Resy Presents

The Women of Food

Welcome to The Women of Food, Resy's ongoing celebration of women in restaurants. Whether it's female ownership or matriarchal inspiration, the chef cooking your food or the server bringing it out, we know that women power the industry.

Chef Morgan Adamson behind the sushi counter of Hoseki in New York City

New York

Meet the Chef Making Her Mark in New York’s Male-Dominated Sushi Scene

The phrase “hidden gem” might be a tired cliché, but in the case of Hoseki it feels almost cheekily literal.…

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Chicago

Bar Roma’s Julia Zhu Opened Her First Restaurant at 60. And She’s Just Getting Started

Sometimes while pursuing one dream, other dreams emerge, creating a circuitous road to success that you never saw coming. That…

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Discover Women-Powered Restaurants


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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Miami

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The Resy Guide to Philadelphia’s Women-Owned Restaurants

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Boston

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Washington, D.C.

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Chicago

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Atlanta

Shireen Imani of Chulita

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Los Angeles

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of New York

Besharam exterior.

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The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of the San Francisco Bay Area

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Nine Great Women-Led Restaurants in Dallas

La Vara, Saint Julivert Fisherie, and Txikito chef-owner Alex Raij.

New York

‘Being a Woman Has Made Me More Innovative’: Alex Raij on the Gender Gap in the Restaurant Industry 

Alex Raij is one of the country’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs, having pioneered tapas and Basque cuisine in New…

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New York

Why Erika Chou Is Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers in the Restaurant Industry

In July 2020, Erika Chou, co-founder and partner of New York-based Rivers and Hills Hospitality Group (Kimika, Wayla, Wan Wan),…

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Chef Camari Mick, along with images of food from some of her favorite restaurants in New York City.

New York

The Musket Room and Raf’s Camari Mick Shares Her Favorite NYC Solo Dining Spots

Where do chefs go and, more importantly, where do they love to eat? In Resy Regulars, we ask Resy chefs…

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New York

In New York, Hana Makgeolli’s Alice Jun Is Building a Homegrown Sool Empire on Her Own Terms


In the back room of Hana Makgeolli in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it’s mostly silent, with rice wine quietly fermenting in large…

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New YorkNational

Meet the Chef Helping to Build a Culture of Inclusion at New York’s Tatiana

Danisia “Chef D” Anderson, sous chef at New York’s critically acclaimed Tatiana, By Kwame Onuwachi, never expected to be a…

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New York

How Ella Schmidt Built Maite Into a Cross-Cultural Queer Haven

Ella Schmidt designed Maite as a refuge for anyone. In 2015, after years spent cooking at restaurants ranging from the…

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New York

Karen DeMasco Rejoins Gramercy Tavern — This Time as the Executive Pastry Chef

Since the start of the pandemic, restaurants with pastry chefs on staff have become a rare breed in New York…

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Saori Kawano, the founder and president of Korin.

New York

Meet Saori Kawano, the Woman Who Introduced America’s Chefs to Japanese Knives

Every first-year student going into the Culinary Institute of America’s culinary program starts with a starter pack of eight knives:…

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Surbhi Sahni

New York

For Tagmo’s Surbhi Sahni, Queerness Is True Hospitality

[Editor’s Note: Tagmo closed at the end of 2023, but you can still order their sweets online.] Chef Surbhi Sahni…

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New York

Meet Vicki Freeman, the New York Restaurateur Who Deserves Your Attention

“Is there anything else you’d like to share about her?” “The one thing I will say is that she should…

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Los Angeles

The Sisters Behind L.A.’s Coming of Age for Thai Food

Tuk Tuk Thai had been situated on Pico Boulevard, serving classic Thai dishes like pad see ew, barbecue chicken, and…

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Marissa Hermer

Los Angeles

How Marissa Hermer Built a Restaurant Empire in Los Angeles

Marissa Hermer has quietly built a collection of picturesque Los Angeles restaurants that have attracted everyone from soccer moms and…

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Los Angeles

Nearly A Decade In, Gasolina Is Still Revving Its Engine

Woodland Hills may seem like a quieter corner of the San Fernando Valley, but Sandra Cordero likes it that way.…

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Miami

At Maty’s in Midtown Miami, Val Chang Speaks Through Her Grandmother’s Cuisine

It’s a Monday in Miami, and chef Val Chang is having a pinch-me moment. Maty’s, her restaurant in Midtown where…

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Miami

Michelle Bernstein of Cafe La Trova on the Joys of Dining With Kids

Resy has partnered with Kalamata’s Kitchen and Taste Bud Travel Guide — experts on Officially Kid Friendly food experiences across…

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Union Miller pastry chef Claudia Martinez.

Atlanta

Miller Union’s Claudia Martinez Wants to Change ‘Toxic’ Restaurant Culture

Claudia Martinez took Atlanta by storm when she was just 25. In 2018, she was the young chef running the…

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Atlanta

How Black Women, and Black Imagination, Are Reshaping Italian Cuisine in the South

When chef Deborah VanTrece thinks about her time in Italy more than 30 years ago, she calls to mind the…

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National

On Edna Lewis, and Finding Your Own Path as a Southern Black Woman

Nicole A. Taylor is the author of Watermelon & Red Birds. Her words follow.  You can’t talk about American food,…

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Chicago

How New Owners Are Bringing New Energy to This Female-Owned Steakhouse in Chicago

Chicago has lots of steakhouses, but Kinzie Chophouse is perhaps the only one that’s been woman-owned for 32 years. Longtime…

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Injera at Demera

Chicago

Demera’s Tigist Reda on the Power of Sharing Ethiopian Cuisine

When Tigist Reda thinks back to Demera’s early days, she recalls the regulars settled in around the tables of her…

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Chicago

New Cindy’s Chef Kaleena Bliss Has Big Plans for Chicago’s Hottest Rooftop

Chef Kaleena Bliss has spent most of her career in the Pacific Northwest, cooking in Portland, Bainbridge Island, and Seattle,…

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Washington D.C.

How to Nab a Seat at Maydān, And What To Order When You’re There

Stepping into Maydān takes you on a sensory journey. You enter what feels like a secret door, tucked away in…

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Washington D.C.

Amy Brandwein Wants to Lead, So More Women Can Create Their Own Visions

Since opening in 2015, Centrolina has represented so much for Washington D.C. Not only has it been one of the…

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Besharam exterior.

San Francisco

Heena Patel Speaks About Besharam’s Beautiful Evolution: ‘I’m Writing My Own Story’

The award-winning Besharam is chef-owner Heena Patel’s restaurant located in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. The space and place is deeply…

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San Francisco

Crystal Wahpepah Wants to Showcase Indigenous American Cuisine and Ingredients

Among the many deserving Bay Area nominees for this year’s James Beard Foundation awards, perhaps none is as notable as…

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Chef Brenda Buenviaje of Brenda's.

San Francisco

Brenda Buenviaje Is Ready For a New Era of Fusion Cuisine

Chef Brenda Buenviaje has been serving up what she’s dubbed French Soul Food to the Bay Area for the last…

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San Francisco

Jessica Kapoor of Copas and Saison Hospitality on Leadership (and More!)

Last year, Saison Hospitality chief of staff Jessica Kapoor opened Copas, a bright restaurant on Market Street that blends the…

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San Francisco

Piccino’s Margherita Sagan and Sheryl Rogat Reflect on Their Journey and the Community They’ve Built

Piccino is a quintessential neighborhood restaurant that’s been an anchor to the community in the Dogpatch since it opened its…

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Gialina exterior.

San Francisco

For Gialina’s Sharon Ardiana, Great Restaurants Thrive on Community and Staff

Glen Park’s Gialina is a cozy neighborhood gem located on Diamond Street that’s been serving up Italian comfort in the…

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Philadelphia

Fishtown’s Kalaya Is a Love Letter to Southern Thai Cuisine

When the first iteration of Kalaya opened in April 2019, chef-owner Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon was uncompromising in her vision: She…

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The Grey chef-owner Mashama Bailey.

Savannah

At The Grey, Running a Restaurant Is an Ongoing Conversation

For The Grey chef-owner Mashama Bailey and her partner and co-founder, John O. Morisano, a restaurant should function like a…

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Celebrate Black Women


Marie Mitchell, the chef and co-founder of Island Social Club.

London

Black Joy, Our Greatest Form of Activism 

Marie Mitchell is the chef and co-founder of Island Social Club, a contemporary British Caribbean restaurant and bar that’s popped…

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San Francisco

‘We Are Still Here’: On Standing Up for San Francisco’s Black Community

San Francisco native Tiffany Carter is the chef and owner of Boug Cali in San Francisco, as well as a…

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Boston

How Afro-Tiki Is Reclaiming Tiki Culture for the Next Generation

At the end of last year, some Boston revelers ringing in 2021 toasted with takeout cocktails they’ve likely never tasted…

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I’ve had offers from all over the world to come but at 74 years old, I think I’m just a little too old to be flying across the oceans. I leave it to whatever happens, happens. But as far as I’m concerned, I’m just very satisfied with staying right here in Nashville and trying to make things better. Ms. André Prince Jeffries, owner of Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville,
Sylvia's in New York.

New York

Sylvia’s in Harlem Still Stands For Community

A couple of weeks ago, on a Sunday afternoon in August, I strolled up to the pickup window at Sylvia’s…

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San Francisco

On San Francisco’s Black-Owned Restaurants, COVID-19, and the First American Pandemic

Nikki Cooper is the second-generation owner of  San Francisco’s first legacy business, Two Jack’s Nik’s Place, a family-owned staple of…

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Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours interior.

Atlanta

If Systemic Racism Is The Immovable Object, Then Now Is The Time To Be The Unstoppable Force

Deborah VanTrece is the chef and owner of Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in Atlanta. ***** This time, it’s going…

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Local Guides


 

Austin

11 of Austin’s Best Women-Led Restaurants

Today and everyday, we’re celebrating the many great women-powered restaurants of Austin, because these restaurants remain beacons in a male-dominated…

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Houston

10 Excellent Women-Led Restaurants in Houston

Today and everyday, we’re celebrating the many great women-owned restaurants of Houston, because these restaurants remain beacons in a male-dominated…

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Dallas

Nine Great Women-Led Restaurants in Dallas

Today and everyday, we’re celebrating the many great women-owned restaurants of Dallas, because these restaurants remain beacons in a male-dominated…

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Charleston Grill dish.

Charleston

The Resy Guide to the Women-Led Restaurants of Charleston

Today and everyday, we’re celebrating the many great women-owned restaurants of Charleston, because these restaurants remain beacons in a male-dominated…

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Miami

The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Miami

Chef and restaurateur Michelle Bernstein of Café La Trova is a fixture in Miami’s culinary scene. She’s earned numerous awards…

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Portland

Amazing Women-Powered Restaurants in Portland

Today and everyday, we’re celebrating the many great women-led restaurants of Portland, because these restaurants remain beacons in a male-dominated…

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Seattle

The Resy Guide to Women-Operated Restaurants in Seattle

The restaurant industry is tough for anyone with long hours, short breaks, and fast-paced, physically demanding working conditions. Women play…

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Atlanta

The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Atlanta

We should be long past the days of reminding ourselves to celebrate women in all areas of life, including and…

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Shireen Imani of Chulita

Los Angeles

The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Los Angeles

Women do so much of the essential work in restaurants. And yet women struggle for recognition and visibility in so…

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Besharam exterior.

San Francisco

The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of the San Francisco Bay Area

No other region in the country has a legacy like the Bay Area when it comes to women-led restaurants. From…

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Chicago

The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Chicago

Today and everday, we’re celebrating the restaurants, and the women behind them, who shape the vibrant dining scene in the…

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Philadelphia

The Resy Guide to Philadelphia’s Women-Owned Restaurants

Women do so much of the essential work in restaurants. And yet women struggle for recognition and visibility in so…

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New York

The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of New York

Women do so much of the essential work in restaurants. And yet women struggle for recognition and visibility in so…

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Boston

The Resy Guide to the Women-Owned Restaurants of Boston

Today and everyday, we’re celebrating the many great women-owned restaurants of Boston, because these restaurants remain beacons in a male-dominated…

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