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September 5, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,

Welcome Back!!  I hope you all have enjoyed your summer.

Your LDEDC board and committees have been working hard to plan our upcoming programs.  Our calendar is getting full.  Look for more info to come.

Autumn is here which means our Autumn General Membership Meeting and dinner is near. It will be held at Hollywood East CafĂ© on Monday, Oct. 1, 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 offers a chance to meet your Sister Dames and get the scoop on what is going on.  If you are unable to make it, please send a proxy.  Details to follow with agenda and registration info.

At the LDEI Annual Conference next month in Seattle, Ann Stratte will assume her new role as LDEI president.  We wish Ann all the best with this new challenge to guide LDEI into 2019 and great success to help serve all women in our industries. Ann is resigning our LDEDC board for this job so we welcome CiCi Williamson, who has agreed to serve in Ann's place and advise the board as a past LDEI and LDEDC president.

The 2018 LDEI Annual Conference "Gray Skies, Bright Ideas" will be held in Seattle October 11-14 at the Renaissance Hotel Seattle Downtown.  Conference is such a good place to get a better understanding of LDEI and meet Dames from all over the world.  Registration ends September 10. See LDEI.Org for more info.  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. 

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

DATE:  Monday, October 1
PLACE:  Hollywood East Restaurant, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902
TIMES:  Board Meeting:  4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
               Registration:  5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. with light appetizers
               Meeting:  6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
               Dinner:  8:00 p.m.
PROXY:  Attendance, in person, at one general membership meeting per year is a requirement of membership.  If you cannot attend the Autumn meeting, you may ask an attending Dame to serve as your proxy.  You will find your proxy form at or by clicking here.  Please email or send the completed proxy form to Robin Kurtzman ( BEFORE the meeting.  Instructions are on the form.

We express our heartfelt sympathy to our Dames who have recently lost their beloved mothers.
Paula Johnson's mother, Marlys Johnson, 92, passed away July 31 in Elk River, Minnesota.
Diane Feffer Neas's mother, Janice Feffer, passed away on August 6 in Dedham MA.

It is now in print as well as online. Miss having that helpful blue book right in your hands? Pine no more. The LDEI printed directory (dated Jan. 2018) may now be ordered for a cost of $15 plus shipping and handling (10% discount on orders of 10+). Amy Hoopes (San Francisco) and Hayley Matson-Mathes (Hawaii) donated the cost of formatting for the directory. It was a complex project requiring the services of a professional. Click here to order:
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.
Sheila Crye directed five week-long, half-day youth cooking camps this summer at her Silver Spring home and led many to compete in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on August 10. There her Young Chefs bakers won two grand champion ribbons, six blue ribbons, four red ribbons, three white ribbons and one yellow ribbon.
Johanna Mendelsohn Forman
gave a keynote speech at the World Food Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 30, sponsored by the Danish Ministry of Food and Agriculture. She spoke about Gastrodiplomacy in Times of Uncertainty.  Johanna also conducted workshop on global food heritage. On September 11 she will be a speaker at the Museum of Modern Art's Salon series in New York on Gastrodiplomacy as way to build community.
Debra Moser's and Mitch Berliner's MeatCrafters was featured on WJLA's Kidd Around Town on Friday August 24.  Host Kidd O'Shea toured MeatCrafters USDA plant and joined in the making its popular Skinny Salamis.  Click here to view:
MeatCrafters and Central Farm Markets also was featured on Nycci Nellis' Industry Night show August 27.

Vickie Reh's book, The Wine Table: Recipes and Pairings from Winemakers' Kitchens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018), released September 4, details 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.  

Susan Soorenko's Moorenko's was listed in Visit Montgomery as one of the best ice cream spots in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Tambra Raye Stevenson, will lead a healthy kids cooking demo and story time of her "Where's WANDA" book series at  DC Veg Fest's Kids Zone, Saturday, September 15 at the Yards Park; appear on News Channel 8 Saturday, September 8 at 11:30 a.m. and lead a breakfast session during Chesapeake Food Summit on September 25 at Union Market.


Virginia Willis (ATL) created a sumptuous dinner with Ris Lacoste at RIS on August 8 to promote her new book, Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover's Tour of the Global South" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018). An entertaining speak, Virginia shared stories behind some of the recipes and her adventures in writing the book that offers multicultural view to the influences on Southern cuisine that is well beyond black and white.

Laurie Bell and Monica Thomas flank Virginia Willis who is holding the New York Times food section of August 8, 2018 in which she and her new book are featured as the cover story.

Left to right: Virginia WillisRis Lacoste, and Laurie Bell.

Pimento Cheese Tomato Herb Pie and Black Pepper Cream Cheese Biscuits with Ham and Peach Mostarda.

Virginia Willis with dessert, Warm Peach Upside Down Cake and Ice Cream.

Good friends VIrginia Willis and Katherine Newell Smith holding Virginia's cookbook Secrets of the Southern Table:  A Food Lovers Tour of the Global South.  

100 Bowls of Soup, 279 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20170. Interested in working in our kitchen, collaborating with artisans, supporting local farms, and working to provide customers with clean and nourishing soups? Join our team at 100 Bowls in Herndon, VA!  We're looking for additional staff members for kitchen prep and production and retail sales. Positions require patience, good communication skills, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, working on your feet, and being able to lift boxes of up to 40 lbs. For more information about either position, please contact Katharine Mardirosian at

Join us for a docent-led culinary tour and tasting of the foods of Vietnam. The Eden Center is Northern Virginia's premier Asian center comprising approximately 120 stores. The Center is the heart and soul of the Vietnamese-American Community for the entire East Coast.
DATE: Saturday, September 22
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: Eden Center, 6751 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044
PRICE: Dames: $45.00; Non-members $55.00 (includes a $10.00 tax-exempt donation for LDEI scholarships)
REGISTRATION:  Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!
Reservation or cancellation deadline Tuesday, September 18

DATE: Monday, September 24
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: At the home of Gail Forman, 19213 Lloyd Road, Potomac, MD  20854. 
PRICE: FREE. Host provides refreshments. 
RSVP: Please email or call Gail to know if you plan to attend. or 301-279-2554
BOOK SELECTION: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See.  We will taste pu'er tea complimented by Chinese snacks. As a bonus, author Lisa See will chat about her writing with us via Skype during the evening.

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, 2018
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)
REGISTRATION:  Click here to purchase your tickets on Eventbrite!

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.

October 1, The Next Big Bite at the New York Law School, 185 Broadway in New York City from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. LDE-New York invites you to its fourth annual trend-watching event. This year, culinary experts will examine "What We Will Cook, Eat, Drink and Crave in 2019." Click here for Save the Date flyer.  The evening will be festive and informative, with opportunities to network and enjoy great food and drink. The chapter has arranged a special discount for out-of-town attendees at the Duane Street Hotel in Manhattan.  An invitation will follow with ticketing details.  This is typically a sold-out event.   In addition, web streaming capabilities will be available for LDEI members who would like to view The Next Big Bite individually, or to chapters to host events that night to stream the event.  Consider following the lead of our Kentucky chapter that is throwing a cocktail party at a local hotel for members to view the live-streaming altogether.  Last year's The Next Big Bite was hosted by former Food & Wine Editor Dana Cowin, with panelists including Melissa Clark and Padma Lakshmi. This year's speakers will be announced shortly.

November 1 to 3, 2018, 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: 


How to Log-in to Members only:
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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
How to Log-in to the Les Dames DC Chapter website,
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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
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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.

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 
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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