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In celebration of female leaders in the culinary industry, Resy is continuing its Women In Food series and platform this March for the third year in a row. The 2020 Women Of Food tour will come to 11 of the best culinary cities around the world—London, New York, and San Francisco, to name a few—for intimate dinners hosted by an all-female group of premiere chefs and restaurateurs.
Timed to kick off during International Women’s Month, the series will feature the theme “dedication,” as each chef will dedicate a meal to an inspirational woman of her choosing.
Originally created to bring attention the troubling gender gap present in the restaurant industry, the Women in Food series not only highlights an effort to make the industry more equitable, but also serves as a platform to encourage young women to become a chef or open their own restaurant.
"We want the next generation of women chefs, cooks, and restaurateurs to have the same opportunity that we have been given: to have the chance to open a restaurant, and be judged on who we are rather than as women. I’d love to see a day when we didn’t have to separate awards for men and women. We’ve been lucky to be received as restaurateurs first, so we want to pave that path of opportunity for other women," said Annie Shi, partner and GM at King. "We are committed to our staff, of which the majority are women. Ninety percent of our kitchen is female, and I think it’s really cool for them to see this kind of event happening."
Rose Previte, owner of Maydan and Compass Rose, shared a similar sentiment. "I hope that more women will see that owning your own business, specifically a restaurant, does not mean that you have to give up having a family or being in a relationship. I’d like to help change the idea that owning a business means having to give up a 'normal' life. I think with the right leadership and management of your business you can make it work and discover that it’s very empowering to run it all," said Previte. "I want to help change the notion that we have to do things one way in the culinary world to succeed. I want to change the notion that men are the only ones who have the grit to stand behind a fire for six hours."
Tickets are now on sale through Resy.com/womenoffood.
Ticket price ($150/person for US dinners, £110/person for London dinner) includes food, beverages, and service. The series schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, March 11th - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rose Previte, Maydan
Monday, March 16th - NYC - Jess Shadbolt, Clare de Boer & Annie Shi, King
Tuesday, March 17th - BOSTON - Cassie Piuma, Sarma
Monday, March 23rd - LOS ANGELES - Mei Lin, Nightshade
Tuesday, March 24th - PHILADELPHIA - Marcie Turney & Valerie Safran, Barbuzzo (private event space)
Friday, March 27th - LONDON - Skye Gyngell, Spring Restaurant
Monday, March 30th - SAN FRANCISCO - Kim Alter, Nightbird
Tuesday, March 31st - SEATTLE - Renee Erickson, Bistro Shirlee
Thursday, April 2nd - ATLANTA - Deborah VanTrece, Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours
Monday, April 6th - CHICAGO - Sarah Grueneberg, Monteverde
Tuesday, April 7th - MIAMI - Anastasia Koutsioukis, Gregory's