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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

'Open Kitchens' panel at Loyola celebrates women chefs and restaurateurs Mar. 12

Posted By on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 11:12 AM

click to enlarge Leah Chase and Ella Brennan will be honored at Loyola's Open Kitchens event Mar. 12, which honors women in the New Orleans' culinary scene. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Leah Chase and Ella Brennan will be honored at Loyola's Open Kitchens event Mar. 12, which honors women in the New Orleans' culinary scene.

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

"Open Kitchens: Women Chefs Changing the New Orleans Food Scene" will honor matriarchs of New Orleans’ cuisine Leah Chase and Ella Brennan. The event will feature moderator Mary Sonnier of Gabrielle Restaurant and panelists Kristen Essig of Coquette, Sylvain’s Martha Wiggins and Kelly Fields of Willa Jean. Acclaimed food writer Kat Kinsman will introduce the event and speakers. The pane is at 7:30 p.m. in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall in the Communications and Music Complex. Admission is free.

The challenges faced by women in the culinary industry were the subject of Gambit cover story last year, when female chefs and restaurateurs across the city discussed the hardships they faced and the progress they’d experienced throughout their careers.

Loyola's Center for the Study of New Orleans and Women’s Resource Center announced a joint initiative to create two scholarships, one named for Chase and one for Brennan, both of whom have honorary degrees from Loyola for their contributions to New Orleans’ culture and the national culinary industry.

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