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December 20, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

Thanks to all who gathered for our Holiday Potluck. We had great fun, delicious food and drink and warm conversations. Everyone enjoyed meeting and greeting our special guest, Hayley Matson-Mathes, our LDEI president from Honolulu.  Thanks, especially, to Linda Roth and her husband Jonathan Kahan, for opening their beautiful home to us. 
Just after the new year, we will continue our preparation for our Women in Gastronomy Symposium in earnest. As you know, it will be our biggest fundraiser of the year.  Since we have increased our scholarships and grants budgets this year, let us all work together to make WIG 2018 a tremendous success so we can help other women achieve their goals.  Our programs are finalized and posted on our website. Please volunteer, attend and get the word out. 
We are now halfway through our fiscal year and I hope you have enjoyed our Dames only educational programs.  We look forward to organizing more public programs for the second half of the year.  Please let Bonnie Benwick,, know if you have any program ideas and are willing to plan and execute them.  We are all in this together. 
Finally, as you consider year-end donations, please include LDE-DC's grants and scholarships on your list.
I know that the holidays are a very busy time for all of us.  So, to Dames who are preparing and selling their holiday gift items, catering holiday parties, hosting customers who are celebrating the season in their restaurants, and preparing for your own family gatherings, I wish you all a prosperous, happy and blessed holiday season.   
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
Jodi Lehr's beautiful mother, Barbara (Bobbie) Lehr, passed away suddenly on Thursday, December 14 at age 83. Loved by all, her funeral was Sunday, December 17 in Jodi's hometown of Long Beach, New York. Tomorrow evening, December 21, Jodi, her husband, William Gutierrrez, and sons Robert and Marco will sit Shiva in from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., 11014 South Glen Road, Potomac, MD 20854.  All are welcome.
Drew Faulkner and her husband, David, proudly celebrated their son, Michael, as he was awarded Eagle Scout in a special ceremony on Sunday, December 17 in Bethesda, MD. Drew received an Eagle Mom pin from Michael.  

After 28 years as director of Union Station Events, Michele Jacobs is leaving to start her own independent consulting business. She says "I can sell, I know operations and personnel and I know the financial aspects of a business.  That's why I thrived at the Station."  

The 2018 New Member Drive opens a bit early to coordinate with our Woman In Gastronomy symposium in March. Please consider nominating qualified colleagues and acquaintances who will bring their enthusiasm, talent, and ideas as active members of Les Dames d 'Escoffier's DC chapter. Requirements for membership include, but are not limited to, a minimum of FIVE years as a distinguished professional in the food, beverage or hospitality industry. If you have a candidate you would like to nominate or sponsor, please send her name, title, email address, and phone number to Julia Rutland by February 2, 2018. 
Linda Roth, generously hosted a house full of Dames for our chapter's annual holiday potluck. Delicious drinks and treats abounded.  The annual gathering is always a wonderful time to reconnect and greet friends new and old.   
Bottom row:  Susan Delbert, Susan Wallace
Next row:  Haley Matson-Mathes, Bette Alberts, Janet Yu, Judy Rusignuolo, Paula Jacobson
Next row:  Marsha Echols, Nongkran Daks, Karen Vartan, Ann Stratte
Next row:  Eileen Dykes, Amy Riolo, Lizette Corro
Next row:  Sheila Kaufman, Janet Cam
Top row:  Linda Roth (partially hidden), Julia Rutland, Linda Forristal, Katherine Newell Smith

Dames enjoy lunch at Centrolina.

 L to r:  Ann Stratte, Amy Brandwein, Joan Nathan and Hayley Matson- Mathes

More than 60 attended the Ann Arbor Chapter's first fundraiser, a "Downton Abbey" tea and talk by CiCi Williamson at the Ann Arbor City Club on Thursday, December 14. Many Dames provided special teas and other fancy teatime fare including scones by Amy Emberling of Zingerman's Bakehouse.  Heroic efforts on CiCi's part ensured her presence at the event. Her first plane to Detroit was diverted to Dayton, OH, where she spent the night. She flew back to DC and boarded again to Detroit.  Success! While she missed a dinner in her honor the night before, she arrived in time to star in the fundraiser. 

L to r:  Donna Tope, Sheree Thibault, Amy Emberling, prospective member Stephanie, Lizzie Burt, Ricky Agranoff, CiCi Williamson, Antoinette Benjamin, Patricia Pooley, Katherine Farrell.

Do your holiday shopping through LDEI's generous Affinity Program where you will find discounts on a wide range of Dames' and partner products including travel, professional services, appliances and cookware. Log in to the Members Only section on the LDEI website,  then click on the Affinity Program tab at the top of the page. Happy shopping! 
Our 11th biannual Women in Gastronomy symposium takes place Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Universities of Shady Grove. The symposium is our largest fundraising event. We are fortunate that over 50% of our membership participates as speakers, committee chairs and members, program organizers, demonstrators and room coordinators. We anticipate another successful event and hope even more Dames volunteer this year.  Pati Jinich is our keynote speaker.

Cookbook Jumble, chair Susan
Clear your shelves for the Holidays.  We will (once again) stage the ever-popular Cookbook Jumble during the Expo at WIG.  Les Dames can issue a 501 (c) (3) donation confirmation for tax purposes. Please contact me at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, in downtown DC, to drop them off there--or you can drop them at my home in Silver Spring if that is more convenient.  I can give location details when/if you phone (202)486-4850.   The NPC is at the corner of 14th and F streets, about two blocks from the White House on the 13th floor.   If you would like to phone ahead, chef office is (202) 662-7514.  Collection will begin after the holidays.
Culinary Garage Salechair, Katherine Newell Smith  Please begin to sort through your bookshelves for unwanted cookbooks and your closets and cupboards for new, unused, or gently used culinary items to donate.  Kindly email, text or call (703) 475-1833 or call (301) 907-7590 ahead to arrange a time to drop off your donations at Katherine's home at 5525 Devon Road, Bethesda, MD (just off Bradley, south of Wilson Lane)
Lunchtime Expo. Co-Chairs: Jill Collins, and Kyle Schmitz,
Dames and non-Dames can participate in offering their goods, whether it is simply info about a restaurant with or without tastings, selling their cookbooks directly to the attendees or promoting a product. Please think about people you know who may want to exhibit. There will be a modest charge for a table at the Expo to cover costs.
Conference "Goody" Bags. Co-chairs:  Drew Faulkner, and Carole Sugarman,
Please consider offering product, gift cards, etc, to fill conference attendee goody bags. We also encourage anyone with a business to donate business cards to be included so conference attendees can learn about all the amazing businesses Dames have to offer. Items from non-Dame businesses are also welcome.

More info to come in the next Entre News!

Contact Eileen Dykes, or Laurie to offer your time and talents.
Also, Julia Rutland is updating the Dames' Restaurant guide for the symposium, so please send her the name of your restaurant to include on our list at  Also, please consider contributing to the conference goody bags.
Please join sister Dames and meet prospective candidates for 2018-2019 membership
DATE: Sunday, February 11, 2018
TIME and PLACE: To be determined
PRICE: Nominal for current Dames and no cost to our prospective members
New date TBA

For those of you who missed our program last month, jointly hosted with WCR, on sexual harassment in the hospitality industry, you are welcome to view it in its entirety.  Click here for the link.


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!
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.



Jessica Botta



Alison Ricketts


 Green Tables: 

Susan Lutz



Bonnie Benwick


Global Culinary Initiatives:

Amy Riolo 


Public Relations:

Summer Whitford



Bette Alberts


Board Members

Suzanne DeGalan   
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 SPRING issue of the LDEI Quarterly is  January 15, 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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