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January 17, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

As you may remember, this year we increased our scholarship funds to $20,000.  We are sending the money to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to manage the scholarships that will be awarded to women in our region who will attend or are attending CIA.  Thanks to Nona Nielsen-Parker for coordinating the scholarship funds.

When I became a member in 2010, I knew that I wanted to volunteer and get involved in our chapter's programs and events. As a result, I gained so much more than I have given. I  learned, as you probably have, that 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 community and build a stronger chapter.

So as you speak with colleagues about the possibility of becoming a Dame, please ask about their willingness to become active members who will contribute their time, expertise and connections to create and strengthen opportunities for women in our industries and to offer culinary education in our communities. 

Women in Gastronomy Symposium is fast approaching. Please connect with Marie Steffany to volunteer and get the word out in your community to attend. See more info is 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.  Please help us to make this our most profitable symposium ever.

Sips & Supper volunteers are needed.  Please see info below on how to sign up.  They help support two causes near and dear to our members' hearts, DC Central Kitchen and Martha's Table.
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
Paula Shoyer just published her new book  "The Healthy Jewish Kitchen: Fresh, Contemporary Recipes for Every Occasion" (Sterling Epicure, 2017). It offers recipes for more healthful Jewish classics, that are also updated for the modern table, along with international and American recipes that reflect food trends beyond the Jewish culinary world. Her book was featured in The Washington Post's Food section January 2 and that article was picked up in papers across the U.S.

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 at by February 2, 2018. 
Alice Waters, Jose Andres and Joan Nathan will host the 10th annual Sips & Suppers, on January 26 and 27. The event benefitting two leading nonprofits combating hunger and poverty in the nation's capital - Martha's Table and DC Central Kitchen.

Sips & Suppers is looking for volunteers with fine-dining experience to staff the 37 Suppers on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 5:00-10:00 pm. Volunteers are needed for Captain, Server and Kitchen assistant.  Volunteers have the chance to work with celebrated chefs in some of the city's most beautiful homes. Volunteers are provided with an optional training session , an afterparty on Sunday evening, and access to one discounted ticket (50% off) to the Sips event on Saturday, January 27th. And, of course, volunteers get to enjoy the satisfaction of contributing to the work of two our city's most important nonprofit organizations.

To volunteer, please register here  and complete the survey. To learn more about Sips & Suppers and the amazing participating chefs, click here.

Any questions, contact 
The volunteer survey link:
Do your Valentine's  Day shopping through LDEI's generous Affinity Program. Order 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 send to Marie Ostrosky ( your 50-word speaker bios by Monday, January 22.

It is time to line up volunteers for WIG! To sign up, please call 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.  Collection will begin after the holidays.
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.

DATE: Monday, February 5, 2018
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Susan Barocas, 3413 Quebec St NW. DC
RSVP: Susan Barocas, 202.365.7208
BOOK SELECTION: Breaking Bread in Galilee - A Culinary Journey into the Promised Land by Abbie Rosner.  
PRICE: Free. The host provides refreshments

Please join sister dames and meet and mingle with prospective new member candidates for 2018-2019 membership.
DATE: Sunday, February 11, 2018
TIME: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20037
PRICE: $25 Dames and no cost to our prospective members
RSVP: To  Julia Rutland at if paying by check or cash.  Eventbrite registration information coming soon.
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
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 buy your tickets on Eventbrite!

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
Make a Weekend of it: Special combined ticket price for VIP Sips & Suppers is $750 per person. In its 10th year and founded by Alice Waters, Joan Nathan and Jose Andres, Suppers features renowned chefs from the DC region, from across the country, and some from across the world, preparing extraordinary meals in homes throughout the city to help address the issues of homelessness and poverty in our nation's capital. Chefs, working together in pairs, donate their time and skills to participate while hosts provide their homes for the evening. Guests get to watch and chat with the chefs as they prepare the meal. Participating Dames chefs: Amy Brandwein, Carla Hall, Sherry Yard (LA), Ris LaCoste and Susan Wallace.  Sips, which will be held at the Newseum, features chefs, artisans and mixologists who gather for a lively cocktail reception and offer their signature dishes and craft drink specialties. Tickets to Sips & Suppers are non-refundable as event proceeds support the vital work of DC Central Kitchen and Martha's Table. $550 of each Suppers ticket, and $625 of the combined VIP Sips & Suppers ticket is tax deductible.

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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!
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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 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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