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October 17, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

It is official!! Ann Stratte is our new LDEI President. Congratulations! 
Ann accepted the gavel during the Friday, October 12 Grande Dame Gala at our annual LDEI Conference Seattle, Washington. The gala honored new Grande Dame Marion Nestle. In addition, during the conference, we welcomed two new chapters: Savannah, GA and Paris, France.   Founder Carol Brock reminisced during one of her presentations that 42 years ago Dames dreamed of having a Paris chapter. It took four decades, but it is now a reality.

I had the pleasure of attending the conference with eight LDE-DC Dames. It always amazes me to see so many women leaders with the same passion of supporting women in food, fine beverages and hospitality. I met Dames who were oyster farmers, wine makers, bread bakers, farmers, chefs and the list goes on. I even came home with a bag of fresh organic flour made from local grains grown in the 
Skagit Valley. The remarkable Dames who gave us the flour after their education session really care about the bread they bake and where the flour comes from. Yet, it wasn't so surprising. So many Dames do what they do because of a commitment to quality and excellence in their crafts.
I was so proud of the Seattle Dames for giving a grant of $25,000 to an organization working with local farmers and teaching the next generation of students to ensure the grains we eat are healthful.

WashingtonDC Chapter is quite large compared to many other chapters. How nice would it be if we could link up with local farmers to see how we could help support and learn more about their needs. There are many ways we can help support our local communities. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

To achieve our chapter's mission, we need to have fresh ideas on fundraising. Please contact me if you have an idea or are interesting in planning a small event this spring in hopes of growing it each year. Some chapters have a fundraiser lunch or dinner with an auction at a hotel and sell tickets. Just a thought.

Please take time to participate and recommend to your friends our upcoming programs this year. It is a full schedule. 

I thank you for all you do to make our chapter successful.

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


Canieka Fleming, our first CIA scholarship awardee in 2017, 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 and mentoring in the D.C. area. Let Janet Yu or Diane Neas at know if you are interested to speak with her.
Carla Hall was featured in today's Washington Post Food Section in an article entitled Carla Hall is 'the most visible black person in food.' Now she wants to take soul food mainstream. The article profiles Carla's new cookbook  Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration (Harper Wave), which arrives Oct. 23.  Click here to read the entire article.

Pati Jinich was featured on the front cover of the October 9 edition of The New York Times Dining section, Forget The Wall: Pati Jinich Wants to Build a Culinary Bridge to Mexico.   


During the recent LDEI Conference in Seattle, LDEI past presidents and current and past board members gathered at a dinner at General Porpoise Doughnuts.

Left to right: CiCi Williamson, Ann StratteDrew Faulkner and Katherine Newell Smith

L to r: MFK Fisher Award winners Eagranie Yuh (British Columbia), Internet Category first-prize winner; Elaine Cicora (Cleveland), grand-prize winner; CiCi Williamson (Washington, D.C.), Chair, LDEI's M.F.K. Fisher Awards Contest.

Toria Emas, (Chicago) (LDEI past president, 2007) and Katherine Newell Smith (LDEI  past president, 2008) at the last evening event at Emerald City Cirque wearing required sparkles...and nearly identical jackets!

L to r:  Toria Emas, Katherine Newell Smith and  Linda Forristal to right.
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.  

Come meet and greet and find how you can get more involved in chapter activities!  Happy hour snacks courtesy of LDE-DC and Indique. Happy hour specials available for drinks.
DATE: Monday, October 22
TIME:  6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: Indique, 3512 Connecticut Ave NW, DC (right near Cleveland Park Metro Station)
RSVP:  Lori Gardner at

DATE: Wednesday, October 31
TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
PLACE: Gunther & Co., 3650 Toone St., Baltimore, MD 21224
PRICE: $75 for Dames, $89 for Public, $20 additional for 4-course wine pairings
RSVP:   Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!
CAR POOL:  If you wish to participate  in a car pool please email Robin Kurtzman ( indicating if you are willing to drive/ride to Baltimore in a car pool. Also include where you live and if you can travel to a central location/Dames home in the metro dc area to participate.  
PARKING:  Free parking lot is adjacent.

DATE: Thursday, November 1
TIME:  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
PLACE:  Black Coffee (Barbara Black's new restaurant), 4885 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007
PRICE:  $55 Dames, $65 for Public (without book) or $105 Dames, $115 Public (with book).  Ticket prices include presentation, menu and wine.
RSVP: Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!
PARKING:  Street parking on MacArthur Boulevard, V Street, and 48th Place.  

Monday, October 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Empty Bowls Bethesda fundraiser, Hyatt Regency Bethesda, 1 Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, MD 20814. Empty Bowls is a fun and worthwhile event that benefits the Capital Area Food Bank, the Washington metro area's largest hunger-relief organization. Among the many restaurants that event chair Carole Sugarman recruited are those owned by Polly Wiedmaier (Mussel Bar) and Gladys Abi-Najm (Lebanese Taverna). Aviva Goldfarb got her clients George's Chophouse and Silver on board as participants, and Kyle Schmitz did likewise with her client Sushiko. Every $35 ticket provides 87 meals to hungry children, families and seniors. Guests get to sample soups, desserts and bread donated by top-notch area restaurants, and take home a lovely bowl made by a local artisan. Tickets are available at 

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.

November 1, 2 and 3, Smithsonian Food History Weekend, National Museum of American History, 13th & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC
Don't miss three days of culinary history, cooking, and conversations! Get your tickets to the Gala, a fundraiser for the museum's American Food History project, featuring the presentation of the 2018 Julia Child Award to chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, co-chefs and owners of Los Angeles' Border Grill. Chef Bobby Flay will emcee a most memorable evening. For complete details, click here: 

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.


Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.  The National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW, 13th fl. , DC. Dorie Greenspan (NE) will speak during a reception and dinner to promote her newest book Everyday Dorie which grew out of her column, Everyday Dorie, that The Washington Post's  Joe Yonan and Bonnie Benwick suggested as a way to keep Dorie "busy" between her cookbooks!
Thursday, November 1, Grande Dame Marion Nestle will discuss her new book, Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20008. 7:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.,free.
Thursday, November 1, Ina Garten will be interviewed by New York Times' Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller about her new cookbook, Cook Like a Pro, at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda 20852-3385 at 8:00 p.m. 

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. 


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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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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.

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 WINTER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is  November 4, 2018.
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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