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February 25, 2015
Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


Thank you to all of you who submitted nominees for membership to our chapter. Barbara Black has graciously offered to open her home for our new member reception on March 10th.  


I am sure each of you remembers how excited you felt to be nominated to Dames. Indeed, it is an esteemed honor. It is extremely important that new members feel welcome and that they become engaged in our chapter activities from the start. Please come and share what you value from your membership in Dames with our nominees. In advance, a big thank you to Barbara for hosting us all.


Now is the time to present your nominations to fill open board of directors' positions. 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. Additionally, our board is active in reviewing and planning all critical events and the overall direction of our chapter.


I have found my time on the board to be  personally and professionally rewarding. I have had the opportunity to learn from and work with many of our talented members. It has been a lot of fun. So, if you are ready to expand your involvement with our chapter and would either like to take a leadership role or believe one of your sister Dames is well-positioned to make a positive difference in our chapter's operations during this important year, please put your or her name forward.


I hope you are all surviving this cold winter weather. Our February 21st Tea and Chocolate event did not fare so well and had to be postponed. The new date is March 28th. So you have a second opportunity to attend! Details for registration are below.




Drew Faulkner


Call for 2015-2016 LDE-DC Board Nominations!

The nomination period for LDE-DC chapter officers and directors for 2015-16 is open until Sunday, March 15. To offer some assistance, we sent you a notice on February 13 with the full descriptions of our board positions, requirements and responsibilities as defined in our chapter bylaws and standing rules.  We invite you 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)  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. 


2015-16 Board Nominating Committee

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


New Member Recruitment


Dames are cordially invited to meet our prospective new members at a reception in the home of Barbara Black, 4 Quincy Street, Chevy Chase, MD 20815 (just off Connecticut Ave.)

7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015.


To those of you who nominated prospective member, we especially hope you will attend to make introductions.

More regarding the application process:

  • 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 where they will be introduced to the full membership.

  • All sponsors and candidates will receive reminders about the process and deadlines via email.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Claire Gill,  at 917.327.7916 or


Cathy Barrow contributed an article to The Washington Post Food section about making mozzarella.

Joan Nathan's contemplation about making recipes from memory was featured in the February/March 2015 edition of AARP Magazine...the one with Bob Dylan on the cover!  

Dames News 


l-r. Polly Wiedmaier, Drew Faulkner, Aviva Goldfarb and Katherine Newell Smith gathered at Mussel Bar in Bethesda on Feb. 10 for an evening of champagne, oysters, laughter and tweets for "Dames Who Drink and Tweet" as two other groups of DWD Dames simultaneously convened at DC's Brasserie Beck with host Claire Gill and Old Town's Brabo with host Vickie Reh. Thanks to Polly for generously arranging it all and keeping us socially connected.




DATE: Saturday, March 28, 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.

Advance reservations and payment must be made through Colvin Run Mill, 703-759-2771. Deadline: Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

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



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: or 202-973-2168



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, 2015

TIME: 7:00 p.m.



Summer 2015



March 2016  



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.


Tuesday,  March 3, 2015 D'Artagnan 30th Anniversary in Washington, DC Celebration Dinner at the Hamilton.,default,pg.html from which proceeds will go to No Kid Hungry. It will be followed by a party for dinner guests only that will be attended by all the local chefs friends of D'Artagnan and lots of media. Ariane Daguin (NYC) CEO D'Artagnan  extends a special invitation to her sister Dames. The public price for the dinner is $175 and Dames are welcome at $125. The Les Dames promotional code is LESDAMES125


Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Culinary Historians of Washington, DC, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, Maryland

Nancy Siegel presentation: Culinary Metaphors in Early American Politics. For more information, visit or call 301-320-6979 


Friday, March 27 to Monday March 30, 2015

IACP Conference - Members-Only Rate for IACP Conference.

As a past president of Les Dames d'Escoffier, D.C. Chapter and also of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP), I can attest to the many benefits of belonging to both organizations. Each has a unique character and something to offer those of us in the food and hospitality industries. So I'm delighted that IACP is offering special member-only rates to all LDEI members who would like to attend its annual conference, March 27-30 in Washington, D.C. If you've never been to an IACP conference, now's the time! You'll find likeminded people and learn about everything from the craft of food writing, branding strategies, self-publishing and food photography to putting your values to work in the community and so much more. José Andrés is Saturday's keynote speaker. For more information, visit If you'd like to take advantage of the member rate, please contact IACP executive director Meredith Deeds at for the registration code. Cynthia Glover


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  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.   Please submit your HURRAH to in a succinct 75 words of less.


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

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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
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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 SUMMER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is Friday, April 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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