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June 7, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

Janis McLean, Drew Faulkner, Laurie Weber, Laurie Bell and I joined 25 non-Dames for an exclusive tour of Atwater's kitchens in Baltimore led by Nona Nielsen Parker.  Nona oversees this facility that  produces an incredible variety of foodstuffs including  jams, cheeses, soups, baked goods and even ice cream used in their restaurants and offered at many farmer's markets around D.C. and Baltimore. Ned Atwater followed his dream with the mission of making the highest quality of absolutely everything they produce and to support local farmers and craftsmen.  Thank you, Nona, for opening your kitchen to us!

There are still a few spots open for Dames and their friends to join Debra Moser and her husband Mitch Berliner on June 15th for a tour of their MeatCrafters facility to learn exactly how they make their unique and delicious selection of cured meat and salamis. Click here  to register for this event. Don't miss this special opportunity to learn about and taste their wonderful products.

And back by popular demand, tours of Moorenko's ice cream will be held again in July and August at Susan Soorenko's facility in Silver Spring, Maryland.

I continue to be in awe of our talented Dames and thankful for their willingness to share their knowledge.

A gentle reminder to pay your member dues on or before June 30th to avoid the $25 penalty that results after that date. You can pay your dues online through Eventbrite or send a check directly to Marie Ostrosky. Details found in the newsletter below.

As always, it is an honor and a privilege to serve as your president. Any concerns, questions or comments, please email me or call at 410-903-2682.

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

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If you haven't already, it is time 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 
The Green Tables Committee will have a conference call to discuss future projects on Wednesday, June 14th at 10 a.m. If you'd like to join us, please contact Susan Lutz at

Click here to access instructions on how to download the mobile LDEI Directory.
On Saturday May 20th, Nona Nielsen Parker hosted an in depth, educational, and delicious tour of Atwater's Big Kitchen in Baltimore. The sold out group of thirty, including several Dames, got an in-depth and exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of this multifaceted production kitchen. The morning started off with a tasty selection of cheeses, condiments, breads, crackers, and beverages all made on site. The hour-plus walking tour through the facility began in the cheese and ice cream production room with everyone enjoying a sample of Atwater's velvety rich ice cream. The next stops took us through the butcher shop, jams and condiments and the dessert and bread production areas where owner Ned Atwater spoke and also demonstrated some of the industrial size mixers. Then it was on to the outside garden and hothouse and the wrapping and labeling stations before we sat down to a luncheon, all prepared on site. Atwater's hospitality was over the top as every attendee went home with a goody bag of Atwater's specialties.

Dames Janis McLean, Laurie Bell, Nona Nielsen-Parker, Drew Faulkner, Ann Stratte, Laurie Weber gathered for lunch at Atwater's.

The luncheon buffet.

Nona with Ned Atwater describing the bakery equipment

Nona leading the tour of the bakery equipment.

How's this for a walk-in?
(All photos courtesy of Laurie Bell.)
Laurie Bell and her Great Falls Tea Garden business was featured in the June edition of Food Service Monthly in an article by Sandy Greeley.

Kristen Hartke's article How to Make the Best Doughnuts You'll Ever Eat appeared in the May 23 edition of  The Washington Post Food Section and her piece on Seeds of Change: Mini Gardens Help Drive the Growth of Food at Home aired on NPR's The Salt on May 31.


Debra Moser and her husband, Mitch Berliner, will
host a visit to MeatCrafters, the only U.S.D.A.-licensed
facility to cure meats in Metro-D.C. and Maryland.
Learn what "curing" means and how MeatCrafters created its unique Skinny Salami line (with plans for national distribution). End with a tasting of MeatCrafter salamis, its Skinny Salami lines, and duck breast prosciutto.  All of their products may be purchased to take home. and
DATE: Thursday, June 15, 2017
TIME: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
PLACE: MeatCrafters, 3900 Ironwood Place, Landover, MD 20785. Tel.  (202) 730-2500
PRICE: $25 Dames only, 100% is tax deductible. 50% will go to the n
on-profit organization Manna and 50% will go to LDE-DC scholarships and grants.
RESERVATIONS: Click here to buy your ticket on Eventbrite! Limited to 12 Dames.  Password is salami  (all lower case)
PARKING: Plenty of free parking
ACCESSIBILITY: Five steps into the building; no ramp.
NOTE: Wear flat shoes; no heels

DATE: Monday, June 19
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE:  The home of Katherine Newell Smith, 5525 Devon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814 featuring the culinary talents of host Janet Cam.
PRICE: Free. Host provides food and drink.
Book Selection:  On the Noodle Road: from Beijing to Rome, with Love and Pasta, by Jen Lin-Liu

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!

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 after June 14.

Thursday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. Joan Wages: Women's History with Food, Ristorante I Ricchi, 1220 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Join Joan Wages for an intimate dinner, and learn how women have impacted food in history. Featuring recipes from female American restaurateurs and entrepreneurial leaders.
Ticket: $69 exclusive tax and tip (includes $10 donation to the National Women's History Museum). 

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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  

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Jessica Botta


 Green Tables: 

Susan Lutz 


Laurie Bell

Global Culinary Initiatives:

Amy Riolo 

Public Relations:


 Development and Philanthropy:

Susan James




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Board Meeting Minutes
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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!"

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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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