The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Behind the scenes podcast from Women Chefs and Restaurateurs 2015 conference

Dining Dish, like my blog’s name, is the name of the podcasts I record for Baltimore Internet Radio and have been doing over the past five months.  With my hand-held recorder in tow at the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Conference in New York City I was able to capture interviews with Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food and Wine, Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation, Meredith O’Malley, a manager for the Michelin starred Del Posto Restaurant whose Chef Mark Ladner just won the James Beard Award –Best Chef New York.

Founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Lidia Bastianich – restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality and co-owner in the  Eatalys was the keynote speaker. With the recorder held up in the air I was able to capture her speech, even capturing other founder Anne Rosenzweig. Listen as outgoing president of WCR Chef Elizabeth Falkner introduces Lidia and the entire keynote speech.

The 22 year old Women Chefs and Restaurateurs organization supports chefs from restaurants, caterers, bakers, pastry, personal chefs to front-of-house managers, sommeliers, mixologist and more with a platform to share, mentor, learn and  offering amazing networking opportunities. I’ve been a member since my days as the marketing and public relations director for Vanns Spices and have continued as a member since starting my own business - 12 years. Whether beginning your culinary/hospitality journey or being established there are amazing scholarships and stagiaires available.

Any woman looking to enter or involved with the hospitality industry should seriously consider the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs organization. Coming in October is a mini conference in Calgary and April, 2016, the annual conference is in Los Angeles.

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs –   Facebook  Twitter & Instagram @wcrwomenchefs

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