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Almost all of our class sessions for tomorrow's Women in Gastronomy Symposium are at full capacity.  If you are planning to attend as a participant or volunteer, and haven't already registered, please sign up today!  Several more volunteers are needed if you can assist.  Please email Marie Steffany to let her know you can help at

Click here for the link on Eventbrite to sign up as a volunteer, pw is dames4ever
Please email Marie Steffany to let her know you can help at

Click here to sign up as a participant on Eventbrite.

Thank you!

March 7, 2018
Dear Sister Dames,
This year's Women in Gastronomy symposium which will be held this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove is going to be so impressive. I encourage all of you to attend if you are not already volunteering in some capacity and to invite your friends.  As of Tuesday evening, March 6, we had 155 registered. Please help recruit more attendees!

After WIG is put to bed, we will begin preparations for our first annual Marianne Ali Brunch on April 6. We will honor the DC Central Kitchen graduating class #111. What an achievement for the Kitchen! This fourteen-week program teaches unemployed adults culinary and job readiness skills and places them in good positions in our industries. It has become a lifeline for hundreds of our neighbors. I highly recommend that you participate in the brunch and attend the graduation ceremony that afternoon at the Naval Memorial auditorium. It may well change your life. Specifics are below.

Nominations are now open for the Grand Dame Award. Last year, Lydia Bastianich (NY) was named Grand Dame. In fact, we have scheduled a Dames-only lunch with her in April. Stay tuned. Our own Joan Nathan was our chapter's choice for Grand Dame in 2015 and she earned the votes of other chapters to be awarded that title at our annual conference in Charleston, SC. She was the first DC Dame to be named a Grand Dame. More information is below about the award and how you can have your say in the nomination process.

Thank you for all you do to help achieve LDE-DC's mission.

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 send out a note to your friends and colleagues and post on social media with an invitation to join us at WIG on Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. at The Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850.  
Here is the link to learn more and to register: 

In the last issue, we wished Rosa Mendoza well in her recovery from a broken pelvis. In this issue we offer our heartfelt condolences to her upon the death of her beloved father in Florida.

We send our sympathy to Laurie Alleman Weber and her family upon the death of her dear father Roy Alleman of Tonica, Illinois.

LDEI annually bestows the honorific title of Grande Dame of Les Dames d'Escoffier International to a woman in recognition of her extraordinary and unusual contributions to the fields of food, wine, other fine beverages, nutrition, the arts of the table or other fields that relate to these disciplines. Non-members and members of our organization are eligible for this tribute. The nomination process begins at the chapter level. We ask that you consider sister culinarians, Dames and non-Dames, and submit your nominations to Janet Yu at Janet@hollywoodeastcafe.comClick here for the application information and details for submission. The board will review member submission on March 13 and send consensus by the LDEI deadline of March 15. 

CALL FOR NEW MEMBERS! Completed application due no later than March 15.
Please consider nominating qualified colleagues and acquaintances who will bring their enthusiasm, talent, and ideas as active members to our Les Dames d 'Escoffier DC chapter.

The new online, fillable application is available on the public section of the LDEI-DC Chapter website.   
Click here for 2018 LDEI Application.  Click here to use Eventbrite to pay for the New Member Application Fee ($25)
The grant application for 2018 is now online at The deadline for entry is Saturday, March 31st, and we will notify awardees by April 25th.
We look forward to receiving applications from local organizations that match our chapter's mission to support women to succeed in the food, fine beverage, hospitality, and related industries. Tax-exempt charitable or educational organizations in region may apply.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Botta at (202) 329-8912 or by email at  


The first annual Marianne Ali Brunch that LDE-DC will sponsor takes place for the 111th graduating class at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 6 at DC Central Kitchen, 425 2nd Street, NW. We should plan on preparing at least 12 different dishes for 35 people for brunch. We will send out a link for signupgenius  soon to make it easier to coordinate your participation. There will be a space on the form for you to indicate any special serving equipment needs. The kitchen will provide all beverages, plates and utensils and serving pieces and equipment. Please deliver food by 9:30 a.m. which is also when street parking near the kitchen becomes available. Dames can leave the food at the DCCK entrance (the alley loading dock), and then leave to find a parking spot. The Kitchen will try to save a few spaces in the lot, but we shouldn't count on it.

The actual graduation is scheduled for 2 o'clock that afternoon in the Navy Memorial auditorium at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC. We sincerely hope you can attend both events.

Debra Moser and her husband Mitch Berliner and their company, Meatcrafters, were featured in the February 28 editions of The Washington Business Journal.


Pati Jinich is our keynote speaker.     
Cookbook Jumble, chair Susan Delbert, are no longer accepting books at National Press Club or at Susan Delbert's home. If you wish to bring books to the event, then please pack them in bags and boxes.

Culinary Garage Sale, chair, Katherine Newell Smith We have sorted and priced all items for sale. Perhaps there are holes in your equipment inventory. We have a lot in the baking category. Bring cash or credit cards on Saturday!

Lunchtime Expo. Co-Chairs: Jill Collins,, Lori Gardner and Kyle Schmitz,

Conference "Goody" Bags. Co-chairs: Drew, and Carole Sugarman, If you have items for the goody bags, please contact Drew or Carole to make sure they can be accommodated.

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  
Katherine Newell Smith hosted Dames to help price and sort  culinary garage sale items.   Stacy Adams, Karen Lippold and Janet Cam stand behind the fruits of their labor.  The group was rewarded with a lunch of coq au vin and lively conversation.

 Left to right:  Stacey AdamsKaren Lippold and Janet Cam

Left to right:  Janet CamStacey Adams and  Karen Lippold  

Lunch with Grand Dame Lydia Bastianich
DATE:  Wednesday, April 4
TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE: VIP Curator-led Tour of Foodways Exhibits with Dutch-treat brunch following at the Sweet Home CafĂ© 
DATE:  April 20, 2018
TIME:  8:45 a.m.
PLACE: National Museum of African American History and Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
PRICE:  Dames  Members $10 (for tax deductible donation to the Les Dames Scholarship Fund), Non-Members: $15 (includes tax deductible donation to the Les Dames Scholarship Fund)
RSVP:  Registration information coming soon
TONIGHT!  Wednesday, March 7, Turn Up the Heat! Gala Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. The Gala, supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, showcases women chefs in the D.C. region to further fund private research grants, advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill, and support programs for patients and their families who are affected by this disease. Sample 50+ dishes from the area's top female chefs including Michelle PoteauxBastille Brasserie & Bar; Amy BrandweinCentrolina; Drew FaulknerCooking with Drew; Susan HoltCulinaerie; Susan DelbertThe Fourth Estate at the National Press Club; Laurie BellGreat Falls Tea Garden; Janet YuHollywood East Cafe;Susan SoorenkoMoorenko's Ice Cream; Ris LaCosteRIS; Jodi LehrSanta Lucia Estate Coffee; Janis McLeanSeasons Culinary Services and Marjorie Meek BradleySmoked and Stacked

Monday, April 30, at 6:00 p.m. Dining With the Chefs fundraising dinner for the Campus Kitchens Project (CKP) at the Universities at Shady Grove, Building II, 9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, MD 20850
The Universities at Shady Grove Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) students, instructed by Susan Callahan, mount this annual event to support the their CKP participation as they create nutritious meals for residents of The Dwelling Place of Gaithersburg, Maryland, lead workshops to teach basic
cooking skills, and advocate for hunger awareness in Montgomery County.  CKP is a program of DC Central Kitchen and is a national leader in community service for students devoted to hunger relief. If you purchase tickets, please indicate you are a Dame so we can arrange to save a Dames table.
Click here  for more information
For tickets, click on "attend" tab

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,
Password: ldedc2014 (for Members-only section)
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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


Connect with Sister Dames

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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.

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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

Financial Officer
Eileen Dykes   
Communications Officer
Kristen Hartke
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 SUMMER issue of the LDEI Quarterly is  April 10, 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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