The New York Women’s Culinary Alliance fosters networking, education, and cooperation for women in the culinary and beverage fields in the New York metro area. 

Our main focus is providing networking opportunities and sharing culinary information for all members through member-generated programs and events. As such, every year the Alliance provides dozens of dynamic networking with continuing education opportunities including ongoing food and wine tastings, hands-on culinary workshops, food and drink tours, and business and skills workshops and seminars.  

As a volunteer-based 501(c)(6) nonprofit, we depend on active participation by all members, making the Alliance one of New York's most relevant and vibrant culinary organization for women.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN.... One day in early 1981, an exciting rumor was weaving its way through the test kitchens, restaurants, magazines, catering halls, food businesses and publishing houses of New York City. There was to be a meeting at La Tulipe... READ MORE



Gaia DiLoreto

VP of Operations of The Jam Stand

Vice President 

Airis Johnson

Chef/Owner of Airis The Chef, LLC


Kim Mills
Chef/Owner of Laughter Travels Gourmet, LLC

Recording Secretary

Francesca Zani

Culinary Associate Producer for PowerHouse Productions

Board Members

Jameeale Arzeno

Private Chef, Culinary Director of James Beard Foundation

Rinku Bhattacharya

Culinary Educator, Food Writer, Recipe Developer, Founder at Spice Chronicles

Francine Cohen

Journalist, Consultant, Founder of

Amy Lee

Food Stylist/Photographer, Culinary Event Planner, Social Media Manager

Joyce O'Neill

Caterer, Culinary Educator, Executive Chef

Wendy Samuelson

Culinary Consultant 

Maria Steinberg

Marketing Consultant, Food Studies Educator, Food Writer

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