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October 3, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

Thanks to all of you who attended our Autumn General Membership Meeting this past Monday.  For those who could not attend, I wish to remind you that we are a leadership culinary organization comprising women who have achieved success in their professions and who contribute to their communities.  Our mission is education and philanthropy and you were chosen to be a part of LDE-DC because of your desire to support and participate in that mission.

As you know, we offer many compelling and popular educational public programs throughout the year. Also, every year we give scholarships to women who want to further their education in culinary and hospitality and grants to organizations that help students connect with food and agriculture in underserved communities.  Yet, to keep all of these programs growing and dynamic we need your participation.

In addition, we hope you will agree to help Les Dames DC build its brand by showing the public that we are proud to be members. You can display our logo in your email signature, on business cards and even as patches on your chefs coats. The logos are downloadable from our website and the patches are available for purchase through the LDEI website.  
We are planning a fundraiser this spring to showcase our Dames and their talents, i.e. "A Spring Fling"  or "A Night Market".  We need your help, ideas and participation.  We also need ideas for other ways to fundraise. The more we raise, the more we have to give back to our communities.  Please send an email with your ideas to me at  or to Summer Whitford,

I am happy to announce that Les Dames DC is a culinary partner with this year's Metro Cooking DC that takes place December 1- 2.  Look for further info to come. 

It is still not too late to register for the 2018 LDEI Annual Conference "Gray Skies, Bright Ideas" which will be held in Seattle October 11-14 at the Renaissance Hotel Seattle Downtown.  Conference is a great place to get a better understanding of LDEI and meet Dames from all over the world.  Early registration has ended, see LDEI.Org  for more info.

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 ( know if you are interested to speak with her.
Cathy Barrow was featured in the September 16 issue of the Washington Post Magazine in an article about moving and downsizing her kitchen, Kitchen Compression Confidential:  How I Downsized the Most Important Room of my House, written by Bonnie Benwick.  

Najmieh Batmanglij publishes Cooking in Iran:Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets (Image Publishers) on November 2. Overcoming myriad daunting challenges - emotional, political, and logistical - Naj spent five years, travelling 10,000 miles on a deeply personal journey to reexamine her culinary roots in the country from which she was exiled 39 years ago. Hers was a mission to preserve the rich and historically significant culinary foodways of Iran before they are lost "under the bulldozer of modernity."
Nancy Tringali Piho completed a dietetic internship through Iowa State University and is now a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Nancy has specialized in food and nutrition marketing communications for more than twenty years. She is also the director of Shopping for Health, a program for supermarket dietitians. 

Linda Roth was profiled in the August/September 2018 edition of Food Service Monthly as a D.C region food publicity pioneer. 

Carole Sugarman is serving as chairperson for the Capital Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls Bethesda funraiser for the third consecutive year. Last year's event was its most successful, with 450 tickets sold and nearly $24,000 raised, and funded over 59,000 meals to neighbors in need. See Of Interest for more info.  
On a rare sunny day in September, 31 Dames and LDE followers gathered for a culinary tour of the Eden Center, the largest Asian-themed mall on the East Coast and the heart and soul of the Vietnamese-American community. A sweet start of Asian pastries at Cha Kim Phung Bakery launched a day of tastings of authentic Vietnamese foods led by Gail Forman and Janet Yu. A highlight was an amble through the ultra-modern Good Fortune supermarket, where the extensive produce section- durian included - elicited many questions from participants, the amazing seafood section showcased live scallops and geoduck, and the multiplicity of aisles laden with bottled sauces and ingredients required a cooking lesson to demystify them. The more old-fashioned Cho Gai market offered more treasures to learn about. A stop at Than Son Tofu, where the fresh beancurd is made on the premises, included a tasting of flavored fried tofu. The day's highlight was the 9-course feast of traditional Vietnamese dishes and a demonstration of how to make summer rolls at Four Seasons Restaurant. Our finale took place at the renowned Kung Fu Tea where everyone chose a favorite bubble tea from the long list of delicious flavors. Tired and satiated, some of us laden with shopping bags, we went home feeling more knowledgeable about the culinary riches of Vietnam.

Sheila Crye (on the right in red) and other guests enjoy the meal at Four Seasons Restaurant.

Participants chose among a large selection of Vietnamese pastries to sample while on the tour.

Vegetarian Vietnamese Pancakes are enjoyed as part of the luncheon.
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.  

Tour Moorenko's ice cream factory, help make ice cream, learn about the process and the industry and take home a pint! If you haven't yet tried Susan's ice cream, you need to join her and learn how she got started in this industry.
DATE:  Sunday, October 7
TIME:  2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
PLACE:  8810 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD  20910.  This is at the factory, not at the store
PRICE:  $25 Dames, $35 non-members (includes a $10 tax-exempt donation to LDEI Scholarships)
Come meet and greet and find how you can get more involved in chapter activities!
DATE: October 22
PLACE: Indique, 3512 Connecticut Ave NW, DC
RSVP:  More info to come
DATE: October 31
PLACE: Gunther & Co., 3650 Toone St., Baltimore, MD 21224
RSVP:  More info to come
DATE: 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
RSVP: More info to come
Thursday, October 4th at 1:00pm EST. Brock Circle funded LDEI Webinar: The White House Doctor's Recipe for Professional and Personal Success presented by Dr. Connie Mariano. Dr. Mariano, is used to breaking barriers, used to shattering the glass ceiling. Born to a Navy steward and his dentist wife in the Philippines, Dr. Connie lived the life of a family in the American armed forces.
Her life has been filled with many achievements: high school valedictorian, graduate with honors at the University of California at San Diego, medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, and a distinguished 24-year career in the U. S. Navy.  Dr. Mariano has also been the first in the following achievements:
  • The first military woman to become the White House Physician to the President
  • The first woman Director of the White House Medical Unit
  • The first Filipino American in US history to become a Navy Rear Admiral
Dr. Connie will share with us:
  1. Her life journey from underdog to "top dog" and the leadership lessons she learned that you can apply to your professional growth and success.
  2. How to survive the heat in the kitchen without getting out:  Dr Connie shares how to survive and flourish in tough times at work and at home. 
  3. What makes for a fulfilling, satisfying, and delicious life?  Dr Connie shares her 11 ingredients to a long, joyful life.
As with all LDEI Webinars, they are free to members but you must register in advance. Login to the Members Only section of using your username and password. If you don't recall your password, click the Reset Password link and a new one will be sent to you. Be sure to check your spam folder for the new password as it could potentially end up there. Once you register for the webinar, a confirmation will be sent to you automatically.
Thursday, October 4th, Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House is hosting "Makers in the Mansion Pass the Plate Pot Luck: A Cross-Cultural, Heritage-Inspired Dinner," 6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. The dinner, taking place in Woodlawn 's historic garden, will feature a dynamic discussion with culinary historian and cookbook author Michael Twitty. There also will be tours of the current art exhibition "Makers In The Mansion." Each guest will be asked to bring a favorite homemade or store-bought dish which highlights their own family story. Rouge Fine Catering will provide the main course, a dish from Michael's cookbook, and your ticket also includes treats from many local food makers: cider from Wild Hare Cider, cocktails made with Element Shrub and delicious bites from Bread & Water Company and Brownbelle. Tickets available at

Wednesday, October 10, Empowered Women Happy Networking Happy Hour from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ris RestaurantRis LaCoste and Aviva Goldfarb will speak about their careers. The $20 entry fee is applied to the food and drinks of attendees choice. RSVP and tix here: 

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.


Saturday, October 13,  11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Union Market, 1309 5th Street, NE., DC Lidia Bastianich (NY), author, restaurateur, and award-winning host of Lidia's Kitchen, shares her heartwarming memoir, My American Dream. From her childhood of love and security living in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime, to a refugee camp in Trieste, Italy, and finally to a new life in New York, Lidia recounts how, thanks to her close-knit family and passion for food, she fulfilled her dreams. 

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