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October 4, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

We are now entering into the second quarter of our chapter's fiscal year.  By now you should have all received an invitation to the Autumn General Membership Meeting and dinner. It will be held next Tuesday at Hollywood East Café in Wheaton on  Oct. 10, at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting is a great way to connect or reconnect with your sister Dames, share your expertise and, most importantly, explore ways we can assist each other in building our success as individuals and as an organization.  Remember, the bylaws require you to attend one meeting every calendar year, so please make time for this very important evening.  If you are unable to make it, please complete and send a proxy.  Click here to print the proxy.  There are a few items we will need to take a vote on; so, a quorum is necessary.

In addition, we need your talents, connections and expertise to make our 2018 Women In Gastronomy (WIG) symposium next March the best ever. This will be our largest fundraiser for the year.  Eileen Dykes and Laurie Bell have been hard at work organizing the committees, making programming plans and gathering volunteers and speakers for this signature event.  They need help, though.
Please see more information below about how you can get involved.

The 2017 LDEI Annual Conference will be held October 26-29 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California. It is not too late to sign up.  Please let me know if you are planning to attend and if you would like to share a room.  LDEI can help in finding you a roommate.
Again, thank you for all you do for LDEDC in making our chapter a great success.

Tel: 301-537-8822
Yours truly,
Janet Yu

Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Washington, D.C. Chapter

Please join us at our Autumn General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, October 10 at 6:15 p.m. at Hollywood East Café in Wheaton Mall. The meeting is free. You are most welcome to stay after the meeting for dinner and fellowship with your sister Dames. The dinner price is $30 inclusive. The menu and details are below under Programs.  Click here to register for the  meeting and click here to register for the  dinner.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, please complete and send in the proxy form. 
DATE:  Tuesday, October 10
TIME:  5:00 p.m. Board Meeting; 6:15 p.m. General Membership Meeting; 7:30 p.m. Dinner
PLACE: Hollywood East Café, Westfield Wheaton, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902
PRICE:  Meeting is FREE. Dinner is $30.00 pp inclusive per menu below. Cash Bar.
PARKING/METRO: Ample free parking is available at the restaurant. Wheaton Metro, 8 minute walk on Reedie Drive to Wheaton Mall.  The entrance in close to Macy's and the Reedie Drive Garage.  
RSVP:  Click here to register for the MEETING.
RSVP:   Click here to register for the DINNER.
RSVP:  If you are unable to attend the meeting, please complete and send in the proxy form. Click here to print the proxy.
Dinner Menu
Dim Sum Assortment: Scallop, Shrimp and Watercress Dumpling, Crystal Vegetable Dumpling and Chicken Ginger Dumpling

Appetizer: Spicy Mussel Casserole 

Entrees: Crispy Shredded Chicken
               Sautéed Snow Pea Leaves with Fresh Garlic
               Beef with Broccoli 
               Sautéed Lobster with Ginger & Scallion
               Vegetable Fried Rice
               Chicken Lo Mein
               Steamed Rice

Dessert: Sesame Ball with Bean Paste
Hot Tea 

A complimentary glass of wine during the reception and another with dinner. A cash bar is available for additional beverages.  
Our chapter's next Women in Gastronomy Symposium (WIG) is fast approaching. It takes place on March 10, 2018 at The Universities at Shady Grove. We are creating a program of inspiring break-out sessions and seek volunteers to help make this the most successful symposium yet. Please mark your calendars and save Saturday, March 10, 2018 for a day of service to our local LDE chapter. As the break-out sessions and specific volunteer positions are finalized, we ask all of our members to sign up and help in some capacity. You might organize or serve on a panel, check in attendees, help on site that day, donate an item to the symposium "goody" bags, advertise the symposium to the public or collect items for the Cookbook Jumble and Culinary Garage Sale ahead of time. More info to come in the next Entre News!

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

We want to get to know and support Dames-affiliated restaurants; so, if you would like to schedule a Dames Who Dine Dinner at your or your Dame-client's restaurant, please contact Julia Rutland at You are not expected to provide any special menus or discounts but we do like to work through you so that you might join us! 
We are arranging a professional development series for DAMES ONLY. The plan is to hold these every two weeks beginning this fall. We are still finalizing details of when, where, at what time and if a small fee will be required. (See topics under Programs, below) We will inform you as soon as possible.  We will introduce the series during the Autumn General Membership Meeting on October 10 and talk about future opportunities! If there's a topic you would like to see included, please contact Second V.P., Education and Community Outreach Programs, Bonnie Benwick at 
Wendy Bazil's recipe entry of Spiced Carrot Cake Muesli in the James Beard Foundation's "More Taste Less Waste" contest is in the final voting phase. If she wins, her charity, Crossroads Community Food Network, will receive $5000. The link to vote is Voters are entered in a sweepstakes to win a trip to New York City and tickets to the James Beard gala.

Paula Shoyer has released her fourth cookbook The Healthy Jewish Kitchen (Sterling 2017) featuring traditional Jewish recipes updated and made with natural ingredients, plus new trends made kosher. 

Susan Wallace has launched her company, Sweetfreakz, specializing in chocolate brittle and other desserts. She recently demonstrated at the Olney Farmers' Market. (Ed. note: For those of us who have tasted Susan's seriously delicious chocolate brittle at various Dames' event, you are probably thinking. "It's about time!")

Janet Yu's Hollywood East Cafe (the site of our Autumn GMM next Tuesday) was chosen as one of Tim Carman's  "10 best places to eat on the cheap in D.C. because nobody needs a $28 sandwich" in the September 25 edition of The Washington Post. Her dim sum selections were highlighted.
DAMES ONLY as part of a professional development series:
Nancy Baggett -- how to cook with lavender
Kyle Schmitz -- how to find the right PR fit 
Domenica Marchetti -- how to make homemade shaped pastas
Kristen Hartke -- how to pitch freelance stories
Sheilah Kaufman -- chocolate primer
Susan Barocas -- composure on camera
Susan Holt -- food business smarts
Cathy Barrow - make-ahead pie dough and fillings for the holidays

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
DATE:  January 2018
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

Friday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m., The Sandwich Man, a hallmark of Taiwanese New Cinema as part of a Taiwanese Theater Café event,  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Johns Hopkins University, 9601 Medical Center Drive Rockville, MD 20850. The movie will be preceded by brief introductory remarks and followed by a lunch of Taiwanese night market specialties catered by Seven Seas restaurant. Tickets: $27 per person. For reservations and more information, contact event coordinator Gail Forman, 

Art Works Now Fall Fundraiser, COME AS YOU ART, Saturday, October 14, 2017, 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville, MD. Pizzeria Paradiso and Ruth Gresser are co-hosting this year's event to support the ongoing work of Art Works' innovative educational programs for area children.  Choose your favorite artist or art figure and create a costume to COME AS YOU ART and enjoy beer, wine, a live auction, bourbon tastes, barbeque, silent auction, tacos, pizza and a twenty-piece swing orchestra. Tickets are $50 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  

In this Issue
Social Media Connections


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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.



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

*President Janet Yu appointed
Bette Alberts
to serve as second vice president. Bette's appointment will be ratified at the Autumn GMM.

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
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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:
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