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February 7, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

Women in Gastronomy Symposium is only five weeks away. Please connect with Marie Steffany to volunteer and get the word out in your community to attend. See more info below. It would be great if we were able to add an additional $10,000 to our scholarship fund for women earning culinary and hospitality degrees in our local communities.  Please help our chapter achieve this goal.

In my last letter, I wrote about how friendships are formed when you work on projects together and that your sister Dames bring a range of impressive talents. It reconfirms to me that if we give just a portion of those talents in service to LDE-DC's mission, we can make important differences in our communities and build a stronger chapter.  Please keep this in mind as you consider recommending new members.  We need Dames who will be active members, willing to contribute their time, expertise and connections in service to providing opportunities for women in our industries and to offer culinary education in our communities. Please see below for new member application details.

In honor of our late and beloved Marianne Ali, we will sponsor the brunch annually for DC Central Kitchen's graduating class at the end of March or beginning of April. This year's will take place on April 6 at 9:15 a.m. for class #111. We will need volunteers for food donations and help to make Marianne's Brunch memorable for the graduates.  Details on the arrangements, how to sign up and location will come soon.
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
Nancy Hart and Jerry Trice were married on the beach at Casa XIXIM on Soliman Bay in Tulum, Mexico on January 29. They had a traditional Mayan ceremony performed by a female shaman with her husband translating. Nancy's daughter, Elysa, served as maid of honor, and 30 friends and family were in attendance.

Carla Hall was a presenter at the American School Counselor Association and ReachHigher celebration on Feb. 2 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.  where former First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker.

Left to Right:  Kristen Hartke, Michelle Obama, Carla Hall

Celeste McCall and husband, Peter, took an "eye-opening" trip to Cuba as an extension of their 45th wedding anniversary. Highlights included dining in paladors (private restaurants), riding along the Malecon in a red 1957 Chevy Bel Air; touring Ernest Hemingway's abode; attending a cigar/coffee/rum tasting and a pig roast and having artisan encounters.

Sophia Maroon won the 2018 Good Food Award - Pantry for her "Dress It UP"  Sesame Tahini Dressing. The awards ceremony was held Friday, January 19, 2018, at a gala in the historic San Francisco War Memorial in San Francisco, California. 

CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS! We have extended the nomination due date to March 5
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. 

Click here to use Eventbrite to pay for the New Member Application Fee ($25)
Valentine's Day is coming up so consider doing some shopping for your sweethearts through LDEI's generous Affinity Program. You will find wines from Wente Family Estates and Bonny Doon Vineyards, varietal honeys for that cheese plate from Z Specialty Foods, Inc., beef and seafood for your own version of "surf and turf" from Dole & Bailey, artisan chocolates from Chocolat Moderne and luxe bars from Fairytale Brownies among other products! Go to, click on the Affinity Program tab at the top of the page.  Happy shopping!  
Please volunteer! Contact Marie Steffany at (202) 298-6366 or send an email:
PLEASE NOTE: if you volunteer minimum of at least 2.5 hours, you qualify for a 50% reduction of the symposium fee.
WIG participation is one of the really great ways to benefit our chapter, get acquainted with other members and derive personal rewards as well. Some volunteer jobs include helping:
  • at a session that you would like to attend;
  • at the EXPO (Cookbook Jumble, etc.);
  • with set-up and/or monitoring the food and beverage events; and,
  • at the registration and information desk. 
 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.  
Culinary Garage Sale, chair, Katherine Newell Smith  Please begin to 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.
The Les Dames d'Escoffier DC book club met in February at the home of Susan Barocas with special guest Abbie Rosner to discuss her book, Breaking Bread in the Galilee: A Journey into the Promised Land. This fascinating book provided recipes for a delicious dinner and, with Abby's participation, an especially stimulating and insightful conversation about foraging and other ancient foodways in the modern world, food as a bridge to one's own culture and to relationships with others, and baal agriculture that relies solely on climate and rain in seasonal cycles. 

DC Dames front row Eileen Dykes and Drew Faulkner. Standing left to right
Paula JacobsonSheilah KaufmanWendy Bazil, Abbie Rosner, Janet Cam and
Sheila Crye.

Please join sister dames and meet and mingle with prospective new member candidates for 2018-2019 membership.
DATE: Sunday, February 11, 2018
TIME: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
PLACE: Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20037
PRICE: $25 Dames and no cost to our prospective members
RSVP: Please contact  Julia Rutland at to let her know you are coming and if paying by check or cash.  Click here to register for your ticket on Eventbrite.
PARKING: Valet parking $8 with validation


DINE WITH FREDERICK DOUGLASS: Curator-led Tour of Cedar Hill, Fredrick Douglass' home in celebration his Bicentennial Birthday with lunch following by Chef Shaw Lightfoot at the ARTdrenaline Café - SOLD OUT
DATE:    February 23, 2018
TIME:    9:45 a.m.
PLACE: Frederick Douglass National Historic Site,1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC 20020
PRICE:   Dames Members:  $25; Non-Members: $35 (includes a $10 tax deductible donation to the Les Dames Scholarship Fund)
RSVP:  Click here to get on the waitlist!

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 
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
Thursday, February 15. Applications for The James Beard Association's Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (WEL) program goes live online. This program is an advanced seminar for women looking to expand and grow existing businesses. The application notice will be here: 

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


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,
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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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