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July 4, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

I would like to welcome our new 2018-2019 board members.   They and their committees are already working on member engagement socials and public educational programs. 

We look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year as we participate in our events and programs together.  There will be many opportunities to just hang out, as well, as new director Karen Lippold will be coordinating our Dames Who Dine, where we gather at Dame or Dames'-related restaurants for a meal. Please let Karen know if you have a favorite eatery you would like us to visit.  As always, it is Dutch treat and a great way to get to know each other.

A special thank you goes to First VP Stacey Adams for upgrading our website and giving it a totally new look. Please check it out at Stacey has outlined its new functionality below.

It is coming up!! Mark your calendars for the LDEI 2018 annual conference.  This year's gathering will be in Seattle on October 11-14, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel Seattle Downtown.  The theme is "Gray Skies, Bright Ideas."  Please check the LDEI website for more information (  If you are interested in attending, please let me know.  Participating in the annual conference is a good way to meet your sister Dames from other cities across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

If you have not already paid your annual chapter dues, please submit them by the end of July. See more information below.

See you at the Summer Potluck on Thursday, July 19 at the National Park Seminary community room. Details are below. We get together every summer to kick off the new calendar year and relax in each other's company enjoying great food and drink.

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

NOTE: The next issue on July 18 will be the last Entre News before the August hiatus. Publication will resume September 5. 
Jane Olmsted is seriously ill and home-bound on oxygen. She has been a loyal member of our chapter for 16 years. Her son says it would really perk her up to get cards from Dames within the next week or so. She can't do email any more. Please keep her in your thoughts and send a card to: 

                Jane Olmsted
                4620 26th Street North 
                Arlington, VA 22207-4110 
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.  

You've cooked up the most beautiful presentation of food (or, you've ordered an amazing dish at a restaurant), and you want to take a photo with your smart phone and share it on social media. But why does your photo come out looking so darn awful?  You're too embarrassed to post it.'ve just lost your appetite. Sound familiar?  Don't worry.  There's help.  In this delectable workshop hosted by Les Dames d'Escoffier's DC chapter, food photographer Linda Wang and food stylist Lisa Cherkasky will show you how to find the best light, overcome common challenges, style your food like a pro, edit your photos with a smart phone, and boost your social media engagement.

DATE:     Sunday, July 29, 2018
TIME:     4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:  Common Room Studio
                      428 B Hume Ave.
                      Alexandria, Va.
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 for tickets.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Full refunds only for cancellations by Sunday, July 22 at 5 p.m. No refunds after that date.
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.
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. 
Sponsors:  Hollywood East Cafe, Amy Riolo, Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service, George's Chophouse 
If you haven't logged on to see the Chapter website lately, please do at It has received a facelift and a cleaner design.

As you scroll down the home page, you can see our most current events, an email sign-up form, and photos/videos of past programs. A very prominent DONATION button follows and, at the bottom, you can find our social feeds. The menu tabs have been consolidated a bit but all the information is still there under About Us, Dames News & Events, Global Culinary Initiative, Green Tables and Giving. The Dames Only section has been renamed Member Login and you will continue to use the password, ldedc2014, to access this area.  You may notice an email pop-up in the first 15 seconds after going to the site.  This is to help collect public emails for programs and events.  Also, if you're viewing the site via a portable device, the display is now responsive and looks really nice.

We will continue to improve the site, especially the member login area, where we will build an interactive member directory so you can easily find and click on information about all our members.  A separate donation page will be built under the Giving tab which can also be used as a landing page for email and public links.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at
Stacey Adams, First Vice-President LDE-DC 

If you have not paid your annual Les Dames d'Escoffier dues you have until July 31 to pay them and avoid being removed from the LDEI and Chapter directories/email lists, and also the need to reapply for membership. You will be assessed a $25.00 late fee, as well, no exceptions.

 You can pay your dues 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
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Janet Yu at  before the designated deadline.
Katherine Miller is moving from a consultant and advisor role at the James Beard Foundation to become its Vice President of Impact. In this role, Katherine will oversee all of JBF's current impact programs including Chefs Boot Camp for Policy & Change, Smart Catch®, chef advocacy and food waste programs as well as the JBF Women's Leadership Programs, diversity initiatives and its scholarship programs.
Summer gig for a college student: Part time driver needed for Moorenkos' Ice Cream.  Contact Susan Soorenko  at
Ann Stratte, LDEI First VP and LDE-DC Immediate Past President, breezed through the Chicago area last week and had dinner with a number of Dames at Amy Morton's recently remodeled Found. A delightful and delicious meal! Julie Singer Chernoff

From left to right: Amy MortonJudith HinesJulie ChernoffPatty ErdAnn StratteKaren LevinStacey BallisJill Haas
Not pictured: Nancy Brussat and Nina Barrett

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
PRICE:  Free

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. 
RSVP: Please email or call Gail to know if you plan to attend. or 301-279-2554
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.

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
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.


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,
Password: ldedc2014 (for Members-only section)
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Please add Instagram to your social media accounts @LesDamesDC


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

Follow us on Twitter

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.

2018-2019 Committee Chairs

Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Karen Lippold 

Membership - Engagement: 
Lori Gardner

Jessica Botta

Nona Nielsen Parker

Green Tables:
Susan Lutz
Eileen Dykes
 Global Culinary Initiatives:
Amy Riolo

Public Relations:
Summer Whitford


Board Members

Janet Yu
First Vice President  
( Membership
Second Vice President
 (Education and Community Outreach Programs)
Eileen Dykes 

Second Vice President
Julia Rutland   
Financial Officer
Claire Gill   
Communications Officer
Polly Wiedmaier

Laurie Bell 
Karen Lippold 
(Dames Who Dine)
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, Polly Wiedmaier, at  


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.
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, 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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