Dear Sister Dames,
And in a flash ⚡️ , it's gone. Not just another year but another decade. I wish I could say I accomplished everything I projected to do during the past 10 years; yet, I did make progress that I'm proud of on many fronts. I think that matters most. So, for the planner in me, I am conservatively looking forward to just the remaining six months in our chapter year. How can we make the biggest impact to serve and meet our mission? For starters, we have our Women in Gastronomy Symposium coming up March 28 chaired by Laurie Bell and Eileen Dykes. We are already underway with ticket sales. We hope that our revised ticket pricing will help net a significant amount for our scholarship and grants funding. Please be sure to spread the word through your personal and social networks as the event nears.
In the Program section below, you will see events your sister Dames have organized. I know it's not realistic to expect members to attend all of our public events but I would like to encourage you to attend at least one public program (not including the symposium) before June 30. Many of our attendees come to these events to learn about our mission and get to know our members. You never know if a potential new Dame or financial partner is in the audience; yet, without your attendance, this potential may go untapped. So, as president, I ask you to commit to attend one public program and help put more faces to our name.
One of our biggest needs right now is to build a network of financial partners who can help defray our program and event expenses which will increase our bottom line and, in turn, contribute to our scholarships and grants fund. We all have some connections with companies and organizations that may want more exposure to our subscriber base. If you think you have a lead on a potential partner, please send me an email at
firstname.lastname@example.org with your contacts' names -- e- introductions would be helpful -- and we will connect to share our mission and, hopefully, develop a relationship.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Winter Potluck on January 19.
Should you have a chapter question, concern or idea, please shoot me an email at email@example.com or give me a call (410) 212-2224.
Washington, DC Chapter, Les Dames d'Escoffier International
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 register and let us know what you can 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.
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 one long block to the intersection of North Lorcom Lane and North Randolph Road.
If you are organizing a seminar for the March 28 Symposium, please note that there are a couple of approaching deadlines for information required for the program and the conference center AV staff:
Due January 15: So your session is included in the program book, we need a 75-word paragraph description of the session topic and a 50-word bio for each moderator and panelist.
Due February 3: We need a list of your A/V requirements, supplies, volunteer needs, signage, etc. Please send to Janna Howley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a member of LDEI, you have made a commitment to support women in the culinary industry. Your membership provides a unique opportunity to do so and offers you a platform to interact with other leaders who share your passion.
One way to facilitate our mission is through the chapter's online directory on Wild Apricot. There you can identify your professional affiliation and your areas of expertise. We ask that you take a moment to log in and enter your information along with a current photo. We will use this platform for networking, member engagement, and logistics, such as event registration. It is a time for New Year's resolutions; so, we hope that one of yours will be to make the most of your LDE-DC membership.
We are seeking 100% participation, so don't delay!
If this is your first time to log in, please use this link to reset your password.
An email will be sent to you to reset your password. Once you've 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 email@example.com
As you may know, each year, LDEI members and chapters, in partnership with the Julia Child Foundation, offer Legacy Awards. These are exciting, expense-paid week-long workplace experiences in the United States and Mexico, open to non-Dames (but, perhaps future Dames). If you know of a promising woman who might be a good candidate for this award, send them this link for the details and to apply. This year's awards are:
- Austin, Texas FOOD PRODUCTION/SUPPLY CHAIN AWARD, Quality Seafood
- Chicago, Illinois JOURNALISM AWARD, Plate Magazine and Winsight Media
- Livermore, California WINE AWARD, Wente Family Estates
- Guadalajara and Tequila, Mexico FINE SPIRITS AWARD, José Cuervo
- New Orleans, Louisiana CULINARY AWARD, Compère Lapin
- Sacramento and Davis, California AGRICULTURE AWARD, Sacramento Chapter LDEI
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.
DAMES WHO DINE - DAMES ONLY
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.
PARKING: Neighborhood parking is limited. More transportation information to come.
CIRCUMNAVIGATING SPAIN AND ITS REGIONAL FOODS - PUBLIC PROGRAM
Stacey Adams and CiCi Williamson will take you 2,000 miles around Spain and visit the top sites in Madrid, Toledo, Vitoria, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada (Al Hambra), the Costa del Sol (Malaga) Seville, and Cordoba (Mosque of the Caliphs). The talk, illustrated by beautiful photos taken by the speakers, will be accompanied by tastes of regional foods from the Basque country in the north to the southern Moorish Andalusia and to eastern provincial Catalonia. Also, you will learn about the British overseas territory of Gibraltar that abuts southern Spain. Stacey Adams is the president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. She is president and culinary director of Tastings Gourmet Market in Annapolis, which she founded in 2006. CiCi Williamson is a longtime food and travel writer. She is a past president of both the Les Dames d'Escoffier Washington, D.C., Chapter and of Les Dames d'Escoffier International.
DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2020
PLACE: Jaleo Crystal City, 2250-A Crystal Drive at 23rd St., Arlington, VA 22202, www.jaleo.com
TIME: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
PRICE: (Includes menu below). $35 for Members of Les Dames; $45 for non-members; Alcoholic and soft drinks for separate purchase.
Information coming soon. www.lesdamesdc.org.Reservation or cancellation deadline is Monday, March 2
PARKING: Free at Crystal City Parking Garage, where 23rd St. dead ends at Crystal Drive
METRO: Crystal City (Blue, Orange)
MENU (Each dish served to every diner)
FIRST COURSE (3)
Endibias con queso de cabra y naranjas
Endives with goat cheese, oranges and almonds
Pan con tomate
Toasted slices of rustic bread brushed with fresh tomato
A Jaleo favorite of potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli
SECOND COURSE (4)
Gambas al ajillo
The very, very famous tapa of shrimp sautéed with garlic and brava sauce
Espinacas a la catalane
Sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins and apples
Chorizo a la sidra con puré de patatas al aceite de oliva
Homemade traditional chorizo with olive oil mashed potatoes
and cider sauce
Croquetas de pollo
Traditional chicken fritters
Flan al estilo de mama Marisa con espuma de crema catalana
A classic Spanish custard dessert with "espuma" of Catalan cream and oranges
Pan con chocolate
Chocolate flan with caramelized bread, olive oil and brioche ice cream
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Thank you for you continued interest and participation.
Katherine Newell Smith
Founding Editor, Entre News
Social Media Connections
Connect with Sister Dames
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.
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
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:
Membership - Engagement:
Women in Gastronomy:
Global Culinary Initiatives:
Annie Boutin King
(Dames Who Dine)
|To view the latest approved board meeting minutes, go to www.lesdamesdc.org 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.
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.
If you are having trouble logging into the website please contact our Communications Officer at email@example.com
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.
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 www.ldei.org If it is correct, please contact Greg Jewell firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you are on the mailing list.
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: http://link.ldei.org/ldei-member-milestones. 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: http://link.ldei.org/ldei-chapter-programs.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.