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June 5, 2019

Dear Sister Dames,
Come meet our new members and congratulate LDE-DC's new board members on Saturday, June 8 at our Spring General Membership Meeting.  Please sign up today and join us at Jenn Crovato's 1310 Kitchen & Bar, 1310 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington D.C. in the Georgetown Inn.  Please arrive at 9:30 a.m. for coffee or a mimosa.  The general meeting is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. followed by a buffet brunch.  It's a great time to catch up with your sister Dames and get acquainted with those whom you have not met.  The board meeting will start at 8:30 a.m.

We are in the planning stages for our 2020 Spring Symposium.  Please start sharing your thoughts and ideas to our planning committee.  Eileen Dykes and Laurie Bell have so graciously volunteered to chair this committee. 

Save the Date!! Our 2019 LDEI Conference will be held in Nashville from Oct. 24-Oct. 27, 2019.
I hope you will check our chapter calendar to see what events are planned for the rest of the year and into next year.  Each member must attend at least one chapter event each year. 
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
CiCi Williamson did such an excellent job managing the Association of Food Journalists 2019 Awards Competition, she has been hired to manage the 2020 contest. This spring, CiCi handled a record 373 entries in 15 categories of food writing, videos, audios, and photos. Launched in 1986, AFJ's awards competition is the nation's longest-running contest for food journalists. 

It's Spring and time to renew your Les Dames d'Escoffier dues for the 2019-20 membership year which begins July 1! Please make your payments by June 30 to avoid a $25 late payment fee.
We so appreciate your support of your Dames chapter this past year. We trust you've taken some time to attend some of the informative and inspiring public programs and Dames-only social gatherings, work on committees and get to know your sister Dames a bit better.
As you renew your membership, we hope you will also renew your commitment to be involved.  Your extraordinary wealth of knowledge, talents and connections will be put to good use to help create and organize engaging education programs and raise funds to support our grants and scholarships. 
We look forward to working with you ─ the women leaders in the DC region's food, hospitality and beverage industries ─ and to seeing you at our Spring General Membership Meeting on June 8.
Please take time now to renew your LDEI dues for the 2019-20 membership year which begins July 1. The deadline for payment is June 30, 2019.  Dues received after this date will be charged a $25.00 late fee, no exceptions. Members whose dues are not received by July 31, 2019 will not be eligible for membership in 2019-20, will be removed from LDEI and Chapter directories/email lists, and will need to reapply for membership.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Janet Yu at before the designated deadline.

TOTAL:  $185.00 ($100.00 Washington, DC Chapter Dues and  $85.00 LDEI Dues)

 You may pay your dues in either of two ways:

                 1) use 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: lesdames2019 


                 2) print out the Membership Dues Form with a check 
                      made payable to Les Dames D'Escoffier,  and send to:
                      Claire Gill, DC Chapter Treasurer
                      8155 Douglas Fir Drive
                      Lorton, VA 22079

Taking office on July 1st, at the beginning of our new fiscal year, are our new board officers:

Stacey Adams, President. Owner of Tastings Gourmet Market.  I am moving into the president's role after serving as 1st VP Membership and, for many years, in various board capacities.  During that time, I set up our Web site and have handled our Web operations, among other activities.  I  bring to this job the experience of running a vibrant and  successful food business for over fourteen years.
Lori Gardner, 1st VP Membership. Founder of restaurant and food blog "Been There, Eaten That." I am assuming this office after a successful term as alternate director and committee chair of member engagement this past year.
Annie Boutin King, 2nd VP Development. Director of social catering for The Ritz Carlton. I am a founding member of LDE-LA and served on that board and our own LDE-DC board for many terms. I can contribute in the areas of development and sponsorships.
Edee Hogan, 2nd VP Education and Community Outreach - Registered dietician, culinary and food expert (RD, LD).  I am committed to the mission of Les Dames d'Escoffier and the success of our local chapter, and bring many years of experience planning and executing events in the metro DC area
Drew Faulkner, Finance Officer. Culinary educator.  I served two years as LDE-DC president working with the treasurer. I also have managed the finances of my own small business over the years as a caterer, private chef and cooking teacher.
Julia Rutland, Recording Secretary.  Freelance writer, recipe developer and tester, food stylist. I am a founding member of the Birmingham chapter of LDE. I look forward to serving a second term on the board as recording secretary.
Jill Collins, Communications Officer.  Owner of Jill Collins Public Relations Group Inc for 26 years. My client base is restaurant and hospitality industry and special events. My relationships with local media are what will most qualify me for this position.
Karen Lippold - Caterer, recipe developer and tester, culinary educator. I look forward to continuing to serve in second year as a director and committee chair of Dames Who Dine.
Olga Boikess - Food writer, retired attorney. I have been an active member of the LDE-DC for many years, serving on the program committee, helping with our fundraisers, as well as taking an active role in the LDEI Conference our chapter hosted.
Diane Neas - Restaurant consultant. I will bring the principles of 501 (c) 3 best practices, proper governance and board procedure to our chapter's board and committees. These standards will assist in making our chapter more successful and compelling and benefit our membership in attaining our mission and goals.
Karen Vartan ─ Trainer & Educator, Corporate Wellness and Family Nutrition. I have worked in for- profit and non-profit organizations, government agencies, and own my own business. I am adept at organizing and managing projects and leading committees. I would love to contribute to Les Dames DC Chapter.
Carole Sugarman (alternate) - Freelance writer, reporter for The Washington Post for 20 years. Over the course of my career and participation in membership organizations and other activities, I have always strived to work collaboratively, be well organized, show attention to detail, and find common- sense solutions.
Janet Yu ─ Immediate Past President. Owner of Hollywood East Café.  i also serve on the executive boards of the Committee for Montgomery and One Montgomery Green.
Thank you to our outgoing board for serving and to our new board for agreeing to take these important roles in our chapter. Appreciation goes to all the members who took the time to vote.

We look forward to seeing you at our SPRING GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING (SGMM) on Saturday, June 8 at 1310 Kitchen & Bar By Jenn Crovato in the Georgetown Inn, 1310 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington D.C. Remember to welcome our new Dames: Dr. Erinn D. Tucker, PhD
(Sponsor:   Danielle Turner); Kimberly Lapinski  (Sponsor:  Rose Clifford); Linda Davis (Sponsor:  Ann Stratte); Sandra Kay Miller (Sponsor:   Deb Moser); Sheryl Cottrell Hoehner (Sponsor:  Nancy Piho) and Taueret Thomas (Sponsor:  Nona Nielsen-Parker)

  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
  • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. Registration (coffee, mimosas and pastries available)
  • 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. General Membership Meeting
  • 11:30 a.m Buffet Brunch (optional)
PRICE: Meeting: FREE; Brunch $45.00 per person (see menu below)
REGISTRATION:  Registration is a quick, two-part process.  Please click here to register for the meeting (free) and/or to purchase your ticket for the brunch buffet via Eventbrite.  
PROXY:  Attendance, in person, at one general membership meeting per year is a requirement of membership.  If you cannot attend the SGMM, you may ask an attending Dame to serve as your proxy.  You will find your proxy form at or by clicking here.  Please email or send the completed proxy form to Robin Kurtzman ( BEFORE the meeting.  Instructions are on the form.   
PARKING/METRO:  Limited parking is available at the Georgetown Inn for $24.60.  Additional parking is available at the lot across from Cafe Milano on Prospect Street. 
Banana Bread, Mini Cream-filled Bomboloni
Steel Cut Oatmeal (vegan), Coconut Milk, Bananas, Cinnamon
Mini Fruit Yogurt & Hippy Crack Granola Parfaits
Blueberries, Strawberries
Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Watermelon
Individual Shakshuka with Tomato, Feta, Spinach, Eggs
Cold Smoked Bacon
Mini Call Your Mother Bagel & Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
Capers, Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion, Cream Cheese
Kale, Quinoa & Brussels Sprout Salad
Apples, Almonds, Pomegranate, Lemon-honey Vinaigrette
Assorted Avocado Toast & Cashew Coconut Toast
Pomegranate, Toasted Almonds  
Mimosas, Coffee, Tea and Juice

Casey Community Center seeks professional chefs to develop and lead its autumn recreational programming in its licensed commercial kitchen. The proposal deadline is June 10. Formal culinary training (or equivalent work experience) and a valid Food Manager card are required. Selected chef instructors will be compensated and their names included in the City of Gaithersburg's "Let's Cook@Casey" marketing materials.  For more information click here.
The Residences at Thomas Circle, wishes to hire a new executive chef. Former Dame Phyllis Richman has volunteered to help with the search. The salary is in the $75.000 range. Contact executive director, Scott McAlister, (202) 626-5789, and mention Phyllis' name.
March 28, 2020 may seem like a long way off but not for planning another Women in Gastronomy Celebrating Food! symposium. We are actively seeking Dames who are willing to lead breakout sessions. There will be four hands-on kitchen sessions with 24 attendee participants in each and 12 additional breakout sessions (demos, panels, lectures, etc). Please forward your ideas for sessions and your willingness to formulate and coordinate a session to co-chairs Eileen Dykes at and Laurie Bell at
There is great name recognition surrounding this event and it is a good way for you to be highlighted in all of our PR materials. It is an excellent opportunity for you to share your expertise and help LDE-DC fulfill its mission of community outreach and education.
We also ask for a sister Dame to volunteer as an additional symposium co-chair so there will be some continuity in planning future Celebrating Food! symposiums.
Thank you for your consideration and dedication to our Les Dames d'Escoffier Washington, DC chapter!
Our Dames-only book club is open to all members. We meet every six weeks on a Monday evening. The host chooses the book, usually available in the library and in paperback, and provides refreshments. It is a convivial group. If you wish to join, contact Eileen Dykes at or any of the upcoming hosts (see below). If you are interested in hosting, please let Eileen know. If you have a book you would like to read and discuss, also let Eileen know. Otherwise, we are sure other members can offer some ideas!
DATE: Monday, June 24
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of  Susan Barocas, 3413 Quebec St NW, Washington, DC.
RSVP:  Susan Barocas,
BOOK SELECTION:  The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats by Daniel Stone
PRICE: Free. The host provides refreshments.
Upcoming Meetings: 
Monday, Sept. 23 -  Kari
Monday, Nov. 18 - Susan

Gail Forman has nabbed hard-to-get tickets to visit the new Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD.  Limited to 15. Once you reserve your place, Gail will get back to you with ticket and entry information.  The group will begin with a Dutch-treat lunch at Glenstone's informal  café-- soup, salads, sandwiches -- where Brian Patterson, formerly of L'Academie de Cuisine, is the chef. Afterwards, you can visit all areas of the private museum, which encompasses two buildings, several outdoor sculptures and more than 230 acres of landscape. It is an amazing place.
DATE: Saturday, September 7
TIME: 12:00  p.m.
PRICE: $5 to cover reservations and LDE-DC administration fee.
Please register today to secure your spot.  Space for this event is limited to 15 people so sign up today!  If all spots are full, you can put your name on the waitlist.  No refunds so please make sure you can attend before registering.
RSVP:  Click here to  register or put your name on the waitlist.  The password is   dames4ever   all lower case.  
Contact Gail Forman at if you have any questions about the Café or Museum.      
Thanks to Gail Forman's foresight and quick work to snag a group of tickets, on June 2nd Dames toured the new and renowned Glenstone museum in Potomac,  MD and dined at The Cafe, the museum's on-site restaurant helmed by former L'Academie de Cuisine Culinary Program Director Brian Patterson.

l-r Marsha EcholsAviva Goldfarb Mary Beth AlbrightCarole SugarmanSheila CryeSusan DelbertGail FormanLinda ForristalBarbara Black, Brian Patterson,
Linda Roth and Jill Collins.

Volunteer guest chefs are needed at Community Food Rescue (CFR), a program of Manna Food Center, at Silver Spring United Methodist Church. The church, located at 8900 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, MD, has a newly refurbished commercial kitchen. The chefs will direct preparation of donated, perfectly usable but unsalable fresh produce - wilted, misshapen or surplus -- into cooked sauces, soups and stews. These cooked foods go to CFR network organizations that serve meals on-site and rely on donations of prepared food that can be warmed and served since they lack on-site cooking facilities. CFR invites guest chefs to sign up for one or more cooking events, plan a menu, and lead a team of volunteers to create food for our neighbors in need. Cooking sessions are scheduled throughout the fall and winter. To sign up, click here.   

Saturday, July 27, Story District's BREAKING BREAD : Stories by Celebrity Chefs and Industry Insiders at Lincoln Theatre,  1215 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Participating chefs include:
Ashish Alfred - Chef and Owner of Duck Duck Goose
Cathy Barrow - Author (Pie Squared and Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Practical Pantry)
Carla Hall - The Chew, Top Chef, Good Morning America, Author (Soul Food: Everyday & Celebration)
Kwame Onwauchi - Top Chef, Author (Notes from a Young Black Chef), Exec Chef at Kith and Kin, and (just announced) winner of James Beard Award Rising Star Chef
Jermaine Stone -  Founder and CEO of Cru Luv Selections and Host of Wine and Hip Hop podcast
Joe Yonan - The Washington Post Food Editor
For tickets and more information, click here 

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 call (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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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.

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

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 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 AUTUMN issue of the LDEI Quarterly is August 1.  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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