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March 25, 2015
Message from the President


Dear Sister Dames,


I so look forward to seeing so many of you this Thursday night at the reception at RIS restaurant with Anne Willan. Yet another opportunity awaits on Saturday night at our chapter's Welcome to Our Nation's Capital reception for our visiting IACP Dames. We will have a fabulous Dame-to-Dame networking and just flat-out fun evening when we gather during the annual IACP conference. Dutch-treat dinner follows at Brasserie Beck. There is still time to sign up for all of the IACP events. Details below. What a week!


New member nominations are in. The board will vote to accept members at our next meeting. Then we look forward to welcoming our newest Dames at our Spring General Membership Meeting at Carmine's on June 1st. Thanks to the New Member Committee headed by Claire Gill for all its work.


The single slate of 2015-16 board of director nominees will be sent out shortly. In advance, thank you to all who have stepped forward to serve on our board and commit to taking part in the governance of our organization.


A big thanks to Kate Jansen and her committee for all that they have done to solicit and organize board nominations this year. Board succession has been, and continues to be, an issue in our organization. Please, look ahead. When will it be your time to step up and take a leadership role in our chapter? We always need committee chairs and members to help fulfill our chapter's mission. Let Kate or another board member know of your interest and plans. We welcome your participation. It is never too early to make your desire to participate known!




Drew Faulkner






Board Nominations Extended


Nominations chair Kate Jansen and her committee are finalizing the board election slate. Two positions remain open, communications secretary and treasurer. These are two very important jobs within our chapter. We truly need you to step up and help fill them.


Welcome Visiting IACP Dames


Join us on Saturday, March 28, 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Marriott Renaissance Hotel, Suite 1272 during the IACP annual conference for a reception to welcome visiting Dames. We expect between 40 and 50 guests. LDEI secretary Sharon Olson is also inviting prospective Dames who might be interested in starting a North Carolina chapter. Thanks to Susan James at Stonyman Gourmet Farmer, Debra Moser of Meat Crafters, Gladys Abi-Najm of Lebanese Taverna, and Theresa Morrison of Boutique Vineyards and Amy Hoopes of Wente Vineyards for providing the bites and beverages. RSVP Drew Faulkner:  

To register for the dinner at Brasserie Beck on Eventbrite click here.  




Drew Faulkner for her appearance on Fairfax Public TV Channel 10's "Chef's Recipes with Lindsay Gustin" as LDEI-DC president presenting a spring menu cooking demonstration. It was taped on Tuesday, March 24 and airs Saturday, March 28. 


Karen Lippold for the debut of her Gourmet By Karen St. Patrick's Day sugar cookies at The Blue House in Bethesda.


Nora Pouillon for being featured in an article "Nora the Explorer, a new memoir from the woman who brought organic food to DC reminds us how bad food used to be" appearing in the April 2015 edition of Washingtonian Magazine. Her memoir My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today was just published.




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:  Click here to register on Eventbrite.  For more information or questions: or 202-973-2168



DATE: Saturday, March 28, 2015

TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

PLACEColvin 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.

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.



DATE:  Monday, April 13, 2015

TIME:  7:00 p.m.

PLACE:    The home of Janet Cam, 2936 Bridgehampton Court, Falls Church, VA  22042

BOOKFresh Off the Boat, by Eddie Huang



At this special four-course brunch prepared with a talk by Mama Rouge owner and chef Aulie Bunyarataphan, enjoy a tour of the menu, with courses that include Southeast Asian specialties, with a French accent in the wine selections and European-style dessert. Chef Aulie has developed a menu that highlights her Thai cultural and culinary background while embracing the sophisticated flavors, cooking techniques, and rich presentations of a variety of cuisines. Her cooking is not about fusion or melding; it's about mixing and matching flavor profiles of the different dishes for a dining experience unlike any other in DC.

The presentation will also feature an overview of the wine program, which is dedicated to French varietals, offering perfect pairings with the various categories of Southeast Asian cuisine on the Mama Rouge menus. The beverage director for the restaurant will guide guests through each pairing selection, with insightful and informative descriptions of the wines. 

This event is open to Dames and the general public.

DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015

TIME:  11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

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

PRICE: $45/Dames members / $55 non-members, all-inclusive*

*Food, drinks and beverages as outlined below, tax and gratuity. Additional beverages or drinks from the bar will be placed on individual guest checks.   Click here to register on Eventbrite.  or  (202)333-4422

PARKING: In the building or on the street.


Hors D'oeuvres

Scallion and Crab Pancakes 

Assorted Pastry Breads for the Table

Sparkling Wine special selection or Thai Basil Soda


Green Papaya Salad with Crispy Vegetable Spring Roll

Rosé special selection

Plats - choice of

Sticky Soy Salmon

Char-grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Shrimp and Chicken Pad Thai

Cold Crab and Shrimp Vermicelli Noodles

Sauvignon Blanc special selection

Dessert - choice of  

Pain Perdue  or Lemon Custard Tart

Coffee or tea




Global Culinary Initiative Program

DATE: Thursday, June 4, 2015

TIME: 7:00 p.m.



Summer 2015



March 2016   






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

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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 

Entre News Update:
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