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April 17, 2019

Dear Sister Dames,

Save the Date - Saturday, June 8 for our Spring General Membership Meeting. We are planning a breakfast meeting at Jenn Crovato's 1310 Kitchen & Bar in the Georgetown Inn, 1310 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington D.C.  See details below.
Tickets are now available on Eventbrite for a conversation with Luke Barr, author of Ritz & Escoffier. See details below. Please register and bring a friend.  I just finished reading the book and thought it was great.  I can't wait to see how Luke Barr came up with all of the information to write this fabulous book.  

Please check our chapter calendar to see what events are planned for the rest of the year and into next year.  Each member must attend at least one chapter event each year. 
Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or concerns. 
Tel: (301) 537-8822
Yours truly,
Janet Yu

Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Washington, D.C. Chapter
March 28, 2020 may seem like a long way off but not for planning another Women in Gastronomy Celebrating Food! symposium. We are actively seeking Dames who are willing to lead breakout sessions. There will be four hands-on kitchen sessions with 24 attendee participants in each and 12 additional breakout sessions (demos, panels, lectures, etc). Please forward your ideas for sessions and your willingness to formulate and coordinate a session to co-chairs Eileen Dykes at and Laurie Bell at
There is great name recognition surrounding this event and it is a good way for you to be highlighted in all of our PR materials. It is an excellent opportunity for you to share your expertise and help LDE-DC fulfill its mission of community outreach and education.
We also ask for a sister Dame to volunteer as an additional symposium co-chair so there will be some continuity in planning future Celebrating Food! symposiums.
Thank you for your consideration and dedication to our Les Dames d'Escoffier Washington, DC chapter!
You are cordially invited to attend our spring general membership meeting on Saturday, June 8 at 1310 Kitchen & Bar, by Jenn Crovato in the Georgetown Inn, 1310 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington D.C.
  •  8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Board of Directors meeting
  • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Registration (coffee, mimosas and pastries available)
  • 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. General membership meeting
  • 11:30 a.m Buffet Brunch (optional) menu and pricing coming soon 
Every LDE-DC Dame must attend at least one general membership meeting per year to remain a member in good standing.
The second annual Marianne Ali Brunch sponsored by LDE-DC will celebrate the 118th DC Central Kitchen graduating class and take place at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3 at DC Central Kitchen, 425 2nd Street, NW.  We should plan to prepare at least 12 different dishes for 35 people for brunch. Click here to participate on SignUpGenius.   
There is space on the SignUpGenius form to indicate any special serving equipment needs. The kitchen will provide all beverages, plates and utensils and serving pieces and equipment. Please deliver food by 9:30 a.m. which is also when street parking near the kitchen becomes available. Dames can leave the food at the DCCK entrance (the alley loading dock), and then leave to find a parking spot. DCCK's Liz Reinert will try to save a few spaces in the lot, but we shouldn't count on it. 

Gladys Abi-Najm and her four siblings were honored by the National Restaurant Association at its March 27 gala in DC with its 2019 Faces of Diversity Award. For nearly forty years Gladys and her family have been actively giving back to the community as well as providing their Lebanese Taverna employees with opportunities to achieve their American Dreams.
Amy Brandwein's Centrolina has been nominated for the 2019 RAMMY award for best Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year AND Ruth Gresser's Pizza Paradiso, DuPont Circle, was nominated for the 2019 RAMMY award for best Beer Program of the Year.
Votes for your favorites in these categories can be cast at through Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m. The winners will be announced at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's Sunday, June 30 black-tie gala.
Pati Jinich's "Pati's Mexican Table" has been nominated for the International Association of Culinary Professionals' 2019 Digital Media Award: Independent Video or TV series. The winner will be announced at IACP's annual conference in Santa Fe, May 16 to 19, 2019.@IACPculinary

Paula Shoyer's article "This Passover Enjoy a Lightened Up Menu That Doesn't Blow Your Diet" appeared in the April 8 edition of The Washington Post's Food section.    
Janet Yu's Hollywood East Cafe dim sum was singled out, with an accompanying photo, in the Weekend section of The Washington Post as Nightlife reporter Fritz Hahn's top brunch choice in the DMV.   
Program director, a full-time faculty position in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) at the Universities at Shady Grove. Click here for more information. 
Full-time events manager, front of house manager, host, and food runner  needed at RIS, an upscale neighborhood restaurant serving seasonal American food, run by executive chef and owner, Ris Lacoste.  For more information  click here.
A 920 sq. ft. commercial kitchen space is available for sublet in the Moorenko ice cream factory. Amenities include: walk-in cooler, freezer space, commercial ovens and mixers, prep tables, grease trap, loading area and office. For further information, please contact Susan Soorenko, (301) 565-8050,
Our Dames-only book club is open to all members. We meet every six weeks on a Monday evening. The host chooses the book, usually available in the library and in paperback, and provides refreshments. It is a convivial group. If you wish to join, contact Eileen Dykes at or any of the upcoming hosts (see below). If you are interested in hosting, please let Eileen know. If you have a book you would like to read and discuss, also let Eileen know. Otherwise, we are sure other members can offer some ideas!
DATE: Monday, May 13
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Bette Alberts,3107 Cleveland Ave. NW, Washington, DC
RSVP: Bette
BOOK SELECTION: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
PRICE: Free. The host provides refreshments.
Upcoming Meetings: 
Monday, June 24 - Susan
Optional: Aug. 12 - We usually don't meet in the summer but could if we have interest. 
Monday, Sept. 23 -  Kari
Monday, Nov. 18 - Susan

Join Luke Barr, author of Ritz & Escoffier-The Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class as he shares the story of César Ritz and Auguste Escoffier joining forces in 1889 at the Savoy Hotel and of their impact on the hotel and restaurant industry.
DATE: Saturday, May 4
TIME: 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC
PRICE:  $75 Dames/$85 non Dames (non-members' price includes a $10 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships)
RESERVATIONS: Click here to buy your tickets on Eventbrite! Reservation or cancellation deadline Monday, April 29.                  
PARKING: Valet only is $8 for program's guests with validation sticker provided at event check-in.
METRO:Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom.   
Come join us to meet and greet!
DATE:  Thursday, May 9
TIME:  5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Bayou Bakery, 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA
More details to follow. 
GLENSTONE MUSEUM - DAMES ONLY- SOLD OUT (A similar program is being planned for Autumn 2019)
Gail Forman has nabbed hard-to-get tickets to visit the new Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD.  Limited to 15. Once you reserve your place, Gail will get back to you with ticket and entry information.
The group will begin with a Dutch-treat lunch at Glenstone's informal  café-- soup, salads, sandwiches -- where Brian Patterson, formerly of L'Academie de Cuisine, is the chef. Afterwards, you can visit all areas of the private museum, which encompasses two buildings, several outdoor sculptures and more than 230 acres of landscape. It is an amazing place.
DATE: Sunday, June 2
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
PRICE: $5 to cover reservations and LDE-DC administration fee.
Please register on today, click here,  to secure your spot.  Space for this event is limited to 15 people so sign up today!  No refunds so please make sure you can attend before registering.
RSVP:  Click here to put your name on the waitlist.  The password is   dames4ever   all lower case.  
Contact Gail Forman at if you have any questions about the Café or Museum.      
Volunteer guest chefs are needed at Community Food Rescue (CFR), a program of Manna Food Center, at Silver Spring United Methodist Church. The church, located at 8900 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, MD, has a newly refurbished commercial kitchen. The chefs will direct preparation of donated, perfectly usable but unsalable fresh produce - wilted, misshapen or surplus -- into cooked sauces, soups and stews. These cooked foods go to CFR network organizations that serve meals on-site and rely on donations of prepared food that can be warmed and served since they lack on-site cooking facilities. CFR invites guest chefs to sign up for one or more cooking events, plan a menu, and lead a team of volunteers to create food for our neighbors in need. Cooking sessions are scheduled throughout the fall and winter. To sign up: 
May 2, 2019 (National Press Freedom Day Eve), Time:  up to you.  Dine out to Free Austin Tice. Austin Tice, a multi-award-winning photojournalist, was abducted and imprisoned six years ago while on assignment in Syria for the Washington Post and McClatchy newspapers.  He is the only living American journalist still held captive.  This past year, the FBI received proof of life and is offering a $1 million reward for information leading to his release. Susan Delbert, The National Press Club's executive chef, and a coalition including the Washington Post, Georgetown University, The Eagle Scouts and McClatchy newspapers enlisted the following restaurants to pledge a percentage of their May 2 receipts to "sweeten the pot" with additional funds for the reward.
Participating restaurants: National Press Club,1789, Pizza Paradiso (Ruth Gresser), Hank's Oyster Bars, Charlie Palmer Steak, Jose Andres' Zatinya, the Fourth Estate and Reliable Source. If you are a restaurateur and wish to participate, kindly phone Susan Delbert at the National Press Club chef's office, 202.662.7514 and/or check out or The Washington Post is running full page ads listing the participating restaurants.  Susan urges you all to dine out, with friends, at a participating restaurant on May 2. 

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ENTRE NEWS is published on the first and  third Wednesday of each month.  It is on hiatus during the month of August. 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!

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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.  Its function is not to promote products, cooking classes, culinary trips, etc., rather to alert members to public programs that might be of professional interest, especially if Dames are featured.   We request OF INTEREST entries to be no longer than 150 words. Less is always better.
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Thank you for you continued interest and participation.

Katherine Newell Smith
Founding Editor, Entre News  

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2018-2019 Committee Chairs

Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Karen Lippold 

Membership - Engagement: 
Lori Gardner

Jessica Botta

Nona Nielsen Parker

Green Tables:
Susan Lutz
Eileen Dykes
 Global Culinary Initiatives:
Amy Riolo

Public Relations:
Summer Whitford


Board Members

Janet Yu
First Vice President  
( Membership
Second Vice President
 (Education and Community Outreach Programs)
Eileen Dykes 

Second Vice President
Julia Rutland   
Financial Officer
Claire Gill   
Communications Officer

Laurie Bell 
Karen Lippold 
(Dames Who Dine)
Susan Lutz 
(Green Tables)

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Under Member Login,  you will see a revised menu where you can find:

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