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JUNE 4, 2014

Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


As I write this letter, I am looking forward to attending our latest Dames Who Dine at new member and chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley's Ripple restaurant on June 2.  What an enthusiastic way to start off her membership! A big thank you to Marjorie and her crew for hosting us. If you have never attended one of our Dames Who Dine events, I urge you to do so. It is a wonderful way to get to know some of your esteemed Dames colleagues in a relaxed and casual setting.  


 Our Spring General Membership Meeting is at RIS Restaurant on Saturday, June 7th. Please register online to attend.


In advance, a big thank you goes to Ris Lacoste and her crew for hosting us. You have received written reports from our committee chairs and officers and other supporting documents via e-mail. We ask that you please read through these reports before we meet. We have a lot of important business to conduct and your advance preparation will help us run through it more efficiently and knowledgeably. In addition, we will hear from one of our latest scholarship recipients and meet and welcome eight of our 10 new members.


Finally, I just want to remind you to renew your membership. Why don't you attend membership meeting and pay there! Our treasurer, Nancy Mola, will be there to help you. You will see friends, help decide your chapter's business and have a delicious and fun meal and well as renew your commitment to your organization.

I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. 



Drew Faulkner




Lisa Cherkasky is one of 12 food stylists and food photographers featured in LDEI's Summer Quarterly which you will receive at the end of June.


Dames and soon-to-be- inducted Dames were in full force at Industree's "Hail to the V*** " on Thursday, May 29 at the E Street Cinema. Carla Hall was the featured emcee and was joined on different panels by Polly Wiedmaier, Ellen Gray, Ris LaCoste, Ann Yonkers, Ruth Gresser and new member Mary Ellen Albright chatting about the challenges and triumphs of being a woman in the food business.

Please Renew Your Membership for 2014-15  


Please submit your annual Les Dames d'Escoffier dues for the 2014-15 membership year which begins July 1. You can even pay your dues in person at our Spring General Membership Meeting on Saturday at Ris.


The deadline for payment is June 15, 2014. Dues received after this date will be charged a $25.00 late fee, no exceptions. Members whose dues are not received by July 31, 2014 will not be eligible for membership in 2014-15, will be removed from LDEI and Chapter directories/email lists, and will need to reapply for membership.


Renew online by going to the "members only" section of our website. Please e-mail Treasurer Nancy Mola is you have an questions or concerns .


Membership in Les Dames d'Escoffier -DC offers a trusted connection with women leaders in the culinary and hospitality industries throughout your chapter and with Dames in 27 other chapters throughout the United States and Canada. It gives you a way to offer service to your community, too. Being a Dame also provides::


1.  The up-to-date and fully searchable online membership directory in the members-only section of the Web site.


2.  Face-to-face networking and exciting and informative programming at the members-only Annual General Meeting...this year in Boston, October 30- November 2. 


3.  The quarterly newsletter, appropriately named the Quarterly, that brings you chapter news and great information about members' activities. 


4.  Insurance coverage for chapter events


Please note, Les Dames d'Escoffier International dues will be raised $10.00 in the fall of 2014. We will not raise DC Chapter dues to cover this cost increase at this time. However, you can anticipate a dues increase for the 2015-16 year.




DATE:  Saturday, June 7th

TIME:  Meeting, 11:30 a.m.; Luncheon, 1 p.m.

PLACE:  RIS Restaurant, 2275 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

MENU & PRICE:  $43.00, inclusive of gratuity, for three course luncheon with coffee and tea. Cash bar.


Registration         11:00-11:30

Business Meeting 11:30-1:00

Luncheon               1:00-3:00


Freshly baked mini scones and biscuits

Chilled orange juice or mimosa

 First Course:

Cream of tomato soup with shaved Parmesan


Crisp greens and herbs with champagne Dijon vinaigrette and shaved Parmesan

Second Course:

Grilled salmon

Orange-pistachio basmati rice, pomegranate, spinach,

Honey-glazed roast sweet potato with sumac vinaigrette


Roast quail

Roast beets, sautéed kale with mustard and cherry sauce



Baba au "rhubarb"

Classic yeast cake soaked with Canton ginger-liqueur

Mascarpone cream, spiced vanilla rhubarb and cardamom rhubarb sorbet


House-made ice cream and sorbet


Coffee and tea

$43.00 Includes gratuity


Please make your reservations online by June 3, 2014 at 


Culinary Walking Tour of Wheaton

DATE: Autumn 2014


The renowned Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA, will offer a tour and tea on Tuesday, June 10th from 1:00 pm to benefit its neighbor, Trinity Episcopal Church. The tour includes the Inn's public spaces, dining room, selected guest rooms and kitchen where visitors can meet Chef and Proprietor Patrick O'Connell. In addition, visitors will see the Inn's presidential cottage, Claiborne House, and its newly completed Parsonage.  $75 per person; $60 senior citizens over age 65.

Editor's Note


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  


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.  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 News tab.
  • archives of past chapter activities in the Events dropdown menu along with upcoming events.
  • helpful files including chapter letterhead, name tag template, LDEI logos and tax-exempt certificates under Resources.
  • our chapter's standing rules, bylaws and membership roster under Bylaws, Roster & Minutes  
Quick Links

Member Milestones - Share your professional news with Dames in all Chapters in our LDEI Quarterly. Submit your news to: - 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 winter 2014 issue of the LDEI Quarterly is now posted at 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. 


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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