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September 20, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

I hope all of you enjoyed the summer and your vacations.  I know it is a tough job getting kids off to college, young ones ready for school and into the back-to-work groove.

Our Autumn General Membership Meeting and dinner is fast approaching. It will be held at Hollywood East Café on October 10, at 6:15 p.m.  Remember, the bylaws require you to attend one meeting every calendar year, so please make time for this very important evening.  It is a great time to meet your sister Dames that you have not seen all year.  If you are unable to make it, please send a proxy.  Details are below under Programs. You will receive your agenda and registration information shortly via email.

Bonnie Benwick has been working on exciting Dames-only and public education programs.  She will tell you more at the General Membership Meeting.

We need your talents, connections and expertise to make our 2018 Women In Gastronomy (WIG) symposium the best ever. Eileen Dykes and Laurie Bell are hard at work organizing this signature event.  Good News!  We will be able to offer sample tastes of wine and those delicious tequila cocktails.  Please see more information below about how you can get involved.

The 2017 LDEI Annual Conference will be held October 26 to 29 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, California.  To be eligible for the early conference registration fee, registration form must be postmarked by September 22, 2017.  Hotel Registration is open until October 2.  I suggest you make reservations early since hotel space for our conference sells out quickly.  Please let me know if you are planning to attend and if you would like to share a room. We might be able to help you find a roommate. 
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

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.  
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.   
RSVP:  Click here to register for the MEETING.
RSVP:   Click here to register for the DINNER.
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.  
Laurie Alleman Weber is home and recovering after an operation. Get well cards and calls, flowers and delicious low-fiber foods are all welcome. 
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 in mid-to-late October. 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 
Bette Alberts, Madame Le Maître (chapter president) of the Washington, D.C., Commanderie de Bordeaux, led the chapter to host its international Board of Governors meeting in June, celebrating the organization's 60th anniversary. Bette is the first woman to head a chapter in the U.S. Commanderie de Bordeaux which comprises 33 chapters with 1200 members across the U.S. It is also affiliated with the worldwide network of 82 members in 26 countries under the Bordeaux-based Grand Conseil du Vin de Bordeaux.
Nancy Baggett's new book The Art of Cooking with Lavender won a Bronze Award from Independent Publisher in the "Living Now" Ethnic, Holiday and Specialty Cookbook category. The awards are given to books that make a contribution to "living better" today.  Nancy's book has been very popular with lavender growers and their customers and will be going into a second printing in December.
Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor/Recipe Editor and Joe Yonan, Food and Dining Editor of the Washington Post won the Association of Food Journalists' Award for Best Newspaper Food Coverage, above 155,000 circulation. The presentation was made during AFJ's annual conference in Philadelphia on September 13.
Pati Jinich's "Pati's Mexican Table," the Emmy and James Beard award nominated cooking and travel series, began its sixth season on PBS and public television stations September 9. Pati's new 13-episode season features the Mexican state of Oaxaca a hub of art and cuisine that has been hugely influential on Mexico's gastronomy and culture for centuries. Watch the trailer.
Katherine Miller was recognized by Food & Wine Magazine  as one of 2017's Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink. As founder of the Chef Action Network, a nonprofit that educates chefs about food and nutrition issues and inspires them to use their influence to make a difference, Miller was named as one of 20 "trailblazers and trendsetters who are raising the bar and reshaping our world."
Joan Nathan has partnered with Whole Foods Market's Mid-Atlantic Region to offer prepared dishes and recipes for customers during the Jewish high holidays. Five dishes from Joan's King Solomon's Table cookbook are being featured at Whole Foods' hot bars, prepared food cases, and bakery departments in Pennsylvania, Southern N.J., Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, from Sept. 13 to 27. The dishes also can be ordered online.

Louise Nielsen and a group of her Anne Arundel Community College culinary students were invited to present at the Maryland Department of Agriculture's 10th annual Governors Buy-local Cookout on July 20 at the Maryland Government House. The Buy-Local Cookout encourages Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown or raised product each day. Chef Nielsen's Culinary Club members produced bite-size samples of three different student-designed recipes for the over 600 guests at the event. 
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
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 2, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. St. Paul's Parish, 2430 K St NW. The Foggy Bottom West End Village, a neighborhood not-for-profit organization, will honor Ris Lacoste with its first Community Spirit Torch Award during the Village's annual fundraiser. Ris exemplifies how a Dame gives back to the community. She has consistently and generously volunteered her time, talent, food and restaurant to help support the Village from its founding in 2013. Purchase tickets here.  $100 individual. 

Monday, October 2, 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Farm-to-Chef, culinary and beverage competition to benefit TasteWise Kids and the Days of Taste in Baltimore-metro area. B & O Railroad Museum, 901 W Pratt St.,Baltimore, MD 21223. Thirty chefs from top restaurants in the Baltimore-area, including Nancy Hart of Gunther & Co. and Nona Nielsen Parker of Atwaters,are paired with Maryland farms to battle it out for the coveted best dish of the night. Also, the metro-area's best mixologists, vintners and brewers will vie for best beverage. The funds will support TasteWise Kids and the Days of Taste that bring food pros into elementary schools to teach students about taste, fresh food and how food travels from farm to table. The program is in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. Tickets, $100-110.

Monday, 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, 

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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
Editor, Entre News  

In this Issue
Social Media Connections


Connect with Sister Dames

Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

We need ALL members who have FB, Twitter and Instagram accounts to follow and actively re-tweet our members' tweets to spread the great news about our activities and programs!
Connect with Les Dames d'Escoffier International

Please share news, events and updates.  Join the LDEI members-only LinkedIn Group to stay connected with other Dames.

Like us on Facebook   View our profile on LinkedIn
Join a Committee....
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 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:
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, 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.
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 12, 2017. 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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