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April 8, 2015
Message from the President


Dear Sister Dames,


Happy Spring!


The end of March brought a flurry of activity for our chapter. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the reception at RIS restaurant for Ann Willan on the 26th. A big thank you to Ris Lacoste and Janis McLean for putting it together. The 28th was a busy day. A delightful program, Tea and Chocolate Tasting with Laurie Bell, which was postponed in February due to snow, took place in the afternoon, thanks to CiCi Williamson's arrangements. That evening, our chapter hosted a reception for Dames attending the IACP conference at the Marriott Renaissance DC. With local Dames hosting, we welcomed around 50 Dames who dropped by our suite to meet and greet and enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles donated by generous local members. Read about it in Dames News below. The conversation was lively and the camaraderie palpable as Dames from near and far reunited with old friends and ignited new connections. A big thank you goes to Katherine Newell Smith for helping me organize the reception.


You should have received your LDEI Quarterly by now. You might notice that our DC Dames contributed several articles to this issue. Ann Stratte wrote the LDEI board article and the DC Chapter News piece about Culinary Women in Words. Eileen Dykes covered our chapter's dim sum brunch at Janet Yu's Hollywood East Cafe, and CiCi Williamson, in addition to being the Spring Quarterly editor, penned the cover story, the article about past LDEI presidents, and another about Boston Dame Gloria Cabral teaching on U.S. Navy ships.


As I review all of the Dame-to-Dame networking opportunities we have had recently and the accomplishments noted above and in this issue's HURRAH! , I am struck by the individual and collective talent and power in our chapter and in our sister LDEI chapters. Through our Les Dames membership, lifelong friendships and supportive connections are forged. We are part of a far-reaching web, bound together by the shared goals of creating greater good in our communities.


Do take advantage of the opportunity your membership in Les Dames provides; be an active participant!





Drew Faulkner




Board Nominations Extended and Electronic Voting


Nominations chair Kate Jansen and her committee are finalizing the board election slate. Two positions remain open, communications secretary and treasurer. These are two very important jobs within our chapter. We truly need you to step up and help fill them.


Be alerted that we will be using Election Buddy, an online voting program, for our board ballots this year. We will give you more information as we get closer.  

LDE-DC Facebook Facelift




Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday our DC Dames Facebook page will offer a different theme to promote YOU!


Meet The Dames Monday: Let us know if you wish to be profiled! We will send you a fun set of simple, short questions so you can share who you are. Your photo and your interview will be posted on a Monday with any links you want to add to highlight your work.


Wine Wednesday: If you are a Dame in the wine industry and want to contribute something on the subject of wine, we would love to highlight it. Share any great photos because we know that wine is visual!


Friday Foto: Are you a Dame with a new cookbook or beautiful website? Do you have gorgeous or fun photos from one of your most recent events? We want to share them! Your work will be highlighted with appropriate links and your photos will shine for all to drool over.


Send your interest to Robyn Webb at robynwebb@ as soon as possible to be in our next set of features!   


Check out our LDE-DC Facebook page to learn more about Dames accomplishments, talents and connections!


Cathy Barrow for winning the 2015 IACP Single Subject Cookbook Award for Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry (W.W. Norton). 


Cynthia Glover for being chosen as a marketing, editorial and graphics consultant with Ellicott City, Md and architectural firm KGRW & Associates on a study to help Howard County Government prepare for the aging Baby Boomer generation. Its goal is to find how it can become a premier, aging-friendly community for those boomers and their caregivers.


Aviva Goldfarb for becoming a monthly contributor to The Washington Post's On Parenting online column, writing about food and family. Here is her first post:

Pati Jinich for the fourth consecutive season of Pati's Mexican Table on PBS and public television stations nationwide. The new 13-episode season begins airing on the weekend of April 4, 2015.


Michelle Poteaux on her RAMMY nomination as Pastry Chef of the Year. This is the third time Michelle, Pastry Chef and Owner of Bastille and Bistrot Royal, has been nominated. The awards ceremony will be held June 7, 2015.  


Nora Pouillon for providing one of six LDEI Legacy Awards which offers a one-week workplace experience to non-Dame women in the US, UK and Canada in four categories: culinary; food/wine journalism; wine; and farm-to-table. Perhaps you know someone who might wish to apply for an award. The deadline is April 27, 2015.  For more information:  


Amy Riolo for the release of her sixth book The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: Harness the Power of the World's Healthiest Diet to Live Better, Longer on April 1. The book includes the latest research and clinical findings on the diet along with 100 authentic recipes, Mediterranean lifestyle tips, and Amy's memoir from living and working in the region.


Susan Soorenko for being nominated for a Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Women Who Inspire Award: the Laurey Masterton Golden Amulet Award recognizing women entrepreneurs in the foodservice industry. This is the first year for the award named for the golden amulet Ms. Masterton wore. It was filled with 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey -one worker bee's lifetime production. The ceremony will be held April 20th at WCR's 22nd National Conference in New York hosted by Carla Hall and Gail Simmons.   


Dames News
Laurie Bell, certified tea specialist, did an exceptional job teaching Premium Tea and Chocolate Pairing on Saturday, March 28 (postponed from February 21 due to the snowstorm). The lecture and tasting was held at historic Colvin Run Mill in Great Falls, Virginia. Laurie's husband, Geoff Dodson, brewed the various teas. Laurie is the owner and educator of Great Falls Tea Garden.     

Geoff Dodson, Laurie Bell, Eileen Dykes (LDE-DC second VP)

and Mike Henry (manager of Colvin Run Mill). Photo by CiCi Williamson



Our chapter hosted a reception on March 28 for visiting Dames during the IACP Conference held in DC March 27-30 at the Marriott Renaissance DC hotel. About 50 Dames from across the U.S. attended along with three potential new members who may start a North Carolina chapter with the help of Nathalie Dupree (Charleston) , LDEI board secretary Sharon Olson (Chicago) and CiCi Williamson. We had the generous and delicious support of wines from Theresa Morrison of Boutique Vineyards and Amy Hoopes (SF) of Wente Vineyards; flowers, regional cheeses, beef tenderloin and ham biscuits from Susan James and Alan James of Stonyman Gourmet Farmer; hand-crafted salamis from Debra Moser and Mitch Berliner of Meat Crafters and hummus and pita from Gladys Abi-Nijm of Lebanese Taverna.     

Drew Faulkner, Katherine Newell Smith, Alan James, Amy Riolo.   Photo by Cici Williamson        

Mitch Berliner, Debra Moser, Karen Levin (Chicago).  Photo by Cici Williamson




  Judith Fertig (Kansas City), Crystal Leach and Katherine Ackerman (Dallas), Catherine Lucas (Miami), and Nancy Eisman (LA).  Photo by Cici Williamson




Sharon Olson (Chicago), Grand Dame Nathalie Dupree ( Charleston).  Photo by Cici Williamson



DATE:  Monday, April 13, 2015

TIME:  7:00 p.m.

PLACE:    The home of Janet Cam, 2936 Bridgehampton Court, Falls Church, VA  22042

BOOKFresh Off the Boat, by Eddie Huang



At this special four-course brunch prepared with a talk by Mama Rouge owner and chef Aulie Bunyarataphan, enjoy a tour of the menu, with courses that include Southeast Asian specialties, with a French accent in the wine selections and European-style dessert. Chef Aulie has developed a menu that highlights her Thai cultural and culinary background while embracing the sophisticated flavors, cooking techniques, and rich presentations of a variety of cuisines. Her cooking is not about fusion or melding; it's about mixing and matching flavor profiles of the different dishes for a dining experience unlike any other in DC.

The presentation will also feature an overview of the wine program, which is dedicated to French varietals, offering perfect pairings with the various categories of Southeast Asian cuisine on the Mama Rouge menus. The beverage director for the restaurant will guide guests through each pairing selection, with insightful and informative descriptions of the wines. 

This event is open to Dames and the general public.

DATE: Saturday, April 18, 2015

TIME:  11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

PLACE:  Mamma Rouge Southeast Asian Bistro, 3000 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C.  20007

PRICE: $45/Dames members / $55 non-members, all-inclusive*

*Food, drinks and beverages as outlined below, tax and gratuity. Additional beverages or drinks from the bar will be placed on individual guest checks.   Click here to register on Eventbrite.  or  (202)333-4422

PARKING: In the building or on the street.


Hors D'oeuvres

Scallion and Crab Pancakes 

Assorted Pastry Breads for the Table

Sparkling Wine special selection or Thai Basil Soda


Green Papaya Salad with Crispy Vegetable Spring Roll

Rosť special selection

Plats - choice of

Sticky Soy Salmon

Char-grilled Lemongrass Chicken

Shrimp and Chicken Pad Thai

Cold Crab and Shrimp Vermicelli Noodles

Sauvignon Blanc special selection

Dessert - choice of  

Pain Perdue  or Lemon Custard Tart

Coffee or tea   


Global Culinary Initiative Program

DATE: Thursday, June 4, 2015

TIME: 7:00 p.m.



March 2016     



Thursday, April 9, 2015  6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Smithsonian Associates, Chicken: Dressed with Taste, A Dinner with Food Writer Diana Henry. Bonnie S. Benwick will interview popular London-based cookbook author Diana Henry for her A Bird In Hand cookbook. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC, Metro: Eastern Market


Saturday, April 18, 2015, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Slow Food DC 2015 Snail of Approval Awards at Ris, 2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037. Join Slow Food DC to honor and celebrate the award winners and to mix and mingle with the individuals dedicated to shaping our food community. There is an exciting line up of chefs, farmers, brewers, distillers, vintners and artisans participating. Bid at a silent auction with gifts from local shops, artisans, and restaurants that includes items from Le Creuset, FreshFarm Markets and the Port City Brewing Company.  Tickets:  Early Bird Tickets $40 until March 22, 2015. $45 thereafter. Ticket price includes a reception with food and a seasonal cocktail drink.


Nora Pouillon is going on tour with her memoir: My Organic Life. There are many events taking place in and around DC during the next two months: Monday, April 20, 7:00 pm, Sixth & I Presents: Nora Pouillon, Launch Event and Signing. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I Street NW, DC. Tickets: $14 - $27 ($27 includes  two tickets & a book);

Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Book Signing & Bites. Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE, DC;

Sunday, April 26, Book Signing with Meet and Greet, Dupont FreshFarm Farmer's Market, Dupont Circle, DC;

Monday, May 18, 6:45 - 8:15 pm, Smithsonian: Evening Lecture & Book Signing -Nora PouillonMy Organic Life, Smithsonian, S. Dillon Ripley Center,1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, DC. Tickets: $20-25;

Monday, May 28, 12:00 pm, Aspen Institute Book Series present Nora Pouillon, Aspen Institute, 1 Dupont Circle, DC more details:!book-tour/c1ok0 


Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen - WANTED: Woman chef's to be muses for professional artists in preparation for a juried and invitational Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen at the Strathmore Mansion, September 5th to November 8th, 2015. It is an exhibit created by Strathmore Art Exhibitions, curated by Harriet Lesser in conjunction with Susan Callahan and Debra Moser. There will be panel discussions, receptions, workshops and much more. We could use an additional dozen female chefs. Please contact Susan  or Debra Moser,

Thus far, the following chefs have agreed to be paired with artists:

Marianne Ali

Laurie Alleman-Weber

Beverly Bates

Nongkran Daks

Sarah Dwyer

Lynn Foster

Ruth Gresser

Carla Hall

Susan Holt

Michelle Houser

Mary Howley

Kate Jansen

Janis Mclean

Sue McWilliams

Nona Nielson-Parker

Tracy O'Grady

Nora Poullion

Susan Wallace

Elise Welland

Janet Yu


The chefs and artists will coordinate their own schedules. The artists may work from a series of photographs or from meetings and interviews. Susan and Debra aim to make this a comfortable and rewarding experience for everyone! The entire Strathmore Mansion to fill with wonderful images of women chefs.


Job Opps


The Neighborhood Restaurant Group seeks a responsible, organized PART-TIME kitchen manager for AMP by Strathmore, a new music and restaurant venue in the Pike & Rose development at Old Georgetown Rd and Rockville Pike, 11810 Grand Park Ave, N. Bethesda, MD 20852. Two to four days a week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 3:30/4pm-11pm/12am. Send resume for consideration to, or call 703.232.7762. 
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.   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. 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


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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.



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 .
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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 - Edited by Dolores Koteski (Phil)

LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:

The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the SUMMER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is this Friday, April 10, 2015. 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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