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November 21, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I get to close my restaurant at 4:00 p.m. and show off my traditional American cooking skills.  I always prepare the classic roasted turkey and make Stove Top stuffing along with green bean casserole with mushroom soup and crunchy onion rings and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. And, I never forget the Ocean Spray cranberry sauce. The only difference is that my turkey hangs in the oven and is cooked the same way we roast duck.   It is such a delicious and easy meal to cook.  All of my employees are foreigners so they enjoy the feast and everyone gets to take food home. 
Enjoy the time you spend with your families and friends.  Please also share a meal with those who are less fortunate.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Sign ups for our Holiday Potluck were emailed earlier this week.  Linda Roth has so graciously offered her home to us on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy time with your sister Dames and get into the holiday spirit. 

I am looking for someone to chair our fundraiser this spring that will include a Dames showcase.  It is time to promote our talents and raise money for our scholarships and grants program.  Please contact me if you are interested and have ideas.

Please check our chapter calendar to see what events are planned for the rest of the year. Click here:
The password is ldedc2014

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


Linda Roth has graciously offered her home to us on Sunday, December 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to celebrate the holiday together!  
DATE: Sunday, December 16, 2018
TIME:  1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:  The home of Linda Roth, 4019 Lorcum Lane, Arlington, Virginia  22207
PRICE:  Free, bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert to share
RSVP:  Click here to register through SignUpGenius to let us know you can come and what you would like to bring. 
DIRECTIONS:  Linda's home is located at the intersection of Randolph Road and Lorcom Lane.  There is street parking on Lorcom Lane, and an entrance by the gate that leads directly to the kitchen. There is also street parking on Randolph Road where the front door is, close to the dining room.  Both entrances are good to use. 
The closest metro stop is  Virginia Square.  From there walk .4 mile to North Quincy Street and 10th Street North.  Take the #53A Bus towards East Falls Church Metro.  Get off at Military Road and North Lorcom Lane.  Walk .1 mile to the intersection of Lorcom Lane and Randolph Road.   

Karen Lippold chairs our Dames Who Dine program and is seeking interested Dames who have restaurants or with clients who have restaurants that would like to participate as a venue for Dames to gather for a meal or drinks and nibbles. Please contact Karen Lippold at


Suzanne Simon and Bettina Stern celebrated the third anniversary of their charming Georgetown eatery, Chaia Tacos, located at 3207 Grace Street on November 19!

Dames Who Read gathered on November 12th at Susan Callahan's home to discuss JELL-O Girls, A Family History" by Allie Rowbottom, and sample a beautiful rainbow JELL-O that took Susan ALL DAY to make, coffee  gelatin with whipped cream and, from Paula Jacobson, "Oreos" filled with a vodka-spiked-JELL-O-and-condensed-milk fluff to ever-so-successfully replace the regular hydrogenated shortening and sugar filling. More substantial fare was also offered to ameliorate the sugar rush. 
L to r:  Sheila Crye, Paula Jacobson, Eileen Dykes, Drew Faulkner, Gail
Forman, Sheilah Kaufman and Susan Callahan. Not pictured: Katherine Newell Smith.

 Rainbow jell-o.

Ann Stratte and LDEI Founder Carol Brock (NYC) joined Carla Hall on November 15 at The James Beard House for a dinner of Carla cooking from her new book Carla Hall's Soul Food. 

L to r:  Ann Stratte, Carol Brock, and Carla Hall

A happy LDE-DC delegation at the LDEI Conference's Grande Dame Awards Gala in Seattle, Washington October 13. 
L to r Ann Stratte, Janet Yu, Alison Ricketts, CiCi Williamson, Linda Forristal, Katherine Newell Smith, Judy Rusignuolo, Drew Faulkner and Olga Boikess.
Jessica Botta needs someone to calculate Kcals of recipes. Contact Jessica if you can help her! 
The LDEI Board, in collaboration with the New Orleans Chapter, is excited to announce the Les Dames d'Escoffier International Collection at the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library in New Orleans.

The purpose of the Collection is to create a place where all of the books and papers written by members of LDEI can be deposited and maintained as a coherent collection. Additionally Dames are encouraged to donate other culinary books in their libraries which will enlarge the collection. The LDEI Collection will include the works by living Dames as well as those who are no longer with us.
Donating is easy! The librarian in charge of the collection is Cindy Williams, Please contact her in advance of making your donation. Send your books and papers to the Boyd Library, 1609 O.C. Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA  70113, Attn: LDEI Collection.  Please include your name, address, email and phone number. You will receive a letter of thanks and acknowledgement. Your donation is tax deductible.  
Enjoy a soulful lunch prepared by students at Ana G. Mendez University and a presentation by ABC-TV's The Chew co-host Carla Hall about her food philosophy and impetus to write this latest cookbook.
DATE: Friday, November 30
TIME:  Noon to 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Ana G. Mendez University, 514 V Street, NE
PRICE: Dames $25; non-members $35( includes a $10 tax-deductible donation to LDE-DC scholarship fund
RSVP: Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!

2018 ANNAPOLIS PARADE OF LIGHTS - Dames plus one
Enjoy a fabulous view of Annapolis' 2018 annual Christmas Lights Boat Parade from the Eastport home of Ann Stratte and Bill Corbin. Brightly decorated boats in the harbor putter by on parade to launch the holiday season. You will be delighted with foods by Stacey Adams' Tastings Gourmet Market and an assortment of wine and waters.
DATE:  Saturday, December 8
TIME:  5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Ann Stratte and Bill Corbin 100 Severn Ave., #506, Annapolis, MD
PRICE: $30 per person. Due to space considerations, Dames and one guest.  
RSVP:  Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!  Please note, you will need a password, it is  dames4ever  all lower case.
Join our Global Culinary Initiative for a global pizza-themed workshop that combines traditional inspiration with gourmet innovations. Amy Riolo will discuss Neapolitan pizza making, Summer Whitford will showcase Tarte Flambe, Janet Yu will create a Chinese-inspired pizza creation and Janet Cam will share her wine expertise by suggesting wine pairings for each of the pizzas. 
DATE: Wednesday, December 12
TIME: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
PLACE: Pizza University & Culinary Arts Center, 10310 Southard Dr, Beltsville, MD 20705
PRICE:  $65 Dames, $75 non- members.
RSVP: Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!

CiCi Williamson, culinary historian and author, will lead you on a fascinating journey of 2,000-years of food history to learn where various ingredients and foods originated. Learn how foods traveled around the globe to create today's world cuisines.
DATE: Saturday, January 19, 2019
TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Texas Jacks Barbecue, 2761 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201
PRICE:  Dames $29; Non-members $39 (includes a $10 tax-deductible donation to LDE-DC scholarship fund).
RSVP:  More information coming soon

December 1 and 2, Metro Cooking DC, Washington Convention Center. LDE-DC is a culinary sponsor of the 2018 the show so come out to support our local Dames! See Amy Brandwein and Carla Hall on the James Beard Cooking Stage! Sample Susan Soorenko's marvelous Moorenko's ice cream in the Grand Tasting Pavilion. Visit Katharine Mardirosian at her 100 Bowls of Soup booth, Maria Kopsidas at Cookology, and Debra Moser at Meatcrafters. Listen to Amy Riolo's presentation during her Taste Talk. See and taste LOTS more! Get tickets at Use the special discount code offered to our DC chapter. Receive 15% off the MetroCooking general admission tickets by using promo code: LESDAMES15.
Dec. 5, 12:00 p.m. ET  IACP webinar on:
Listen to Marion Nestle (NYC) discuss her new book Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat with moderator Sheila Crye CCP. You do not have to be an IACP member to participate in the live webinar, though you do need to be a member to access the archived webinar.


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  

In this Issue
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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.

2018-2019 Committee Chairs

Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Karen Lippold 

Membership - Engagement: 
Lori Gardner

Jessica Botta

Nona Nielsen Parker

Green Tables:
Susan Lutz
Eileen Dykes
 Global Culinary Initiatives:
Amy Riolo

Public Relations:
Summer Whitford


Board Members

Janet Yu
First Vice President  
( Membership
Second Vice President
 (Education and Community Outreach Programs)
Eileen Dykes 

Second Vice President
Julia Rutland   
Financial Officer
Claire Gill   
Communications Officer
Polly Wiedmaier

Laurie Bell 
Karen Lippold 
(Dames Who Dine)
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, Polly Wiedmaier, 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

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 SPRING issue of the LDEI Quarterly is  January 10th, 2019.
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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