(Seattle, WA; February 23, 2017) – The nation’s leading culinary and hospitality talent will gather for the Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) 24th Annual National Conference for two days of mentor sessions, panel discussions, cooking competitions and city tours May 6-8 at the W Hotel Seattle. This year’s theme, “Join Us At The Table. Eat, Drink, & LEAD,” encourages the culinary community to join together and tackle the issues that affect females in the industry. The conference agenda will include talent talks from key leaders in the industry, live cooking demonstrations, dedicated mentor sessions, as well as exciting tours of
some of the best destinations Seattle has to offer. Additionally, media sponsor Chef’s Roll will be providing free professional headshots for all conference participants. Conference registration is now open.
“Seattle has always been known as a culinary destination, hosting the best of the best in the culinary industry and offering a diverse variety of options,” explains WCR President Alicia Boada. “As this year’s host city, it was important to recognize this group of intimately connected Seattle chefs, restaurant owners, wine makers, baristas and farmers who all represent a local food culture that many cities envy.” Founded in 1993, WCR is a nonprofit organization that works to promote and enhance the education, advancement, and connection of women in food, beverage, and hospitality businesses across the world. This year’s coastal host city of Seattle is home to pivotal female leaders in the hospitality industry and is known for its dedication to innovation, sustainability, and commitment to aquaculture which will be showcased at the conference closing celebration hosted at the Seattle Aquarium.
2017 Conference Programming Highlights
Every year, WCR brings together the top-tier talent from all aspects of the hospitality world included industry veterans, rising stars, historians, and more. Programming includes:
• Opening Keynote: James Beard Award Winner Chef Maria Hines, known for her award-winning and diverse Seattle-based concepts including Tilth, Agrodolce and Young American Ale House
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