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July 19, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

I would like to give a big thanks to Drew Faulkner for hosting our Summer Potluck and for all who attended. We had a chance to meet some of our new Dames and enjoy an enormous variety of great appetizers,  entrees and desserts (just love those desserts).  

Bonnie Benwick, our Second Vice President, Education and Community Outreach,  is working on Dames-only professional development programs as well as public events.  She will soon be sending out a chapter-wide survey to find out what kinds of things we would like to teach each other in small, low-cost or free sessions. Your participation is greatly appreciated.  Feel free to contact her with your ideas:

Eileen Dykes and Laurie Bell are hard at work to organize the greatest Salute to Women in Gastronomy: Celebrating Food symposium ever in 2018.  This will be our 11th biennial day-long event of educational programs open to the public.  In 2016,  we attracted 240 participants.  Kindly contact Eileen at, or Laurie at to volunteer and let them know what your specialties are. 

Due to popular demand, August 12, 2017, is the date of the next now-famous Moorenko's Ice Cream Factory Tour with Susan Soorenko.  Don't forget to tell your friends to attend.  Attendees will have a chance to make and eat delicious ice cream.

The 2017 LDEI Annual Conference will be held October 26-29 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California.

I still remember the first conference I attended, which was in Boston.  I felt a little lost and didn't know what to expect.  When the conference was over, I had learned so much about Les Dames d'Escoffier and who we are and why we do what we do.  After I met and chatted with Dames from across the U.S, Canada, Mexico and the U.K, I felt that we all were so much alike and shared common interests and goals.  From then on, I have attended conference every year. Each has been more fun than the previous one.  I can't wait to go to Newport Beach, hosted by the Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter.  For those of you who plan or would like to attend conference, please let me know. Perhaps we can help arrange for roommates and coordinated travel.
Again, thanks for all that you do for LDE-DC to make our organization a great success.
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

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Connie Hay had a fairly complicated back operation on May 25 that included fusion of L-3,4,and 5, pins, and rods. She is prohibited from bending, lifting, or twisting until September. Please send encouraging notes:
Carol Cutler fell and is at Renaissance Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington. She cannot receive email there but you can call the desk at (202) 243-5170 and be connected to her room to speak with her and wish her well.


If you have neglected to renew your membership, now is the time to submit your annual Les Dames d'Escoffier dues for the 2017-18 membership year which began July 1. The deadline for payment was June 30, 2017. Dues received after this date will be charged a $25.00 late fee, no exceptions. Members whose dues are not received by July 31, 2017 will not be eligible for membership in 2017-18, will be removed from LDEI and Chapter directories/email lists, and will need to reapply for membership.

For those of you who attended the LDEI conference and took advantage of the rebates available, please pay your dues in full. Once your dues have been received, you will be sent an email asking you where you would like the rebate check to be sent. Or, you can opt to donate your rebate back to the chapter for use in one of our outreach programs. The donation of your rebate is tax deductible.   If you are unsure whether you qualify for a rebate, click here for a list.

TOTAL:   $210 ($185 plus $25 late fee= $210)  
$100.00 Washington, DC Chapter Dues
$ 85.00 Les Dames d'Escoffier International Dues
$ 25.00 Late Fee
JUNE 30 DEADLINE IS PASTDames who pay their dues after that date will be assessed a $25 late processing fee.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Marie Ostrosky at

You can pay your dues via:

1)  Eventbrite: pay on-line with a credit card.   
      Click here   to pay on-line using Eventbrite.
      Please use the password:  lesdames2017

2) By mail:  Click below for the form to accompany your personal or company check.  Please email Marie to let her know your check is in the mail at

Make check for $210 payable to Les Dames D'Escoffier and send with the completed form to our Treasurer:

Marie Ostrosky
11508 Ridge Mist Terrace
Potomac, MD  20854 
Click here to access instructions on how to download the mobile LDEI Directory. 
Mary Beth Albright will join The Washington Post as a host/editor, Food. She will be one of four on-camera host/editors who will be the "faces and voices of new dedicated coverage areas for video."
Jessica Botta serves on the board of CulinaryCorps, a national volunteer service organization. Earlier this month, Jessica returned from Houston and one of CulinaryCorps annual five-day volunteer experiences where she and other chef participants worked with Houston Food Bank, Camp for All, Plant it Forward Farms and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  
Janet Cam was filmed for a CCTV (China Central TV) segment "Recipes for Life" to air later this year.  The segment features stories from Janet's life paired with her recipes for family meals using her quick-and-healthful cooking method. Janet credits Golnaz Feiz for introducing her to the program's producer. (CCTV broadcasts a 24-hour English channel as well as programs in five additional languages and reaches over 1 billion people in China, 40 million in the USA and 100 million on other parts of the world.  It exports over 10,000 programs to 77 foreign television stations.)

DATE:  Saturday, August 12, 2017
TIME:  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Moorenko's Ice Cream Factory, 8810 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD  20910
NOTE:  Do NOT go to the shop on Georgia Avenue!
COST:  Members $25, Non-members $35 (price includes a $5.00 tax exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships
PARKING:  Plenty of free parking
METRO:  Silver Spring Metro, 2 miles away
RSVP:  Click here to register for your ticket on Eventbrite!

Amanda Phillips shared this article of interest about the growing recognition of women in the restaurant industry:

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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
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





 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

*President Janet Yu appointed Bette to serve as second vice president. Bette's appointment will be ratified at the Autumn GMM.

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 FALL issue of the LDEI Quarterly is  August 1, 2017. 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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