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November 7, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

Can you believe Thanksgiving is a few weeks away!  As we prepare our holiday feasts, let us not forget those who are less fortunate.

Save the date for our Holiday Potluck.  Linda Roth has graciously offered her home to us on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Please look for more info to come.

Les Dames DC is delighted to partner with the MetroCooking DC Show on December 1 and 2. As an event partner with the region's largest culinary showcase, our logo is found on the MetroCooking DC website and in its marketing materials. Dames also have the opportunity to exhibit or partner with MetroCooking and showcase your business in several ways:
1. Take part in the Grand Tasting where your restaurant can connect with the local community by providing bites to attendees, click here for participation information: 
2. Participate in the Gingerbread House Competition where you can go up against other professional pastry chefs and amateur bakers in this inaugural event. Click here to learn about the competition.
3. Exhibit and expand your market reach to the 10,000 consumers attending this two-day show. Click here to learn about exhibiting: 

If you would like to attend the show and support our sister Dames Amy Brandwein, Carla Hall and Lidia Bastianich, use the special discount code offered to our DC chapter. Receive 15% off the MetroCooking general admission tickets by using promo code: LESDAMES15.  Let me know how you will be participating. We will let our members know so they can consider attending and support you at the event. 

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


Joan Nathan has graciously offered to mentor Canieka Fleming, our first CIA scholarship awardee in 2017. Canieka graduated from CIA in April with a BA in Food Business Management and an impressive record including a busy schedule of on-campus activities. Since 2016, she has been a consulting manager for Shortcake Bakery in Hyattsville but is now seeking full-time employment in the D.C. area. Thanks, Joan!

LDE-DC is a culinary sponsor of the 2018 Metro Cooking DC that takes place December 1 and 2 at the Washington Convention Center. 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.
When I first heard the voice during breakfast on the last day of the Seattle LDEI conference, I thought, "how nice, they are using a Patsy Cline recording to announce next year's conference site." But, it wasn't Patsy Cline and it wasn't a recording. It was Sylvia Ganier  (Nashville) singing a special invitation to the 2019 LDEI conference to  "Crazy." Hear it for yourself by clicking here. 


Najmieh Batmanglij was featured on the cover of the Washington Post food section in the Wednesday, November 7 edition as "the Grande Dame of Iranian Food." It is a well-earned title reflecting Najmieh's dedication to sharing, teaching and writing about the glorious cuisine of her native Iran since 1983 and her widespread influence among the culinary luminaries including Yotem Ottolenghi and Jose Andres. Her latest cookbook "Cooking in Iran: Regional  Recipes & Kitchen Secrets" (Mage Publishers) is the culmination of three visits over the last three years to her homeland, the first since her exile in 1979, to visit, interview and gather recipes from mostly women across the country. 

Johanna Mendelson Forman and Roberta Dyuff (St. Louis) appeared on a panel at the Food and Nutrition Conference Expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on October 23rd in DC to discuss "Gastrodiplomacy: The Transformative Power of Food.

Susan Holt celebrated the tenth anniversary of CulinAerie, her cooking school located on 1131 14th Street in D.C., on October 30. Susan and former business partner Susan Watterson opened the school, after years of teaching at L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda, to respond to the rapidly expanding interest in avocational cooking, food tv and culinary team-building activities.

Ris LaCoste will be honored by The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington's annual Culinary Arts Visionary Awards dinner on November 14 at RPM Restaurant, 650 K Street, D.C.  Ris is one of the most respected, beloved and dedicated chefs working in Washington D.C. today. Her reputation has been built upon her deft abilities to create dishes  that are simultaneously familiar and innovative and always absolutely delicious. Her regional American fare has drawn national and local attention and earned her numerous other awards.

Nora Pouillon sold her Nora's restaurant property on Florida Avenue in D.C. to restaurateur Ashok Bajaj.

CiCi Williamson resigned as M.F.K. Fisher Awards Contest chair after 12 years on the job to spend more time with her family. CiCi originated this writing competition in 2006 and has managed it to become extraordinarily successful and prestigious. This year there were 94 entries.  She said, "Five months managing the contest takes a lot of time for a volunteer. I enjoyed immensely working with the women who entered our contest every year as well as the stellar judges who donated their expertise and time to choosing our winners." CiCi continues as the editor of the fall and spring LDEI Quarterly magazines.

On October 31, a handful of Dames and friends gathered at Gunther & Co. in Baltimore to enjoy good food and wine and listen to Stephanie Hersh reminisce about her adventures as Julia Child's personal assistant from 1989 to 2004 (the year Child died). Hosted by Gunther's Director of Operations Nancy Hart Trice, the French-themed dinner was prepared by Executive Chef Jerry Trice. As the elegant meal segued from oysters on the half shell to crème fraîche-spiked pumpkin soup, Hersh told us how she first met Julia Child and then became not just her assistant, but also her friend. More tales of life with Julia accompanied Gunther's savory steak tartare, and by the time the fish-rich bouillabaisse was served, others in the group had begun sharing their personal reminiscences about Julia. As the evening wound down it seemed clear that Julia Child's spirit was with us, raising a glass, perhaps, of the charming 2013 Petit Guiraud Sauternes we were enjoying with a pear clafouti and cardamom ice cream.

Left to right:  Ann Stratte, Nancy Hart Trice, Jerry Trice, Diane Neas and Marguerite  Thomas 

Left to right:  Nona Nielsen Parker, Stephanie Hersh and Diane Neas photographed from this past June's  "She Called Me Dearie" program.

Les Dames DC hosted a happy hour at Indique in October.  Chef K.N. Vinod and the Indique team were generous hosts. The informal event included food demos, delicious cocktails and exotic and spice-infused food. Best of all, we had ample opportunity to network with sister Dames. Member Engagement chair Lori Gardner and Kyle Schmitz, who represents Indique, planned the event.

Front: Gail Forman, Lori Gardner, Eileen Dykes, Laura Kumin
Back: Mel Davis, Chef Vinod, Stacey Adams, Susan Delbert, Aviva GoldfarbKatharine Mardirosian, Maria Kopsidas, Kyle Schmitz

Barbara Black and Vickie Reh hosted The Wine Table, An Evening of Food and Wine at Black Coffee on Thursday, November 1. The event, attended by 22 lucky diners, was inspired by Vickie's new book, The Wine Table-Recipes and Pairings from Winemakers' Kitchens. The book is an account of Vickie's adventures traveling to visit and cook with eighteen winemakers in France and Italy. Barbara and her Black Coffee staff prepared dishes from the book paired with wines from the corresponding winemakers, showcasing the "eat what the winemaker eats" concept upon which the book is based.

Barbara Black and Vickie Reh

Drew Faulkner attended 2018 Grande Dame Marion Nestle's (NYC) talk from her latest book, Unsavory Truth, at Politics and Prose on Thursday, November 1st.

Katherine Newell Smith, Drew Faulkner and the ever-young-and-vibrant-at-95 Carol Brock, founder of LDEI, during the past president's dinner at the annual conference in Seattle. Carol remains very active in Dames, attending events all over the world and making solid suggestions to improve the organization. She is an absolute delight.

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 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 Mendez University, 514 V Street, NE
PRICE: Dames $25; non-Dames $35( includes a $10 tax-deductible donation to LDE-DC scholarship fund
RSVP: Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!

DATE: Monday, November 12
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: the home of Susan Callahan10106 Greenock Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20901 
Book Selection:  Jell-o Girls, A Family History by Allie Rowbottom. It is available in the public library and for sale at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (better price at B&N). 
RSVP: Please email Susan to let her know if you plan to attend,
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
RSVP:  More information coming soon
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).   Seating is limited so please book early. To purchase tickets visit 
RSVP:  More information coming soon

Volunteer guest chefs are needed at Community Food Rescue (CFR), a program of Manna Food Center, for its new project beginning this fall at Silver Spring United Methodist Church. The church, located at 8900 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, MD, has a newly refurbished commercial kitchen. The chefs will direct preparation of donated, perfectly usable but unsalable fresh produce - wilted, misshapen or surplus -- into cooked sauces, soups and stews. These cooked foods go to CFR network organizations that serve meals on-site and rely on donations of prepared food that can be warmed and served since they lack on-site cooking facilities. CFR invites guest chefs to sign up for one or more cooking events, plan a menu, and lead a team of volunteers to create food for our neighbors in need. Cooking sessions are scheduled throughout the fall and winter. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Kollin, Program Director, Community Food Rescue, at or 240-491-1958.

The First Vino Forum of America 
Sunday, November 11-13, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saperavi Festival at the Embassy of Georgia.  FREE.
Monday, November 12, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Supra Restaurant, 1205 11th St.,NW, DC.
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Sunday, November  11, at 7:00 p.m. Buck's Fishing & Camping, 5031 Connecticut Ave NW, DC Dinner with Vickie Reh as she signs her new cookbookThe Wine Table: Recipes and Pairings from Winemakers' Kitchens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018). Vickie will share some of the details of her experiences visiting and cooking with 18 winemakers in France and Italy, exploring their food and wine cultures and celebrating their understanding of the best dishes to accompany their vineyards' offerings. 

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,
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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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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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