Summer & Fall Programs
You guys. We have a TON of events on the calendar. See you there!
Up On the Roof Picnic Mixer (Waitlist Only)
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
New Member Happy Hour (New Members Only)
Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Happy Hour August (Save the Date)
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Cabana Party at Royal Palms Shuffleboard
Sunday, August 18, 2019, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Inwood Ethiopian Dinner and Coffee Talk with Buunni Coffee (Save the Date)
Thursday, Sept 12, 2019, 7:00 - 9:30 PM
New Member Orientation (Save the Date)
Monday, September 16, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Open Board Meeting (Save the Date)
Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Sumptuous Caribbean Feast--Fall Potluck (Save the Date)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
SEE FULL PROGRAM CALENDAR
From the President
Alliance President Rhadia Hursey Welcomes YOU!
On behalf of the board, I want to welcome our new members and renewing members! We have several terrific events planned this summer and several fresh and exciting events coming up this fall.
As a reminder, you have full access to our new website, www.nywca.org. In order for the membership directory to be a useful tool for all members, it’s essential that your profile is accurate. Please take a few minutes to log-in and review your profile.
Check that your contact information is accurate. How about your bio? Have you uploaded a headshot? If there is anything amiss, just click on “Edit Profile” and make the changes.
Check specifically for typos, correct initial caps for names, correct addresses and job titles. See that there aren't too many spaces between paragraphs in your bio and that your phone numbers are formatted correctly. Look too to see that the links to your personal website and social media work correctly.
We’re a volunteer-run organization; there’s no staff behind the scenes taking care of such things—we do it all ourselves. If you are interested in working on a committee or have questions about how you can get more involved, please feel free to send me an email.
I look forward to meeting each of you at future events!
And the New and Re-Joining Members Are . . .
Susan Abranovic – Food Manufacturer, Importer and Wholesaler
Chitra Agrawal – Owner/Manufacturer, Brooklyn Delhi
Danielle Alex – Chef/Owner, Diversity Kitchen
Pamela Amatucci – Senior Catering Manager, Compass Group USA
Jameeale Arzeno – Chef/Caterer, CHICpeas
Roseann Atkins – Pastry Instructor, NY Cake Academy
Angela Bankhead – Brand Manager, Marcus Samuelsson Group
Stephanie Banyas – Business Assistant to Bobby Flay, Bold Food, Inc.
Alanna Bass – Social Media Strategist and Designer, 1988
Ashtin Berry – Food and Beverage Activist, Sommelier, Beverage Consultant, Radical Xchange
Auzerais Bellamy -- Founder, Blondery
Danielle Black – Digital Editor
Sarah Brown – Chef
Melissa Cameron – Procurement Associate, Misfits Market
Stacy Carroll – Director of Impact, Womxn’s Leadership Programs, James Beard Foundation
Shelley Chapman – Mindful Eating Educator, Cooking Show Host
Sheena Chello – Chef/Cook
Tatiana Chin – Recipe Developer
Patricia Connolly – Chef/Owner, Garnish Catering NYC
Natalie Cruz – Culinary Educator, Hey Natalie Love
Francesca Cwynar – Content Writer, Social Media Consultant and Food Photographer,
Laura Dadap – Co-Founder, Djablo
Emily Daniels – CEO, International Pathways
Samantha Davis – Chef, Restaurant Owner/Manager, FieldTrip and Henry at Life Hotel
Erica DeMane – Author, Culinary Educator, Improvisation, Italian Style
Julia Devin – Food Journalist
Roe Di Bona – Product Development, Founder, Rocking Horse Cafe
Gaia DiLoreto – CEO, Brooklyn Slate Company
Erin Fairbanks – Co-Founder, Women in Hospital
Maya Feller – Owner, Maya Feller Nutrition (see profile below)
Shannon Feulner – Food Stylist, Food Network
Julie Flanagan – Sales Manager, Gourmet Cargo
Atira Fulton – Owner/Operator, From Cupcake with Love
Alyssa Gagarin – Owner, Meal Prep Chef
Nicole Gajadhar – Chef, Culinary Educator
Victoria Gaynor – Founder, Victoria Akkari
Nicole Day Gray - Owner/Founder, AgriForaging Food Safety, Catskills Regional Harvest,
Delaware County FoodWorks
Ashley Giddens – Recipe Developer and Tester
Lisa Goldberg – Owner, The Curious Tour
Jacqueline Greaves – Chef
Alison Haas – PR Manager
Abigail Hitchcock – Owner, Abigail's Kitchen
Dana Jacobi – Owner, Dana's Market Basket
Airis Johnson – Chef/Owner, Airis the Chef (see profile below)
Sicily Johnson, Chef, Caterer and Culinary Educator
Dayana Joseph – Executive Chef, Dine with Day
Bella Karakis – CBDO/Co-Founder, Chefscape
Daisy Katz – Social Media/Content Marketing, Eats_N_deets
Dawn Kelly – CEO, The Nourish Spot
Kyla Kelly – Chef
Kristal Kirkland – Personal Chef, K-Souls
Jean Lee – Principal, Jean Lee Consulting
Dara Levine – Owner, Dara Levine Photo
Jackie Lieberman – Publisher, NJFlavor.com
Amy Lim – Designer/Illustrator, Recipe Developer, Food and Wine Writer, Kimchi Mom
Beth Linskey – Consultant
Kristina Lopez – Branding, Marketing, Events, Food Photography, Kokorikokuriko
Lisa Mansour – Owner, NY Cake
Nicky Marcelin – Owner, Epicurious Safari
Liza Marinaro – Director of Operations & Logistics, Genuine Foods
Julia Mase – Talent Acquisition Manager, Starr Restaurants
Corinne Matthew – Chef/Manager, Sea Island Seafood Restaurant
Alycia Matthews – Chef, PR/Marketing, Foodie Engineer
Kristyn Mazza – Recruiting Manager, Patina Group
Cha McCoy – Founder, Cha Squared Consulting
Dani McReynolds – Baker, Stylist, Recipe Developer
Rachel Meisel – Nutrition Advocate, The Naughty Nutritionist
Klancy Miller – Writer and Cookbook Author (see profile below)
Antonette Morris – Pastry Chef/Cake Designer
Therese Nelson – Founder, Black Culinary History
Nadine Nelson – Global Local Gourmet
Annette Nielson – Manager, Community Partnerships and Food, Nutrition and Culinary Programs, The Horticultural Society of NY
Shauna Noel-Robinson – Executive Chef, Tasting Queens
Kathleen O'Brien Price – Chef, Culinary Educator
Jennifer O'Flanagan – Founder, Feast PR
Kris Ohleth – Owner, Garden State Kitchen
Josephine Ortiz-Bynum – Chef
Yolanda ‘Yoli’ Ouiya – Owner, Kinetic Elements
Lauren Palmeri – Freelance Food Stylist/Culinary Producer
Su in Park – Founder, Forward Roots
Tiara Parkinson – Private Chef, Catered To a T
Kimberly Parris – Executive Chef/Owner, The Caribdiva Company
Shaquay Peacock – Chef
Lindsey Pehrson – Assistant Comptroller, Hale & Hearty
Colette Peters – Owner, Colette’s Cakes
Stephanie Posner – Chef
Sarina Prabasi – Co-Founder, Buunni Coffee
Anandi Premlall – Chef/Cook and Culinary Educator
Rasheeda Purdie – Chef, Red Rooster Harlem
Elizabeth Ann Quirino – Cookbook Author, Besa-Quirino
Maria ‘Bing’ Reid – Food Blogger and Cook, Foodyholic
Olivia Roszkowski – Culinary Editor, Editor-Food and Wine
Kelly Ruben – Private Chef and Recipe Developer
Angela Sanchez-Robles – Baker/Cake Designer, Author, Mind-Over-Batter.com
Elizabeth Saxe – Food and Wine Writer
Jessica Sennet – Founder, Cheese Grotto
Almira Session – Cook, Red Rooster Harlem
Yolanda Shoshana – Culinary Historian
Ruby Silvera – Management, Esteem
Shalini Singh – Owner/Founder, Shalini’s Kitchen
Tresia Smith – Owner, Black Eyed Peas and More
Cybille St. Aude – Chef/Owner, Earthseed Provisions
Fawziyya Sugai – Owner, Gwell
Barbara Tanis – Creative Director/Founder, Tanis Design
Lesley Tellez – Owner/Founder, Eat Mexico
Kaylah Thomas – Culinarian
Dominek Tubbs – Food and Wine Writer
Gretchen Vanesselstyn – Director of Education, Specialty Food Association
Linda Villano – Co-Founder/Owner, SerendipiTea
Colleen Vincent – Director/Culinary Community Initiatives, James Beard Foundation
Sanura Weathers – Food Writer/Graphic Designer,
Stephanie Whitten – Baker/Cake Designer
lesha Williams – Chef/Owner, The Salty Heifer
Katie Workman – Founder/Owner, The Mom 100
Ulrike Wrage – Food Blogger, Gotham Foodie
Ellen Yin – Owner, High Street Hospitality
Melanie Young – Owner, The Connected Table
Francesca Zani – Culinary Associate Producer, The Garnished Plate
Want to learn more about members? Need to update your bio? Here's the directory.
Meet (and Maybe Collaborate with) Three New Members
By Leslie Super
Please join us in welcoming three of our newest NYWCA members. Read all about their careers here and learn their responses to this one question: What are you hoping to get out of the Alliance? The answers are below.
Maya Feller, MS, RD, CDN, Registered Dietitian and founder of Maya Feller Nutrition.
Maya specializes in chronic disease prevention by providing one-on-one nutrition counseling as well as group nutrition education. She has shared her nutrition knowledge with millions of people across the country as an on-air nutrition expert on Good Morning America and The Dr. Oz Show. She’s also the author of a cookbook forthcoming this fall. Maya received her Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition at New York University, where she works as an adjunct professor. You can find Maya on Instagram at @mayafellerRD or go to her website, mayafellernutrition.com.
Maya is looking forward to meeting and collaborating with other women in the culinary and nutrition space.
Airis “the Chef” Johnson, owner of Airis the Chef, LLC.
Airis, known for her big flavors, is a professional chef who has previously worked for industry leaders such as Gordon Ramsay, Danny Meyer and Whole Foods Market. She is also a Food Network CHOPPED Champion. Currently, under the Airis the Chef brand, Airis works as a private chef for high-profile clients, is a restaurant consultant and an adjunct instructor at the Johannesburg Culinary and Pastry School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She also has her own line of spice blends under Airis Foods. Find her on Instagram @airisthechef or through her website, airisthechefcooks.com.
Airis says she is always looking for new opportunities in this field and hopes to connect with women who have scaled their food companies to great financial heights.
Klancy Miller, writer and author of “Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking for Yourself.”
Klancy is a writer, recipe developer and teacher. In addition to authoring “Cooking Solo: The Fun of Cooking for Yourself,” her articles and recipes have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine and Cherry Bombe among other publications. She has also appeared on Food Network’s “Recipe for Success” and the Cooking Channel’s “Unique Sweets.” Klancy studied pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, where she lived for four years working at the three-star Michelin restaurant Taillevent. Find her on Instagram @klancycooks or through her website, klancymiller.com.
Klancy says that she is always happy to talk about book projects and recipe development and hopes to meet (and potentially collaborate with) a lot of inspiring women in food.
New Members On Stage at the NY Jamaican Jerk Festival
Chefs Darlene Banks, Sam Davis and Cybille St. Aude, all new to the Alliance this year, are part of the celebrity chef line-up at the Jamaican Jerk Festival. See them in action at the city's biggest Caribbean food, music and cultural festival happening at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on July 21.
Rockey's Puts Milk Punch in a Bottle
by Francine Cohen
Don’t you just love it when a brand-new spirit found at your favorite bar or local liquor store has a historic, literary and culinary backstory?
Here’s one for you – Rockey’s Milk Punch.
In the same family as possets and syllabubs, Rockey’s, a clear modifier made of pineapple, apple, citrus, green and black tea, is stabilized with neutral grain spirit.
But where’s the milk? Especially since you can see right through it?
The brand’s creator, Eamon Rockey, explains: “Rockey’s is a classic punch. You take some sort of booze – back in the day they used brandy or whiskey or rum – plus citrus -- and then you sweeten it with cake sugar or white sugar or maple or honey. Whatever you want. And, there’s almost always tea. Next you boil milk. When you throw it in with the other ingredients it’ll curdle – we call it breaking. If you do it right it’ll be strained out so you can taste everything but it’s clear.”
Clearly it’s a great new addition to the bar, but Rockey can’t take credit for creating it, just for popularizing it. He shares that the history behind the milk punch began in the late 1600s when Aphra Behn put it on the map. A writer, poet and playwright, she fought for women’s rights when it wasn’t a thing. She also was a British spy for the royal family. And she loved her punch!
So too did Ben Franklin who had a beloved recipe for milk punch.
It was mentioned in Macbeth. Even the White House cookbook has a recipe for it, though it’s unlikely that today’s resident is consuming much, being an avowed teetotaler.
But if he were smart enough to honor history, and female entrepreneurs and American businesses (Rockey blends it in Brooklyn), he’d find that it’s not only delicious on its own over ice and with tonic or soda, it’s a perfect modifier that provides a backbone for the best notes of any spirit. Yet it’s lower in alcohol than a glass of wine.
You can imbibe Rockey’s at Amali, Barbounia, the Beatrice Inn, the Up & Up and in a Ti' Punch at PDI. Or check out Bookmarks on Madison’s rooftop bar, where they blend Rockey’s into a refreshing frozen tequila cocktail.
You can purchase it at:
- Bed-Vyne Wine & Spirits
- BTL Harlem
- Convive Wine and Spirits
- Le Du’s Wine and Spirits
- Vintry Fine Wines
- Wet Whistle Wines
- Whiskey & Wine off 69
Photos by Signe Birck.
Things to Read, See or Do
News from Our Members
Joyce Appelman has two stories in the July issue of Total Food Service. Click to page 22 and 32 for her articles (or just read the whole thing).
Miriam Rubin will be teaching a class on tomatoes at the HGS Cooking School in the beautiful town of Hillsdale, in the Hudson Valley (Her new home.)
Former Alliance President Barbara Sibley is featured in Rozanne Gold’s podcast “One Woman Kitchen."
The newsletter crew will take a break in August - look for an email from us in September!
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