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  OCTOBER 23, 2014  
Message from the President

Dear Sister Dames,


Congratulations to Kate Jansen, our 2014 Dame of Distinction! She joins a club of esteemed members who have all made tremendous contributions to our organization. I have to say, presenting the award to Kate was one of the most gratifying and moving activities of my presidency. When Kate's name was put forth in nomination for Distinguished Dame, all I heard were oohs and ahhs. She is so deserving of this award.  


Congratulations, Kate! Thank you for all you do for Dames.


Thank you, also, to all who participated in our Autumn General Membership Meeting at Roofer's Union on Monday night. A special note of appreciation goes to Marjorie Meeks -Bradley and her staff for their warm reception. The food was delicious and the service was cordial, helpful and professional.


We had a lively discussion during the meeting about our proposed Fete in March 2015. In response to your questions and concerns, we are compiling more data and will send it to you shortly. Time is of the essence if we decide to proceed with the event; so, we will simultaneously send out the info and call for special meeting via conference call to take place in two weeks to discuss the issue more fully. In the meantime, we will answer any questions and entertain alternative ideas that are coupled with commitments to plan and execute those ideas.


Our second annual Craft Spirit of Poe on October 7th was quite successful. We had three goals for this fundraiser: raise money and broaden our reach and heighten our brand awareness among the 25 to 40 year-old age group. As part of our effort, we offered moderately priced tickets to a cool event that featured the top mixologists in town. The results were that we netted over $2000 and the majority of our 100 attendees was from our target demographic and new to our Dames list. The word is out about LDEDC.  Thanks everyone, and especially Theresa Morrison, John Morrison, Nancy Hart and her partner Jerry Trice, who worked on Craft Spirit of Poe to make it such a triumph! Separate and heartfelt thanks to those who stayed afterwards to clean up!!


We so appreciate the talents and efforts displayed during Evelyn Bunoan's very special Philippine cuisine program on October 13th at her Philippine Oriental Market & Deli in Arlington . I continue to receive enthusiastic reports about the event.


Nine Dames and a friend participated in our Green Tables Food Day project, a day of service at DC Central Kitchen's Nutrition Lab October 14th. Big hurrahs to everyone who came out to help.  


Looking forward, our programs committee is actively solidifying numerous events. Check the information below and mark your calendars.

Believe it or not, it is time to put our Holiday Potluck on your calendars. Karen Vartan has graciously offered to host us in her home this year. Save the date of December 8th for this convivial event.



Drew Faulkner


Kate Jansen Named Distinguished Dame

L-R: Gail Forman, CiCi Williamson, Lizette Corro, Katherine Newell Smith, Carol Cutler, Kate Jansen, Ann Yonkers, Phyllis Frucht

Kate Jansen was named as a Distinguished Dame, our chapter's highest honor, during our autumn general membership meeting October 20th at Roofers Union restaurant. She was presented with a silver LDEI bracelet as a gift to commemorate the occasion. The award is given in recognition of a member who has exhibited a history of generously giving her time, talents, energies and leadership to benefit our chapter in a lasting and meaningful way and to further its mission. The Distinguished Dame award was created in 1996 and has been presented to the following members:

Carol Cutler

Lizette Corro

Susan Derecksky

Gail Forman

Phyllis Frucht

Carole Palmer

Katherine Newell Smith

Goody Solomon

CiCi Williamson

Ann Yonkers



We need your help to raise funds for our chapter and to support LDEI. Help us create auction items for our second CharityBuzz auction that is offered online November18 through December 9, 2014. On CharityBuzz, your donations are showcased to a community of over 100,000 registered bidders.


CharityBuzz auctions work! Our first auction, in 2013, brought in $11,366. Local chapters received 10% of the full purchase of their auction lots. This year we will receive 20%.

The secret for success? Our members' and their friends' generosity in offering amazing gifts so we can assemble fabulous bid packages from our chapter. Donation forms are due by midnight November 07, 2014.

 We are looking for a variety of special can't-buy-this-off-the-street items that can be bundled into a package such as a Dame-centric tour of DC. Think about donating unique experiences that use Dames' expertise and access. Such experiences are one-of-a-kind and bring in the big donations! Our chapter donated three extraordinary packages last year. Let's see if we can at least match that again this year! 


Please contact our President, Drew Faulkner, with your donations and ideas for packages. 



Goody Braun for being honored by the League of Women Voters -DC at is annual Fall luncheon in September. As a 50-year member she was fulsomely praised and presented with a Lifetime Membership and a plaque for her long and important service to the organization. She is organizing and moderating the Childhood Obesity forum set for October 22.(See "Of Interest) While she is now third VP of the organization, early in her LWVDC membership, she led a successful fight to create a consumer protection office in the Washington DC  government and more recently, has served for 10 years as a board member and chair of the health committee.

2016 LDEI Conference Planning Kick-Off Meeting

Calling those who want to help create our LDEI annual conference in October 2016. Tour the venue and participate in the initial planning meeting.

PLACE: Fairmont Hotel. 2401 M Street NW, Washington DC

DATE: November 10, 2014 

TIME: 4:00 to 6:30

CONTACT: Ann Stratte  


Job Opps

Via Umbria, an Italian home accessory and gourmet shop needs a part-time retail sales associate. Contact Golnaz Fez for more information.


Tastings Gourmet Market, a European Gourmet Food Market located in Annapolis needs a part-time morning prep-cook.  Contact Stacey Adams for more information. 


Chef/Owner Fabio Trabocchi's award-winning Italian fine dining restaurant, Fiola ( seeks a mature and experienced Sommelier. Fiola's wine list has consistently received Wine Spectator's Best Award of Excellence and Wine Enthusiast's America's Best Wine Restaurant designation.


Fiola Mare ( ), Chef Fabio Trabocchi's seafood restaurant on the Georgetown Waterfront:

 Chef de Cuisine to oversee the day to day operations of the kitchen in collaboration with the executive chef, to ensure consistent execution of food, develop new menu items, manage food and labor costs, train and develop kitchen staff, and maintain/organize the kitchen.  

 Experienced Restaurant Manager to manage the service staff, oversee the guest experience and ensure satisfaction, and demonstrate and convey the restaurant's philosophy of service and hospitality.


If you know of someone with Italian wine knowledge who is committed to providing the best service and hospitality, send resumes to Jessica Botta at  


On October 14th, Green Tables co-chairs Danielle Turner and Aviva Goldfarb gathered nine Dames and a Dame friend at DC Central Kitchen's Nutrition Lab for a Green Tables commemoration of Food Day. The Nutrition Lab serves as the home base for the Kitchen's Fresh Start Catering operation and as the commissary kitchen to produce nearly 5,000 healthy, scratch-cooked meals delivered to DC Public Schools daily. As we chopped loads of butternut squash, portioned and vacuum packed big bags of chicken breasts and salsa and assembled school snacks and lunches, we solved many of the world's most pressing problems and got to know each other a bit better.

L-R: Karen Lippold, Jessica Botta, Aviva Goldfarb, Debra Moser, Mary Beth Albright, cc, Danielle Turner, Bettina Stern, Robyn Webb; not pictured, Katherine Newell Smith and Drew Faulkner



DATE: Tuesday, November 18

TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Paula Jacobson's home 1518 Columbia Avenue, Rockville, MD  20850

PRICE: FREE, refreshments will be served by the host.
RSVP: Phone: 301-340-1181
The Billionaire's Vinegar, the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine,  by Benjamin Wallace.



DATE: Monday, December 8

PLACE: Karen Vartan's home. 4103 Beechwood Rd, University Park, MD 20782

Details to come.



Find perfect personalized gifts for the holidays!

Come spend an afternoon meeting award-winning Dame authors at a book-signing. You and your friends will enjoy sample tastings from the Dames' cookbooks' recipes along with festive beverages. You will also be supporting our chapter's scholarships program.

DATE: December 14

PLACE:   ILO, 3417 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, DC

TIME:  3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m..

PRICE: $25 per person. Monies raised through ticket sales and raffle/auction will benefit the LDE-DC scholarship fund. Book sales are separate and handled by Politics and Prose. 

Register at 


Nancy Baggett "The 2 Day a Week Diet" September 15, 2014

Ruth Gresser "Kitchen Workshop-Pizza" February 1, 2014

Carla Hall "Carla's Comfort Foods" April 1, 2014

Cathy Barrow "Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry'" Nov. 3, 2014 

Along with Najmieh Batmanglij, Pati Jinich, Bonnie Benwick, Nongkran Daks, Paula Shoyer, Sheilah Kaufman,Domenica Marchetti, Katherine Tallmadge, Nancy Piho, Aviva Goldfarb and Amy Riolo.

Please advise if you have a book that has been or will be published this year. 


Do you have connections who would clamor to be a major supporter of Les Dames d'Escoffier and this stellar event? We're looking to identify potential supporters for the Table sales. Extraordinary wine and special attention will be splurged on these generous folks. Contact Theresa Morrison to join the planning committee. MORE TO COME....

DATE: March 16, 2015

TIME: 6:30 p.m.

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


Dames-only cost: TBD

Escoffier Table for 10: $10,000

Grande Dame Table for 10: $7,500

Connoisseur Ticket for 2: $1,000

Individual Ticket: $450


The Montgomery County Food Council is looking for new members. We have several working groups that impact all aspects of the food we grow, process and eat. LDEI members might find it worthwhile to join this council.  


Monday, November 10. FRESHFARM Markets (FFM) Farmland Feast "Curated wine crate" auction! "Calling all Wine- loving Dames! Please consider contributing just one bottle of wine to help fill an LDE-DC crate for Farmland Feast's new "Curated Wine Crate Auction." All it takes is one bottle of wine from at least 12 Dames! Theresa Morrison has kindly offered to be the first to donate. Are you in? If so, please email Amanda Phillips Manheim at and she will send you a wine tag (to describe why you picked your bottle) and to make arrangements with FFM to have your bottle picked up before the Feast. Emphasis on local, organic, Dame-related or artisanal wines. All donors will be listed on our website and Feast materials. A huge thank you in advance for supporting FFM and our continued partnership with LDE-DC! Want to come and see how the crate does in the auction? Limited tickets still on sale at"


Tuesday, November 11. 6:00 p.m.,
Ronald Reagan Building. D C Central Kitchen Capital Food Fight and High Stakes Cake Competition.
This is a great evening of tastings from more than 75 of our region's best restaurants, competition among leading chefs and hosting and judging by culinary luminaries. It is all to support the meaningful work of DC Central Kitchen. Co-Hosts: Anthony Bourdain, Carla Hall, Daniel Boulud. Judges: Ted Allen, David Guas, Christina Tosi. Dames competitor: Marjorie Meeks-Bradley. High Stakes Cakes: Organized by Les Dames d'Escoffier's Kate Jansen and Katherine Newell Smith. Hosts: Duff Goldman, Scott Thuman. Judges: Padua Player, Laurie Weber, Heather Roth. 
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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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.  


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 Hayley Matson Mathes (Hawaii)  

LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:

The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the WINTER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is November 7, 2014. 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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