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April 3, 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.  More details will follow.     

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
Please mark your calendars to attend our spring general membership meeting and breakfast on Saturday, June 8, at 1310 Kitchen & Bar in the Georgetown Inn,  1310 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington D.C.  Every LDE-DC Dame must attend at least one general membership meeting per year to remain a member in good standing. Stay tuned for details.
In memory of Marianne Ali, LDE-DC will sponsor its second annual brunch on Friday, May 3 to celebrate the 118th graduating class of 16 from DC Central Kitchen's culinary training program. This year also marks DCCK's 30th anniversary of changing lives and serving our community. More details and sign-ups for food donations coming soon.       
Cathy Barrow's new book, Pie Squared: Irresistibly Easy Sweet & Savory Slab Pies (Grand Central Publishing), is a finalist for the Baking and Desserts category of the James Beard Foundations Book Awards. Cathy is clearly on a roll! Her first book, Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Kitchen was the IACP Award Winner for Best Single Subject Cookbook in 2015!
Najmieh Batmanglij was featured on PBS News Hour with Jeffrey Brown as she prepared her feast for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year holiday, and reminisced about her life in Iran, France and the U.S.
Amy Brandweinchef of Centrolina, her restaurant in DC's City Center, is a finalist for the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic from the James Beard Foundation. The JBF Gala awards ceremony will be held Monday, May 6, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Pati Jinich has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Culinary Host. Also, "Pati's Mexican Table" is a James Beard Foundation finalist for its Broadcast Media Award of best Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location. 2019 JBF Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 26, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. 
Susan Soorenko is finally opening her Ellicott City Moorenko's Ice Cream at 8054 Main Street in April. The opening was delayed because of the flooding in Ellicott City last year. Susan will also have a shop within a shop (Serendipity and More on Prince Street) in Frederick later this Spring.      

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, 2019
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: Information to come soon.; 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.
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 purchase your ticket on Eventbrite.  The password is   dames4ever   all lower case.  
Contact Gail Forman at if you have any questions about the Café or Museum.      

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown was the March Dames Who Read selection. The story revolves around the inventive dishes prepared by a chef, imprisoned at sea by pirates and whose life depends upon preparing a gourmet meal each week for the captain, from the ship's paltry provisions plus what he can beg, borrow or steal. Romance, bloodshed and relative culinary masterpieces ensue.  Armed only with descriptions of ingredients and the preparations, host Sheila Crye painstaking translated them into recipes and then set about creating a delicious repast.        

L-r seated: Paula Jacobson,  Gail Forman, Olga Boikess, Katherine Newell Smith, Sheila Crye 
Standing: Sheilah Kaufman,  Marie Steffany,  Kari Barrett,  Susan Callahan,  Drew Faulkner,  Susan Barocas
Friday, April 5, 10:00 a.m. and Sat, April 6, 4:00 p.m. Food Writing Forum: Opportunities and Challenges in a Digital Age. The New School, Lang Building, 65 W 11th Street, 5th Floor,New York, NY 10003. Featuring Florence Fabricant, Rozanne Gold, Dorie Greenspan, Marion Nestle and others. The food writing craft is in transition from the traditional world of magazines, newspapers, and cookbooks in print, to the digital world of food blogs, digital books, websites, online restaurant reviewing, memoirs, recipes, food photography and the influence of social networks. If observers and technologists are to be believed, many more changes are soon to come. Top food writers will examine the positive and negative food writing trends in the digital age.
*PLEASE NOTE that your ticket includes admission to both days.
Tuesday, April 9, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Third Annual Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry, Gunther& Co., 3650 Toone Street, Brewers Hill, Baltimore, MD 21224. Once again Nancy Trice and Jerry Trice will be riding 300 miles with Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry in Santa Rosa, CA to help end childhood hunger.  Enjoy bites and cocktails from Baltimore's top restaurants and an incredible silent auction geared to raise $40,000 to provide 400,000 meals for hungry children. To purchase tickets for this event or to donate money to help end this solvable problem, visit

Wednesday, April 10, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. World Bank/IMF Spring Meeting, Wednesday, April 10, from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.  Tambra Ray Stevenson presenting during Gaming for Development: Using the Power of Games to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals." Free to attend, registration required, click here for more details.

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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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