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October 18, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

Our hearts and prayers go out to our San Francisco Dames and their families that have been and are currently affected by the recent fires. We pray that all are safe.

I would like to thank all of our members who attended the Autumn General Membership Meeting at Hollywood East Café on October 10. I promised great food, great times and great friends and, from the comments I have received, I was true to my word.

Our members voted to approve the designation of emerita status to our chapter's founding and charter members and long-standing members who have made important and lasting contributions to our chapter's success. LDE-DC will pay their LDEI dues and waive the chapter dues giving them full membership privileges. It is small way to honor these Dames for their continued commitment to our chapter. We would be pleased to accept any donations to support this endeavor. We will amend our bylaws to reflect this new

Bette Alberts was also confirmed as our second vice president of development. Her committee is working on new programs and will be asking for your help.

In memory of Marianne AliCindy (Katcher) Ukert is organizing LDE-DC's first annual graduation lunch next spring for the Job Training Program of DC Central Kitchen. This is the 111th class. See the information below about how you can help. 

Our second vice president of programs, Bonnie Benwick, has organized a Dames only Professional Series. For those that missed the AGMM, see the program dates below. Space will be limited so sign up quickly. A big thank you goes to Kristen Hartke, our communications officer, for assisting Bonnie.

Eileen Dykes and Laurie Bell, our WIG (Women in Gastronomy) co-chairs, are moving right along and planning is well underway. During the WIG luncheon EXPO, co-chaired by Kyle Schmitz and Jill Collins, we will have a Culinary Garage Sale chaired by Katherine Newell Smith in addition to the Cookbook Jumble chaired by Susan Delbert. You will learn more about participating as we move through the holidays. Begin thinking now of your donation for new or gently used culinary equipment.

Volunteering will be your greatest contribution to making 2018 WIG the most successful symposium ever.

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.

We are delighted to announce that our own Pati Jinich will be our keynote speaker.

This year, along with the Cookbook Jumble, chaired by Susan Delbert, we will hold a Culinary Garage SaleKatherine Newell Smith has graciously offered to chair this new sale table at WIG and has offered to store and price the donated items. We will begin collecting culinary items at our chapter's December Pot Luck. We will set up a time and place for cookbook collection.  Please start combing your bookshelves for unwanted cookbooks and your closets and cupboards for new and 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 your cookbook directly to the attendees (which is nice for personalization) or perhaps promoting a product. Please think about people you know who may want to exhibit and get the exposure. 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.

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.

More info to come in the next Entre News!
Stacey Adams was inducted into the Guilde Internationale des Fromagers de Saint-Uguzon on June 27 at the residence of Geard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States.  Cathy Strange, President of the Guilde's New World Chapter and Roland Barthelemy, the Guilde's Provost, presented Stacey with the Guilde's medal, its highest honor,  recognizing her exemplary work to promote, educate and foster the traditions of artisanal French and American cheeses. 

Trish King's Gluten Free Bakery Girl is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a move from Easton, MD to 116 N Talbot St in 

 Katherine Newell Smith was profiled by Alexandra Greeley in the October edition of Food Service Monthly.

Nora Pouillon was the honoree at FRESHFARM's 20th  annual Feast gala. Spike Gjerde and Ris Lacoste were the co-hosts at the October 17 event held at Dock 5 of Union Market. Nora is FreshFarm founding board member.

l-r Linda RothAnn Stratte and Lizette Corro
Photo by Linda Roth

l-r  Ris Lacoste, Honoree Nora Pouillon and Spike Gjerde
Photo by Linda Roth
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, October 23
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: the home of Bette Alberts, 3107 Cleveland Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
PRICE: Free. Beverages, Dinner, and dessert will be provided.
Book Selection:  Delicious: A Novel (2015) by Ruth Reichl
RSVP:  to as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

DAMES ONLY as part of a professional development series.
Please sign up using Eventbrite, links are below.
If you find you cannot attend, please cancel your reservation so Dames on the waitlist can participate.  


Kristen Hartke -- how to pitch freelance stories - 7 spots left
DATE: Monday, October 23
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Washington Post Food Lab, 1301 K Street, NW DC
RSVP:  Click here to register on Eventbrite

Susan Holt -- food business smarts -7 spots left
DATE: Wednesday, October 25
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Culinaire, 1131 14th St NW DC
RSVP:  Click here to register on Eventbrite
Cathy Barrow - make-ahead pie dough and fillings for the holidays - 6 spots left
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 - 2 spots left
DATE: Saturday, November 11
Julia Rutland -- knife maintenance/bring three of your own for free sharpening (no serrated, no Japanese) - 6 spots left
DATE: Monday, November 13
TIME:  6:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Washington Post Food Lab
Kyle Schmitz -- how to find the right PR fit - 8 spots left
DATE: Monday, January 22, 2018
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Indique, 3512 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 8 spots left
Nancy Baggett -- how to cook with lavender - 4 spots left
DATE: April, 2018
Sheilah Kaufman -- chocolate primer and tasting - 9 spots left
Susan Barocas -- composure on camera (live and video)- 4 spots left


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 Café, 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, October 30, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on, Empty Bowls Bethesda fundraiser, Hyatt Regency, 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 Janet Yu (Hollywood East), Polly Wiedmaier (Mussel Bar) and Gladys Abi-Najm (Lebanese Taverna). Aviva Goldfarb is helping with promotion. 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

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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.



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
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, 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!"

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 12, 2017. Archived Quarterly magazines 
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