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Women’s Breakfast: Connecting Through Food

Date: 01/28/2021

Time: 9:00am
Where: LMHQ, Virtual,

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One of the best things about New York City is its thriving food scene. Although the restaurant industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic, chefs and entrepreneurs have found ways to persevere and bring joy to their customers. At our January Women’s Breakfast, we spoke with female leaders representing restaurants, food activism, recipe development and more about how the food industry allows women to bring their cultural identities to the forefront and enables them to build community both within their organizations and the industry as a whole. 
Our Speakers:


About Our Speakers:

Yemi Amu is the Founder and Director of Oko Urban Farms, Inc. In 2013 she established NYC’s first and only publicly accessible outdoor aquaponics farm - The Oko Farms Aquaponics Education Center. Yemi is one of NYC’s leading aquaponics experts and is a committed educator. She directs all of Oko Farms' programs including education, design/build projects and community related activities. Over the past decade, she has facilitated the creation and maintenance of over 20 edible spaces throughout NYC; created and implemented various culinary, nutrition and gardening programs for both youth and adults; and promotes aquaponics as a tool for environmental awareness and stewardship. You can support Oko Farms by visiting their GoFundMe and sign up to learn more about their educational programing here.

The country’s most authoritative voice on Mexican sweets, Fany Gerson has been featured in the New York Times, Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, Saveur Magazine, Fine Cooking, Fast Company, and New York Magazine, among others. She launched the acclaimed La Newyorkina, artisanal Mexican frozen treats and sweets business, in 2010. She is also the chef, founder, and co-owner of Fan-Fan Doughnuts. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Fany has worked in a range of fine-dining kitchens around the world including 3 Michelin starred Akelare in Spain and Eleven Madison Park in New York. She has written three books, My Sweet Mexico, which was nominated for a James beard award 2010 for Best baking and pastry cookbook Paletas and Mexican Ice Cream.

Hannah Goldberg founded Tanabel in 2017 in response to the 2016 Election and the Muslim Ban instituted in the early days of the administration. She has spent 20 years in the food industry, working as a professional chef, importer & food educator, always with a focus on exploring other cultures and preserving & celebrating traditional foodways. Tanabel is based in Brooklyn and works with refugee women from across the Middle East, preparing and preserving their traditional recipes.

Bertha González Nieves is the CEO and co-founder of Casa Dragones Tequila, the renowned small-batch tequila company, and the first woman to be accredited as a Maestra Tequilera by the Academia Mexicana de Catadores de Tequila. Forbes named González Nieves one of the 50 most powerful women in Mexico, the Los Angeles Times calls her “The First Lady of Tequila”, Food & Wine and Fortune magazine named her one of The Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink, and the Financial Times says she is “a tough entrepreneur and co-founder of one of the chicest brands in a business rooted firmly in Mexican machismo.”

Nazli Parvizi, President of MOFAD, is part of a team of incredibly dedicated culinary historians, chefs, writers, food, and museum professionals who are joined together under the mission of using food as a lens to explore and learn more about themselves and the world we live in. Nazli started working at a small tea shop in central Massachusetts when she was 14 years old. Through 8 years of weekends, summers and college breaks working with amazing women, she received an education on cooking, hospitality and human behavior that ignited a life-long passion for all aspects of the culinary arts.

This event was sponsored by Verizon.



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