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April 18, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

We have a location for our Spring General Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 2. It will take place at Ris LaCoste's RIS Restaurant, 2275 L Street, NW., Washington DC  20037.   

The board meeting will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Our meeting registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and our business meeting from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.  A luncheon follows at 1:30 p.m.  Look for more info to follow.

A special thanks to Amy Riolo and Janet Cam for organizing our Global Culinary Initiatives Program "Dumplings Along The Silk Road" and Laurie Bell for the talk about Pu-erh Tea. See photos in Dames News.

Many thanks to all of you who volunteered your time and delicious brunch dishes for the Marianne Ali Inaugural Annual Brunch for DC Central Kitchen Graduation.

I continue to welcome your contributions and expertise to fulfill our chapter's purpose: education and philanthropy.

If you have an idea or would like to organize a program, please send the info to Bonnie Benwick.
Thank you for all you do to help achieve LDE-DC's mission.

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

Janet Yu 's dear mother-in-law, Shui Ming Yee, passed away Wednesday, April 4.  Ms. Yu lived with Janet and her husband, Alan, for the past 35 years. We send Janet and her family our sincerest condolences. Services were held on Friday, April 6.

DATE:  Saturday, June 2
PLACE: RIS Restaurant, 2275 L Street, NW., Washington DC  20037. 
TIMES: Board Meeting: 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
              General Membership Registration: 11:30 a.m.
              General Membership Meeting: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. 
              Luncheon: 1:30 p.m. 
RSVP:  Coming soon
PROXY:  Attendance, in person, at one General Membership Meeting per fiscal year is a requirement of membership. If you cannot attend the Spring General Membership Meeting, you may ask an attending Dame to serve as your proxy.  You will find our proxy form at 

Email or send the proxy to Robin Kurtzman BEFORE the Spring General Membership Meeting to 
The instructions are on the form. 

With generous hearts and comfort food, LDE-DC hosted its inaugural brunch honoring our late sister Dame Marianne Ali.  Prior to every culinary training class graduation at DC Central Kitchen, the graduates, staff, and administrators gather to celebrate and reflect on that class's 14 week journey.  April 6th  was that day for class #111 and also the day of our first annual commitment to pause and share Marianne's legacy with the program she built at DCCK.   Marianne would have been proud of the notably large class of 22 students and their accomplishments.  We were happy to share our memories of her with the students.

The list of Dames who participated in providing and serving the bounty of food and love was enormous.  Forgive us for not acknowledging each individual or posting a group photo....instead, please remember Marianne and her work.  We look forward to continuing this important and meaningful chapter tradition.
 -- Cindy Kacher Ukert

Janis McLean arranging her frittata tarts.

Karen Vartan placing Karen Lippold's spinach salad with mango and candied pecans.

DCCK 111st graduation class anticipating our brunch.

Cindy Kacher Ukert and Daniel Traster,  Training and Curriculum Consultant

We are excited to partner with  City Blossoms to support the  Kelly Miller Youth Garden Workday on Saturday, April 21st from 10 am to 1 pm. This is a large public event that welcomes a number of partners to collaborate on projects including creating new garden signs, planting perennials, and spreading soil and mulch. Sign up here to take part.

Volunteers should sign this Liability Waiver Form and dress in work clothes and closed-toe shoes. City Blossoms recommends that volunteers bring a water bottle, bug spray and sunscreen. They will provide all tools, gloves and a light snack.  We look forward to joining you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Susan Lutz by email at  or by phone at 626-799-5657
LDE-DC Green Tables Chair 
The nomination period for LDE-DC chapter officers and directors for 2018-19 closed on Monday, April 9. The nominating committee prepared a slate comprising recommendations for the board's review. During the April 11 board meeting, the board approved the slated presented by the committee. It has created a single-slate ballot that is being sent out this week via ELECTION BUDDY for your ratification.

Nominations for LDE-DC board members:
President: Janet Yu
First Vice President (Membership): Stacey Adams
Second VP (Education and Community Outreach Programs): Eileen Dykes
Second Vice President (Development): Board is reviewing this position. See note below.
Recording Secretary: Julia Rutland
Financial Officer: Claire Gill
Communications Officer:  Polly Wiedmaier 
Directors: Susan Lutz (Green Tables); Laurie Bell (programs); Summer Whitford (public relatiions);  Karen Lippold (membership development); Lori Gardner (membership engagement)
Immediate Past President: Ann Stratte
2018-19 Board Nominating Committee:
Chair: Katherine Newell Smith. Committee members: Eileen Dykes, Drew Faulkner, Sara Ducey, Golnaz Feiz
NOTE: The Second Vice President -Development position is open because the board is redefining the job responsibilities. Once that is done, the board nomination committee will do a search and make a recommendation to the board for that position of someone who is willing to take on those new responsibilities. If approved, that person's name will be put forward to the membership for ratification.
Summer Whitford was profiled in Food Service Monthly by Alexandra Greeley, Food and Wine Dive Summer Whitford.
The chefs at Janet Yu's Hollywood East Café prepared a special menu from the village of Tai Shan, China for our Dumplings Along the Silk Road program on April 16 with Amy Riolo and Janet Cam and tea specialist, Laurie Bell. Amy and Janet explained the evolution and historical significance of the dumplings of Central Asia, Turkey, the Middle East and Italy and their influence in today's global cuisine. Laurie described the fermentation and maturation of the very special Pu-er tea, a dark tea from the Yunnan province, that offers an array of health benefits and that was served with the dinner.  Tai Shan is part of the Guangdong  province in Southwestern China on the South China Sea so seafood was a main attraction at the dinner. Attendees reported that the whole fish was a standout! The event was a great success with 65 attendees.  Photos courtesy of Amy Riolo and Polly Wiedmaier.

Steamed Whole Fish

Steamed Dumplings

Janet Yu and speaker Amy Riolo

Janet Yu and speaker Janet Cam

Susan Barocas was welcomed in style last week by Vancouver Dames Wendy Taylor, left, and Cate Simpson, during her visit to their BC city. Susan was in town to present the keynote and a workshop at LimmudVancouver.

What a fantastic opportunity for twelve of us to break bread with Grande Dames Lidia Bastianich and our own Joan Nathan on April 4th! We were lucky to get a table at James Beard nominated Amy Brandwein's Centrolina for an incredible four-course lunch that had us all mesmerized.   Lidia was in Washington to celebrate the launch of her new book My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. -- Ann Stratte

Standing left to right:  Joan Nathan, Domenica Marchetti,  Ann Stratte, Edie Hogan, Bonnie Benwick, Janet Yu, Paula Jacobson, Sheila CryeAmy Brandwein, Alba Johnson, and Centrolina Executive Pastry Chef Kaitlin Dysart
Seated Left to right:  Marie Steffany, Janet Cam and Lidia Bastianich
Photo courtesy of Paula Jacobson.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: VIP Curator-led Tour of Foodways Exhibits with Dutch-treat brunch following at the Sweet Home Café  --  SOLD OUT!
DATE:  Friday, April 20
TIME:  8:45 a.m.
PLACE: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
RSVP:  Click here to add your name to the waitlist.

7 spots left, so please sign up by this Friday! 
DATE: Sunday, April 22
TIME:  1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Sheila Crye, 2909 Woodstock Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
PRICE: $5 fee includes food pairings and take-home samples
RSVP:  Click here to buy your ticket on Eventbrite!

DATE:  Thursday, May 3rd
TIME:  Noon
PLACE:  Drew Faulkner's  home, 7407 Honeywell Lane, Bethesda, MD
RSVP:  Please email Drew at or phone at (301) 986-8540

Spanish colonizers brought forth ingredients, techniques, and culinary language that helped shape what we now recognize as both Southern and Latin American foodways. Sandra Gutierrez (NC) will share how Spanish culinary influences made it possible for Latin and Southern foodways to meld. All the while, you will enjoy a traditional Spanish meal made with the most prized ingredients at the base of the new Southern-Latino table. Sandra is the author of four books including The New Southern-Latino Table; Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina; and Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America. A former food editor of the Cary (NC) News, she won LDEI's 2017 M.F.K. Fisher Award grand prize of $1,000.
DATE:    Saturday, May 5
TIME:   12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Jaleo Crystal City 2250-A Crystal Drive at 23rd Street
               Arlington, VA 22202
PRICE:   $35 for Members of Les Dames,  $45 for public
(non-members' price includes a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships) Includes menu below below.  Alcoholic and soft drinks for separate purchase.
RSVP:  Click here to buy your tickets on Eventbrite!
MENU (Each dish served to every diner)
Endives with goat cheese, oranges and almonds;
Toasted slices of rustic bread brushed with fresh tomato;
A Jaleo favorite of potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli
The very, very famous tapa of shrimp sautéed with garlic and brava sauce;
Sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins and apples;
Homemade traditional chorizo with olive oil mashed potatoes
and cider sauce;
Traditional chicken fritters
A classic Spanish custard dessert with "espuma" of Catalan cream and oranges;
Chocolate flan with caramelized bread, olive oil and brioche ice cream

We tend to think of Maryland as a Mid Atlantic state, but it is actually south of the Mason Dixon Line and bears the shameful history of slave labor that reverberates in social relationships to this day.  The Sotterley Plantation, founded in 1699, is a testament to all those that lived, labored, and resisted here. It is older than Mount Vernon, watch video:  Historic Sotterley
Our group will have a behind-the-scenes tour, including the upstairs and kitchen, of the 300-year-old plantation in St. Mary's County. Our docent will discuss slavery, resistance and freedom as we view a surviving 1830s slave cabin. Gardening enthusiasts and photographers will enjoy the colonial revival gardens. At the lunch to follow on the portico, we will sample two varieties of southern Maryland stuffed ham.
DATE:   Tuesday, May 15
PLACE:  Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636 Tel. (301) 373-2280
TIME:    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
PRICE: (Includes menu below) Alcoholic and soft drinks for separate purchase.  $35 for Members of Les Dames; $45 for non-members
(non-members' price includes a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships)
RSVP:  Click here to buy your tickets on Eventbrite!
Choice of Sandwich
(Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Chicken Salad, Veggie Wrap)
Sandwiches are accompanied by a side salad
Choice of Salad (Chef or Cobb)
Salads are accompanied by a roll
Unsweetened Ice Tea, Lemonade, or Water
*Please make your menu selection when ordering your ticket*

Monday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. Dining With the Chefs fundraising dinner for the Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) at the Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
The Universities at Shady Grove Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students, instructed by Susan Callahan, mount this annual event to support the their CKP participation as they create nutritious meals for residents of The Dwelling Place of Gaithersburg, Maryland, lead workshops to teach basic
cooking skills, and advocate for hunger awareness in Montgomery County.  CKP is a program of DC Central Kitchen and is a national leader in community service for students devoted to hunger relief. If you purchase tickets, please indicate you are a Dame so we can arrange to save a Dames table.
Click here  for more information
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Editor's Note:  
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!

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.  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.
JOB OPPS can open Dames networks to employment opportunities.
Send information to Entre News Editor Katherine Newell Smith  
Thank you for you continued interest and participation.

Katherine Newell Smith
Founding Editor, Entre News  

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Jessica Botta



Alison Ricketts


 Green Tables: 

Susan Lutz



Bonnie Benwick


Global Culinary Initiatives:

Amy Riolo 


Public Relations:

Summer Whitford



Bette Alberts


Board Members

Katherine Newell Smith   
Financial Officer
Eileen Dykes   
Communications Officer
Kristen Hartke
Polly Wiedmaier (Social Media)
Summer Whitford (Public Relations)
Janet Cam (Development)
Laurie Bell (Programs)
Susan Lutz  (Green Tables)

Entre News Update:
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Board Meeting Minutes
To view the latest approved board meeting minutes, go to and

click on the Members Only tab  and enter the password.  Click on  the dropdown menu for LDE-DC Board and  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 the Members Only 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, Kristen Hartke, at  


Once you log in under Members Only, you will see a revised menu where you can find:

  • past and current Entre News issues posted under the Entre News Archives tab.
  • archives of past chapter activities in the LDE-DC Dame Only Events menu along with upcoming events.
  • helpful files including chapter letterhead, name tag template, LDEI logos and tax-exempt certificates under Documents and Forms.
  • our chapter's standing rules, bylaws and membership roster under Bylaws, Roster & Minutes.  
  • A roster of Dames that can be printed out.
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Member Milestones - Share your professional news with Dames in all Chapters in our LDEI Quarterly.   Shout, don't whisper, about your accomplishments. We all want a chance to say "Bravo!"

Submit your news to: - Edited by - Edited by Dorothy Koteski (Phil)
LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:
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