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9 James Beard Foundation Award-winning women chefs and restaurateurs from across the country coming to Orlando


Nine James Beard Foundation Award-winning women chefs and restaurateurs from across the country will prepare and serve a 4-course meal in a farm field for ticketed guests April 23rd 3pm-6:30pm on the grounds of Lake Meadow Naturals farm (10000 Mark Adam Road, Ocoee, FL 34761). 

The dinner will support the James Beard Foundation's work in advancing women in the culinary industry through its two programs: Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership and Women in Culinary Leadership. 

Tickets are $150 per person + $9.24 fee. Buy tickets online 

Host Chef:

JBF Award Nominee Kathleen Blake (The Rusty Spoon, Orlando)


Participating Chefs:

Paula DaSilva (Artisan Beach House, Miami)

Katharine Elder (Elderslie Farm, Bramble CafĂ©, Valley Center)

Adrienne Grenier (3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale)

JBF Award Winner Melissa Kelly (Primo, Rockland)

JBF Award Winner and Board Chair Emily Luchetti (The Cavalier, Leo's Oyster Bar, Marlowe, and The Park Tavern, San Francisco)

2012 Atlanta Rising Star Whitney Otawka(Cumberland Island)

JBF Award Nominee Jennifer Puccio(Marlowe, Park Tavern, The Cavalier, San Francisco)

JBF Award Winner Anne Quatrano(Bacchanalia, Star Provisions, Floataway Cafe, Little Bacch, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, SUMMERLAND, Atlanta)

Gloriann Rivera (1921 by Norman Van Aken, Mount Dora)

Music by Beth McKee.

About the Women in Culinary Leadership (WCL) Program: Women in Culinary Leadership is an accelerated, learning-by-doing mentorship program. Offered under the auspices of the James Beard Foundation, WCL gives women with a background in hospitality or the culinary arts and at least two years of relevant work experience a chance to work with top industry leaders and build in-depth skills in the kitchen or in restaurant management and hospitality.

The James Beard Foundation is committed to correcting the gender imbalance in the restaurant/culinary industry by cultivating, training, and supporting women throughout their professional careers.

About the Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership Program: Targeted to chef/owners looking to expand and grow, the comprises an annual fellowship for a class of women to attend an entrepreneurship and leadership training program developed with and hosted at Babson College. Curriculum will address basic business and finance concerns, provide gender-specific training and skill development, provide access to top mentors in the field, and provide ongoing support to participants.