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June 21, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

As we approach the end of this membership year,  I wish to extend  many thanks to all of you for the time and effort you put in to make it a success. It has been a fantastic team effort to put together so many great programs, a stellar LDEI conference, a successful fundraiser...the list could go on forever. I am so very grateful.

As a Dame, you are given the opportunity to give back to the community in many different forms in the company of like-minded pros. This includes giving your time, talents and tax-deductible donations to our organization. My one request, as I step down from my two-year tenure as president, is that each one of you make a concerted effort to continue to support our chapter's two-pronged mission as prescribed in the bylaws of:
1)Education. The Chapter is dedicated to furthering the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of food, beverage and hospitality.
2)Philanthropy. The Chapter is dedicated to raising and disbursing funds for scholarships, grants, and other approved projects of the Chapter. The Chapter is dedicated to mentoring individuals who are entering or seeking to expand their knowledge in these fields. 

Please join me in welcoming this year's board comprising Janet Yu (President), Julia Rutland (First VP Membership), Bonnie Benwick (Second VP Education and Community Outreach), Suzanne DeGalan (Recording Secretary), Eileen Dykes (Financial Officer,) Kristen Hartke (Communications Secretary), Alison Ricketts, Summer Whitford, Laurie Bell, Polly Wiedmaier (Directors) and Susan Lutz (Alternate), Bette Alberts (nominated for 2nd VP). These women have graciously agreed to help guide us to fulfill our mission. And merci beaucoup to out-going board members Jessica Botta, Susan James, Theresa Morrison, Dianne Murphy, Diane Neas and Marie Ostrosky for their excellent service on the board this past year.

Last, but not least, a special thank you to Drew Faulkner, past president,  for  her invaluable guidance these past two years and to Katherine Newell Smith for producing this beautiful  bimonthly newsletter for our membership to stay informed.

It truly has been an honor and a privilege to serve as your president. 


Ann Stratte
Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Washington, D.C., Chapter
Secretary, LDEI

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Our annual summer social gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday,  July 11 at the home of Drew Faulkner,
7407 Honeywell Lane, Bethesda, MD.  The price of admission: either an hors d'oeuvres, a  salad, main course or dessert or beverages.  You should have received by email an invitation with a SignupGenius link.  Click here to register.
The access code is summer2017.  You will need to type this in to register.  Once there, if you scroll towards the bottom of the page, you will see the sign up portion.
Time is running out to submit your annual Les Dames d'Escoffier dues for the 2017-18 membership year which begins July 1. The deadline for payment is 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:  $185.  
$100.00 Washington, DC Chapter Dues
$ 85.00 Les Dames d'Escoffier International Dues
JUNE 30 DEADLINE. After that date, a $25 late processing fee will be added.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ann Stratte at before the designated deadline.

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.  

Make check 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.
Author Jen Lin-Liu was a surprise guest at the Dames Who Read dinner and discussion about her book, On the Noodle Road: from Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta. The evening was hosted by Janet Cam with prodigious assistance from new member Sheila Crye, who also secured Ms. Lin-Liu's presence, at the home of Katherine Newell Smith. The group was treated to a pasta and dumpling demo. Several became quite proficient in rolling the dough disks and stuffing and pleating the dumplings. The spectrum of cuisines along the "noodle road" were represented by mezze,  pasta with arribiata sauce and dumplings filled with lamb and butternut squash.

First Row ( l-r) Sheila Crye, Jen Lin-Lui, Janet Cam, Bette Alberts;
Second Row (l-r) Gail Forman, Drew Faulkner, Eileen Dykes, Susan Barocas, Kari Barrett, Katherine Newell Smith

Sheila Crye rolling pasta.

Dumplings ready to fry.

Author  Jen Lin-Liu  tossing pasta with arribiata sauce.   

Janet Cam and  Jen Lin-Liu serving pasta.

Debra Moser and her husband, Mitch Berliner hosted a fascinating tour and tasting at Meat Crafters, the only USDA-licensed facility to cure meats in the state of Maryland. On Thursday, June 15, the Dames-only group toured the facility, learned about the dry curing process and sampled many delicious hand crafted charcuterie including duck breast prosciutto, salamis and Skinny Salamis.  It was a wonderful tour and we thank Debra and Mitch both for their hospitality and for donating their portion of the proceeds to Manna.
Dames (l-r) Susan Lutz, Eileen Dykes, Debra Moser, Drew Faulkner, Laurie Weber, Carole Sugarman, and Chris Ricchi join Mitch Berliner in the tasting room of Meatcrafters.

Small batch of salamis drying.
Carole Sugarman, as chair of the Capital Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls Bethesda fundraiser, is looking for a volunteer to help her recruit restaurants to participate in the event at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. October 30. The event features a lunch of soup, bread and desserts provided by Montgomery County eateries. Guests will choose a hand-crafted pottery bowl donated by local artisans. To volunteer or for more information, contact Carole at 
Kristen Hartke is keeping very busy with her writing assignments. Check out her article on that appeared in the June  9 edition of the Washington Post's Food section.

Pati Jinich and Joan Nathan, and a number of other Dames from other chapters, are among The 100 Greatest Home Cooks of All Time list compiled by the Editors of Epicurious.   

Linda Roth is getting married on Sunday, June 25 to Jonathan Kahn. Jonathan is a lawyer with Hogan Lovell, whose DC office, conveniently, has fabulous views. So the wedding will take place on the balcony overlooking Washington's monuments and memorials. In addition, Linda and Jonathan, in lieu of gifts, are requesting that donations be made to LDE-DC's scholarship fund. Linda gets an extra hurrah for that lovely and generous gesture and for a terrific idea going forward.
Julia Rutland published Campfire Foodie: Simple Camping Recipes with Gourmet Appeal (Adventure Publications) in May 2017. Her article on The South's Best Sandwiches appears in the July 2017 issue of Southern Living Magazine. 

Carole Sugarman is chairing the Capital Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls Bethesda fundraiser.


DATE: Tuesday, July 11
TIME: Board meeting 5:00 p.m.; dinner 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Drew Faulkner, 7407 Honeywell Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
PRICE:  Either an hors d'oeuvres, a  salad, main course or dessert or beverages.  You should have received an email invitation with a  SignupGenius link. Click here to register. The access code is summer2017.  You need to enter this code to register.  Once there, if you scroll towards the bottom of the page, you will see the sign up portion.

DATE:  Saturday, July 15, 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 buy your tickets on Eventbrite!

Sfoglina is a Fabio Trabocchi Restaurant, named for the female artisans and Italian cultural icons that carry on the tradition of rolling sheets of pasta by hand with a rolling pin, a technique passed through the generations. 
DATE:  Tuesday, July 18, 2017 
TIME: 6:30 pm
PLACE: Sfoglina Restaurant, 4445 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008
PRICE: Dutch treat and a la carte ordering
PARKING/METRO:  Two-hour parking validation at the Colonial Parking garage and street parking available. VanNess-UDC (Red Line) is a .15 mile walk. No valet parking. 
RSVP: or text 205-381-8787

PLACE: Eden Center, 6751 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
RSVP:  More details coming soon

Nora Pouillon is selling and giving away cookbooks from her library of approximately 1000 volumes which she has collected over the last 40-plus years.  Her library includes works that delve into Italian, Indian, American, French and vegetarian cuisines, and, of course, desserts.  Please contact her by email: to schedule a convenient time to view the books.

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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
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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 


Laurie Bell

Global Culinary Initiatives:

Amy Riolo 

Public Relations:



Susan James




Entre News Update:
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Board Meeting Minutes
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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  


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.
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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 
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Milestone Submission:
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