FOA Takes NYC

Glad to be back on here! It’s been a crazy transition from 2014-2015! More about that later. In the moment, here and now, I am in New York City with my daughter and co-owner of Fields of Athenry Farm, MaryTeresa Boland. What, you might ask, are we doing in New York City? So there’s this organization of amazing women called Women Chefs and Restauranteurs, WCR! Each year, WCR holds a conference and a “Women Who Inspire” awards gala to celebrate the efforts of all the outstanding women who have been recognized by their peers as exceptional leaders in their field. I am honored and humbled to have been nominated for the “Golden Plow” award.

This morning we started our day off in gratitude and celebrated mass in Saint Patricks Cathedral.

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We then came back and enjoyed delicious breakfast bites from various NY women chefs,

Katarzyna Ploszaj, Petite Oven, NY

Shannon Collins, Grace Café, NY

Erica Kulaga, Agatha Kulaga, Ovenly, NY

Katherine Thompson, Lartusi, NY

Keynote with Lidia Bastianich award-winning chef, restauranteur, TV host, educator, business partner with B&B Hospitality Group and one of the original founders of WCR, was inspirational to say the least. We are looking forward to visiting her Eataly and butcher shop here in NYC.

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Lydia was followed by a great panel including;

Susan Ungaro, President of James Beard Foundation

Dana Cowin, Editor Food & Wine

Kat Kinsman, Editor-In-Chief The Tasting Table

Melissa Clark, Journalist, New York Times

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The message shared of finding power in female solidarity has been inspirational. We will keep you updated as our eventful conference unfolds. It is a joy and a privilege to be here as we continue to learn.

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