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May 3, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

Better than the Oscars! 
I just returned from Chicago where I joined sister Dames Joan Nathan, Simone Rathle-Guas, Ann Yonkers and Linda Roth and watched Amy Brandwein and Nora Pouillon walk the Red Carpet at the James Beard Foundation Awards. Amy was there as a nominee for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic while Nora took home the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a thrill to watch the Who's Who in American Food recognize Nora "as an individual whose lifetime body of work has had a positive and long-lasting impact on the way we eat, cook or think about food in America." Just last week, Bonnie Benwick and Pati Jinich also made a trip to New York to walk the red carpet as nominees for the JBF Media Awards. Bravo to our sister Dames for the recognition of their talents by this most prestigious organization.

You can congratulate Nora personally while attending the Spring General meeting to be held at Restaurant Nora on Saturday, May 6. Stay informed on chapter business, meet the new members and grant recipients, catch up with your sister Dames and enjoy a special lunch designed especially by Nora for our event. Please register today and I look forward to seeing you there. Click here to RSVP for the meeting and click here to RSVP for the luncheon.

Our second Green Tables breakfast will be taking place on Tuesday, May 16 at Chaia, thanks to the generosity of Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon. Also, many thanks to Susan Lutz for agreeing to chair this committee! We look forward to advancing some new and innovative ideas to better connect with our community on this vital initiative. Seating is limited, so please click here to register.  Password is Green Tables.

The calendar is full for the next few weeks with great events and programs. I encourage you to make the short trip to Charm City as Nona Nielsen Parker hosts a fun tour and lunch at the amazing Atwater's on May 20. And back by popular demand, Gail Forman will be leading one of her famous walking tours of the newly renovated Eden Center on June 3rd.
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
DATE:  Saturday, May 6
PLACE: Restaurant Nora
TIME: Registration 11:00 am; Meeting 11:30 am; Luncheon 12:45 pm
PRICE:  $55 per person (includes 3 course luncheon, with wine and tips)
RSVP:  To register for the meeting click here.  To register for the luncheon, click here.   To avoid Eventbrite fees,  you may also send a check for $55 payable to to Les Dames d'Escoffier  to Robin Kurtzman, 7512 Granada Drive, Bethesda, MD  20817.
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. Click here for your proxy form.  Email or send the proxy to Robin Kurtzman BEFORE the Spring General Membership Meeting to The instructions are on the form. 
Asparagus Soup, Creme Fraiche, Crispy Leeks; or
Baby Lettuces, Strawberries, Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Pan Seared Sustainable Salmon, Curry Aioli, Black Beluga Lentils, Carrots, Chard; or
Crispy Amish Chicken Schnitzel, Lingonberry Jam,  Potato and Green Bean Salads; or
Ricotta Ravioli, Spinach Sauce, Spring Onion, Tomato, Zucchini 
Strawberry Lemon Tart, Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce; or
Austrian Chocolate Almond Cake, Whipped Cream
Wine, Coffee and Tea

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)

Linda Roth lectured at Linda Forristal's Hospitality PR class at Drexel University on April 18. She arrived bearing gifts: Red Bull gummy bears and chocolate covered espresso beans to keep everyone alert for the nearly 3-hour class.

Susan Soorenko's Moorenko's Ice Cream is now carried in 68 area Harris Teeter grocery stores.
Cecilia Glembocki  with The Virginia Egg Council just finished her 36th year orchestrating myriad family activities for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. She enlisted a number of Dames to help. See Dames News for photos.
Pati Jinich has been named a Top 5 Border Ambassador by Americas Quarterly magazine to highlight those who excel in bringing the two countries closer together. Sharing her love for Mexican food is Pati's way of contributing to Mexico-U.S. relations.
Nancy Piho hosted her company's seventh annual Shopping for Health conference for supermarket dietitians in Nashville, TN, April 23 - 25. In attendance were representatives from 23 national and regional supermarket chains. Food companies and association sponsors provided recipes, product updates and nutrition information for the supermarket RDs to take back to their stores and shoppers.
Polly Wiedmaier and husband Robert Wiedmaier a.k.a. RW Restaurant Group, opened Siren by RW on April 25 at The Darcy (hotel) 1515 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC.  It's their third DC restaurant since opening Brasserie Beck in 2010 and Marcel's in 1999. 

Cecilia Glembocki gathered eggs in preparation for the 2017 Annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Helping her were Ris Lacoste and her Ris' restaurant staff, who met the challenge to hard boil 4,500 eggs for the family egg dying event; Sarah Dwyer ,who made 250 individual Carmel chocolates with bunnies and Easter themed candies for the vip tent on the south grounds and Karen Vartan and  Susan Lutz who packaged 4,000 egg-shaped sugar cookies for children to decorate with icing and sprinkles. 


Cecilia Glembocki  and friends.

Karen Vartan and Susan Lutz packaging cookies for the children to decorate.

Our book club met at the home of Katherine Newell Smith on a lovely spring evening...though we were forced indoors by showers after hors d'oeuvres. Inspired by Barbara Kingsolver, author of this month's book selection, Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year of Food Life, the group experimented with making mozzarella and dined on a meal comprising locally produced, seasonal ingredients.

Gail Forman checking the temperature of the curds and whey.

Draining the curds.

Katherine Newell Smith saying cheese while grating cheese from Stonyman Gourmet Farmer.

Main course of multigrain bread topped with spring salad, grilled asparagus, poached egg and shaved parmesan.

l-r  Bette AlbertsEileen DykesBarbara CullenDrew FaulknerKari BarrettGail FormanJanet CamSusan James
Photos: Katherine Newell  Smith 


DATE:  Wednesday, May 10, 2017
PLACE: The Embassy of Israel, 3514 International Drive, NW
TIME:  10 a.m. until 12 noon (doors open at 9:45 a.m.)

DATE: Thursday, May 11, 2017
TIME:  9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
PLACE: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
PARKING: Free in Mount Vernon's lots

DATE: Saturday, May 13
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
PLACE: Choolaah Indian BBQ in the Mosaic District, 2911 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031 
PARKING: Free parking is available at Mosaic on the street, in the marked public parking structures. 
METRO: Dunn-Loring, take 2A bus to Lee Hwy and Gallows (3 min), walk 10 minutes to restaurant.   

DATE: Tuesday, May 16
TIME: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
PLACE: Chaia,  3207 Grace St NW (Georgetown), Washington, DC  20007
MENU:  Breakfast  Tacos, Juice, Coffee and Tea
RSVP:  Click here to register for your free ticket on Eventbrite!  Password:   Green Tables

There is nothing like a peek behind the scenes of a production facility to understand how a culinary business creates new recipes and prepares food for multiple locations. Join us as we step inside the "Big Kitchen" (BK) of Baltimore's famed Atwater's to learn a few of the secrets behind its outstanding reputation for consistent, delicious, traditional foods and culinary products.  
Our tour will be conducted by the BK's production manager Nona Nielsen-Parker. She will show us how the facility develops new recipes (including Good Food Award winning Green Goddess salad dressing and Red Berry Rose jam) and produces Atwater's breads, pastries, ice cream, soup, jam and cheese. The tour will be followed by lunch and include current and seasonal menu favorites
Our speaker will be owner Ned Atwater, one of the leaders in establishing Baltimore's farm-to-table movement 17 years ago. What began as a very small business has grown into six thriving restaurants in Baltimore and participation in over 15 farmer's markets in the Baltimore/DC metro area. 
DATE: Saturday, May 20, 2017
TIME: 11 a.m. to  1:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Atwater's, 2905 Whittington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230
PRICE: $25 Dames, $35 non-Dames
RSVP:  Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!
PARKING: The BK is located just off Route 95, south of the inner harbor. there is plenty of free parking. 
Upon Arrival
Lemon Bites*
Cheese* & Crackers*
Lunch Buffet
Creamy Asparagus Soup* garnished with Couscous and Black Garlic *
Atwater's Famous Chicken Salad and our Homemade Bread *
Big Kitchen Salad Greens* with Yellow Beets*, Asparagus* and Pistachios, 3 Potato Salad*
Ice Cream Sandwiches*, Cookies*
Iced Tea, Wine, Waters, Thyme* infused Lemonade
 *denotes items grown and/or made at Atwater's

DATE: Saturday, June 3
PLACE: Eden Center, 6751 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
RSVP:  More details coming soon
Sunday, May 7, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 20th Anniversary Celebration: Culinary Historians of Washington, D.C.
Burke Theater, U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. "Culinary History: Looking Back, Looking Forward." Panelists will explore the background and future of culinary history, now thriving in academic fields, museum studies, and popular culture. Panelists: Shirley Cherkasky (Lisa Cherkasky's mom) CHOW founder; Rayna Green, Curator emerita, National Museum of American History; Warren J. Belasco, Professor emeritus for American Studies, UMBC; Dianne Hennessy King, coauthor, Memoir Your Way  
Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial (Yellow & Green lines); Free and Open to the Public. Because there is a catered reception, please RSVP to Francine Berkowitz  301-439-0189.
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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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