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April 4, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

Spring is in the air and I hope warm weather is approaching.
I will see several of you today at the sold-out luncheon for Grande Dame Lidia Bastianich (NY) at, appropriately enough, Amy Brandwein's Centrolina. We are delighted that Lidia has time to join us during her whirlwind tour promoting her newest book, My American Dream. Later today she will be at the National Museum of the American Indian's Rasmuson Theater in a conversation about the book with The Washington Post Food and Dining Editor Joe Yonan.
And, if I don't see you today, I certainly look forward to greeting you at our upcoming Spring General Membership Meeting on June 2.  Please save the date. HOWEVER, we still need a venue for the meeting! So, if you have recommendations, please email me ASAP. We are excited to welcome a new group of Dames into our ranks during the meeting. We received applications from an impressive array of women and are in the process of reviewing and approving them now.
And while I am in the last quarter of my presidency, I still need your contributions and expertise to fulfill our chapter's purpose: education and philanthropy.
Having said that, are you planning to help out at our Inaugural Marianne Ali Brunch this coming Friday, April 6 and to attend the graduation at 2 pm that afternoon?  DCCK graduations are incredibly moving events. See the information below.
I offer my thanks, again, to all of you who contributed your expertise and connections and to get the word out for our Celebrating Food - Women in Gastronomy symposium.  We made over $5000 which helps LDE-DC achieve its philanthropic goals. 
Eileen Dykes and Laurie Bell are already at work to form a committee to mount our 2020 biennial symposium.  They will be looking for chairs, co-chairs and sponsorships.  If you have idea for speakers, programs or even a new venue, please call Eileen or Laurie or send them your recommendations.
Also, if you want to organize a program, please send your idea and particulars to Bonnie Benwick. As you may know, programs are a small but important revenue source for our chapter.
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

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Gail Forman upon the loss of her beloved sister, Judy Calica, who died on Sunday, April 1 in Chicago of cancer. Many Dames met Judy over the years during her visits to see Gail. Gail spent the last two months with Judy to care for and support her. A service will be held in New York this Friday. 

The inaugural LDEI-DC sponsored Marianne Ali Brunch takes place for the 111th graduating class at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 THIS Friday, April 6 at DC Central Kitchen, 425 2nd Street, NW.  Dames are bringing a delicious array of dishes for 35 + people.  

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.

We have enough food for the brunch however, please check with Cindy Kacher (202-253-3178) to see if she needs any help with serving.
The actual graduation is scheduled for 2 o'clock that afternoon in the Navy Memorial auditorium at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.   We sincerely hope you can attend both events.


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 
Conference "Goody" Bags Co-chairs Drew Faulkner and Carole Sugarman wish to extend a sincere thank you to Wegmans for generously providing the reusable shopping bags for the Symposium goody bags!
The nomination period for LDE-DC chapter officers and directors for 2018-19 is now open until Monday, April 9.  You can find full descriptions of these jobs and the nomination form at in the Member Resources Section and under the LDE-DE Board Minutes/Election Documents tab.  The login password is ldedc2014, all lower case.

Please nominate Dames who possess leadership qualities to represent our membership and who will work to achieve our chapter's goals in the coming year. Remember, you may nominate any chapter member in good standing or you may nominate yourself.  Please consider who will best serve the organization and submit your nomination(s) to committee chair Katherine Newell Smith at Please be sure that the Dame you nominate agrees to participate as an active member of the board.

Each Officer is elected for a one (1) year term and is eligible for re-election to a second consecutive term. Exception is the treasurer who may serve total of four (4) consecutive terms. Each term period follows the fiscal year. Directors are elected for two years. After two (2) consecutive terms, an Officer is ineligible for reelection to the same office for a period of one (1) year, but she may be nominated and elected to a different position as either an Officer or Director. No member may serve on the board, as an officer or director, for more than seven (7) consecutive years.

The LDE-DC BOD positions are: president, first vice president (membership), second vice president (education and community outreach), second vice president (development), recording secretary, communications (corresponding) secretary and finance. Database and web-savvy individuals are needed for the communications secretary and finance positions. In addition, two (2) director positions are open.

2018-19 Board Nominating Committee
Chair: Katherine Newell Smith. Committee members: Eileen Dykes, Drew Faulkner, Sara Ducey, Golnaz Feiz

Susan Barocas focused on the incredible egg in The Washington Post's March 20 Food Section cover story, Why We Need Eggs For Passover.  Also, Susan is headed to Vancouver, BC on April 11 to present the keynote and a workshop at LimmudVancouver, one of an impressive global network of gatherings that celebrate the different aspects of Jewish life, culture and religious practices.
A glimpse of Janet Cam's life was featured in the CTGN (Chinese Global Television Network) Recipe for Life segment on February 15. Janet has also passed the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust's Level 1 for wine. Founded in 1969, the London-based WSET is regarded as one of the world's leading providers of wine education through rigorous courses and exams.
Dames are clearly the experts. Janet Yu and Pati Jinich were consulted in Tim Carman's Q&A column: in The Washington Post's March 26 Going Out Guide.
DATE: April 4
TIME: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
PLACE: Centrolina, 974 Palmer Alley, NW, DC
PRICE: $45 exclusive of beverages and gratuities

Join culinary experts Janet Cam and Amy Riolo for a virtual journey along the Silk Road to learn the roles and recipes of dumplings in various times and cultures.  Beginning in Chang'an (now Xi'an) China and ending in Venice, Italy, Janet and Amy will discuss Chinese, Central Asian, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Italian Dumplings.  Enjoy samples prepared by Janet Yu while gaining an appreciation for the evolution of the dumpling and historical significance as evidenced in today's global menus.  Following the presentation, we will enjoy a multi-course Chinese menu which includes one-of-a-kind 8 course menu from the Chinese province of Taishan.  Each dish incorporates symbolism and Traditional Chinese Medicine which highlights the underlying theme of the presentation.  Tea Specialist, Laurie Bell, will discuss the Pu-erh tea that will be served.
DATE:  Monday, April 16, 2018
TIME:  6:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Hollywood East Cafe, Westfield Wheaton Mall, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD  20902
PRICE:  $65 Members of Les Dames, $75 Public (non-members' price includes a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships). Price includes presentation, dumpling samples and 8 course one-of-a-kind dinner!  Alcoholic and soft drinks purchased separately.
RSVP:  Click here for more information at or click here to  buy your tickets on Eventbrite!

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, 2018
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.

Limited to 14 participants, so sign up soon! 
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!

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, 2018
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
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
For tickets, click on "attend" tab

How to Log-in to Members only:
User ID: email address listed in LDEI database
Password:  If you have not logged in before, you will need to contact the LDEI office for your password, which you can change at any time. or 502-456-1851 x4
How to Log-in to the Les Dames DC Chapter website,
Password: ldedc2014 (for Members-only section)
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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  

In this Issue
Social Media Connections


Connect with Sister Dames

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We need ALL members who have FB, Twitter and Instagram accounts to follow and actively re-tweet our members' tweets to spread the great news about our activities and programs!
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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.



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)
Laurie Bell (Programs)
Susan Lutz  (Green Tables)

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 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.
Quick Links

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:
The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the SUMMER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is  April 10, 2018.
Archived Quarterly magazines 
are available online.  If you are not receiving hard copies of Quarterly, please check your online contact information at  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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