PDX Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

RSVP for Fall Potluck, 11/17 at UPDATED LOCATION by Amanda
October 18, 2008, 12:47 am
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Since we have a group of ~20 people for the potluck, instead of doing this at North Star, let’s do it at my house:

  • NEW LOCATION: 2443 NE 11th Ave., on the SW corner of 11th & Brazee. It’s in the Irvington neighborhood, about 5 blocks off of NE Broadway.
  • Monday, Nov. 17, 2008
  • 5:30-6 PM: check-in & food drop-off
  • 6-8 PM: potluck, networking, storytelling and planning for ’09
  • RSVP by Friday, Nov. 14 here

A huge thanks to Anja Spence (a.k.a. Mizz Zumstein) for taking the initiative to help us find a location, and to Jane at North Star for her willingness to donate the space. We’ll take advantage of North Star another time.

What’s Your Niche Dish?

At last month’s networking event, someone suggested this potluck be all about preparing your specialties. So plan to bring something that signifies your personal food passion.

Due to the anticipated volume of attendees, we’re only asking that you cook enough to serve 5-10 people so you don’t burden yourself, and we don’t end up with too much food.

We’ll Feed the Body and the Mind

Last month’s attendees said they wanted the potluck to include time for personal stories so everyone can get to know each other better.  This is admittedly a loose concept right now, more details to come. (Don’t be scared off, we won’t force anyone unwilling to get up and talk. But we will be recruiting volunteer storytellers.)

Also, as the business part of the evening’s program, we’ll lay the groundwork for a panel discussion in January about tactics for operating your restaurant in a down economy.

Spread the Word!

We need to reach more women food professionals! Don’t think “chefs and restaurant owners” only. WCR embraces all types of female food professionals — culinary students, food product entrepreneurs, cookbook writers, teachers, caterers, and professionals who specialize in supporting the restaurant industry. Please send this event link to your friends and colleagues. And/or download this simple flier and hand it out to your favorite “mom” at the mom-and-pop joints you frequent.

Help with Logistics

PDX WCR volunteers Lizzy Caston and Tricia Butler are donating some paper and flatware goods. We’re also in the process of securing wine donations. If you have something to donate/contribute from a logistics standpoint for this event, or could help with post-potluck clean up, please mention it in the comments section when you RSVP. We have no budget, and are relying on everyone’s goodwill.


Please use this form to say “yay” or “nay” to the potluck.

Can’t make it? Use the link to add yourself to the database if you haven’t already. That way, we can stay in touch for future events.

See you there!


Gender & restaurant service by Amanda
October 8, 2008, 11:02 pm
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Today’s New York Times has an interesting article on gender stereotypes and expectations when it comes to restaurant service.

Although the goal in many public places and in much of public life is to treat men and women equally, most upscale restaurants haven’t reached that point.

Then again they haven’t really tried all that hard. They’ve learned that ignoring gender is risky, and often foolish, because men and women approach and respond to restaurants in different ways, looking for different things.

A broad generalization? Absolutely. It’s also nowhere near as true as it once was.

Read the full story here.

Happy hour with PDX WCR volunteers by Amanda
October 8, 2008, 9:06 pm
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Just a quick note:

About half a dozen of us are meeting tomorrow (10/9) at Pazzo downtown to brainstorm future events, specifically the November potluck. Interested parties are welcome to drop by. We plan on meeting at 5:30 p.m.