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January 28, 2015
Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


I am excited to announce that we have hired an administrative assistant, Robin Kurtzman. Robin will report to our corresponding secretary, Stacey Adams. Her primary duties will be to aid Stacey in maintaining our website and of correspondence to members and the public. We anticipate that all members will soon be enjoying the benefits of having Robin onboard. Welcome Robin!

I sent a letter you last week; but, in case you missed that email, I want to let you know that the Women in the Arts of Escoffier Gala has been postponed. A new date has not yet been set. Membership will be informed as the planning progresses and a new date is set. A big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the development of this fundraising event to date.


Our chapter has joined the Brock Circle! After much thoughtful discussion and review of the emails from members on the subject, the board voted to make a one-time $10,000 payment from our reserve funds rather than make annual $1,000 payments over 10 years. The LDEI board has committed to use Brock Circle funds to help build the brand of LDEI and to enhance the annual conference. As the LDEI brand builds so does that of our chapter. Stronger brand recognition will aid our member recruitment and fundraising efforts. The board believes that this is a positive investment for our chapter.


New member recruitment is on. Please submit your nominations to Theresa Morrison by the end of the week. Soon we will ask you to nominate yourself or another member for our important open board officer and director positions. Have you considered stepping up your involvement in our chapter? This could be your opportunity!

By the time you read this, I will have attended, with many of you, our program Food: Our Global Kitchen at the National Geographic Museum. This tour was very popular and sold out quickly! Thanks so much to Joan Bacharach for organizing it for us.


We have a number of exciting programs and networking opportunities coming up. Registration information is below. Do take the time to read about them, register, and get them on your calendar. I look forward to seeing you there.



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.




Amy Brandwein for being featured in the lead article of The Washington Post's Food section on January 21. 


Carla Hall upon the introduction of her new line of Carla Hall All Natural Cookies and Baked Goods. They are available at


Polly Wiedmaier and her husband, Robert, for their restaurant, Marcel's, being awarded 3 ˝ stars by The Washington Post's restaurant critic Tom Sietsema. Tom has awarded 3 ˝ or 4 stars to only eight restaurants.



DAMES WHO DRINK - and tweet!

Thanks to Polly Wiedmaier, we can gather for oysters and champagne and use our social media accounts to chat about it.

Shucks and champagne. (Oyster $1 each and champagne $5 per glass)

DATE: Tuesday, February 10

TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

PLACES: Mussel Bar 7262 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD; Mussel Bar 800 North Glebe Road, Arlington, VA; Brasserie Beck 1101 K Street NW, Washington, DC. Look for: Drew Faulkner and Polly in Bethesda. Xxx in Arlington and Claire Gill in DC.

PRICE: Dutch Treat




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 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


Programs on the Horizon:



DATE: April 18



Global Culinary Initiative Program

DATE: Thursday, June 4

TIME: 7:00 p.m.



Summer 2015



March 2016  



Sunday, February 8, 2:30 p.m., Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C. (CHoW) at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD. Nadia Berenstein will speak about the history of food flavoring. For more information, contact Claudia Kousoulas at 202-487-6740 or visit 


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.


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 - 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 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
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.

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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 .
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 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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