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Loyola panel honors Leah Chase and Ella Brennan 

Chefs discuss women in the restaurant industry


Women and their role in professional kitchens have been the subjects of a lot of talk this past year, from issues of sexual harassment to income inequality and unequal representation. On March 12, Loyola University New Orleans hosts a panel to honor female culinary entrepreneurs and discuss the challenges and triumphs of women in New Orleans' restaurant industry.

  "Open Kitchens: Women Chefs Changing the New Orleans Food Scene" will honor Leah Chase and Ella Brennan. Mary Sonnier of Gabrielle Restaurant will moderate a panel including Kristen Essig of Coquette, Sylvain's Martha Wiggins and Kelly Fields of Willa Jean. The panel is at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in Loyola's Communications and Music Complex (6363 St. Charles Ave.). Admission is free.

  Chase and Brennan both have honorary degrees from Loyola for their contributions to New Orleans' culture and the national culinary industry.


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