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February 21, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Lunar New Year! Welcome the Year of the Dog.

I just celebrated Chinese New Year, so the symbolism of  it is much with me. The Year of the Dog is a great time to reach out to those around you and become a friendly presence in their lives, maybe even a true friend.  If you are one to speak out regarding your values, you might get an energizing boost this year from the Earth Dog.  As I have come to know individual Dames better over the years, I am continually impressed with their skills, talents, compassion and professionalism. Dames are high achievers and carry a lot of weight and power in our daily jobs.  We all carry a wealth of knowledge in our fields and don't hesitate to speak our opinions. So, may the Year of the Dog help you to achieve your goals.

We have about two weeks to get the word out on our Women in Gastronomy Symposium.  Please share news of the event in your communities and through your social media outlets. 

If you are planning to attend and have not yet signed up, please do so as soon as possible and bring a friend.  And, if you also want to volunteer, please connect with Marie Steffany. The info is below.  

We now have more details about the arrangements for our first annual Marianne Ali Brunch for a DC Central Kitchen graduating class. This year's event, for class #111, will take place from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at the Kitchen. We will need volunteers to prepare at least 12 different dishes for 35 people.  A volunteer sign up list should be available shortly. All Dames are invited to participate in some way and are cordially invited to the graduation that afternoon at the Naval Memorial auditorium. Specifics are below.
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

An email was sent to you this week with ready-to- use language for social media, including twitter and instagram posts.  Please contact if you need it resent.
We ask that you send a note to your friends and colleagues and post on social media with an invitation to join us at WIG on Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at The Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850.  
Here is the link to learn more and to register: 
Rosa Mendoza broke her pelvis while on a ski trip in Colorado in January.  She is recovering and begins physical therapy next week. She would appreciate you sending her a card or an email to let her know you are thinking of her. Email or residence 5605 Whitney Mill Way, Rockville, MD 20852 

The first annual Marianne Ali Brunch that LDE-DC will sponsor takes place for the 111th graduating class at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at DC Central Kitchen, 425 2nd Street, NW. We should plan on preparing at least 12 different dishes for 35 people for brunch. We will send out a link for signupgenius later this week to make it easier to coordinate your participation. There will be a space on the form for you to indicate any special serving equipment needs. The kitchen will provide all beverages, plates and utensils and serving pieces and equipment. 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. The Kitchen will try to save a few spaces in the lot, but we shouldn't count on it.

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.
Cathy Barrow just signed a deal for her third cookbook, due to arrive October, 2019: When Pies Fly. Sweet and Savory Free-Form Pies and Filled Pastries, with Karen Murgolo, her editor at Grand Central Life & Style, a division of Hachette. She begins work on it right away! Cathy's second book by the same publisher, Pie Squared. Irresistibly Easy Sweet and Savory Slab Pies, is scheduled for release this October.

Amy Brandwein has been named a semifinalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation!>

Aviva Goldfarb's first travel article was published in The Washington Post's Sunday Travel section. "If You Only Have Time for Three Meals In San Francisco, Make Sure They're Here." 

Rachel Hayden is now director of marketing for Rebecca Linder's Linder Global Events team. In her new position she will head up Linder's social media and marketing efforts and work with its clients to amplify their messaging.  Prior to joining Linder in January, she served as director of public relations for The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia for the past eighteen years. There she handled media relations and marketing, building its social media presence, acting as a project manager for the Inn's room and design projects as well as promoting Chef Patrick O'Connell
and his books and orchestrating the Inn's 25th and 30th anniversaries and other memorable events.

Rosa Mendoza left Adams Burch last March after nine years as a table top specialist and in April joined Long & Foster as a real Estate broker in its Bethesda office. (This is a nearly year-old Hurrah!)

Polly Wiedmaier's and Robert Wiedmaier's Marcel's restaurant has been named as a semifinalist by the James Beard Foundation for Best Service!>

CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS! Nominations due March 5.  Completed application due no later than March 15.
Please consider nominating qualified colleagues and acquaintances who will bring their enthusiasm, talent, and ideas as active members to our Les Dames d 'Escoffier 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, please send her name and email address to Julia Rutland at  by March 5, 2018.

The new online, fillable application is available on the public section of the LDEI-DC Chapter website and an invite with links will be sent to nominee.   Those completed applications are due March 15.

Click here to use Eventbrite to pay for the New Member Application Fee ($25)
If you know an organization making a difference in our communities through food, beverage and hospitality, or advancing education and philanthropy in our fields, our chapter's grant program has funds available to support their efforts. Our application and criteria for 2018 will be posted on the website in the next few days. Our deadline for applicants is Saturday, March 31stTax-exempt charitable or educational organizations in region may apply.  Please contact Jessica Botta at
10:30 am - 11:40 am Session IB: "Trucs" of the Trade - (2) Volunteers needed for passing out food samples, hand-outs and collecting refuse. Volunteers needed at 10:15 am until the end of the session.

10:30 am - 11:40 am Session 1D: Writing Family Food Memoirs - (2) Volunteers needed for passing out information. Arrive 5- 10 minutes before start of the session.

12:00 pm to approximately 2:00 pm: EXPO/Lunch:

Cookbook Jumble (1) additional volunteer needed
Culinary Sale (1) additional volunteer needed

4:00 pm - 5:10 pm Session 4D: Women of Maryland Craft Beverages - (2) Volunteers needed for passing out drink samples, flyers and collecting refuse. Volunteers needed at 3:45 pm until the end of the session.

5:10 pm - 5:45 pm Finale. Tequila y Tapas - (1) Volunteer needed to help with light set-up, replenishing and light clean-up. Volunteers needed at 4:45 pm until the end of the session.

If you are registered or plan to register for any of the sessions where
volunteers are needed, you can still participate in the session while
assisting with some duties. And if your total WIG volunteer hours total 2.5 hours, you get a registration fee reduction to $70 instead of $135. You could commit to a minimum of three smaller jobs, one larger one or a combination to equal the 2.5 hours.

Of course, if you wish to volunteer and not attend sessions we also heartily welcome your assistance.   To volunteer, please c
ontact Marie Steffany at (202) 298-6366 or send an email to

Pati Jinich is our keynote speaker.

Cookbook Jumble, chair Susan
Clear your shelves  of unwanted cookbooks for the Cookbook Jumble during the Expo.  Please bring the books to me at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, in downtown DC,
or my home in Silver Spring if that is more convenient. Please put the books in bags or boxes for easy transport.  If you want to drop at my home, call me at (202) 486-4850 so I can give location details.  
The NPC is at the corner of 14th and F streets, about two blocks from the White House on the 13th floor.  Please phone ahead. Chef's office is (202) 662-7514.

Culinary Garage Sale, chair, Katherine Newell Smith  Please sort through your  closets and cupboards for new, unused, and 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.

DINE WITH FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Curator-led Tour of Cedar Hill, Fredrick Douglass' home in celebration his Bicentennial Birthday with lunch - SOLD OUT
DATE:    February 23, 2018
TIME:    9:45 a.m.
PLACE: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site,1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC 20020

Lunch with Grand Dame Lydia Bastianich
DATE:  Wednesday, April 4
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: VIP Curator-led Tour of Foodways Exhibits with Dutch-treat brunch following at the Sweet Home CafĂ© 
DATE:  April 20, 2018
TIME:  8:45 a.m.
PLACE: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
PRICE:  Dames  Members $10 (for tax deductible donation to the Les Dames Scholarship Fund), Non-Members: $15 (includes tax deductible donation to the Les Dames Scholarship Fund)
RSVP:  Registration information coming soon
Wednesday, March 7, Turn Up the Heat! Gala Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The Gala, supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, showcases women chefs in the D.C. region to further fund private research grants, advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and support programs for patients and their families who are affected by this disease. Sample 50+ dishes from the area's top female chefs including Michelle PoteauxBastille Brasserie & Bar; Amy BrandweinCentrolina; Drew FaulknerCooking with Drew; Susan HoltCulinaerie; Susan DelbertThe Fourth Estate at the National Press Club; Laurie BellGreat Falls Tea Garden; Janet YuHollywood East Cafe;Susan SoorenkoMoorenko's Ice Cream; Ris LaCosteRIS; Jodi LehrSanta Lucia Estate Coffee; Janis McLeanSeasons Culinary Services and Marjorie Meek BradleySmoked and Stacked

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

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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

Like us on Facebook

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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

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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