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November 1, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

I am writing this on the first day of our LDEI conference in Newport Beach.  I have already met many wonderful and talented like-minded women.  Yesterday, I was honored to have special conversation with Les Dames d'Escoffier International founder Carol Brock.  She asked me what events LDE-DC was working on. I told her about our Women in Gastronomy Symposium next spring.  She asked if we were having it at the university again since she had attended in the past. She told me that she thought it was a wonderful the event and was delighted that the Philadelphia chapter had recreated it on alternating years.  At 93 years old, Carol is amazing.
So, with Carol serving as an inspiration to our mission, let us all get involved in the symposium and spread the word.  Contact co-chairs Eileen Dykes and Laurie Bell and see how you can help make this a stellar event.
Communicating chapter news and events is so important to keep LDE-DC Dames informed.  I would like to thank Katherine Newell Smith for making her twice-a-month magic with Entre News as its editor for the past several years and for creating it in the first place. Please take the time to read it.
The first two Dames-only Professional Development Workshops, held on October 23 and 25, were a great success. Thank you Bonnie Benwick for organizing two informative events: Pitching Freelance Stories with Kristen Hartke and Food Business Smarts with Susan Holt.  Look for more to come and sign up early.

We are in the planning stages for our Holiday Potluck in December. Please let me know if you have any ideas or would like to offer a venue.
Again, thank you for all you do for LDEDC in making our organization a great success.

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
Our 11th biannual Women in Gastronomy symposium takes place Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Universities of Shady Grove. The symposium is our largest fundraising event. We are fortunate that over 50% of our membership participates as speakers, committee chairs and members, program organizers, demonstrators and room coordinators. We anticipate another successful event and hope even more Dames volunteer this year.  Pati Jinich is our keynote speaker.

Cookbook Jumble, chair Susan Collection begin after the holidays, TBD.
Culinary Garage Salechair, Katherine Newell Smith  Collection begins at our chapter's December Pot Luck.
Please begin to sort through your bookshelves for unwanted cookbooks and your closets and cupboards for new and/or unused culinary items to donate.
Lunchtime Expo. Co-Chairs: Jill Collins, and Kyle Schmitz,
Dames and non-Dames can participate in offering their goods, whether it is simply info about a restaurant with or without tastings, selling their cookbooks directly to the attendees or promoting a product. Please think about people you know who may want to exhibit. There will be a modest charge for a table at the Expo to cover costs.
Conference "Goody" Bags. Co-chairs:  Drew Faulkner, and Carole Sugarman,
Please consider offering product, gift cards, etc, to fill conference attendee goody bags. We also encourage anyone with a business to donate business cards to be included so conference attendees can learn about all the amazing businesses Dames have to offer. Items from non-Dame businesses are also welcome.

More info to come in the next Entre News!

Contact Eileen Dykes, or Laurie to offer your time and talents.
Also, Julia Rutland is updating the Dames' Restaurant guide for the symposium, so please send her the name of your restaurant to include on our list at  Also, please consider contributing to the conference goody bags.

Devon Capili was named executive chef at the Arlington Capital Viewo Renaissance Hotel last spring and says she is "really enjoying my new role at this wonderful hotel" Her new email address is
Katherine Newell Smith is resigning her food and restaurant clients as of November 20. After nearly 30 years in food public relations, she wants to explore other interests, do more volunteer work and travel more often with her husband. Who knows where it will lead. Here's to third chapters! 
Dames gathered to hear Jose Andres and Alice Waters, with moderator Washington Post Food Anchor Mary Beth Albright, at The Washington Post's Food for Thought. Alice discussed the intersection of food and education. Jose, inspired by a revelatory Chez Panisse dessert of an unpeeled Kishu tangerine and Barhi dates spoke of his work at World Central Kitchen to bring good food to those in need. Both are exemplars of using the power of food to change the world "one plate at a time."   Click here for more information.  

The LDEI annual conference held in Newport Beach welcomed 225 Dames from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom for three days of convivial learning, wining and dining.

Standing (from left): Judy Rusignuolo, past DC chapter president; Teresa Farney, LDEI past president; Nongkran Daks, DC delegate; Louise Neilsen, new DC chapter member; Laurie Bell, co-chair, "Celebrating Food" symposium and DC delegate; Ann Stratte, LDEI first vice president and past DC chapter president; Janet Yu, DC chapter president; Karen Vartan, DC Delegate; Drew Faulkner, past DC Chapter President and chapter board liaison on LDEI board.
Seated: Jackie Henson, attorney for our chapter and LDEI; and CiCi Williamson, chair of LDEI's M.F.K. Fisher Awards, LDEI and DC chapter past president. and DC delegate. Not pictured: Edee Hogan, DC delegate and Susan Lutz, DC delegate.
In honor of Marianne Ali, our chapter will host an annual brunch for a DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) Culinary Job Training class beginning with graduating class number 111.  It will take place on Friday April 6 at 9:30 at the Kitchen, 425 2nd Street NW.  Please mark your calendars now and consider bringing a brunch dish that will serve 30 people to the Kitchen that morning by 9:15 before the 9:30 brunch.  In addition, take the time to "renew your soul" and attend the 2:00 graduation that day at the Navy Memorial Auditorium at 7th Avenue and Pennsylvania Ave, NW.   
Marianne was 60 years old when she passed away from cancer on August 30 and, for two decades, was DC Central Kitchen's Director of Culinary Job Training and Street Outreach.  She leaves behind a legacy of compassion, empowerment, and respect for others that lives on in more than 1500 culinary students, nearly 200 DC Central Kitchen colleagues, and scores of community partners including our own chapter.  
By hosting an annual brunch for a graduating class, our chapter will honor Marianne and share with students that she is remembered beyond the Kitchen and throughout our professional culinary community.   As a part of DC Central Kitchen's Memorial for Marianne on Dec 1 at 2:00 at the Ronald Reagan Building, Cindy Kacher will announce LDE-DC's commitment.  All Dames are invited to the memorial.
You are also welcome to volunteer and offer your expertise to Class #111 or any classes before or after (see above). The Kitchen's Liz Reinert has asked Cindy Kacher to collect names and email addresses of Dames who would like to volunteer on one or more Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:00 and give professional development talks to the class.  This is a new DCCK program to bring more of our culinary community into the kitchen to communicate directly with the students.  Please email Cindy by Nov. 1 at to express your interest.  Liz will take it from there.   It is especially rewarding to visit the class in this capacity and then to follow up by attending the same class graduation. 
The Fairfax Farmers Market is looking for a volunteer to do a healthy cooking demo on October 28.  Would you be interested? If so, please email Pat Tumanihardja for details.  


DATE:   Monday, December 11
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: the home of Drew Faulkner, 7407 Honeywell Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
PRICE: Free. Beverages, Dinner, and dessert will be provided.
Book Selection:  Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking, A Memoir of Food and Longing, by Anya von Bremzen (2014).
RSVP:  to as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

DAMES ONLY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES an early hit! Next up/register today!  
If you can't attend and have reserved a spot, PLEASE let Bonnie Benwick  know at least 8 hours in advance.


Cathy Barrow - make-ahead pie dough and fillings for the holidays
DATE: Saturday, November 4
TIME:  11:00 a.m.
PLACE: The Washington Post Food Lab
PRICE: $10
RSVP:  Click here to register on Eventbrite
Domenica Marchetti -- how to make homemade shaped pastas 
DATE: Saturday, November 11
TIME:  11:00 am 
PRICE:  $10
PLACE: The Washington Post Food Lab
Julia Rutland -- knife maintenance/bring three of your own for free sharpening (no serrated, no Japanese)
DATE: Monday, November 13
TIME:  6:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Washington Post Food Lab
Kyle Schmitz -- how to find the right PR fit
DATE: Monday, January 22, 2018
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Indique, 3512 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 
Nancy Baggett -- how to cook with lavender 
DATE: April, 2018
Sheilah Kaufman -- chocolate primer and tasting 
Susan Barocas -- composure on camera (live and video)
DATE:  December 2017 or January 2018


UMAMI. Mastering the 5th Taste through Soy Sauce.
A soy sauce tasting and discussion on the history, production, and uses of soy sauce in Asian cookery. A dim sum luncheon follows.   
PLACE: Hollywood East CafĂ©, Westfield Wheaton, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
Chef Orazio Carciotto, expert Italian noodle puller/maker, demonstration class and luncheon. 
PLACE: I Ricchi, 1220 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Turkish Embassy program with Sheilah Kaufman.
PLACE: Turkish Embassy,  2525 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
National Museum of African American History and Culture tour and lunch with Carla Hall
PLACE: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
Cedar Hill, the Frederick Douglass National Historic site, tour and lunch
DATE: 2018
PLACE: Cedar Hill, 1411 W Street SE, Washington, DC 20020


Monday, November 13, Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society, American University's East Campus Constitution Hall, 3501 Nebraska Avenue NW.  The all-day conference features food scholars, writers, chefs and other leaders in the food world including Michael Solomonov, 2017 James Beard Chef of the Year and author of JBF 2016 Book of the year, Zahav; Einat Admony, owner of  three award-winning restaurants in New York and author of  Balaboosta; and Mitchell Davis, director of the James Beard Foundation. Three discussion panels will focus on "Living Off the Land: from Biblical Times to Today," "Cuisine as an Expression of Modern Israeli Culture" and "Israeli-Arab Food Politics." A screening of In Search of Israeli Cuisine, will be followed by a discussion with director Roger Sherman and executive producer Dorothy Kalins. The conference, presented by the Center for Israel Studies, is free and open to the public with RSVP ($10 donation requested for lunch). It takes place. Schedule and registration at 
Friday, December 1, 2 p.m. TO 4:00 p.m. Memorial Service for Marianne Ali. Amphitheater (Concourse Level) of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC). DC Central Kitchen Executive Director Mike Curtin invites you to join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of our beloved Culinary Job Training Director, Marianne Ali. In her two decades at DC Central Kitchen, Marianne helped 1,500 women and men overcome barriers to employment and begin culinary careers through her tireless commitment to teaching, supporting, and empowering others.  You will hear from some of the people who worked with Marianne most closely, including DC Central Kitchen Founder Robert Egger and CEO Mike Curtin, Chefs Jose Andres, Carla Hall, and Rock Harper, and several of her students. There is no cost to attend and no requirement to RSVP.


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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!

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Thank you for you continued interest and participation.

Katherine Newell Smith
Founding Editor, Entre News  

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Jessica Botta



Alison Ricketts


 Green Tables: 

Susan Lutz



Bonnie Benwick


Global Culinary Initiatives:

Amy Riolo 


Public Relations:

Summer Whitford



Bette Alberts


Board Members

Suzanne DeGalan   
Financial Officer
Eileen Dykes   
Communications Officer
Kristen Hartke

Polly Wiedmaier (Social Media)
Summer Whitford (Public Relations)
Laurie Bell (Programs)
Susan Lutz  (Green Tables)

Entre News Update:
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Board Meeting Minutes
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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.
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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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