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June 21, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

As we close out our chapter's 2017-2018 fiscal year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your efforts and contributions to make this another stellar year for Les Dames DC.  It was truly a learning experience for me and I thank all of you for helping me along the way.  I so look forward to serving as your president next year.  I am always open to new ideas for our members as well as from the public.  Learning never ends and, with the talent and skills of our membership, we can learn from each other. 

Again, I sincerely thank our outgoing board members for all of their time and efforts devoted to our chapter.   Every minute you have given to Les Dames DC is important and much appreciated.

A special thanks to Stacey Adams for stepping into her first VP position early and developing our new website.  It is looking very good and Stacey will have it fully launched shortly.

Lori Gardner, our board's incoming director of member engagement, will get in touch with you soon. Please begin to think about which committee you would like to serve. See a list of committees below.

Congratulations to Amy Brandwein of Centrolina  for winning the Chef of the Year at this year's The Rammys 2018 and to our newest Dame, Erin Reed, of Blue Duck Tavern who was a nominee for Rammy's Best Pastry Chef of the Year.

If you have not done so already, please send in your annual Les Dames d'Escoffier dues for the 2018-19 membership year which begins July 1. The deadline for payment is June 30, 2018. Dues received after this date will be charged a $25.00 late fee, no exceptions. Members whose dues are not received by July 31, 2018 will not be eligible for membership in 2018-19, will be removed from LDEI and directories/email lists, and will need to reapply for membership.  See info below in Dues Due.   If you have any questions or concerns please contact me before the designated deadline.

Our annual Summer Potluck will be held on Thursday, July 19th from 6-8 pm at National Park Seminary. We will send you more information soon via email along with a SignUpGenius link to register.  Additional information is below.

On behalf of the new board of directors, I look forward to a new year with exciting events and great opportunities to continue to grow our organization and fulfill our mission.  We do need to raise some funds this year to support our scholarships and grants and other programs, so get ready to participate! 

See you at the Summer Potluck!!

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

We will be holding our annual Dames Summer Potluck on Thursday, July 19 from 6-8 pm in the Community Room at the National Park Seminary (Condominiums) in Silver Spring.  You will receive an email message shortly with more information and have an opportunity to contribute a dish by registering on SignUpGenius.  We look forward to seeing you!

DATE:  Thursday, July 19, 2018
TIME:  6:00-8:00 pm 
PLACE: The Community Room at National Park Seminary (Condominiums), 9610 Dewitt Drive, Silver Spring, MD  20910

National Park Seminary in Silver Spring (Forest Glen), is conveniently located close to the 495 beltway.  The NPS is a renovated campus that sequentially housed a hotel, casino, girls school, and 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. 

A refrigerator is available as well as running water, but there is no heating equipment.  
There is still time to submit your annual Les Dames d'Escoffier dues, penalty free, for the 2018-19 membership year which begins July 1The deadline for payment is June 30, 2018. Dues received after this date will be charged a $25.00 late fee, no exceptions. Members whose dues are not received by July 31, 2018 will not be eligible for membership in 2018-19, will be removed from LDEI and Chapter directories/email lists, and will need to reapply for membership.

The TOTAL dues payment is $185.00 of which $100.00 is our Washington, D.C., Chapter Dues and $85.00 goes to Les Dames d'Escoffier International Dues. Membership benefits include the Quarterly magazine, bimonthly e-newsletter, webinars, interactive LDEI website, affinity partner programs and our annual conference.

 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 with your personal or company check, payable to  Les Dames D'Escoffier,  to:  Eileen Dykes, LDE-DC Treasurer
 14636 Pommel Drive
  Rockville, MD 20850
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Janet Yu at  before the designated deadline.
Susan Barocas, is co-chair of this summer's Hazon Food Conference, August 1-5 at the Isabella Friedman Retreat Center in northwest Connecticut. See Of Interest for more information about the conference.
Amy Brandwein was named Chef of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington at its 36th Annual RAMMY Awards on June 10 at theWalter E. Washington Convention Center.

 Amy Brandwein  and Kathy Hollinger, President of  RAMW

Johanna Mendelsohn Forman was a delegate at the EAT FORUM in Stockholm, June 11-18.  Johanna has been working with chefs as change agents through the work of the SDG2 HUB which produced the Chefs Manifesto, a set of eight principles about ways chefs can contribute to reducing food waste, hunger, reducing climate change thru climate smart agriculture.
Claudia Kousoulas publishes her book, Bread & Beauty, A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve, in September. The book profiles farmers and producers and shares the remarkable story of how in the 1980s, Montgomery County, MD set aside one-third of its land, 93,000 acres, for agricultural uses. Today, the Reserve provides skilled local jobs, preserves habitat and natural environment and is a nearly complete source of local food. 
Sophie Maroon's Dress It Up Dressing launched its new line at Whole Foods in May and will expand to The Fresh Market nationwide in July.
Marion Nestle has been named LDEI's 2018 Grande Dame. She is the fifteenth recipient of this honor and will receive the award at the gala dinner at LDEI's annual conference in Seattle, WA on Friday, October 12. Marion was one of our nominees along with Nora Pouillon and Martine Saunier. 
Summer gig for a college student: Part time driver needed for Moorenkos' Ice Cream.  Contact Susan Soorenko  at
She Called Me Dearie
Laughter echoed throughout the hallways and kitchens of Atwater's Big Kitchen in Baltimore on June 16 as Stephanie Hersh recalled her days working as executive personal assistant to Grande Dame Julia Child. Her sold-out talk was such a huge hit, the audience called for a second engagement before the afternoon was over. Stephanie shared memories of everyone's favorite French chef. Some were funny; some were touching.  All were endearing. 
Stephanie recounted her first work day with Julia, which included the preparation of Santa Barbara seafood stew. Saturday's lucky attendees were treated to the fish dish for lunch, prepared by our host, Nona Nielsen Parker, and accompanied by Atwater's famous bread, wine, salads with Nona's house-made dressings and scrumptious cookies and brownies. Watch for an encore from Chef Steph this fall.

 L to r:  Nona Nielsen Parker, Stephanie Hersh and Diane Neas.

Nantucket Food and Wine Festival
Lizette Corro ( second from right) attended the Nantucket Food and Wine Festival May 16- 20, where she ran into Nancy Matheson-Burns (NE) (3rd from left) and a group of equally charming Dames.

L to r:  Hanna Robateille (NE), Lil Dougan (NE), Nancy, Carole Murko (NE), Marika Vida (NY), Lizette and Nancy Bean (NE)

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: VIP Curator-led Tour of Foodways  Exhibit with Dutch-treat brunch following at the Sweet Home CafĂ© - 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, Joan Bacharach kindly arranged another tour on July 25.  
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

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.


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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
Founding 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!
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.

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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.

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

Katherine Newell Smith   
Financial Officer
Eileen Dykes   
Communications Officer
Kristen Hartke
Polly Wiedmaier (Social Media)
Summer Whitford (Public Relations)
Janet Cam (Development)
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, 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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