|Dear Sister Dames,|
We are only a few weeks into our Chapter year and we have already launched our new website, have new education programs slated and hosted our first member engagement event with a gathering of our new members, their mentors and our LDEDC board members. Thanks to all who could come to Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown and especially to Ruth Gresser for her generosity. The pizza was yummy and Ruth's secret game room provided lots of fun. I haven't played skee-ball in years! Stayed tuned. More member engagement opportunities are being planned. In fact, make sure to sign up for our Summer Potluck. See the link below. It is tomorrow evening! All members are welcome.
Please share your ideas, time and talents by helping with a program or two or joining a committee. Eileen Dykes, Second VP Education and Community Outreach and Laurie Bell, Director - programs, would love to hear from you as would PR Chair Summer Whitford; Grants Chair Jessica Botta; Scholarship Chair Nona Nielson Parker; Green Tables Chair Susan Lutz and Global Culinary Initiative Chair Amy Riolo. Their contact info is below under "Join a Committee."
It is still not too late to pay your dues. Info is below. Treasurer Claire Gill is happy to help.
Registration is now open for the LDEI 2018 annual conference in Seattle, October 11-14, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel Seattle Downtown. Please check the LDEI website for more information. (www.ldei.org). If you are interested in attending, please let me know. The LDEI conference is a great way to meet your sister Dames from across the U.S. and world.
See you tomorrow at the Summer Potluck at the National Park Seminary community room in Silver Spring!
Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or concerns.
Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Washington, D.C. Chapter
CiCi Williamson is resting at home and expects a full recovery after a successful medical procedure on July 9 at Walter Reed/Bethesda Naval Hospital. Get well emails and cards are welcome. firstname.lastname@example.org; 6025 Chesterbrook Rd., McLean, VA 22101
Come join us to celebrate the start of our new chapter year and to meet and mingle with your sister Dames. We are delighted to gather at the National Park Seminary in Silver Spring (Forest Glen). (directions below) The NPS is a renovated campus that sequentially housed a hotel, casino, girls' school and a hospital between 1879 and 1940. It was restored into apartments and condos in 2008. The community room was the original dining room for the hotel.
DATE: Thursday, July 19, 2018
TIME: 6:00-8:00 pm Potluck
Joint meeting of 2018-19 and 2017-18 boards will be from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm in the community room.
PLACE: The Community Room at National Park Seminary (Condominiums), 9610 Dewitt Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910
RSVP: Click here to let us know if you can come and what you wish to bring. Please note the access code or password is summer2018 all lower case.
NOTE: A refrigerator is available as well as running water, but there is no heating equipment, except for a very small portable convection oven.
From 495 take Exit 31 B onto 97 south (Georgia Avenue/Silver Spring). Turn right onto Seminary ROAD not Seminary Lane. Continue straight on Seminary Road. It will turn into Linden Lane. Stay on Linden to Dewitt Drive (at this point you will have entered National Park Seminary and it will look very strange). Turn right. Go through a very short tunnel to the white fountain. The entrance to the community room is just across from the fountain, there will be a stained glass sign above the door that says "Ye Olde Forest Inn". You may park in any spaces marked VISITOR, or on the street. DO NOT PARK IN ANY SPOTS MARKED RESERVED OR ON THE PARKING DECK AT THE FAR END OF THE CAMPUS. BE SURE TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONAL SIGNS IN AND OUT. IT IS EASIER THAN IT SOUNDS. You may want to pull up to the door to drop off your dishes and then find parking.
Don't hesitate to call Susan Soorenko's cell (703) 862-6595) if you get lost.
Canieka Fleming, our first CIA scholarship awardee in 2017, graduated from CIA in April with a BA in Food Business Management and an impressive record including a busy schedule of on-campus activities. Since 2016, she has been a consulting manager for Shortcake Bakery in Hyattsville but is now seeking full-time employment and mentoring in the D.C. area. Let Janet Yu or Diane Neas (email@example.com) know if you are interested to speak with her.
DATE: Sunday, July 29, 2018
TIME: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Common Room Studio
428 B Hume Ave.
PRICE: $150 (tax-exempt contribution) Think that's a steal? You'll also get to eat, network, and get a new headshot during class (a $300 value). Oh, did we mention we're giving away a restaurant gift card? 100% of proceeds will go to the Les Dames d'Escoffier DC Chapter Scholarship Fund.
RSVP: Click here to put your name on the waitlist for the next session.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refunds only for cancellations by Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m. No refunds after that date.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
Linda Wang is a food photographer with more than 15 years of experience in event and hospitality photography. A masterful storyteller, visual designer, and social media strategist, Linda brings her artistic vision and social media prowess to food photography. Her photos have appeared in the Washington Post
and other publications. www.lindawangphotography.com/food
Lisa Cherkasky is a nationally acclaimed food stylist and writer. Her work has appeared in more than 100 cookbooks and countless publications including the Washington Post and National Geographic. Her clients include McCormick Spice, Food Network, Sous Vide, Phillips Seafood, and Popcorners. www.LisaCherkasky.com
Sponsors: Hollywood East Cafe, Amy Riolo, Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service, George's Chophouse
Only 20 Dames have yet to pay dues but it is not too late. You have until July 31 to submit payment and avoid being removed from the LDEI and Chapter directories/email lists, and the need to reapply for membership. However, for late payment, you will be assessed $25.00; so, plus the $185.00 dues, your total will be $210.
Pay your dues in either of two ways:
1) Eventbrite to pay on-line with a credit card.
Click here to pay on-line using Eventbrite.
Press the green "tickets" button to begin the process.
Please use the password: lesdames2018
2) print out and complete the Membership Dues Form
, click here for the form
, and send to our new Treasurer, Claire Gill
, with your personal or company check of $210, payable to Les Dames D'Escoffier, to: Claire Gill, LDE-DC Treasurer, 8155 Douglas Fir Drive , Lorton, VA 22079. Please send Claire an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let her know your check is in the mail.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Janet Yu at Janet4Hollywood@aol.com before the designated deadline.
Summer gig for a college student: Part time driver needed for Moorenkos' Ice Cream. Contact Susan Soorenko at email@example.com
A happy hour welcoming our newest members was held at Ruth Gresser's Pizzeria Paradiso on Monday, July 9. This was the first LDE-DC member-engagement event organized by Stacey Adams, First VP - Membership and Lori Gardner, Director - Member Engagement. Eighteen Dames gathered in the game room at the pizzeria's Georgetown location to enjoy delicious pizza and play skee-ball and shuffle board while getting to know one another.
Thanks to the board members and mentors who came to support our newest members. We plan to have more small group events for members to connect in intimate settings, learn more about each other's interests and promote involvement in the chapter. Stay tuned!
l-r: Johanna Mendelson Forman, guest, Aviva Goldfarb, Tambra Stevenson, Patti Collette, Laurie Bell, Deb Lindsey, Bonnie Benwick, Laura Kumin, Ann Stratte, Lori Gardner, Drew Faulkner, Stacey Adams
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: VIP Curator-led Tour of Foodways Exhibit with Dutch-treat brunch following at the Sweet Home Café - Sold out!
Since the first trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture sold out so quickly and we had a 65 person waitlist; so, Joan Bacharach kindly arranged another tour.
DATE: July 25, 2018
TIME: 8:45 a.m.
PLACE: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
DAMES WHO READ - DAMES ONLY BOOK CLUB
DATE: Monday, September 24
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: At the home of Gail Forman, 19213 Lloyd Road, Potomac, MD 20854.
PRICE: FREE. Host provides refreshments.
BOOK SELECTION: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. We will taste pu'er tea complimented by Chinese snacks. As a bonus, author Lisa See will chat about her writing with us via Skype during the evening.
SAVE THE DATE AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS
VIRGINIA WILLIS SHARES "SECRETS OF THE SOUTHERN TABLE"
Join Virginia Willis as she showcases her latest cookbook "Secrets of the Southern Table" and enjoy a feast of her recipes prepared by Ris Lacoste and her staff.
DATE: Wednesday, August 8
PLACE: Ris Restaurant, 2275 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037
EDEN CENTER CULINARY WALKING TOUR
Join us for a docent-led culinary tour and tasting of the foods of Vietnam. The Eden Center is Northern Virginia's premier Asian center comprising approximately 120 stores. The Center is the heart and soul of the Vietnamese-American Community for the entire East Coast.
DATE: Saturday, September 22
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
PLACE: Eden Center, 6751 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
August 1-5, Hazon Food Conference, at the Isabella Friedman Retreat Center in northwest Connecticut. Join nearly 300 others who will gather to focus on the complexities of our global food system, food justice, sustainability and connections to Jewish food traditions from around the world through panel discussions, demos, hands-on sessions, a food festival and more. Find details here or contact Susan Barocas for more information. Early registration discounts end July 1.
October 1, The Next Big Bite at the New York Law School, 185 Broadway in New York City from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. LDE-New York invites you to its fourth annual trend-watching event. This year, culinary experts will examine "What We Will Cook, Eat, Drink and Crave in 2019." Click here for Save the Date flyer. The evening will be festive and informative, with opportunities to network and enjoy great food and drink. The chapter has arranged a special discount for out-of-town attendees at the Duane Street Hotel in Manhattan. An invitation will follow with ticketing details. This is typically a sold-out event. In addition, web streaming capabilities will be available for LDEI members who would like to view The Next Big Bite individually, or to chapters to host events that night to stream the event. Consider following the lead of our Kentucky chapter that is throwing a cocktail party at a local hotel for members to view the live-streaming altogether. Last year's The Next Big Bite was hosted by former Food & Wine Editor Dana Cowin, with panelists including Melissa Clark and Padma Lakshmi. This year's speakers will be announced shortly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Thank you for you continued interest and participation.
Katherine Newell Smith
Founding Editor, Entre News
Social Media Connections
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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.
2018-2019 Committee Chairs
Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Membership - Engagement:
Nona Nielsen Parker
Global Culinary Initiatives:
(Dames Who Dine)
Please submit your Entre News
information in a brief, concise statement to Katherine Newell Smith at email@example.com.
|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.
If you are having trouble logging into the website please contact our Communications Officer, Polly Wiedmaier, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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:
The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the FALL issue of the LDEI Quarterly is August 1, 2018.
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 to make sure you are on the mailing list.
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.
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.