Dear Sister Dames,
As I sit on the plane heading to warm, sunny San Diego and
write this letter, it occurs to me that I celebrate my 10-year
anniversary as a Dame this year.
Bill Gates said "Most people overestimate what they can do in
one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years." Recalling
his words leads me to reflect on our chapter's accomplishments over
these past 10 years and those lives we have touched.
We hosted a successful LDEI Annual Conference in 2016 and
raised over $15,000 during our fundraising brunch at the French Embassy
as part of the meeting; mounted five Celebrating Food! Salute to Women
in Gastronomy symposiums and raised and distributed scholarships and
grants of over $85,000 since 2013 though monies from our fundraisers and
program fees. Two of our own Dames, Joan Nathan and Nora Pouillon, were named Grand Dames and Ann Stratte
was president of LDEI in 2015-16. We have actually had four DC Dames
serve as LDEI president over LDEI's history with three during the past
All of these accomplishments reflect our grand ambitions in service to our mission.
Our community outreach helps us spread awareness about the smart,
talented, professional women in our fields of culinary, beverage and
hospitality. Our programs allow us to share our knowledge─and tap the
expertise of our friends─to educate our communities about the rich
and diverse culinary culture in our region. The money we raise
for our grants and scholarships gives other women the opportunity to
Recent scholarship recipient, Ashleigh Pearson, beautifully
expressed the impact of our philanthropic work when she told a group, I
"could never use enough words to express my gratitude for my scholarship
and the mentorship the Les Dames d'Escoffier D.C. chapter
has provided me. I'm grateful to be able to tell my story through
desserts and can only hope, one day, I will be able to give a
scholarship to someone else and make what seems like a total dream an
I can't wait to see what Ashleigh and others we help do in the next decade.
How do you plan to contribute your time, talents and enthusiastic sense of mission to our chapter this year and during the next ten years?
Should you have a chapter question, concern or idea, please shoot me an email at email@example.com or give me a call (410) 212-2224.
Washington, DC Chapter, Les Dames d'Escoffier International
Amy Brandwein, Chef-owner of Centrolina, is a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic.
Ruth Gresser, chef-owner of Pizzeria Paradiso, is a semifinalist for the Outstanding Restaurateur award from the James Beard Foundation.
Polly Weidmaier's and husband
Chef Robert Weidmaier's Marcel's restaurant is a semifinalist for the
James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Hospitality award.
Dames, with only three weeks to go before our symposium, we need your support! Please email the registration brochure to your friends and business associates
letting them know about this rather extraordinary day of
programming. It is a fraction of the cost for culinary programs
that are not nearly as informative or interesting or that bring as many
experts together under one roof. Register now and spread the
word through your social networks.
Please note the
links to LDEI posts from Instagram
encourage you to repost these on your pages and please encourage your
speakers to do the same. Our message will be greatly multiplied that
way. Just remember to tag #LesDamesDC so we can see it. And, of course,
please share the event website
because it contains all the pertinent information including a link to registration.
flyers, jpegs, pdfs, and prepared blurbs to use for Facebook, Instagram
and Twitter, please use the information above or contact Robin Kurtzman
Also, if you volunteer to work for approximately 3-hours of service, you qualify for the Dames volunteer pricing of $85. Contact Marie Steffany at firstname.lastname@example.org for volunteer placement opportunities. Click here to register as a Dames volunteer.
Come and meet this year's prospective new members. It is a
good opportunity to share your experiences as a Dame and learn about
how our guests might bring their skills, energies and enthusiasm to our
chapter and help with our mission.
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Lori Gardner, 13521 Coachlamp Lane, Silver Spring, MD
The nomination period for LDE-DC chapter officers and
directors for 2020-2021 is open until Friday, March
15. Information about the positions can be found at www.lesdamesdc.org in the Member Resources Section.
Please consider nominating Dames who possess leadership
qualities to represent our membership and who will work to achieve our
chapter's goals in the coming year. Remember, you may nominate any
chapter member in good standing or you may nominate yourself. Please
submit your nomination(s) to committee chair, Olga Boikess at email@example.com
Please be sure that the Dame you nominate agrees to participate as an active member of the board.
The LDE-DC Board of Director positions are: President, First
Vice President (membership), Second Vice President (education and
community outreach), Second Vice President (development), Recording
Secretary, Communications (corresponding) Secretary and Financial
Officer. Database and web-savvy individuals are suitable for the
Communications Secretary and Financial Officer positions. QUICKBOOKS
proficiency is also needed for the Financial Officer position.
In addition, there are four (4) directors, each of whom
serve a two-year term and are expected to take on a committee
responsibility. Two directors are selected each year. Each
Officer is elected for a one (1) year term and is eligible for
re-election to a second consecutive term. The exception is the finance
officer who may serve total of four (4) consecutive terms. Each term
period follows the fiscal year. Directors are elected for two years.
After two (2) consecutive terms, an Officer is ineligible for
reelection to the same office for a period of one (1) year, but she may
be nominated and elected to a different position as either an Officer
or Director. No member may serve on the board, as an officer or
director, for more than seven (7) consecutive years.
2020-2021 Board Nominating Committee
Committee chair: Olga Boikess
Committee members: Cecilia Glembocki, Cynthia Glover, Aviva Goldfarb, Ellen Kassoff Gray
We have enough cookbooks to fill all of the tables for the
Cookbook Jumble, which has been newly named the Cookbook Recycling
Station. THANK YOU for responding so generously!
Now we ask that you clear away your duplicate or unused kitchenware, table linens and accessories. We are a 501c3 organization, so your donations can qualify for tax deductions.
Click here for guidelines on how to claim a deduction for donated items.
HOW TO DONATE ITEMS: Please bring your donations in boxes or bags for easy transport.
KITCHENWARE and EQUIPMENT, TABLE LINENS: Contact Culinary Garage Sale Chair Katherine Newell Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org,
with "culinary garage sale" in the subject line, or call (703)
475-1833, and let her know WHEN and WHAT items you plan to
donate, estimated value (we will use Salvation Army Valuation as a
pricing guide. Katherine's home is in Bethesda, 5525 Devon Road (just
off Bradley Blvd) where it will be stored in her basement. We will
arrange to e-mail you a thank you receipt letter on our letterhead for
your tax purposes once we receive your items.
AN EVENING WITH NATHALIE DUPREE: FAVORITE STORIES AND
RECIPES - PUBLIC PROGRAM - TONIGHT - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Join Grande Dame Nathalie Dupree of
Charleston, South Carolina, for a Southern supper at Black Coffee where
she will share her favorite culinary stories that trace her journey
from a budding cook for her college friends through her years as a
restaurant cook and cooking instructor. Deemed the "Queen of Southern
Cuisine" by Southern Living magazine, Nathalie is the author of 14
cookbooks including three James Beard Award winners: Southern Memories,
Comfortable Entertaining, and Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking
(winner of the 2013 James Beard Award for American Cooking). She has
hosted more than 300 television shows broadcast nationally on PBS, Food
Network, and The Learning Channel.
DATE: Wednesday, March 4
TIME: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: Black Coffee, 4885 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007
PRICE: Dames, $50 inclusive of tax and tip. Non-Dames, $60. Buffet includes ice tea; beer and wine are available for purchase
Nathalie Dupree's Favorite Stories and Recipes (Gibbs Smith, October 2019) is available for purchase, $30.
RSVP: Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite. Reservation and cancellations by Saturday, February 29.
Menu Buffet to include:
Golden Vidalia Onion Tart with Olives and Rosemary
Sausage and Apple Quiche
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce
Celery and Carrots with Ginger Sauce
Classic Caramel Cake
Chocolate Dipped Candied Citrus Rind
DAMES WHO READ: DAMES ONLY BOOK CLUB
DATE: Monday, March 9
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Eileen Dykes, 14636 Pommel Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
BOOK SELECTION: Milk! by Mark Kurlansky
PRICE: Free. The host provides refreshments
CIRCUMNAVIGATING SPAIN AND ITS REGIONAL FOODS - PUBLIC PROGRAM - SOLD OUT
Stacey Adams and CiCi Williamson will
take you 2,000 miles around Spain and visit the top sites in Madrid,
Toledo, Vitoria, Bilbao, San Sebastian, Pamplona, Barcelona, Valencia,
Granada (Al Hambra), the Costa del Sol (Malaga) Seville, and Cordoba
(Mosque of the Caliphs). The talk, illustrated by beautiful photos taken
by the speakers, will be accompanied by tastes of regional foods from
the Basque country in the north to the southern Moorish Andalusia and
to eastern provincial Catalonia. Also, you will learn about the British
overseas territory of Gibraltar that abuts southern Spain. Stacey Adams is
the president of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. She is president and
culinary director of Tastings Gourmet Market in Annapolis, which she
founded in 2006. CiCi Williamson is a
longtime food and travel writer. She is a past president of both the
Les Dames d'Escoffier Washington, D.C., Chapter and of Les Dames
DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2020
PLACE: Jaleo Crystal City, 2250-A Crystal Drive at 23rd St., Arlington, VA 22202, www.jaleo.com
TIME: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
menu below). $35 for Members of Les Dames; $45 for non-members;
Alcoholic and soft drinks for separate purchase.
RSVP: Click here
to purchase your tickets. Reservation or cancellation deadline is Monday, March 2
PARKING: Free at Crystal City Parking Garage, where 23rd St. dead ends at Crystal Drive
METRO: Crystal City (Blue, Orange)
MENU (Each dish served to every diner)
FIRST COURSE (3)
Endibias con queso de cabra y naranjas
Endives with goat cheese, oranges and almonds
Pan con tomate
Toasted slices of rustic bread brushed with fresh tomato
A Jaleo favorite of potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli
SECOND COURSE (4)
Gambas al ajillo
The very, very famous tapa of shrimp sautéed with garlic and brava sauce
Espinacas a la catalane
Sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins and apples
Chorizo a la sidra con puré de patatas al aceite de oliva
Homemade traditional chorizo with olive oil mashed potatoes
and cider sauce
Croquetas de pollo
Traditional chicken fritters
Flan al estilo de mama Marisa con espuma de crema catalana
A classic Spanish custard dessert with "espuma" of Catalan cream and oranges
Pan con chocolate
Chocolate flan with caramelized bread, olive oil and brioche ice cream
CELEBRATING FOOD! 12th SALUTE TO WOMEN IN GASTRONOMY SYMPOSIUM - PUBLIC PROGRAM
DATE: Saturday, March 28, 2020
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
PLACE: The Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr., Rockville, MD 20850
PRICE: $155 Regular Admission, $85 Student Admission. $85 for Dames volunteers. Price includes parking fee.
RSVP: Click here for Dames Volunteer registration
As a member of LDEI, you have made a commitment to support
women in the culinary industry. Your membership provides a unique
opportunity to do so and offers you a platform to interact with other
leaders who share your passion.
One way to facilitate our mission is through the chapter's
online directory on Wild Apricot. There you can identify your
professional affiliation and your areas of expertise. We ask that you
take a moment to log in and enter your information along with a current
photo. We will use this platform for networking, member
engagement, and logistics, such as event registration.
We are seeking 100% participation, so don't delay!
If this is your first time to log in, please use this link to reset your password.
An email will be sent to you to reset your password.
Once you've logged in, you will be prompted to accept the terms and
conditions. Then, you can go into your profile and update and verify
your contact information. Your profile includes many areas like social
links, profession, photo, etc. Only members can view your profile
If you have any questions about Wild Apricot, please email email@example.com
Sunday March 8, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 2020 International Women's Day event, "Women as Climate Change Champions". American University in Washington D.C. Dining for Women will partner with Women of Peace Corps Legacy and UNICEF USA for this import program. Dr. Tererai Trent,
one of today's most internationally recognized voices for quality
education and women's empowerment will headline the event. Also
speaking will be Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, Co-Founder and CEO of African People & Wildlife,
an organization that helps rural communities in Tanzania conserve and
benefit from their wildlife and natural resources. Liberian-born New York Times journalist and author, Helene Cooper, will moderate. Tickets $25.00 each and can be purchased HERE (hotlink to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-as-climate-justice-champions-international-womens-day-2020-tickets-91318192171 )
March 15. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Riversdale House Museum's Kitchen Guild
Open House. 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, MD 20737.
Cozy up in the dependency (the kitchen and scullery) with
the Kitchen Guild to learn about 18th and 19th century open hearth
cooking and discover how Federal-era foods compare to today's fare!
Sample foods made using historic recipes and hear more about Guild
activities throughout the year!
SAVE THE DATE. Thursday, October 15, Food History Gala. October 16 and 17, Food History Weekend. National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20560
Entre News is our LDE-DC chapter e-newsletter. It 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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org in a succinct 75 words of less.
DAMES CORNER is a brief feature to help us get
to know our sister Dames a bit better. We will randomly choose Dames to
profile who have differing professional backgrounds so the coverage is
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.
Thank you for you continued interest and participation.
Katherine Newell Smith
Founding Editor, Entre News
Social Media Connections
Connect with Sister Dames
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.
Join a Committee....
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
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.
2019-2020 Committee Chairs
Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Membership - Engagement:
Women in Gastronomy:
Global Culinary Initiatives:
Annie Boutin King
(Dames Who Dine)
|To view the latest approved board meeting minutes, go to www.lesdamesdc.org 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.
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. We are revising the members only section but the password
remains as above.
If you are having trouble logging into the website please contact our Communications Officer at email@example.com
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.
LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:
The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the SUMMER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is APRIL 10. Our archived Quarterly magazines
are available online. If you are not receiving hard copies of
Quarterly, please check your online contact information at www.ldei.org If it is correct, please contact Greg Jewell firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you are on the mailing list.
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.
Member Milestones - Edited by Dorothy Koteski (Phil)
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 "Brava!"
Submit Member Milestones by filling out the interactive form at: http://link.ldei.org/ldei-member-milestones. Any field
marked with an asterisk (*) is required. Note that some forms
have character limits due to space constraints. To
submit a photo, reply "Yes" to "Would you like to submit a high
resolution quality image?" Then click "Next". You will be taken to a
second page where you can upload your images.
Be sure to click the SUBMIT button to upload your
responses. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission
was received. Press releases and cookbook covers are not accepted. Entries received after the deadline may appear in a following issue.
Please know that you can also email your information, if you
prefer. The email addresses listed under the Submission
Guidelines will always be active and will forward to the correct
Submit Chapter News by filling out the interactive form at: http://link.ldei.org/ldei-chapter-programs.To
submit a photo, reply "Yes" to "Would you like to submit a high
resolution quality image?" Then click "Next". You will be taken to a
second page where you can upload your images. Be
sure to click the SUBMIT button to upload your responses. You will
receive an email confirmation that your submission was received.