Resy’s Women Of Food Dinner Series Takes Place This June In New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago And London

In 2018, online reservations platform, Resy, launched The Women of Food campaign, to celebrate, honor and uplift female chefs, restaurant owners and operators. It was also a response to the systematic inequities towards women in the food and beverage industry, where only 33% of independent restaurants are owned by women (according to the National Restaurant Association), and only 20% hold head chef positions.

This June, the campaign returns for the fourth year. Throughout the month, Resy will be connecting diners to female talent in the food and beverage space through editorial guides, features and collections. Towards the last two weeks of June, The Women of Food campaign will go on tour to six cities for intimate dinner events featuring: Ria Graham of Kokomo in New York (June 21); Amy Brandwein of Centrolina in Washington D.C. (June 21); Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat in Los Angeles (June 22); Luciana Giangrandi of Boia De in Miami (June 22 and 23); Hillary Sterling of Ci Siamo in New York (June 27); Beverly Kim of Wherewithall in Chicago (June 28); and Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie of Oklava in London (June 28).

“It [was] important for us to showcase diverse cultural backgrounds and cuisines,” Vanessa Leitman, Head of PR & Experiential at Resy, shared with Forbes, when asked how they selected this year’s participating chefs. “There are so many talented female chefs and restauranteurs out there, and we referenced the most notified on Resy and in-demand restaurants in each market.”

Leitman also shared that this year’s dinners will highlight women working behind the scenes from female restaurant colleagues, farmers, winemakers and artisans.

“In Chicago, Chef Beverly Kim of Wherewithall has centered her dinner around the power of the matriarch. The dishes presented will be the flavors her mother fed her, and around her motherland of Korea, the culture her family brought with them when they moved to the United States.”

“At the dinners in New York and Los Angeles, chefs Hillary Sterling of Ci Siamo and Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat have collaborated with their wine teams to create menus that highlights female wine producers and owners.”

“In London, chef Selin Kiazim of Oklava has created a menu where each course is inspired by a different female she admires— from her mother making her own yogurt, highlighted in a dish of truffle yoghurt custard, smoked anchovy and lamb crackling bun, to a coffee ice cream dessert featuring coffee from Ozerlat coffee, a 100-year-old Turkish coffee company currently run by the founder’s great-granddaughter, Iley Ozerlat.”

This year’s campaign also includes a first-time e-commerce platform of women-owned goods curated by stylist Beverly Nguyen of her namesake Beverly’s New York, a kitchen and specialty homewares market—in collaboration with the series’ featured chefs. The items will be available at beginning June 15, and part of the proceeds will be donated to the National Women’s Law Center, an organization that fight for gender justice, taking on issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

Tickets ($150/person for US dinners, £95/person for London dinner; inclusive of food, beverages, and service) are currently available on Resy US and Resy London.

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