Some of the participating restaurateurs and restaurants include Sarah Stegner, Prairie Grass Cafe; Beverly Kim, Parachute and Wherewithall; Carrie Nahabedian, Brindille; Danielle Dang, HaiSous; Amy and Clodaugh Lawless, The Dearborn; Sandra Holl, Floriole; and Rohini Dey, Vermilion (a JBF trustee and Let’s Talk founder).
“The idea came out of a Let’s Talk group Zoom call with women chefs involved in the James Beard Foundation,” said Stegner, a two-time James Beard Award winner. “It was smart to band together to face the COVID19 challenges, learn from each other and encourage customers to support our women-owned restaurants,” she said.
Women’s Restaurant Week is led by the Chicago JBF “Let’s Talk” Forum to which seventeen Chicago-area women restaurateurs belong. Their purpose is to support each other and survive the coronavirus crisis together.
Women’s Restaurant Week is open to all women-owned restaurants, bakers and food-related and beverage businesses. Each business will offer a special dine-in meal, product for sale, delivery, or pick-up offer to showcase their business to Chicagoland.