Coronavirus confusion and cancellations, Bottoms Up is back, lots to read (but less to do), please support your sisters who own restaurants (if you can), or stay calm and order in!


Newsletter – March 2020

A Note from Alliance President Rhadia Hursey

As I’m sure you are aware, Covid-19 has forced many organizations to cancel upcoming events. I have decided to cancel the remaining March programs and reassess in the next few weeks about April and May programs. Members will receive a full refund for the cancelled March programs. With that said, I want to remind you that many of our members have restaurants that still need any support we can offer. This is a trying time for everyone, especially for those in the hospitality industry. Please, if you can, continue to order delivery from your favorite restaurants to show your support. They need you more than ever.

Rhadia Hursey, NYWCA President

Member News


Member Amy Stern of 3E Public Relations (left) will host a webinar about culinary start-ups on April 7. She’ll talk with AeroFarms and discuss how start-ups disrupt and innovate the food industry.

Hannah Howard (below, left) wrote an article for “Grub Street" about how restaurants are preparing for COVID-19. In it she featured two of our restaurant-owning members: Barbara Sibley (below, center) who runs La Palapa and Holiday Cocktail Lounge in Manhattan and Garima Kothari (below, right), chef and owner of Nukkad in Jersey City. 

This month, Board member Joyce Appelman (left) interviewed Stephen Yen, the new executive chef for the Tao Group, in the March issue of “Total Food Service.”

Miriam Rubin was profiled in a local Hudson Valley publication, "Rural Intelligence." 


Bottoms Up

Female Beverage Director Shows How the Industry is Evolving

By Francine Cohen

Amy, Pete, and Elizabeth are out of the race.

Why mention politics in a profile of Andrea Cornwell, the 30-year-old beverage director of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Ocean Prime, a restaurant group headquartered hundreds of miles from Washington, D.C., where these politicians made their name? Why not simply focus on this up-and-coming liquid powerhouse who touches 2.8 million guests through her work at one of the largest independent restaurant groups, while overseeing the beverage programs for 36 restaurants under 17 different concepts in 13 states, including the group’s national Ocean Prime brand?

Because it’s a big moment in this country; a time for change and evolution. And while the political landscape may not be ready for the kind of leaders we didn’t quite have a chance to see in action, what we do see is that the hospitality industry is one ready to embrace change. And Cornwell is the face of it.

Enthralled more by buzzing bees than the inane buzz of social media, she takes a thoughtful approach to her drink menu creation and team building. On the front end of trends, Cornwell is dedicated to low- and no-proof options, as well as more commonly found items. Working closely with the culinary team to develop complimentary beverage programs, every drink is created as a story, and each component is chose with the intention to resonate with staff and guests alike.

That intention is a holdover from her past as a yoga instructor. Her drink creation takes a fresh humanistic and holistic approach to creating a successful and profitable program. Cornwell shares: “It’s about being self-aware. I am always looking inward, looking at what we need to adjust. I want to make sure all parties are taken care of. What I’m proud of is that we’re recognizing our people and acknowledging the stressors from typical restaurant life. Finally, now we can have those conversations.” She concludes, “What the body does effects the mind.” 

Cornwell makes mindfulness the best recipe to fill every glass.


Things to Read, See or Do

Must See!

Good Reads

Things to Do 

  • Upcoming author events from Kitchen Arts & Letters at the 92nd Street Y. (Some of these will be cancelled, obviously, but check ahead for those planned for April and May.)



Lunch at Ben's Deli 

By Sharon Franke

On February 18, the Alliance expanded its boundaries beyond the five boroughs. Members voyaged out for lunch on “the island” at Ben’s Kosher Deli Restaurant, in Carle Place, Nassau County. On the menu were latkes, latkes and more latkes followed by multiple matzoh balls, including “Reubens” that were mixed with corned beef, deep fried and served with Russian dressing. No kidding! And that was just the appetizers. For our main course, we had overstuffed pastrami sandwiches. And, of course, plenty of sour pickles, sauerkraut, and cole slaw on the table. To wash it all down: not cream soda but kosher wines from Herzog Wine Cellars. Needless to say, no one went home hungry. And in fact, everyone carried home enough food for dinner.

Photos by Amy Lee

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Joyce Appelman
Stacy Basko

Hannah Howard
Miriam Rubin


Francine Cohen

Sharon Franke

Amy Lee


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