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Let's Talk Womxn - Entrepreneurs. Food & Drink.
Let's Talk Womxn - Entrepreneurs. Food & Drink.

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.

National Collaborations

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Let’s Talk Change. Reinventing Restaurants. Vermilion 5-7pm.

Let’s Talk Change. Reinventing Restaurants. Vermilion 5-7pm.

Let’s Talk Change. Reinventing Restaurants. Vermilion 5-7pm. Tickets $60 for gourmet food stations, event & soapboxes by 10 leading nationwide women restaurateurs. Cash bar. Real opinions, insights & revelations with no holy grails by real restaurateurs! A dynamic gourmet evening for ALL who love dining out and restaurants. What’s working with our restaurants today? What’s not? How can we build better? On innovation, food trends, immigration, local & sustainable, wages, tipping, herd hypes & fads, fine dining norms, ethnic or global fare, pricing, charity & causes, economics, policy, elitism and much more. Gourmet Interactive Food Stations by: Mexican (Tacotlan). Mediterranean (Imee’s Kitchen). Vietnamese (Saigon Sisters). Soul Tacos (Taylor’s Tacos). Indian (Vermilion). Dessert (La Matriz).

Make your reservation for Let’s Talk Change here. Limited by availability


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Let’s Talk Womxn National Restaurant Show Exclusive Dinner Experiences 5/19/24

Let’s Talk Womxn National Restaurant Show Exclusive Dinner Experiences 5/19/24

The National Restaurant Show is proud to partner with Let’s Talk Womxn to curate unforgettable dining experiences for you at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19th. Join us for gourmet collaborative dinners, each showcasing not one, but two-three Let’s Talk Womxn entrepreneurs and their concepts. Exclusively crafted, these unique dining experiences are open to all and offer a chance for diners to bond over their mutual passion for food. Your Let’s Talk Womxn hosts will not only craft unforgettable meals, but also share insights into their culinary journey, businesses, and collaboration movement as restaurateurs. Prepare for an evening of inspired conversation and cuisine that cannot be replicated elsewhere. See the details for these seven dinners at La Luna, The Dearborn, Vermilion, 1308, Saigon Sisters, Dandy Crown and Bistronomic


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LTW National Restaurant Association Show Women Leaders & Owners Reception

LTW National Restaurant Association Show Women Leaders & Owners Reception

Let’s Talk Womxn invites all women in food and drink to attend the first Women Leaders & Owners Reception it is cohosting with the National Restaurant Association Show. The largest food service and restaurants convention with over 55,000 attendees. We invite ALL women to attend, meet, explore ways to promote our businesses and careers beyond platitudes & hear from industry leaders Michelle Korsmo (President & CEO National Restaurant Association), Adrienne Trimble (VP Chief Diversity & Cultural Officer Sysco), Kelly Higginson (President & CEO Restaurants Canada), Rohini Dey, Ph.D. (Founder, Vermilion & Let’s Talk Womxn). Presented by Sysco, a longstanding champion of our Let’s Talk Womxn.


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LTW Nasdaq Bell Ringing, Social Innovation Award, CNBC & NY1

LTW Nasdaq Bell Ringing, Social Innovation Award, CNBC & NY1

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Recent Collaborations

City Cohosts

Kavita-Kumar---Thai-Chili-2
Kavita Kumar
Arizona
Josalyn-Holmes---Royal-Tea-
Josalyn Holmes
Atlanta
ShaVonne-McCants---Edible-E
ShaVonne McCants
Atlanta
Michelle-Allen---MMELO-Bout
Michelle Allen
Columbus
Lisa-Gutierrez---Dos-Herman
Lisa Gutierrez
Columbus
Liz-Joy---Joy-Ice-Cream-Soc
Liz Joy
Milwaukee
Anne Quatrano
Anne Quatrano
Atlanta
Nicki-Laborie---Bar-Reyna--
Nicki Laborie
Toronto
Kate-Taylor-Martin---Nutbar
Kate Taylor Martin
Toronto
Thy-Mitchell---Traveler's-T
Thy Mitchell
Houston
Denise-Taylor---Bonfire-Win
Denise Taylor
Houston
Melissa-Guzman---The-Caribe
Melissa Guzman
Miami
Josie-Smith---Bubbles-&-Pea
Josie Smith
Miami
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Lindsey & Lisa Rusch
Columbus
Deborah VanTrece
Deborah Van Trece
Atlanta
Rosa Thurnher
Rosa Thurnher
Atlanta
Jen Ziskin
Jen Ziskin
Boston
Nancy Cushman
Nancy Cushman
Boston
ancy Matheson-Burns - Let's Talk Womxn - Boston
Nancy Matheson-Burns
Boston
Julia Shell - The Dandy Crown
Julia Shell
Chicago
Rohini Dey - Vermillion
Rohini Dey
Chicago
Carla Chalkley
Carla Chalkley
Cincinnati
Joby Bowman
Joby Bowman
Cincinnati
Let's Talk Womxn - Teri Graber
Terri Graber
Cincinnati
Let's Talk Womxn - Columbus - Paula Haines
Paula Haines
Columbus
Alli Jarrett
Alli Jarrett
Houston
Sharon Haynes
Sharon Haynes
Houston
Ouita Michel
Ouita Michel
Louisville & Lexington
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Anomalous Campbell
Milwaukee
Dana Spandet
Dana Spandet
Milwaukee
Marilupe Moreno
Marilupe Moreno
Milwaukee
Desta Maree Klein
Desta Maree Klein
Minneapolis - St. Paul
Barbara Sibley
Barbara Sibley
Greater NY
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May Fridel
Greater NY
Let's Talk Womxn - Naama Tamir
Naama Tamir
Greater NY
Kat Cirar
Kat Cirar
Seattle
MacKenzie DeVito
MacKenzie DeVito
Seattle
Jacqueline-Nicosia---ARDO,-
Jacqueline Nicosia
Toronto
Angela-Lawrence---Chubby's-
Angela Lawrence
Toronto

Our Credo

  • The goal of Let's Talk Womxn is to build the camaraderie, counsel, visibility, bargaining and economic power of its women entrepreneurs. Together.
  • Let’s Talk Womxn launched in the thick of the pandemic in 2020 for women restaurateurs to learn from & support each other. It has explosively evolved to much more. It is a magical innovative B-cube model of “competitors as collaborators.” Started for women restaurateurs, it has grown to include all women entrepreneurs and makers of food and drink.
  • Started with 15 restaurateurs in Chicago in 2020, LTW has grown to 850+ women entrepreneurs in 15 cities in the US and Canada, with three additional city offshoots. Many more US and international cities are in the LTW waitlist and pipeline.
  • LTW launched 3 additional cities in 2020 who morphed to offshoots: Let's Talk Womxn Philadelphia, Let's Talk Womxn DC and Let's Talk Womxn LA. These morphed into Philly Sisterly Love, DC Women in Food & LA RE:Her (see inception GMA, NewsNation, LA Times).
  • This action movement is entirely voluntary. And kept lean deliberately with no dues, overheads, bureaucracy, fancy office, CEO. The frills and financial drain of many conventional entities in our industry. All LTW support and revenue flows to its women entrepreneurs to boost their core businesses.
  • The crux is monthly sessions by city with "Deep Dives" into business issues to learn from each other, share counsel and referrals. "Pulse" is to know and help each other. Complete candor & confidentiality underlie these business sessions.
  • Each Let's Talk city is cohosted, nourished and led by leading city women restaurateurs. Founder Dey cross-pollinates learnings across all LTW cities & nationally, founds new cities, runs the sessions, seeds initiatives and builds sponsors & external national forums for LTW.
  • Additional LTW collaborative initiatives - apart from ongoing, all-year learning and counsel - focus on amplifying visibility, boosting aspirations, cross-promoting each other, bolstering revenue, and unstinting referrals and access. See details here LTW National Press Release 2023. Much more is afoot on both the city & national levels.
  • Let’s Talk Womxn participate actively in keynotes, talks, panels & forums to share their collaborative positive empowering B-cube model for parity. This model extends across sectors, applies within corporations for "intrepreneurs," and across countries.
  • For entities, corporations and cities who champion women entrepreneurs, backing Let's Talk Womxn is a natural choice. All LTW members are owners, employers and tastemakers with a mass following at the intersection of dining, consumer and retail. We are sponsored directly or via our 501c3 fiscal sponsor. LTW works actively with its city CVBs, SRAs, COCs, corporations and other partners.
  • The X factor in Womxn is an algebraic expression of explicit openness to women owners of all sizes, stripes, color, creed, format, scale, race, orientation, identities, startups or celebrities. All are peers.
  • Within six months of inception, LTW was included in NRN Power List Top 50 for inclusive impactful leadership alongside industry giants. A multitude of awards, accolades and media has followed organically along the way.
  • Women entrepreneurs in culinary are tired of the deluge of manuals, guidelines, conferences & webinars. Positive intentions that cause glacial change.
  • Women owners are tired of being on the fringe of involvement, whether on boards, policy, the media spotlight, or financing. This is dictated by economic power, PR heft, the fawning-over-the-beloved-few "TV celebrity" herd mentality. Let's Talk aims to redress this.
  • Let’s Talk Womxn deliberately has no mission statement, no statement of values and no five-year plan. The universe abounds with these well-meaning, murky, unaccountable, lofty articulations.
  • Let’s Talk Womxn is founded and led by Rohini Dey, Ph.D. Vermilion restaurateur in Chicago. Formerly McKinsey & Co., former World Bank, and former trustee/founder/chair of the James Beard Foundation Women's Leadership Program for a decade (2011-2021).

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