With females representing only seven percent of executive chefs and restaurant owners in the U.S., Big Time Restaurant Group Executive Chef/Partner Lisabet Summa is teaming up with filmmaker Joanna James, to promote women in Florida’s hospitality industry.
The duo on June 25 will host a screening of “A Fine Line,” which chronicles the experiences of James’ mother, Valerie James, as a chef/owner for the past 30 years. The film is also supported by the stories of other contemporary female chefs, including: Dominique Crenn, Barbara Lynch, Lidia Bastianich and Cat Cora.
The panel discussion, screening, and cocktail party, “SOFLO Femmes in Food & Film,” will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Tower Club in the Region’s Bank Building at 100 SE Third Avenue, 28th Floor in Fort Lauderdale. Proceeds from event, sponsored by Big Time Restaurant Group, will provide funding for the development and mentoring of organizations that support women in the hospitality industry.
Panelists will include Summa, James, Chef Valerie James, Chef Lindsay Autry, a “Top Chef” alumna as well as the owner of The Regional. Beverly Raphael, President and CEO of RCC Associates, a female-owned general contracting company that has built many of the top restaurants in the country, will appear on the panel as well.
The moderator will be Alexa Carlin, founder of WEX, the Women Empowerment Expo. The event’s honoree will be Judith Olney, author of Summer Food, Comforting Food, Judith Olney on Bread and The Farm Market Cookbook. Her books. The Joy of Chocolate (the all-time best-selling chocolate cookbook) and Entertainments, each both won James Beard Tastemaker awards. In addition, Olney produced the film, Swank Farm.
“The talented chefs and restaurant professionals at this conference were so passionate about promoting women in hospitality and we look forward to bringing the energy of that event to South Florida,” Summa said. “I’ve been so fortunate to serve as executive chef at Big Time Restaurant Group and I want other women chefs to achieve success.”
Feature Photo of Lisabet Summa (Christopher Summa)