Even in Los Angeles, a city that celebrates diversity with its expansive pockets of vibrant ethnic communities, the male-dominated nature of the hospitality industry is still very much at play. Thankfully for the ladies (and gents) of the local restaurant scene, the Women's Chefs & Restaurateurs National Conference is coming to Los Angeles this year for its 23rd annual event.
On April 17 and 18, culinary titans Nancy Silverton, Dominique Crenn, Susan Feniger, Mei Lin, Nyesha Arrington, Mary Sue Milliken, Sherry Yard, Brooke Williamson, and many more will take the stage at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City with mentor sessions, panel discussions, cooking competitions, and, of course, plenty of eating and drinking along the way.
Highlights from the 2016 conference schedule include talent talks from the likes of Guelaguetza's Bricia Lopez, WCR Food Games with Nyesha Arrington and Mei Lin, neighborhood grub crawls, and a "Women Who Inspire" awards gala on the New York Street backlot of Paramount Studios.
When asked about the conference, LEONA's Nyesha Arrington explained, "To empower with knowledge is one of the most gratifying things we can do while on this earth. Women are redefining the workplace, and have a natural connection to hospitality since we are inherently nurturing of the human body and spirit."
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://womenchefs.org/wcr-conference/.