LET’S TALK IS A COLLABORATION OF WOMEN RESTAURATEURS TO BUILD COMBINED ECONOMIC POWER. IT IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION, IT IS NOT AN ENTITY, IT IS AN ACTION-LED MOVEMENT BY WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS AS PEERS.
- Let’s Talk Womxn was started as a conversation forum in July 2020 for women restaurateurs to get to know each other, learn from & support each other. It has explosively evolved to much more – to help women business owners build bargaining power and visibility, combine voice, undertake economic collaborations and political action. It is a magical model of competitors as collaborators. It has grown to include women entrepreneurs across food and drink.
- At the nexus of dining, food, drink, entrepreneurship, consumer, retail, business and women, this movement is completely out-of-hide and voluntary. With no overhead or staffing, all support flows directly to its women entrepreneurs.
- Women entrepreneurs in culinary are tired of receiving manuals, guidelines & webinars. Or being on the fringe of attention and involvement dictated by economic power and herd mentality. Let's Talk redresses this.
- Let’s Talk forums connect over 400 women restaurateurs/owners across 14 cities with virtual sessions and a multitude of on the ground initiatives. Each Let's Talk forum is co-hosted, nourished and led by 2-4 leading women restaurateurs. Learnings are cross pollinated by cohosts across all cities.
- Marquee women restaurateurs in each city are peers alongside owners of all sizes, stripes, colors, formats, orientation or identity. Within six months of inception, it is in the NRN Power List 2021 Top 50 for inclusive impactful leadership alongside industry giants.
- Collaborative initiatives have included women’s restaurant weeks, multi-restaurant tasting menus, catering, corporate segment and nonprofit event demos and panels, gift baskets, food fairs, happy hours, meal kits, subscriptions, a picnic with the City, supper clubs. National events have been held across cities for IWD and the women's right convention. Much more is afoot.
- Let’s Talk Women have applied for grants collectively, met with a governor, met city councils for regulation, written OpEds, negotiate with vendors, and participate on panels to share our collaborative uplifting model.
- Let’s Talk deliberately has no lofty mission statement, statement of values or five-year plan. The universe abounds with these well-meaning, murky, unaccountable articulations.
- The goal of Let's Talk is to build camaraderie, visibility, combined economic power and scale of our women entrepreneurs through this crisis and beyond. 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.
Five Restaurant Feast
Dinner and Conversation
Join us Friday, November 5th at Vermilion.
$100 per person for Dine-In & Conversation, 6-9pm
$100 for Takeout for 2, 5-6pm
Let’s Talk Womxn Philadelphia Picnic & Happy Hours
Let’s Talk Womxn PHL kicked off the summer season with an abundant picnic spread for pick-up on July 11th. It also kicks off a series of collaborative Sisterly Love Happy Hours every other Wednesday at women-owned bars throughout the city starting 7/14 including: Triple Bottom Brewing (Spring Garden), Sor Ynez (Kensington) , a.bar (Rittenhouse), and Jezabel’s (West Philadelphia). Sponsored by Diageo, each happy hour features cocktails, wine and beer specials, accompanied by snacks.
Let’s Talk Women
Picnic in White
A picnic hosted by the City of Chicago and Let’s Talk Womxn on the lawn of the iconic Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Gourmet picnic boxes and cocktails, women performers, a power-women soundtrack, interviews with women restaurateurs and speakers. Guests dressed in white in solidarity with inclusive and diverse women power. With fare by Vermilion, Saigon Sisters, Paramount Group/Eden, Demera, Frontera, Bistronomic, The Dandy Crown, Antique Taco, Savory Crust, TeaGeschwendner, No Bones Beach Club, La Luna, Teertsemasesottehg, Justice of the Pies, and Pretty Cool Ice Cream. Championed by United Airlines, Sysco, Uber Eats the Chicago DCASE.
Picnic in White with Let’s Talk Womxn Atlanta
Celebrate an afternoon of food, drink and music created by womxn at Floataway Cafe. Dress in white in solidarity with inclusivity and diverse womxns’ power. With fare from: Floataway Cafe, Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, Bella Cucina, Bhojanic, El Ponce, Beautiful Briny Sea, Chef Mallory deGollian, Sasser Culinary Insights, Chinese Southern Belle, Edible Endeavors, 3 Parks Wine, Red’s Beer Garden and more. Live music set by Lola Cole Music and DJ Hourglass. General Admission tickets $45. VIP ticket $75.
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