AZ Women in Food

A movement created to support local, women-led food businesses.

What's this about?

AZWomenInFood is an alliance fostered by “Let’s Talk Womxn” a national collaboration born from the 2020 Covid-19 crisis and the James Beard Foundation Women's Leadership Program. Let’s Talk forums connect over 350 women restaurateurs/owners across 12 cities, with both virtual sessions and on the ground initiatives. Let’s Talk Womxn was started as a conversation forum in July 2020 for women restaurateurs to get to know each other, vent, learn from & support each other. It has explosively evolved to much more – to help women business owners build bargaining power, build visibility, combine our voice, and undertake joint economic and political action.

The goal of Let's Talk is simply to build camaraderie and harness the combined economic power of our women entrepreneurs through this crisis and beyond. Let’s Talk is a business initiative – of women restaurateurs who are battling jointly to survive this crisis. It is a story of collaboration and hope amidst doom. We are happy to share our “B cube model” to inspire other sectors and all women. Let’s Talk is founded and led by Rohini Dey, Ph.D. Vermilion restaurateur in Chicago, former McKinsey & Co. and The World Bank, former trustee/founder/chair of the James Beard Foundation Women's Leadership Program for a decade.

We are jointly promoting our sustainable success through the pandemic and beyond, proudly working together to boost small business, learn from each other, and to share and create opportunities. We are stronger together! 

This January, 2021, AZWomenInFood launched our first initiative: offering multi-restaurant tasting menus across the Valley. Fifteen of the Valley’s leading Women chefs and restauranteurs participated in this round! More collaborative dinner series are to come.

Latest event...

International Women's Day, March 8th, Dine Together is our next event, where you can partake in dinner and a zoom conversation with women restauranteurs. Order by March 4th.

Our Dine Together AZ Zoom call is moderated by Christina Barrueta of WriteOnRubee.com. With restauranteur hosts Jennifer Russo of The Market by Jennifer’s, Jennifer Caraway of Joy Bus Diner, Helen Yung of Sweet Republic and more...
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AZ Women in Food - Members

24 Carrots - Sasha Raj
24 Carrots
Sasha Raj
The Breadfruit & Rum Bar - Danielle Leoni
The Breadfruit & Rum Bar
Danielle Leoni
JBF Women of AZ - Shannon Rush - The Cellar
The Cellar
Shannon L. Rush
Copper & Cotton - Tamara Stanger
Cotton & Copper
Tamara Stanger
JBF Women of Arizona - Lori Hassler - The Farish House
The Farish House
Lori Hassler
Fat Ox - Rochelle Daniel
Fat Ox
Rochelle Daniel
FnB - Charlene Badman
FnB
Charleen Badman
Hana Japanese Eatery - Lori Hashimoto
Hana Japanese Eatery
Lori Hashimoto
Joy Bus Diner - Jennifer Caraway
The Joy Bus Diner
Jennifer Caraway
The Market by Jennifer - Jennifer Russo
The Market by Jennifer's
Jennifer Russo
Maya's Cajun Kitchen - Maya Bartlett
Maya's Cajun Kitchen
Maya Bartlett
Nonna Urban Eatery - Valentina Huerta
Nonna Urban Eatery
Valentina Huerta
Songbird Coffee House - Erin Westgate
Songbird Coffee House
Erin Westgate
JBF Women of Arizona - Sweet Republic - Helen Yung
Sweet Republic
Helen Yung
Tracy Dempsey's Originals - Tracy Dempsey
Tracy Dempsey's Originals
Tracy Dempsey