The Campaign Spotlights Female Under-Representation in the Restaurant Industry and Celebrates the Many Ways Women Power Restaurants
New York – Monday, May 23, 2022 – This June, Resy’s The Women of Food campaign returns for a fourth year to honor the women who power restaurants. Resy launched The Women of Food in 2018 to celebrate and illuminate women-led restaurants and to put attention on the systemic inequities for women pursuing careers in the restaurant industry.
“The Women of Food is central to Resy’s mission, to be a platform that champions voices and issues important to the restaurant industry” says Chandler Stroud, Resy’s Head of Marketing. “Resy’s women-led restaurants will be at the forefront of everything we do – editorial guides, interviews, events – with the goal of driving diners to them and raising awareness of the gender gap that continues to persist.”
“While there is certainly still work to be done, it is inspiring to see so many talented female chefs and industry leaders recognized,” says Hillary Sterling, Executive Chef of Ci Siamo in New York City. “I’ve been fortunate to learn from tremendously talented female chefs, and now have the important role of mentoring the next generation of women in the kitchen.”
In 2018 and 2019, Resy held Women of Food dinners in cities across the globe with trailblazing chefs including Dominique Crenn (SF), Nancy Silverton (LA), Missy Robbins (NYC), Asma Khan (LON) and more. In 2020, the planned 11-city dinner series lineup was cut short after its first stop due to the emergence of the global pandemic.
Chef and Restaurant Deborah VanTrece of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, who was meant to host in Atlanta, shared that she saw the series as an opportunity for empowerment. “As a leader in this industry, I am determined to use my platform to help uplift younger chefs, and to ensure the next generation of young women have an easier path than I did. It’s my hope that the next generation will be able to walk through the doors I am working to kick down.”
For 2022, the campaign expands to include a shoppable online collection of items from women-owned businesses and throughout June, Resy will give diners opportunities to:
- SUPPORT women-led restaurants, by choosing to dine with them. Look for “Women of Food” guides in the Resy app and on Resy.com.
- EXPERIENCE special dinners curated by Resy, featuring leading female chefs in 6 cities.
- BUY kitchen goods from women-owned businesses, curated by Beverly Nguyen, Stylist and Founder of BEVERLY’S New York City. Proceeds will benefit the National Women’s Law Center.
SUPPORT | Dine at and spotlight women-led restaurants
Throughout June, Resy will guide diners toward women-led restaurants with editorial guides, features and collections. Visit Resy.com to discover new women-led restaurants and be inspired by those that have been doing the work for years. Editorial highlights include: Mashama Bailey rethinking how a restaurant can be run. Crystal Wahpepah fighting for Indigenous ingredients and cuisine. Amanda Cohen speaking out about female chef erasure. Niki Nakayama and wife Carole Iida-Nakayama sharing their success with a larger community. Follow @Resy on Instagram for female-focused content all month long, through a new Stories series, “Front of House, Back of House, Run the House.”
EXPERIENCE | The Women of Food 2022 Event Lineup
Over the last two weeks of June, Resy will take The Women of Food campaign on tour to six cities for intimate dinner events with acclaimed chefs and restaurants:
- Tuesday, June 21 – NYC – Ria Graham, Kokomo
- Tuesday, June 21 – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
- Wednesday, June 22 – LOS ANGELES – Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat
- Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23– MIAMI – Luciana Giangrandi, Boia De
- Monday, June 27 – NYC – Hillary Sterling, Ci Siamo
- Tuesday, June 28 – CHICAGO – Beverly Kim, Wherewithall
- Tuesday, June 28 – LONDON – Selin Kiazim & Laura Christie, Oklava
Starting Monday, June 6, 2022 at 10am EST American Express® Card Members get early access to tickets. Tickets to U.S. dinners can be purchased at Resy.com/women-of-food-events. Tickets to the London dinner can be purchased at blog.resy.com/women-of-food-event-london. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets by adding an American Express Card to their Resy account, and then purchasing tickets with that American Express Card. During the specified early sales period, tickets are available exclusively to American Express Card Members, see terms. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, June 8th at 10am EST. Ticket price ($150/person for US dinners, £95/person for London dinner) includes food, beverages, and service.
BUY | Kitchen goods from women-owned businesses, curated by Beverly Nguyen
Resy will partner with stylist Beverly Nguyen, owner of BEVERLY’S New York City, a kitchen and specialty homewares market currently located within Nordstrom’s NYC flagship, to curate a collection of items made by women-owned businesses. Each item will be selected by Beverly, in collaboration with the series’ featured chefs (Amy Brandwein, Beverly Kim, Hillary Sterling, Luciana Giangrandi, Ria Graham, Stephanie Izard). The items will be sold at shopwomenoffood.com beginning June 15. A portion of 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.
“I am deeply motivated by nourishing those around me with storytelling and food. This opportunity to partner with Resy’s The Women of Food initiative is one of many incredible ways to ignite and connect our beautiful communities together, especially following a time of distance,” says Beverly Nguyen, Founder of BEVERLY’S New York City. “Furthermore, The Women of Food isn’t an activation limited to the chefs featured in this collection — it is an ever-evolving dialogue that spotlights how to uplift and motivate the conversation that can touch individuals all over the world.”
Resy is a hospitality technology platform that powers restaurants around the world and a consumer-facing reservation platform for passionate diners. Since its inception in 2014, Resy has created best-in-class software that elevates dining experiences and connects restaurants to a growing network of highly-engaged diners, with the powerful backing of American Express. Resy is a go-to destination for restaurant discovery, exclusive access, original content, and chef-driven culinary events. The amazing world of restaurants is just a few taps away in the Resy app and at Resy.com.