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December 18, 2019
Editor's Note:  We will alter our January publication schedule to the second and fourth Wednesdays instead of the first and third since our next issue would land January 1, New Year's Day. You will receive a submission notice on December 30 and on January 13. Thank you. 
Dear Sister Dames,
If you are anything like me, you are looking at the calendar and wondering how you are going to get everything done on your list by the end of the year.  My list is long and up at the top is my end-of-year giving.  I have several charities and causes I give to during this time of year because I know my dollars will go a long way to make an impact in an organization or with an individual. Knowing this fills my heart with such joy.  
I mentioned in our last Entre News that our 2015 scholarship recipient Ashleigh Pearson gave a compelling speech at our luncheon with Toni-Tipton Martin at Gunther & Co. in Baltimore. Ashleigh's heartfelt reflections of the impact our scholarship made on her life touched everyone in the room. Our chapter's support helped her change her future. She exemplifies what our mission is all about:  to support the professional studies and advancement of women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. Ashleigh kindly shared a copy of her speech. You can read it here
I encourage you to consider giving to our scholarship and grants fund this holiday season; so, we can offer more substantial opportunities to others like Ashleigh. Your generous gift will combine with other monies we raise this year and go towards our very special scholarship recipients in 2020. 
I wish each and every one of you a very wonderful holiday season full of festivities and great food with family and friends.   
Please click here to make a secure donation.  

Should you have a chapter question, concern or idea, please shoot me an email or give me a call (410) 212-2224.
My best,
Stacey Adams

Les Dames - Washington, DC 
Our hospitality community lost a good friend yesterday. Renowned Chef Robert Kinkead died from complications of heart disease and diabetes. Bob won many accolades and awards, the James Beard Foundation Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 1995 among them, and helped pioneer D.C. 's assent to become a culinary destination. Yet, he was beloved for his mentorship and encouragement of young chef talent, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in our industries. We send our deepest sympathies to Bob's family and friends.  
DATE: Sunday, January 19, 2020
TIME:  1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:  The home of Linda Roth, 4019 Lorcum Lane, Arlington, Virginia  22207
PRICE:  Free, bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert to share.  You should have received an invitation by email with a link to register through SignUpGenius.  Please click here to let us know you can come and what you would like to bring. 
DIRECTIONS:   Linda's home is located at the intersection of Randolph Road and Lorcom Lane.  There is street parking on Lorcom Lane, and an entrance by the gate that leads directly to the kitchen. There is also street parking on Randolph Road where the front door is, close to the dining room.  Both entrances are good to use. 
METRO:   The closest metro stop is  Virginia Square.  From there walk .4 mile to North Quincy Street and 10th Street North.  Take the #53A Bus towards East Falls Church Metro.  Get off at Military Road and North Lorcom Lane.  Walk .1 mile to the intersection of Lorcom Lane and Randolph Road.      
Here's a great chance to clear away unused or duplicate kitchenware and unused table linens and accessories. DC Dames are going to have a Culinary Garage Sale during our biennial Women in Gastronomy Symposium's EXPO on March 28. We are a 501c3 organization, so your donations can qualify for tax deductions. Click here for guidelines on how to claim a deduction and estimated values for donated items.

If you wish to donate, please send Culinary Garage Sale Chair Katherine Newell Smith,, an e-mail  with "culinary garage sale" in the subject and let her know the items you plan to donate, estimated value and how/when you plan to get them to Katherine's home in Bethesda, 5525 Devon Road (just off Bradley Blvd) where it will be stored in her basement. Items can be delivered, with advance notice, (301) 907- 7590 or (703) 475-1833 or We will arrange to e-mail you a thank you receipt letter on our letterhead for your tax purposes once we receive your items. If it is convenient, you can bring items to the Winter Potluck at Linda Roth's home on January 19 and Katherine will take them home with her.

Will one of you please volunteer to co-chair and be on the garage sale committee? Please let Katherine know, To have four or five committee members to help pull this off well would be so helpful.  Volunteer for a specific job you would enjoy doing. (See the committee responsibilities below. Many hands will make lighter work!! )

The garage sale committee will:
  • Organize donation solicitations (from Dames, party rental shops, caterers, hotels and restaurant supply companies, etc), and arrange delivery to Katherine's home.
  • Send valuation/receipt acknowledgements to donors. 
  • Help price items at Katherine's home on March 26 or 27. (she gives a dinner for all pricers afterwards)
  • Collect/get donated bags and boxes to transport garage sale items to symposium site AND for customers' purchases.
  • Help transport garage sale items from Katherine's basement to symposium site on March 27.
  • Help set up garage sale...tables, signage, area to store purchases, etc.
  • Take a turn at the garage-sale table during the EXPO.
Thank you all. This will be fun!
We now have member directory that has enhanced capabilities!  It is on a platform called Wild Apricot and it makes connecting with members and finding upcoming Dames events so much easier.  But, the directory will only have value if we all enter our data. So, please log in now as instructed below and update your information and photo. 

You can access your information in the Members Only section of our website. You also can download the Wild Apricot app on your IPhone or Android smartphone and use it on the go.

This platform can make it easy for you to see upcoming events, register for events and view membership profiles.  And, besides being dynamic, members will pay less for tickets because Wild Apricot does not charge an additional service processing fee on top of the merchant processing fees as does Eventbrite.  So don't delay! 

What to do next:
If this is your first time logging in, please use this link to reset your password.
An email will be sent to you to reset your password.  Once you're logged in, you will be prompted to accept the terms and conditions.  Then, you can go into your profile and update and verify your contact information.
Your profile includes many areas like social links, profession, photo, etc.  Only members can view your profile information.
If you have any questions about Wild Apricot, please email

We are looking for a Dame to assist with our social media as part of the Communications committee. She will post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter promoting our events,  give shout outs for Dame "sightings" at non-Dame events and post photos taken at our and non-Dame events.  This volunteer will work with Vice President of Communications Jill Collins. Please contact Jill if you are interested in doing this important job.
Paula Jacobson, Sheilah Kaufman, and Claire Gill collaborated with the National Osteoporosis Foundation on Healthy Bones: Build Them for Life, A Food-for-Bones CookbookThis book is chock-full of information on osteoporosis, including what it is, its causes, risk factors, treatments, the nutrients that promote bone health, and recipes incorporating those nutrients. The book is available on the National Osteoporosis Foundation's website.
Johanna Mendelson Forman was a guest on the Share Our Strength podcast, Add Passion and Stir, on December 4 speaking about conflict cuisine and what she has learned about cuisine and diplomacy over the years.


Kim Lipinski
enterprising spirit and wide-ranging interests have led her down many diverse paths in life - often, on several at once. Trained in science and art as a medical illustrator, she worked in New York and Boston in publishing and design before joining the University of Vermont, College of Medicine as an illustrator and curriculum developer. And, for some 40 years, she bred, rode and trained horses. Before moving with her husband in 2017 to Annapolis to live year-round on a 45-foot sailboat (she swears it is warmer than in New England in winter) she also ran her own horse farm in Vermont.

One constant in her life, however, has been a love of cooking. She grew up cooking with her parents. So when it came time for her first job as a teenager, she found work prepping food at a special-events center.  During college she worked for a catering company that serviced art galleries. She took sommelier classes in New York City and, when she moved to Vermont, she worked weekends in a pan-Asian restaurant, where she became quite adept in making dim sum dumplings, then in catering and as a personal chef.

Her current focus as Founder and CEO of Elder Nourish, an award-winning D.C. -based company that designs, prepares and delivers food for the elderly, began as a volunteer in Vermont. She helped a neighbor care for an elderly relative. That led to volunteering at a home-health hospice.  Soon she was a hospice employee. With her Elder Nourish cooks, she preps food in a commercial kitchen. Then they cook the meals in the elderly clients' homes. The camaraderie that develops between her clients and her employees as they cook and the anticipatory smells are an important aspect of her service, she explains. Kim loves the way her work improves the health and well-being of her clients.


Join us for dinner and a tour of Savor at Studio 3807, Prince George's County's first artisanal food hall. It is the brainchild of business attorney and food entrepreneur April N. Richardson, Esq. and Peter Siegel, a socially conscious developer, who partnered to bring this exciting opportunity to PG County. Before we eat, we will tour the artist studios next door which houses about 25 pieces of amazing art from local artists.
Savor boasts over 8,000 square feet of space designed for the community to eat and meet. It will feature local culinary artists who will create mini-restaurants, an indoor farmers market, an artisans market and a commercial kitchen for emerging food talent to rent. In addition, you will find pop ups where new food concepts can be tested and a stage for live music performances. As a committed supporter of the arts and community, Savor offers an exciting culinary space so residents and neighbors can explore a variety of exciting local culinary options.
DATE: January 11, 2020
TIME: 12:00 p.m.
PLACE: Savor Food Hall 3809 Rhode island Ave, in Brentwood, MD.  
RSVP:  Click here to sign up.
PARKING: Neighborhood parking is limited. More transportation information to come.


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 call (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 our LDE-DC chapter e-newsletter.  It 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.

DAMES CORNER is a brief feature to help us get to know our sister Dames a bit better. We will randomly choose Dames to profile who have differing professional backgrounds so the coverage is more interesting.

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

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

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!
Connect with Les Dames d'Escoffier International

Please share news, events and updates.  Join the LDEI members-only LinkedIn Group to stay connected with other Dames.

Like us on Facebook   View our profile on LinkedIn
Join a Committee....
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.

2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Karen Lippold

Membership - Engagement: 
Carole Sugarman

 Women in Gastronomy: 
Laurie Bell
Eileen Dykes
Jessica Botta

Nona Nielsen-Parker

Green Tables:
Karen Vartan

Edee Hogan
 Global Culinary Initiatives:
Amy Riolo

Public Relations:
Jill Collins

Annie Boutin King

Board Members

Stacey Adams
First Vice President  
( Membership
Second Vice President
 (Education and Community Outreach Programs)
Edee Hogan 

Second Vice President
Annie Boutin King
Julia Rutland   
Financial Officer
Drew Faulkner   
Communications Officer
Jill Collins

Olga Boikess 
Karen Lippold 
(Dames Who Dine)
Diane Neas
Karen Vartan 
(Green Tables)
Carole Sugarman
(Member Engagement)
Janet Yu
(Past President)

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.  We are revising the members only section but the password remains as above.  See Stacey's President's Letter for more information.


If you are having trouble logging into the website please contact our Communications Officer at


Under Member Login,  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

LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:
The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the SPRING issue of the LDEI Quarterly is JANUARY 20.   Our 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.

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.

Member Milestones - Edited by Dorothy Koteski (Phil)
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 "Brava!"
Submit Member Milestones by filling out the interactive form at: Any field marked with an asterisk (*) is required. Note that some forms have character limits due to space constraints. To submit a photo, reply "Yes" to "Would you like to submit a high resolution quality image?" Then click "Next". You will be taken to a second page where you can upload your images.
Be sure to click the SUBMIT button to upload your responses. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission was received. Press releases and cookbook covers are not accepted. Entries received after the deadline may appear in a following issue.
Please know that you can also email your information, if you prefer. The email addresses listed under the Submission Guidelines will always be active and will forward to the correct person.

Submit Chapter News by filling out the interactive form at: submit a photo, reply "Yes" to "Would you like to submit a high resolution quality image?" Then click "Next". You will be taken to a second page where you can upload your images.  Be sure to click the SUBMIT button to upload your responses. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission was received.
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