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September 6, 2017
Dear Sister Dames,

Our beloved Sister Dame, Marianne Ali, is with our Heavenly Father. Marianne died on August 30 after a long and courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. We will always remember Marianne for the strength and grace she exhibited in her life and how she worked tirelessly at DC Central Kitchen to help others take control of theirs. Marianne, may you rest in peace. You will always be remembered.  Funeral services will be held tomorrow, September 7th.  Details are below under In Memorium.  

Our prayers go out to all in Houston affected by the rain and floods for their health and safety. LDEI has been in touch with the president of the Houston chapter to find ways Dames can be helpful. Once the waters subside and members are able to assess their needs, she will let LDEI know and information will be posted here.

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.  Under their capable leadership, it is all coming together yet  March will be here in the blink of an eye.  The key word is tequila.  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.  Registration is open until Oct. 2.  I suggest you make reservations early as the hotel space for 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. 

Save the Date for our Annual Autumn General Membership Meeting:  Tuesday, October 10.  Place TBD.

Thank you for all you do for LDE-DC to make 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

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Our beloved friend and sister Dame Marianne Ali died on August 30 at her home in Bowie, Maryland with her family and friends beside her. Marianne, 60, was the director of DC Central Kitchen's much
lauded culinary training program. During her twenty years at the kitchen, Marianne received numerous commendations for her exemplary work. You can read a bit about Marianne here
and watch a video produced about her life here She was an extraordinary human being and a dear friend.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 7, at 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home, 7474 Landover Road, Landover, MD 20785. A reception will be held immediately
following the services at the City of Glenarden Community Center, 2250 Petrie Lane, Suite #519, Woodmore Towne Center, Lanham, MD 20706.

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! 

You will receive a notice of the Autumn General Membership Meeting shortly with the time, place and meeting agenda. In the meantime, please set aside the evening of Tuesday, October 10.
Evelyn Bunoan was profiled in Food Service Monthly Magazine's Local Cooks column by Alexandra Greeley in its May 2017 issue, "Evelyn Bunoan, Filipina Chef Extraordinaire." The article describes the popularity of Evelyn's food at the Filipino embassy, the work she and her husband, Oscar,  do to feed cancer patients through their foundation CHEW (Cancer Help Eat Well), and, of course, the evolution of her Philippine Oriental Market & Deli that she opened in 1978.
Aviva Goldfarb sold her business, Six O'Clock Scramble, after 14 years to Jessica Braider. The Six O'Clock Scramble will continue to operate as an online meal planner for busy families with Aviva serving as an  advisor to Jessica.  Aviva is moving on to do marketing, PR and writing projects for food and restaurant clients.
A profile about Debra Moser, her husband Mitch Berliner, business partner Stan Feder and  their MeatCrafters salami and sausage company appeared in the Summer issue of Edible DC, "Selling the Sizzle" by Lani Furbank.
Susan Soorenko was featured in the July 2017 issue of Food Service Monthly Magazine's Local Cooks column by Alexandra Greeley.  The piece "I scream...You scream...We all scream...Moorenkos!"  recounted Soorenko's entry and hard-won success in the specialty frozen-dessert segment. 


A glass of Pol Roger and delicious nibble as a benvenuto from the chef is always a winning greeting to Dames Who Dine. Jessica Botta, Director of Training  and Culinary Development at Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants, arranged for a wonderful event at the group's newest eatery, Sfoglina, on Tuesday, July 18. It is a few doors down from Tracy Stannard's new Soapstone Market on Connecticut Avenue in Van Ness.  Jessica hosted Janet Yu, Julia Rutland, Karen Vartan, and Michele Jacobs for a delightful dinner that began with arugula and bibb salad with peaches and ricotta salata, meatballs with soft polenta, grilled calamari with romesco, and fisherman style octopus with eggplant caponata. It was followed by an array of pastas, of course. (Sfoglina refers to a female pasta-maker in Italian restaurants. Evidently, nearly every restaurant in Italy has one and while they are traditionally female, these days men are also pasta makers.) There was whole wheat gemelli with roasted eggplant, basil, and pecorino; spaghetti chitarra with pancetta and escarole, "carbonara" style; and baccala stuffed agnolotti. (We knew you would want to know the menu). A trio of desserts and a round of Brachetto d'Acqui ended the evening on a sweet note.
Left to right:  Julia Rutland, Karen Vartan, Janet Yu, Michele Jabobs and Jessica Botta.

Ris LacosteSusan Holt and Linda Roth at Susan's cooking school, CulinAerie,  in D.C.  Ris and Nevin Martel judged dishes in the LRA Chef Challenge as part of Linda's company's  annual retreat.

Left to right:  Ris Lacoste, Susan Holt and Linda Roth.


These are the kinds of Dames encounters you can have when you attend LDEI conference every year....and room with Dames from other chapters! You make amazing friends of like-minded professional women who are extraordinary human beings.
Linda Roth and her husband Jonathan Kahn landed in Vancouver on the first leg of their honeymoon in July where they were greeted by Cate Simpson (roommate at LDEI  conference Boston) and taken to Tojo restaurant. After a few days with Cate as an able guide, Linda and Jonathan boarded a ship for a romantic cruise to Alaska.

Left to right:  Cate Simpson, Chef Tojo and Linda Roth.

A few weeks later, Katherine Newell Smith and her husband Alan Miller landed in Vancouver where they were greeted by Cate Simpson (roommate in Atlanta and Austin) who, with Wendy Taylor (roommate Palm Springs), basically, arranged their entire 10-day vacation in BC. With a multitude of you-really-don't-get-to-see-this-unless-you-live-here activities including but not limited to amazing dinners with friends, museum and aquarium visits, ferry rides, seaplane rides, ski lifts to restaurants, eclipse watching, shopping excursions, hikes, walks and bike rides, they were delighted and exhausted.   So. Much. Fun. 

 L-r Cate SimpsonKatherine Newell Smith, Chef David Hawksworth, 
Wendy Taylor and  Becky Paris Turner at Nightingale restaurant for BC Chapter's Summerdine annual fundraiser.

Cate and Katherine walking with Cate's labradoodle Foster at low tide on Jericho Beach in Vancouver

Wendy Taylor and Katherine watching the eclipse on Alta Lake at Whistler Mountain.

Pam Williams, Cate Simpson, Katherine Newell Smith and Becky Paris Turner at Becky's beautiful Bowen Island vacation home preparing a gorgeous and delicious dinner for a crowd.
DATE: Monday, September 11
TIME: 7:00 p.m.
PLACE: the home of Gail Forman, 10213 Lloyd Road, Potomac, MD 20854
PRICE: Free. Beverages, Mexican tapas, and dessert will be provided.
Book Selection:  Like Water for Chocolate: A novel in monthly installments with recipes, romances and home remedies by Laura Esquivel (1989)
RSVP: to Gail Forman, as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
Help support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and join DC dames for dinner.  Barbara Black and Jeff Black are matching dollar-for-dollar tax-deductible donations up to $100,000 made by guests at all area Black Restaurant Group Restaurants from now through Sept 14. 
DATE: Wednesday, Sept 13, 2017
TIME: 6:30 pm
PLACE: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, 1612 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009.  Tel. 202-319-1612
PRICE: Dutch treat; a la carte order
PARKING: Valet available at $12 per vehicle
RSVP: Julia Rutland at or text 205-381-8787
DATE:  Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Do you offer nutrition, cooking, gardening or agriculture classes or programs in Montgomery County, Maryland? If so, and you would like to be included in the Montgomery County Food Council directory of food education providers, please email Sheila Crye (  by September 9 with your class or program information. The Food Literacy Working Group of the Montgomery County Food Council ( )  is creating the directory as part of an effort to determine the gaps in the County's food education.
Farm to Fork Dinner, Saturday, September 16, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Shepherd's Hey Farm, 24020 Old Hundred Road, Comus, MD. This is a fundraiser to support Montgomery Countryside Alliance , a non-profit that promotes advocates for the protection of the 93,000 acre Agricultural Reserve of Montgomery County, Maryland.  The Alliance is a national model for farmland and open space preservation. Bread & Beauty, A Year in Montgomery County's Agricultural Reserve, a seasonal cookbook featuring the bounty produced on the Reserve farms, will be introduced at the event. Claudia Kousoulas is part of the team working on the book. Click here  for tickets. 

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. 
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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


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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 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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