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May 2, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

Our Spring General Membership Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 2 at Ris LaCoste's RIS Restaurant, 2275 L Street, NW in D.C.   The board meeting will be held beforehand from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Our meeting registration begins at 11:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon, where we will enjoy a glass of something sparkly and some light treats.  Our business meeting starts at 12:00 noon where we will welcome our newest Dames to our chapter.  A luncheon follows at 1:30 p.m.  More details to follow.

If you haven't already voted, please check your emails for an electronic ballot that should have been emailed to you on April 19th from Les Dames d'Escoffier Washington, DC Chapter.  We need your vote.  It takes only three minutes.  Please vote today. Voting started April 19 and ends THIS Friday, May 4. Voting is quick and easy! It is a single-slate ballot with space for write-in candidates. 

It's also time to submit 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 on Chapter Dues.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at before the designated deadline.

A BIG Congratulations to our James Beard Foundation award winner and finalist: 
Pati Jinich  for Outstanding Personality/Host, Pati's Mexican Table
Airs on: WETA Washington; Distributed Nationally by American Public Television
Stay tuned for the winner of the Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic on May 7. Amy Brandwein of Centrolina, Washington, D.C. is a finalist!

I continue to welcome your contributions and expertise to fulfill our chapter's purpose: education and philanthropy.  If you have an idea or would like to organize a program, please send the info to Bonnie Benwick.

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 need your votes. As of publication, we have response from only 46% of our members. 

You should have received an email invitation on April 19 and a reminder on April 27 to  vote in the Les Dames d'Escoffier Washington DC Chapter 2018-19 LDE-DC board elections. This is a single slate ballot, with space to offer a write-in candidate. The deadline to vote is this Friday, May 4 at 5:00 p.m. EST. So, please check your inbox for your ballot if you have not voted as yet. Please note that any write-in candidates must have agreed to accept the responsibilities of the office as set forth in the by-laws and standing rules and to participate as an active member of the board. Please provide the name of the candidate and the position.

We are using an online election system to tabulate our votes. You were assigned a unique access key which can only be used to vote once, and your voting choices will remain anonymous.
If you have election questions, feedback or want to be removed from future ballot lists, please email Communications Officer at
Marie Ostrosky's mother, Helen Ostrosky, passed away on April 19 at home of a heart attack.  She lived in Coaldale, a little mountain coal mining town in Eastern Pennsylvania in the house where she was born.  She loved her St. Mary's Russian Orthodox church and her many indoor and outdoor cats. She was a vibrant 85 years old. The funeral was held on April 23, 2018. Our heartfelt condolences to Marie and her family.
Nancy Tringali Piho's mother, Dorothy Cameron Tringali, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 94 on April 30. Her celebration of life ceremony will be held on May 4 in Columbia, SC. We offer our sympathies to Nancy and her family.

It's time to submit 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 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.

DATE:  Saturday, June 2
PLACE: RIS Restaurant, 2275 L Street, NW., Washington DC  20037. 
TIMES: Board Meeting: 10:30 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.
              General Membership Registration: 11:30 a.m.
              General Membership Meeting: 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. 
              Luncheon: 1:30 p.m. 
PRICE and MENU:  To be decided
RSVP:  Coming soon
PROXY:  Attendance, in person, at one General Membership Meeting per fiscal year is a requirement of membership. If you cannot attend the Spring General Membership Meeting, you may ask an attending Dame to serve as your proxy.  You will find our proxy form at 

Email or send the proxy to Robin Kurtzman BEFORE the Spring General Membership Meeting to 
The instructions are on the form. 
Aviva  Goldfarb's piece on dining in Santa Barbara, Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Santa Barbara, Calif. ran in the April 19 edition of The Washington Post's Travel section.
Kristen Hartke's article, In New York, Following in David Bowie's Footsteps, appeared in the April 19 editor of The Washington Post's Travel section.
Pati Jinich was awarded  Outstanding Personality/Host for her Pati's Mexican Table,by the James Beard Foundation. Pati's show airs locally on WETA Washington and is distributed Nationally by American Public Television
Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon plan to open a second Chaia, serving delish vegetarian tacos, in DC's  Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood this autumn. Stay tuned! 


DC Dames Attend Mexico Chapter's "Flavors of Mexico" Tour
   CiCi Williamson (right) and Teresa Farney, a dual member of our Washington, D.C. and Colorado Chapters, are wearing Huipil dresses that were handmade for all Dames attending the Mexico Chapter's four-day food tour of the Yucatán and Chichen Itza. Past D.C. President, Judy Rusignuolo (Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.), also attended. They attended a myriad of events including dinner with the lovely woman mayor of Merida (population 900,000), the capital of Yucatán, on the balcony of Las Terrazas del Olimpio overlooking the Plaza Grande. The group was blessed by a Mayan Chaman and entertained by musicians and dancers performing La Danza del Cochino, then escorted on a walk to La Tradición restaurant featuring traditional Yucatecan cuisine. At the Hacienda Ochil, they cooked with Las Mujeres Maya (the Mayan women), and on the last night, they rode horse-drawn carriages to a renowned restaurant, Kuuk, in a colonial mansion. Photos by CiCi Williamson.

D.C. Dames CiCi, Teresa (with husband Jerry Farney) and Judy Rusignuolo at Hacienda Ochil where they watched Mayan women cooking and ate the food for lunch.

LDE-DC's Global Culinary Initiative created a lovely event at Janet Yu's Hollywood East on Monday, April 16 to a sold-out audience.  Janet Cam and Amy Riolo led diners on  a virtual journey along the Silk Road to learn the roles and recipes of dumplings in various times and cultures. Beginning in Chang'an (now Xi'an) China and ending in Venice, Italy, Janet and Amy discussed Chinese, Central Asian, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Italian dumplings., with tastes along the way, to share the dumpling's evolution and its historical significance as evidenced in today's global menus. Following the presentation,  guests enjoyed a an eight-course menu from the Chinese province of Taishan. Each dish incorporated symbolism and traditional Chinese medicine which highlighted the underlying theme of the presentation. Tea Specialist, Laurie Bell, discussed the Pu-erh tea that was served.  Photos below courtesy of Janet Cam.

On April 20th, a large group of Dames and their guests and the general public enjoyed a docent-led tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  The tour focused on the Foodways exhibit while allowing everyone an early entrance to the popular museum and time afterwards to explore on their own.  Joan Bacharach created this unique program for all to enjoy.  

Docent John Franklin explains the origin of the building's design as it relates to African culture and art.

DC Dames Julia Rutland, Paula Shoyer, Rose Clifford, Eileen Dykes and others enjoy an early lunch at the Sweet Home Cafe.

DC Dame Linda Forristal  (right) enjoys lunch with her group.

Drew Faulkner visited the Ann Arbor chapter April 18.
The group toured Zingerman's Bakehouse and enjoyed bread and treats afterwards.

 L-r  Amy EmberlingRicky AgronoffLizzie Burt and Drew Faulkner. Missing from the photo, but attending the visit, Antoinette Benjamin.

DATE:  Thursday, May 3rd
TIME:  Noon
PLACE:  Drew Faulkner's  home, 7407 Honeywell Lane, Bethesda, MD
RSVP:  Please email Drew at or phone at (301) 986-8540

Spanish colonizers brought forth ingredients, techniques, and culinary language that helped shape what we now recognize as both Southern and Latin American foodways. Sandra Gutierrez (NC) will share how Spanish culinary influences made it possible for Latin and Southern foodways to meld. All the while, you will enjoy a traditional Spanish meal made with the most prized ingredients at the base of the new Southern-Latino table. Sandra is the author of four books including The New Southern-Latino Table; Latin American Street Food: The Best Flavors of Markets, Beaches, and Roadside Stands from Mexico to Argentina; and Empanadas: The Hand-Held Pies of Latin America. A former food editor of the Cary (NC) News, she won LDEI's 2017 M.F.K. Fisher Award grand prize of $1,000.
DATE:    Saturday, May 5
TIME:   12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Jaleo Crystal City 2250-A Crystal Drive at 23rd Street
               Arlington, VA 22202
PRICE:   $35 for Members of Les Dames,  $45 for public
(non-members' price includes a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships) Includes menu below below.  Alcoholic and soft drinks for separate purchase.
RSVP: Please contact ASAP Robin Kurtzman at to arrange for your ticket.
MENU (Each dish served to every diner)
Endives with goat cheese, oranges and almonds;
Toasted slices of rustic bread brushed with fresh tomato;
A Jaleo favorite of potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and alioli
The very, very famous tapa of shrimp sautéed with garlic and brava sauce;
Sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins and apples;
Homemade traditional chorizo with olive oil mashed potatoes
and cider sauce;
Traditional chicken fritters
A classic Spanish custard dessert with "espuma" of Catalan cream and oranges;
Chocolate flan with caramelized bread, olive oil and brioche ice cream

We tend to think of Maryland as a Mid Atlantic state, but it is actually south of the Mason Dixon Line and bears the shameful history of slave labor that reverberates in social relationships to this day.  The Sotterley Plantation, founded in 1699, is a testament to all those that lived, labored, and resisted here. It is older than Mount Vernon, watch video:  Historic Sotterley
Our group will have a behind-the-scenes tour, including the upstairs and kitchen, of the 300-year-old plantation in St. Mary's County. Our docent will discuss slavery, resistance and freedom as we view a surviving 1830s slave cabin. Gardening enthusiasts and photographers will enjoy the colonial revival gardens. At the lunch to follow on the portico, we will sample two varieties of southern Maryland stuffed ham.
DATE:   Tuesday, May 15
PLACE:  Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636 Tel. (301) 373-2280
TIME:    10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
PRICE:  Ticket include menu below.  $35 for Members of Les Dames; $45 for non-members(non-members' price includes a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI-DC scholarships)
RSVP:  Click here to buy your tickets on Eventbrite!
Choice of Sandwich
(Ham, Turkey, Roast Beef, Chicken Salad, Veggie Wrap)
Sandwiches are accompanied by a side salad
Choice of Salad (Chef or Cobb)
Salads are accompanied by a roll
Unsweetened Ice Tea, Lemonade, or Water
*Please make your menu selection when ordering your ticket*

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: VIP Curator-led Tour of Foodways  Exhibit with Dutch-treat brunch following at the Sweet Home Café - TAKE TWO!!! SIGN UP NOW!
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.  Ten spots left. Sign up now!
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:  Members:   $10 (Tax deductible donation to the Les Dames Scholarship Fund); Non-Members: $15 (Tax deductible donation to the Les Dames Scholarship Fund)
RSVP:  Click here to buy your tickets on Eventbrite!


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 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  

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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.



Jessica Botta



Alison Ricketts


 Green Tables: 

Susan Lutz



Bonnie Benwick


Global Culinary Initiatives:

Amy Riolo 


Public Relations:

Summer Whitford



Bette Alberts


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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