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March 4, 2020
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 18 years.
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 achieve success.   
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 absolute reality."
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 or give me a call (410) 212-2224.
My best,
Stacey Adams

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 
and Facebook. 
We 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. 
For flyers, jpegs, pdfs, and prepared blurbs to use for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, please use the information above or contact Robin Kurtzman at 
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 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 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
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,, 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.
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
Ratatouille Tian 
Classic Caramel Cake 
Chocolate Dipped Candied Citrus Rind
Lemon Tassies
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
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 d'Escoffier International. 
DATE:     Saturday, March 7, 2020
PLACE:  Jaleo Crystal City, 2250-A Crystal Drive at 23rd St., Arlington, VA 22202,
TIME:     12:00 to 2:00 p.m.                 
PRICE:    (Includes 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)
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
Patatas bravas
A Jaleo favorite of potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli
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   
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 general registration  
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 information.
If you have any questions about Wild Apricot, please email

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: )

Sunday, 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 


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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Please add Instagram to your social media accounts @LesDamesDC


Editor's Note:  
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!

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.

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 more interesting.

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.

2019-2020 Committee Chairs

Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Karen Lippold

Membership - Engagement: 
Carole Sugarman

 Women in Gastronomy: 
Laurie Bell
Eileen Dykes
Jessica Botta

Nona Nielsen-Parker

Green Tables:
Karen Vartan

Edee Hogan
 Global Culinary Initiatives:
Amy Riolo

Public Relations:
Jill Collins

Annie Boutin King

Board Members

Stacey Adams
First Vice President  
( Membership
Second Vice President
 (Education and Community Outreach Programs)
Edee Hogan 

Second Vice President
Annie Boutin King
Julia Rutland   
Financial Officer
Drew Faulkner   
Communications Officer
Jill Collins

Olga Boikess 
Karen Lippold 
(Dames Who Dine)
Diane Neas
Karen Vartan 
(Green Tables)
Carole Sugarman
(Member Engagement)
Janet Yu
(Past President)

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.  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


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

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  If it is correct, please contact Greg Jewell to make sure you are on the mailing list.
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.
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: 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 person.

Submit Chapter News by filling out the interactive form at: 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.
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