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November 6, 2019
Dear Sister Dames,
What an exciting time of year we have upon us, now!  
Our chapter made a huge splash in Nashville with 17 D.C. Dames attending.  The highlight was when LDEI President Ann Stratte introduced Past LDEI President (1993-1995) Ann Harvey Yonkers who then introduced Grand Dame Nora Pouillon.  We learned a great deal at the conference that we will be sharing with all of you; we ate some amazing food; heard live music performed by well-known singers and songwriters in nearly every session, and we socialized until the wee hours at the Wildhorse Saloon on Broadway, an entertainment district renowned for honky tonks and live country music.  Even LDEI Founder Carol Brock, 95, was sporting her boots and cowboy hat on the dance floor!  Now I see why they call it NashVegas!  If you haven't heard, next year's conference will be held in NYC and I encourage all of you to attend.
This Saturday, November 9, our Autumn General Membership Meeting and luncheon will be at Ris Restaurant in D.C.   We will discuss some very important updates to our bylaws from the Governance Committee, led by Parliamentarian Diane Neas, hear a review of our budget from Treasurer Drew Faulkner and me, and finally, show you some of the new organizational tools we are putting in place to help our chapter move forward more professionally.  I am excited to share the highlights of our new membership platform that will allow us to organize all of our events, ticketing, directory and communication while saving us money.  Your attendance is very important; so, please use the links below to register for the meeting and luncheon. Ris Lacoste has put together a wonderful fall menu for us, too.  
Last weekend Ris Lacoste and Janis Mclean hosted a French-themed luncheon with Susan Herrmann Loomis (Paris, FR) who was in town to promote her new book French Grill: 150 Refined & Rustic Recipes. That is the kind of thing we do for our sister Dames no matter what chapter they are members.
It is my pleasure to serve you, but I could not do it without the assistance and guidance from our entire board.    I look forward to seeing many of you this Saturday.

Should you have a chapter question, concern or idea, please shoot me an email or give me a call (410) 212-2224.
My best,
Stacey Adams

Les Dames - Washington, DC 

DATE: Saturday, November 9
TIME:  Board Meeting: 10 a.m. 
             General Membership Meeting:  11 a.m. 
             Lunch:  Noon 
PLACE: Ris Restaurant, 2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037. 
PRICE: Meeting is FREE; Lunch price $55.
REGISTRATION: Click here to register for the meeting and/or luncheon.  
PROXY:  Attendance, in person, at one general membership meeting per year is a requirement of membership.  If you cannot attend the meeting, please email us your completed proxy.  You may ask an attending Dame to serve as your proxy.  You will find your proxy form at or by clicking here. Please email or send the completed proxy form to Robin Kurtzman ( BEFORE the meeting.  Instructions are on the form. 
Portuguese Kale and Shellbean Soup
Apple Cobb Salad
Blue cheese, bacon, egg, avocado, apple, tomato and a little white balsamic
Crown of Cauliflower
Lentils, spaghetti squash, yogurt, pine nuts, mint and pomegranate
Fall Harvest Risotto
Mushrooms and winter squash, pancetta and fried sage
Warm Pear Almond Tart with Caramel and Cinnamon Ice Cream

Johanna Mendelson-Forman will be a speaker on Culinary and Gastrodiplomacy for the "Cooking the Nation" event hosted by New York University in Abu Dhabi.  The event will celebrate the decision by Abu Dhabi to brand the country's cuisine as "Nomadic" and feature the work of Hanan Sayed Worrell who wrote Table Tales: The Global Nomad Cuisine of Abu Dhabi. Johanna also moderated a panel discussion on November 5 for the School of International Service Global to Local: Food Insecurity program that included Ellen Kassoff-Gray as a speaker.
Tambra Raye Stevenson will be a panelist with Dr. Jessica Harris and Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson at the 5th Annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend on Saturday, November 9 at 10:30 am at the American History Museum. The moderated panel, "Women Saving Communities Through Food," will focus on women and food activism in American history. Tambra's children's book, Little WANDA Finds a Cure For Nana will be available for purchase at the museum store.  Click here for more information.  


Photo-journalist Deb Lindsey captures spontaneous moments in her wedding photography business. She brings this same sensibility to food photography. Her ability to make what's on the plate look good keeps her busy with assignments for The Washington Post, Bethesda and Arlington Magazines and many other outlets. A self-taught expert who learned on the job, she considers lighting (direct or indirect, natural or artificial), how the food is arranged on the plates (i.e. which side of the burger looks best) and the placement of tableware. If a soup lacks texture and looks bland, she'll go for interesting lighting and a table setting that draws the eye.

She posts on Instagram daily. It's her major marketing tool - an immediate way for prospects to see her work. How hashtags are used and the time of day one posts can make a difference in getting attention, she has learned. On December 2, she'll host a Les Dames DC Member-to-Member event at her home where her "coach", Lashandra Booker, a digital marketing consultant, will share tips on how to use Instagram to tell a story and build a business. See details below for INSTAGRAM FOR BUSINESS under Programs.

We recently launched a members-only listserv for our chapter. This is a vehicle for members to communicate with each other in real-time. Many of us have talked about the need for this; so, we are happy to report that more than half of our members are already subscribed. 

We will share relevant news articles, send program reminders, conduct outreach for volunteers and use the service as a way to supplement newsletters and emails.

You should have received an email invitation from Lori Gardner.  You may sign up through the email or subscribe by sending an email to

Questions?  Email 


Carole Sugarman, Rosa Mendoza and Gladys Abi-Najm gather for the Capital Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls Bethesda fundraiser. The event, chaired by Carole, featured soups from Montgomery County restaurants, including from Gladys's  Lebanese Taverna, Janet Yu's Hollywood East Cafe, and Polly Wiedmaier' s Mussel Bar and Grille. A record high of 491 registrants attended the fundraiser.  

Pictured above top right are Claudia Kousoulas, Wendy Bazil, Carole Sugarman and Susan Barocas.  Pictured above bottom left are Carole Sugarman, Rosa Mendoza and Gladys Abi-Najm.

 Janet Yu, Hollywood East Cafe 

Gladys Abi-NajmCarole Sugarman and Sheilah Kaufman


Janis McLeanSusan Hermann Loomis and Ris LaCoste at Ris' restaurant introducing Susan before her presentation about the French art of the grill.  Susan is on tour to promote her new book French Grill: 150 Refined & Rustic Recipes. Attendees enjoyed a French-themed lunch and dessert.

You can watch Politics on the Plate, our October 14, 2019 Dames event at The National Press Club, by clicking here.


DATE: Monday, November 18
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Susan Callahan,  1016 Greenock Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901  
BOOK SELECTION:  From Scratch:  Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home by Tembi Locke.
PRICE: Free. The host provides refreshments.

Join James Beard Award winning author, Toni Tipton-Martin, for a luncheon and presentation that celebrates unsung African-American cooks and the modern American cuisine they created. Toni Tipton-Martin, the first African-American food editor of a daily American newspaper (The Cleveland Plain Dealer), wrote the James Beard Award-winning The Jemima Code, a history of African-American cooking  found  in--and  between--the  lines  of  two  centuries'  worth  of  African-American cookbooks.  Tipton-Martin  builds  on  that  research  in Jubilee,  adapting  recipes  from  those historic  texts  for  the  modern  kitchen.  What we find is a world of African-American cuisine--made by enslaved master chefs, free caterers, and black entrepreneurs and culinary stars. It's a cuisine that was developed in the homes of the elite and middle class as well as in the living quarters of the enslaved; that takes inspiration from around the globe; that is a diverse, varied style of cooking that has created much of what we know of as American cuisine. Jubilee comes in a moment when the issue of African-American cultural ownership is a very relevant topic and Tipton-Martin's presentation will promote a lively discussion.
DATE: Saturday, November 23
TIME:  12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.
PLACE: Gunther & Co., 3650 Toone Street, Baltimore, MD 21224
PRICE: Dames: $55; Non-Dames and Dames guests: $65 includes three-course luncheon and program, gratuity, welcome cocktail and a $15 donation to Les Dames d'Escoffier- Washington DC Chapter Scholarship Fund.  If you wish to have a copy of Jubilee for Toni Tipton-Martin to sign, you can purchase a copy when you buy your ticket.  The book will be waiting for you when you arrive for the luncheon.
RSVP:  Click here to purchase your tickets. 
DIRECTIONS: Click here for directions. 
PARKING: Ample parking just past the restaurant in the lot on the right.
  Liquified Soul    
      Champagne cocktail 
  The Welcoming Table and Food for Company
       Peanut Soup 
      Curried Meat Pies
The Staff of Life
      Sweet Potato Rolls 
      Spanish Cornbread
 Comfort in Dining    
      Chicken and Hand Rolled Dumplings 
 A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That 
       Braised Celery (a.k.a. Celery Victor) 
  The Sweet Life  
      Lemon Tea Cake 
A series of Dames-Only events with our members sharing their skills INSTAGRAM FOR BUSINESS
If you have a business or product to promote, knowing how to use Instagram can help you grow. It is not just about selling; it is building a brand, telling a story and engaging with prospects. We are bringing in an expert to help us on this one.  LaShondra Booker is the Founder and CEO of Raspberry Social, a Digital Marketing Consultancy dedicated to designing social media strategy and increasing engagement. She has over 10 years of experience implementing successful strategies for local restaurants, caterers and food industry professionals.
Instagram Tips and Tricks with LaShondra Booker
Light Snacks
DATE: December 2
TIME:  6:45 to 8:30 p.m.
PLACE:  Home of Deb Lindsey11909 Falkirk Drive, Potomac, MD 20854.  Plenty of street parking.
Maximize the value of this program by including questions about Instagram when you RSVP, along with your Instagram handle.
PRICE:   $10 (pay at the event)


NOVEMBER 3-10.  DMV BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK Nearly 50 participating black-owned restaurants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia will offer special menus and pricing. Additional events include a cocktail competition on November 4 featuring local bartenders who will showcase their signature drinks; a Business of Food and Beverage Summit on November 6; tasting events featuring spirits from black-owned businesses; and an awards ceremony and dinner recognizing area culinary talent on November 8. The theme of the dinner will be "conversations and cuisines of the African diaspora." A list of participating restaurants and tickets for the various events will be available through the DMV Black Restaurant Week  in the coming days. 

NOVEMBER 7. SMITHSONIAN FOOD HISTORY GALA. The National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.
Join us for a black-tie celebration in support of the programs, exhibitions, and research of the Smithsonian Food History Project
at the National Museum of American History featuring the fifth annual presentation of the Julia Child Award to
José Andrés by the Julia Child Foundation for  Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. Click here for Tickets

NOVEMBER 16-17. METRO COOKING DC - WALTER WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER Among the Dames participating in this two-day culinary extravaganza will be Emmy-award winning television host, cookbook author and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich plus our own Amy Brandwein, Amy Riolo, both who will conduct cooking demonstrations, and Maria Kopsidas, whose Cookology culinary school will host cooking classes. Celebrity chefs Martha Stewart and Wolfgang Puck will do demonstrations of the James Beard Foundation and more than 300, specialty food exhibitors will be selling their products and wares. Click here for information and tickets.

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)
LDE-DC Instagram               

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.

Like us on Facebook   View our profile on LinkedIn
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.  See Stacey's President's Letter for more information.


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 WINTER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is NOVEMBER 11.   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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