JULY 31, 2014 
ENTRE NEWS will be published on a limited basis during July and August with editions on July 30 and August 27. The regular bimonthly schedule will resume on September 10.


Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


It was so enjoyable to share our Summer Social Potluck with so many of you at Camilla Rothwell's lovely home on July 28. The food was delicious and the conversation lively. A big thank you goes to Camilla and her husband, Tony, for being such gracious hosts. It couldn't have been a nicer evening.


We held our year's first board meeting at Camilla's before the potluck. Thank you to all members who attended. Your comments and input were greatly valued. Your new board is energized, and fully engaged, planning an exciting year ahead. 

Looking forward, the board will meet in August for a strategic planning session. We will report the results of the session to the membership at the Autumn General Membership Meeting in October.

By special request, the Wheaton Walking Tour returns on September 20th! Come get a taste of the global marketplace that can be found in Wheaton.

If you have yet to visit our new website, put together by Stacey Adams, please do so. It is easy to navigate and provides a wealth of information about the chapter for members and the public. Thanks again to Stacey for producing the site for us!

I am very excited to make the announcement that, after much review, our chapter's standing rules have been updated and approved by the board! I can understand that, to many of you, this might not seem an update of great import. But I cannot stress strongly enough, how important recent this rule update is to the operational strength and integrity of our chapter. The bylaws, which we updated last fall, are our foundation; the standing rules create our structure. They detail the jobs and operations for each officer, director and committee. The result of all this work? We are poised to move forward as a lean, smoothly functional organization.

A big thank you to Judy Rusignuolo, Stacey Adams, Diane Feffer Neas, and Theresa Morrison for all they've contributed to bring our standing rules up to date.


Warm regards,


Drew Faulkner






Stacey Adams won her first major golf tournament at the PGA Charity Golf Tournament in Hartford, Connecticut on Monday.  This event raised more than $30K for First Tee and Special Olympics.  She apologizes for missing the potluck. 

Drew Faulkner
was a guest on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show on Wednesday, July 23 chatting about "Can't Stand the Heat- Cool Summer Cooking." She was oft referred to as the Les Dames DC President!



Aviva Goldfarb appeared on Katie Couric's ABC-TV talk show Katie on July 7 to talk about the importance of family dinner, offering some tips for pulling together quick and delicious meals and demonstrating an easy Spiced Tossed Shrimp with Parmesan Grits. Aviva got in under the wire! The show's final episode aired July 27.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0hcyxD5F7U&feature=youtu.be 


Theresa Morrison passed the Wine & Spirits Education Trust ((WSET) Level 3 (Advanced) with distinction and earned the highest honors. The London-based WSET is the foremost international body in the field of wines and spirits education.

Robyn Webb received a contract for her 17th cookbook, tentatively entitled The Perfect Meal(ADA 2016). The book is a compilation of her greatest hits. It will be a meal planner featuring comfort foods that are

easy to prepare.


CiCi Williamson retires August 8 after 26 years and helping more than 100,000 people as a food safety specialist on the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline. During that time she won numerous USDA awards for her work including two from the Secretary of Agriculture. Apart from the hotline, CiCi maintained the 1400 Q&As in the AskKaren.gov online database; wrote and designed hundreds of food safety fact sheets, press releases, blogs, podcasts and publications and chaired the publications committee. Now she will have time to finish writing a murder mystery set on a cruise ship.

Of Note   


Joan Nathan's husband, Allan Gerson, had emergency bypass heart surgery a few weeks ago. He came home from the hospital last Wednesday. To make things easier for Joan, friends are using the Lotsa Helping Hands website to coordinate visits and meal deliveries. https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/718905/login/reset/b1966b3afb2c21ad60ab7d902d78c5cf/ . Just click on the link and sign up if you wish to help out. Should you have any problems signing up or just hate websites, please email or call Joan's friend Jennifer Visick 202-251-3059;visick_jennifer@bah.com.

Dames News    


July 28: Our annual summer potluck was held on a perfect, cool summer evening and spent in the company of good friends and colleagues. Each Dame was asked to bring a "Dish from my Heritage," so we had a sumptuous and delicious assortment of very special foods.
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Golnaz Feiz, Najmieh Batmanglij and Linda Forristal
The gorgeous buffet of dishes from Dames' heritages
Clockwise from front Nancy Mola, Drew Faulkner, Theresa Morrison, Jill Collins, Sara Engram, Diane Feffer Neas
From left: Katherine Newell Smith, Phyllis Frucht, Linda Forristal, Aviva Golfarb, Susan Callahan, Tony Rothwell, Camilla Rothwell, Goody Solomon


DAMES WHO DINE: Join sister Dames as we go "on vacation" for an August get-together!

On a beachy shore of Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Bo Brooks has incredible views of the harbor and adjacent marina. It's laid back just like August should be.  There's something for everyone: crabs, lobster, oysters, rockfish, tuna, chicken and meat dishes too. Plus, the chef is a woman.

PLACE:  Bo Brooks Restaurant, 2780 Lighthouse Point (Canton area), Baltimore, MD  21224

DATE: Monday, August 11

PRICE: Dutch treat

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

RSVP no later than August 8: Theresa Morrison, 443-254-3620 or e-mail wine@34south.com 

Look forward to seeing y'all there!



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


Something to look forward to:



DATE: Saturday, September 20 (Rain or Shine)
TIME: 9:45am to early afternoon
PLACE: Meet at the corner of Price Ave & Fern St.
***If you are late: Meet us at first stop--By Brazil;
or second stop--Mi Familia.
PRICE: Members $40; Non-members $45.
Includes breakfast, lunch, and tastings

RSVP: 202-973-2168
Reservation or cancellation deadline Wednesday, September 17.



DATE: March 2015


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

PRICE: $500 per person

More to come....


Join in the fun and make plans to attend the Les Dames D'Escoffier International Conference October 31-November 2, 2014 in Boston. This year, through our program, $2000 is available to pay a portion of the costs of our of chapter members to attend the conference. Please go to the web site lesdamesdc.org under "resources" (upper right hand corner) for more information and the application form. Application deadline is July 15, 2014.



Sheilah Kaufman has been invited by The Library of Congress to participate in the 2014 National Book Festival on August 30 at the Washington Convention Center. She will speak on Turkish cuisine and present a cooking demonstration. Her books: A Taste of Turkish Cuisine and The Turkish Cookbook: Regional Recipes and Stories both written with Nur Ilkin will be available for sale and a book signing


DAMES DO ITALY September 7-14! From Pam Williams of the BC Dames chapter in Vancouver

We just put together Dames Do Italy: a crazy week of chocolate (yes there are fabulous Italian chocolatiers), wine and food exploration for our BC Dames and want to invite any Dame to join us.

Program Date: September 7 - 14, 2014 - and as I say on the program overview, yes, we know this is short notice for a trip to Europe but hey, when us BC Dames come up with a good idea, we just run with it.

And this September couldn't have been a better time: EURO is trading lower against the USD right now so we can get everything booked at a lower conversion rate, tourists will be on their way home, weather will be fabulous and locals won't be into wine yet so we'll have Piedmont to ourselves.

We've costed out the program as tight as possible while still including all the activities we want to experience. Travel experts recommend that you book travel to Europe at the sweet spot of 8 weeks out so we made sure that was within our confirmation time frame.

It will be a small group 6 - 12 doing a large amount of exploring, eating, sipping, shopping and fun!! See the complete overview and registration at:

If you feel this might be something your Chapter Dames would like to know about, please forward this invitation.

Wishing everyone a very happy summer after a long, cold winter for a lot of us.

Dame Pam Williams
BC Chapter


Editor's Note


ENTRE NEWS will be published on a limited basis during July and August with editions on July 31 and August 27. 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 kns4pr@erols.com  


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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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 kns4pr@erols.com .
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.  Once you log in under Members Only, you will see a revised toolbar where you can find:

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  • our chapter's standing rules, bylaws and membership roster under About Us/Governance 
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MemberMilestones@aol.com - Edited by Hayley Matson Mathes (Hawaii)  

LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:

The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the AUTUMN issue of the LDEI Quarterly is August 4, 2014. The Spring 2014 issue of the LDEI Quarterly is now posted at  www.ldei.org and you should have received the magazine by now. If you have not, please check your online contact information. If it is correct, please contact Greg Jewell to make sure you are on the mailing list. 


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