extremely well written and well organized book."





Anne Willan would like to meet friends, old and new, when she returns to town at the end of March. The casual gathering is open to Les Dames and AIWF members. Anne will donate her seminal book, Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen. A portion of each ticket will be donated to our chapter. 

DATE: Thursday, March 26, 2015

TIME: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

PLACE: Ris,  2275 L Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037

PRICE: $45 (incl tax and gratuity). Reception includes hors d'oeuvres, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, and a copy of Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen

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


Programs on the Horizon:



DATE: April 18

TIME:  Noon

PLACE:  Mamma Rouge Southeast Asian Bistro, 3000 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C.  20007




Global Culinary Initiative Program

DATE: Thursday, June 4

TIME: 7:00 p.m.



Summer 2015



March 2016  




DATE:  Saturday, February 21, 2015

TIME:  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

PLACE:  Colvin Run Mill, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA 22066

PRICE:  $30 for members and their guests. Limited to 25 attendees.

Join Laurie Bell, certified tea specialist, and learn about the main growing regions and botanical aspects of the tea plant and cacao tree.  Taste diverse teas and styles of chocolate and learn how to pair these two treats.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015, Turkish Dinner at the National Press Club 529 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20045. Sheilah Kaufman will give a presentation on Turkish cuisine along with a seven-course dinner with wine in conjunction with a book signing of The Turkish Cookbook, Regional Recipes and Stories. The menu will include five mezzes, soup, salad, a fish course, main course, side dishes, dessert and Turkish wines. Call 202 662 7638 to reserve. $55 per person; $70 per person for couples includes one copy of the book; $60 per person with one book.


Saturday, February 28, 2015 KIDS COOK Recipe Competition, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.  Williams-Sonoma, 2700 Clarendon Blvd, The Market Common, Clarendon, Arlington, Va. 22201. An original recipe cooking competition where 4th through 8th graders prepare their recipes for a healthy snack or a breakfast or lunch entrée that meet guidelines.   The celebrity judges are chef Tim Ma of Water and Wall and Maple Ave Restaurant, chef Patrick Bazin of Bazin's on Church and Aviva Goldfarb of Six O'Clock Scramble. The winner will spend half a day in the Volt kitchen with Brian Voltaggio, receive a copy of his new book, HOME, and an ALL Clad pan.  Paula Jacobson and Aviva Goldfarb helped evaluate the recipe entries to determine the competition field. Katherine Newell Smith is working with Real Food For Kids to produce the event and handle its PR.  Admission FREE.


Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Second Annual Canine...Feline...Drink Wine, a wine tasting to benefit Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.  Second Chance, 1700 Ridgely St.,  Baltimore, MD. Diane Neas is on BARCS board and is helping with this event. It has a larger venue this year to accommodate 350 guests; so look for a big wine pull and to tasting 75 wines from around the globe as well as excellent silent auction items. 


Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen - WANTED: Woman chef's to be muses for professional artists in preparation for a juried and invitational Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen at the Strathmore Mansion, September 5th to November 8th, 2015. It is an exhibit created by Strathmore Art Exhibitions, curated by Harriet Lesser in conjunction with Susan Callahan and Debra Moser. There will be panel discussions, receptions, workshops and much more. We could use an additional dozen female chefs. Please contact Susan Callahan, or Debra Moser,  

Thus far, the following chefs have agreed to be paired with artists:

Marianne Ali

Laurie Alleman-Weber

Beverly Bates

Nongkran Daks

Sarah Dwyer

Lynn Foster

Ruth Gresser

Carla Hall

Susan Holt

Michelle Houser

Mary Howley

Kate Jansen

Janis Mclean

Sue McWilliams

Nona Nielson-Parker

Tracy O'Grady

Nora Poullion

Susan Wallace

Elise Welland

Janet Yu


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

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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 

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