Dear Sister Dames,
I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer and maybe got to take a little trip somewhere nice. And though Entre News took a hiatus in August, we can report that our committees have been very busy laying the groundwork for the upcoming year's programs and more efficient operations. In addition, in this issue of Entre News, the Dames Corner column is making a comeback after an absence of many years. Olga Boikess is its new author and offers brief profiles of your sister Dames to help you get to know them a bit better.
Membership Chair Lori Gardner created a chapter ListServ to enable Dames to more easily interact and help each other. Already, it has had a lot of activity. We encourage you to join the other 68 Dames in the group. Just click this link to participate.
The program committee has already organized several upcoming events. CiCi Williamson's repeat program, Downton Abbey Luncheon, sold out in record time and will add around $800 to our scholarship fund. And, Olga Boikess's Politics on a Plate, is getting good PR with the help of Jill Collins.
If you haven't noticed, the Members Only tab on our website is under construction. I am remodeling it with an interactive chapter directory which will allow all members to have individual logins, look up LDE-DC members based on any criteria and keep a better database of all member activity. In addition, the ticketing platform will move from Eventbrite to Membershipworks which will remove the additional Eventbrite service fee attached to each ticket sale. Plus, only one ticket price will be publicly displayed. However when a Dame logs in to register, she will see the Dame-only price. When a non-member buys a ticket they will only see the public price. I will roll this out by the end of September.
Our annual LDEI conference is fast approaching. This year our chapter will shine with our own Ann Stratte as LDEI President, Grande Dame inductee Nora Pouillon and the many attending LDE-DC members. This annual gathering is educational yet, as important, it helps build relationships across our international organization. Plus it is a lot of fun. The organizing chapter really works hard and creatively to showcase its city; so, please to join us in Nashville this year. Our 2019-2020 chapter delegates, who will be our voting representatives during the business meeting and throughout the year, are me, Sheila Crye, Drew Faulkner, Diane Neas and Katherine Newell Smith.
This year we will present a Dames of Distinction award at our Autumn General Membership Meeting (AGMM). It recognizes the dedication, leadership, and impact of a Dame in our chapter. Look for this announcement very soon. In addition, governance working group members, Drew Faulkner, Paula Jacobson, Diane Neas, Katherine Newell Smith and I are editing and updating our LDE-DC bylaws and standing rules. I will send you an advance copy of the new version of the bylaws for comment prior to our AGMM with the intent to approve the final document at the meeting.
Finally, I want to leave you with this quote whose author is unknown but I find apropos to our chapter's work: A vision without a task is but a dream, a task without a vision is drudgery, a vision and a task is the hope of the world.
My hope is to engage each of you to contribute your ideas and talents to help build a stronger and more active chapter in service to our mission. So, if you haven't already reached out to a committee chair to offer your special skills, connections and energy, I encourage you to do so. We will be planning events every month and need everyone's involvement.
Should you have a chapter question, concern or idea, please shoot me an email email@example.com or give me a call 410-212-2224.
Les Dames - Washington, DC
Time and location are to be determined so please look for more information to soon.
PLEASE NOTE: our LDE-DC general email address has changed. You will receive our emails from firstname.lastname@example.org going forward. Also, you will note that all officers' and committee chair addresses have changed; so, please address any LDE questions you have to the appropriate email addresses.
See details of the first event on the topic of SEOs (Search Engine Optimization) below under PROGRAMS.
Claire Gill has founded a new nonprofit, the National Menopause Foundation. www.nationalmenopausefoundation.org Its mission is to create a positive change in how people perceive, understand and experience menopause through education, peer-to-peer support, activism and research. The organization will be supported through individual and corporate giving.
Claire at email@example.com welcomes input and volunteers to provide content and programs about managing menopausal symptoms and ideas to inspire women to thrive during midlife.
Ellen Kassoff and husband Chef Todd Gray were featured in an August 15 Eater.com article about their innovative solutions to reduce food waste at Equinox and their two restaurants at the Museum of the Bible. Click here for the article.
Julia Rutland authored two cookbooks that were published over the summer by Adventure Publications: Blueberries and On a Stick Cookbook: 50 Simple, Fun Recipes for the Campfire. Julia also completed coursework to become a Loudoun County Master Gardener.
Erinn Tucker, a co-founder of DMV Black Restaurant week, was included in a Washington City Paper feature about the Nov. 3-10 event. Click here for the article. In addition Erinn received a faculty immersion grant to Bangalore, India to study food and context for two weeks. With fourteen other hospitality faculty grantees, she cooked in the studio of Chef Shazia Khan, winner of Master Chef India Season 2, for two days. Khan also led the group on a food shopping trip through the historic Russell Market.
Janet Yu was featured in Alexandra Greeley's Local Cooks column in the final issue of Food Service Monthly. Click here for the article.
Janis McLean starts her 12-hour day running National Public Radio's (NPR) in-house, employee-dining café at 6:15 a.m. Janis, who began her cooking career as the first woman sous chef at Red Sage and went on to executive chef positions at top D.C., dining spots, including the Morison Clark Inn and the Caucus Room, considers this job a "chef's dream." After all, she has her weekends free and paid holidays. Best of all is the freedom to craft chef-driven food and "super fun" specials. With a six-person crew in the kitchen, Janis turns out soups, salads, some four to five entrees (with sides) sandwiches and take-away bento boxes daily for 450 to 500 diners.
About five years ago, while in her mid-50's, Janis decided to ease up on the considerable mental and physical demands of working as a chef. But she did not want to be cooking from recipe cards, as is common in corporate work. Seasons Culinary Services, a Virginia-based concern that runs dining facilities in law firms, offices and embassies, offered her the job. She even has a budget that lets her feature authors, such as Najmieh Batmanglij, Monica Bhide, Nancy Baggett and Patty Jinich, who sign and give away their books to interested diners (paid for by her management) and whose recipes are often the daily specials. - Olga Boikess
Good Morning Dames family!
It's Ashleigh and I just wanted to give you all a bit of an update! I obviously can't thank you enough for my scholarship in 2015 and the chance to go to Le Cordon Bleu Paris. Since our last update most of you know I then moved to working with Chef Thomas Keller at Per Se as the Chocolatier. After two years and a visit to the French Laundry I decided to start my passion project Petite Soeur.
As I said in my application in 2015, I wanted to travel and learn so I could express myself through my work in a technically sound way. While I'll always be learning and growing I feel ready to share my journey. Petite Soeur is operating out of a rental kitchen space in Foggy Bottom. I'm marketing the business to other restaurants and small hotels as well as events. I'll begin doing a few pop ups as well.
I wanted to reach out to you all early on in the process as I'm going to really begin marketing next month. Feel free to take a glimpse at my new journey on Instagram @petitesoeurdc.
I was able to participate in best of Washington and have a few clients. The feedback has all been very positive and I feel confident that I can make a cheerful and delicious impact on the sweet community of Washington D.C.
Nashville, here we come! Registration for our 2019 LDEI conference Nashville: Rhythm and Roots, October 24-27 is now available for registration online and a printed brochure will be coming to your mailbox soon. Click here to register.
Book soon to receive the discounted hotel rate at the fantastic Loews Nashville. This vibrant metropolis, known as Music City - and capital of the state that tipped the scales and gave women the right to vote - is now a national culinary destination with so much to share. It's filled with history, beauty, and an amazing chapter of LDEI that is ready to roll out the "BLUE" carpet for all of us in October.
Plan to arrive on Wednesday, October 23 to take advantage of a special program brought to you by a generous donation from the Brock Circle featuring Carla Hall. She will discuss her personal journey, "Being Authentic While Facing Adversity." Arriving early for this Wednesday afternoon event will give you the opportunity to take advantage of the locally curated tours that begin bright and early Thursday morning, showing you Nashville from a unique perspective. Don't miss the chance to enjoy authentic Tennessee BBQ and listen to songwriters collaboratively create music at an optional event on Thursday night at the Green Door Gourmet.
The Nashville chapter has worked diligently to make your LDEI conference experience one you will not forget. I am very grateful to them and look forward keynote speaker Maneet Chauhan sharing her message with us.
You will find all relevant details of the tours, speakers and sessions outlined in the brochure. An after-conference Kentucky Bourbon and Culinary Tour, hosted, of course, by our Kentucky Dames, will end your LDEI Conference experience on a high note.
See you there!
Ann Stratte, LDEI President
On a very hot July afternoon, Dames gathered at the Bethesda home of Katherine Newell Smith for the annual Summer Potluck. While no one ventured outside to the garden, conversation inside was non-stop and lively.
L to r: Nona Nielsen-Parker, Diane Neas, and Jill Collins
L to r: Drew Faulkner, Janet Cam and Rosa Mendoza
L to r: Tambra Raye Stevenson and Karen Vartan
L to r: Stacey Adams and Kimberly Lapinski
L to r: Janet Cam and Stacey Adams
In August, CiCi Williamson packed 36 boxes of cookbooks--more than 800--donated by two longtime D.C. Dames: Jane Mengenhauser (who is in memory-loss care at Sunrise in Alexandria) and Jane Olmsted (who passed away last year). Sheila Crye, chair of the LDEI Collection Committee for the John and Bonnie Boyd Hospitality and Culinary Library in New Orleans, will take about 500 of the books to the LDEI Conference in Nashville where New Orleans Dames will truck them to the library. Approximately seven boxes of the cookbooks were authored by Dames. The other 300 books were donated to the Cookbook Jumble, chaired by Susan Delbert, for LDE-DC's March 28, 2020, "Celebrating Food!" symposium. It was a lovely gesture that the families of these two loyal Dames donated the books to Les Dames because they knew how important our organization was to the two Janes. See the forthcoming fall LDEI Quarterly for Sheila's article about the cookbook library and how to donate your own books. - CiCi Williamson
There is a new way to submit your Member Milestones to the LDEI Quarterly and the bimonthly email newsletter, E-News. LDEI has created easy-to-follow interactive online forms:
Fill out the form with your information. Any field marked with an asterisk (*) is required. Note that some forms have character limits due to space constraints.
To submit a photo, reply "Yes" to "Would you like to submit a high resolution quality image?" Then click "Next". You will be taken to a second page where you can upload your images. Be sure to click the SUBMIT button to upload your responses. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission was received.
Please know that you can also email your information, if you prefer. The email addresses listed under the Submission Guidelines will always be active and will forward to the correct person.
If you have any questions, please reach out to LDEI 2nd VP Danielle Wecksler at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to reading about all of your achievements.
GLENSTONE MUSEUM - DAMES AND FRIENDS ONLY - One spot available!
Gail Forman has nabbed hard-to-get tickets to visit the new Glenstone Museum in Potomac, MD. Limited to 25. Once you reserve your place, Gail get back to you with ticket and entry information. The group will begin with a Dutch-treat lunch at Glenstone's informal café-soup, salads, sandwiches-- where Brian Patterson, formerly of L'Academie de Cuisine, is the chef. Afterwards, you can visit all areas of the private museum, which encompasses two buildings, several outdoor sculptures and more than 230 acres of landscape. It is an amazing place.
DATE: Saturday, September 7, 2019
TIME: 12:00 p.m.
PLACE: Glenstone Café and Museum (12100 Glen Road, Potomac, MD 20854)
PRICE: $5. Lunch is Dutch treat
PARKING: Onsite parking is limited and carpooling is encouraged. Parking groves are a five- to seven-minute walk to the Pavilions.
RSVP: Click here to register for your ticket. Please use the password dames4ever all lower case. Space for this event is limited. No refunds please, so please make sure you can attend before registering. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Robin Kurtzman at email@example.com.
DOWNTON ABBEY: THE MOVIE TALK - SOLD OUT - PUBLIC PROGRAM
Join CiCi Williamson for a sneak preview of the forthcoming Downton Abbey movie. CiCi will share photographs about the researching, styling, and filming of the food scenes for the six-year Downton Abbey TV series. You will also learn about the history of Highclere Castle (site of the "Downton Abbey" estate); a comparison of the real Earls of Carnarvon with the fictitious Earl of Grantham and the Crawley family and the influence of foods from Victorian and Edwardian England. The event includes a delicious lunch at Equinox highlighting food from the show.
DATE: Saturday, September 14
TIME: 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
PLACE: Equinox Restaurant, 818 Connecticut Avenue, NW, DC
PRICE: $65 non-Dames; $55 Dames
Click here to get on the waitlist through Eventbrite
PARKING: Street meters and many nearby parking garages. Go to www.parkingpanda.com. Type in the restaurant's address and the date and time you want to park. Cost is $10-12 to pay in advance and print ticket.
METRO: Farragut North, Farragut West, or McPherson Square
Reservation or cancellation deadline is Tuesday, September 10
DAMES WHO READ - DAMES ONLY BOOK CLUB
Our Dames-only book club is open to all members. We meet every six weeks on a Monday evening. The host chooses the book, usually available in the library and in paperback, and provides refreshments. It is a convivial group. If you wish to join, contact Eileen Dykes firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the upcoming hosts (see below). If you are interested in hosting, please let Eileen know. If you have a book you would like to read and discuss, also let Eileen know. Otherwise, we are sure other members can offer some ideas!
DATE: Monday, September 23
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: The home of Kari Barrett, email@example.com, 5508 Waterway Terrace, Rockville, MD 20853
BOOK SELECTION: Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers' Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard.
PRICE: Free. The host provides refreshments.
LESDAMES DC MEMBER-TO-MEMBER KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE - DAMES ONLY
Join us as we launch a Les Dames DC Member's Only Knowledge Exchange series. First up...SEO
Do you have a website and wonder how you can get more visibility? Les Dames DC President Stacey Adams and owner of Tastings Gourmet Market in Annapolis will share her business strategies and provide tips and tools for online growth. Topics to be covered:
What is SEO and why is it important?
What's the difference between a keyword and a keyphrase?
What is a keyword strategy?
How does Google work with SEO?
What tools can you use to improve your SEO?
DATE: October 1
TIME: 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Home of Lori Gardner, 13521 Coachlamp Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20906 (approximately one mile from Glenmont Metro. Need a ride from the Metro? Let us know)
PRICE: No Charge!
BETHESDA CENTRAL FARM MARKET TOUR - DAMES ONLY
Want to know more about who grew the microgreens, gathered the eggs or crafted that chocolate bar? Join sister Dames in a locavore tour of the Bethesda Central Farm Market with co-owner Debbie Moser, and learn about the history of the market and back stories of the vendors as you nibble on some of the market's offerings. Stops will include visits to Sophia Maroon (Dress It Up Dressing), Sandra Miller (Painted Hand Farm) and Susan James (Stonyman Gourmet Farmer). Each attendee will receive a $10 gift certificate to use at any market stand.
DATE: Sunday, October 6
TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
PLACE: Bethesda Central Farm Market, in the parking lot of Bethesda Elementary School, 7600 Arlington Road, Bethesda.
PRICE: $10 fee, collected at the market, will go to LDE-DC. Moser will generously distribute $10 gift certificates to each attendee to use at the market.
PARKING: Limited parking at Bethesda Elementary School parking lot; free parking at Montgomery County Garage #40 at 4935 Cordell Avenue, Garage #49 at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, and at the Connie Morella (Bethesda) Library, 7400 Arlington Road.
In Washington D.C., where the nation's business is often conducted at restaurant tables, politics have always been on the plate. This town's restaurants are run by specialists who know how to handle the elected officials, Cabinet secretaries, White House staff, lobbyists and TV pundits who are regular clientele. But lately, spurred by social media, the country's politics have entered their dining rooms. And, even the most experienced have had publicized politically-charged incidents.
This forum will explore this distinctive element of DC dining. Longtime area restaurateurs will share their experiences, give insight on how they handle the heightened political mood in DC's dining rooms and pull back the curtain on serving DC's who's who.
Moderated by Carol Joynt, award-winning author, journalist, former restaurant owner and host of The Q&A Café, a weekly talk show.
Ashok Bajaj, CEO, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group which includes Bombay Club, Rasika, Oval Room
Amy Brandwein - owner, Centrolina & 3-time James Beard Foundation nominee
Ruth Gresser - founder & owner, Pizzeria Paradiso restaurants
Laurent Menoud - general manager, Café Milano
Maria Trabocchi -co-owner, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants, which include Fiola, Fiola Mare, Del Mar, three locations of Sfoglina, Fiola Miami, and Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia
William Washington - director of operations, Schlow Restaurant Group and former general manager BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel
Stephanie Wilkinson - owner, The Red Hen, Lexington, VA
DATE: Monday, October 14
TIME: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.
PRICE: $35 (includes light desserts + cash bar)
RSVP: Click here
to purchase your ticket on Eventbrite
MEDIA: Media may request credentials by emailing name, media affiliation, phone number to Jill Collins at jill@JillCollinsPR.com
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1. THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB BOOK FAIR AND AUTHORS' NIGHT. 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 529 14th Street, N.W.
Club members who have published a book since November 2018 participate in the annual Book Fair. Socialize with your favorite authors during a special reception in their honor prior to discussing their work with fans and signing books during an exciting evening celebrating all things literary. Book Fair tickets are $5 for Club members and $10 for the public and can be purchased online
beginning at 8:15 a.m. Monday, September 16 and at the door on November 1. The Book Fair is a fundraiser for The National Press Club Journalism Institute. The Institute promotes an engaged global citizenry through an independent and free press, and equips journalists with skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement. The Institute is partnering with Politics & Prose to coordinate the event.
NOVEMBER 3 TO 10. SAVE THE DATE. DMV BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK Nearly 50 participating black-owned restaurants in D.C., Maryland and Virginia will offer special menus and pricing. Additional events include a cocktail competition on November 4 featuring local bartenders who will showcase their signature drinks; a Business of Food and Beverage Summit on November 6; tasting events featuring spirits from black-owned businesses; and an awards ceremony and dinner recognizing area culinary talent on November 8. The theme of the dinner will be "conversations and cuisines of the African diaspora." A list of participating restaurants and tickets for the various events will be available through the DMV Black Restaurant Week in the coming days.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7. SMITHSONIAN FOOD HISTORY GALA. The National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.
Join us for a black-tie celebration in support of the programs, exhibitions, and research of the Smithsonian Food History Project
at the National Museum of American History featuring the fifth annual presentation of the Julia Child Award to
José Andrés by the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts. Click here for Tickets.
Entre News is our LDE-DC chapter e-newsletter. It 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 firstname.lastname@example.org in a succinct 75 words of less.
DAMES CORNER is a brief feature to help us get to know our sister Dames a bit better. We will randomly choose Dames to profile who have differing professional backgrounds so the coverage is more interesting.
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.
Thank you for you continued interest and participation.
Katherine Newell Smith
Founding Editor, Entre News
Social Media Connections
Connect with Sister Dames
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.
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
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.
2019-2020 Committee Chairs
Membership - Dames Who Dine:
Membership - Engagement:
Women in Gastronomy:
Global Culinary Initiatives:
Annie Boutin King
(Dames Who Dine)
|To view the latest approved board meeting minutes, go to www.lesdamesdc.org 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.
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 at email@example.com
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.
LDEI Quarterly Deadlines:
The deadline for sending in Member Milestones and Chapter News for the WINTER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is NOVEMBER 11. Our archived Quarterly magazines are available online. If you are not receiving hard copies of Quarterly, please check your online contact information at www.ldei.org If it is correct, please contact Greg Jewell firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure you are on the mailing list.
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.
Member Milestones - Edited by Dorothy Koteski (Phil)
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 "Brava!"
Submit Member Milestones by filling out the interactive form at: http://link.ldei.org/ldei-member-milestones. Any field marked with an asterisk (*) is required. Note that some forms have character limits due to space constraints. To submit a photo, reply "Yes" to "Would you like to submit a high resolution quality image?" Then click "Next". You will be taken to a second page where you can upload your images.
Be sure to click the SUBMIT button to upload your responses. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission was received. Press releases and cookbook covers are not accepted. Entries received after the deadline may appear in a following issue.
Please know that you can also email your information, if you prefer. The email addresses listed under the Submission Guidelines will always be active and will forward to the correct person.
Submit Chapter News by filling out the interactive form at: http://link.ldei.org/ldei-chapter-programs.To submit a photo, reply "Yes" to "Would you like to submit a high resolution quality image?" Then click "Next". You will be taken to a second page where you can upload your images. Be sure to click the SUBMIT button to upload your responses. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission was received.