May 21, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Cooking Up a Storm: Santa Monica to Host Leading Women Chefs

Some of Los Angeles’ best chefs will treat Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) Conference attendees and participants to the best food the region has to offer, when their annual event kicks off at Annenberg Beach House mid-April.

This year’s theme, “Imagine Your Dreams and Ignite the Future,” will offer invaluable strategies for women to develop their hospitality careers and maximize opportunities, according to event organizers, and will cover a range of topics including social media, artisanal milling, GMOs, equal pay, advances in kitchen technology, and more, according to event organizers.

There will also be cooking competitions, an all-woman food truck invasion, and talent talks from top industry leaders including James Beard Award winner Bricia Lopez; Guckenheimer’s Chief Innovation Officer, Helen Kennen; and Google’s Executive Pastry Chef, Pauline Lam.

WCR began in 1993, with aim to becoming a resource to provide females in the food industry with scholarships, mentors, and networking opportunities.

The nonprofit’s annual conference – which takes place April 17 and 18 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City – will stick to the WCR’s original message, exploring topics and issues most relevant to women in hospitality.

Susan Feniger, one of the chefs and owners of Santa Monica Border Grill, will be among those participating in conference. Renowned chef Nancy Silverton, James Beard winner, will judge the Food Games contest. Food Network’s Waylynn Lucas and Ron Ben-Israel will host the “Women Who Inspire” awards gala at Paramount Pictures Studios on the New York Street backlot.

The Mirror spoke to participating Santa Monica delegates about the upcoming program and how to get ahead as a woman in the culinary field.

“The WCR conference plays such an important role in today’s culinary industry and provides an incredible opportunity to network with women from all across the country, listen to inspiring women talk about their careers, and support our peers. The idea of women coming together as a collective force in the industry is a truly unique aspect of the WCR.” – Susan Feniger, Border Grill

“As a founding member of the WCR, my career has been greatly enhanced by the many connections WCR has afforded me. Networking, teaching and mentoring young people has been instrumental in helping me define why I do things a certain way and allows me to share this knowledge with a new generation of chefs.” – Mary Sue Milliken, Border Grill

“When Barbara Lazaroff introduced me to the WCR many decades ago, it provided me and other women in our industry with a support system and networking opportunity at a time when we were seen as a novelty in our industry. It helped me to understand that ‘women really can do it all’.” – Bella Lantsman, Chinois on Main

Tastings at the opening party include a selection from notable LA chefs such as: Grace Gonzalez – Blvd 16, Chloe Dahl and Nikki Booth – Knuckle and Claw, Suzanne Tract – Jar, Corina Weible – Canele, Ali Ohta – Tender Greens, Frania Mendivil – Patina, Lori Sauer – Georges at the Cove, Julie Jangali – Montage Beverly Hills, Sally Camacho – CIA Greystone, Dahlia Narvaez – Mozza, Annette Starbuck – Goodie Girls Cupcakes, Cathleen Elias and Paulette Koumetz – Lette Macarons, Tamara Davis, Melissa Coppel.

For more information, pricing, and to purchase tickets to attend the WCR 22nd Annual National Conference, visit www.womenchefs.org.

in News
Related Posts

Los Angeles Metro Sees 15.9 Percent Increase in Median Rent

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Median rent of $2,258, according to recent report By Dolores Quintana The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the issues of housing...

New Renderings for Frank Gehry Hotel Development in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Project would include hotel, apartments, retail and a museum By Dolores Quintana Slowly but surely, plans for a  Frank Gehry-designed...

Shared Mobility Plummets in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Recent report also shows that nearly half of riders make over $100,000 By Sam Catanzaro Shared mobility use in Santa...

Christopher Dishlip Selected as Santa Monica’s New Assistant Director of Public Works

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Public Works Director Rick Valte announced the selection of Christopher Dishlip as Santa Monica’s new Assistant Director of Public Works....

Letter to Editor: Response to Himmelrich’s “We Walk the Talk” Column

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

By Beau Marks As a Santa Monica resident, I am dismayed by Sue Himmelrich’s response (“We Walk the Talk,” Santa...

Motional And UberEats Launch Autonomous Deliveries In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

There Are Plans For Expansion Into The Rest Of Los Angeles Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Uber Technologies...

Winston Pies Opening Third Location In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

The restaurant used to be known as ButterCrust Pies Winston Pies is staying in Santa Monica when opening their third...

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...

1221 Ocean Avenue Complex Sold For Record Price

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Sold for a record price of $330 million. By Dolores Quintana The Irvine Company has sold 1221 Ocean Avenue to...

Office Construction Is Starting To Rise In Los Angeles

May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022

Property vacancies are still affecting growth.  By Dolores Quintana In March, the Los Angeles Metropolitan area had 3.2 million square...