A valued benefit of being a member of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance is the opportunity to attend exceptional programs throughout the year. The events are educational, entertaining, and enjoyable - from food tastings and happy hours, to themed dinners, and cookbook lauches, to industry tours, and business seminars. All offer a chance to network with other women in the culinary field. Some are open to members and guests; others to members only.

Below are our upcoming programs. For more information of a specific program, click on the title. Reserve now, as space is limited! To see some of our past programs, check out our NYWCA Facebook page.

Upcoming events

    • 11/14/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Member Jacquie Greaves’s Residence
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    Roman-Jewish Inspired Dishes: A Traditional Dinner

    Thursday, November 14, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

     Member Jacquie Greaves’s Residence, Manhattan

    $35 per Member, $45 per Guest

    Join us for a warm, festive, and delicious evening with Alliance members Jacquie Greaves and Claire Treves Brezel. We will gather  at Jacquie’s Upper West Side home for a sumptuous dinner of Roman-Jewish inspired dishes.

    Jacquie, who has lived in Rome and visits Italy multiple times every year, is an avid cook, with extensive knowledge of Italian food and culture. In addition to cooking, Jacquie has done book presentations at the Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo (NYU) Preserving Italy by Domenica Marchetti; and Tasting Rome by Katie Parla and Kristina Gill.

    Claire Treves Brezel is a fifth-generation co-owner of her family’s homestead and villa rental, Casale Sonnino located near Rome. Last April, several NYWCA members enjoyed the Gardens, Ghettos and Gastronomy itinerary, where they made the famous Carciofialla Giudia with a local chef - in addition to touring and eating very well! Claire loves sharing her unique history and culinary traditions with adventuresome travelers. Her parents were Italian Jews from Rome (Trastevere) and Turin.


    Salt Fish Fritters, Chicken Liver Toast, Jewish Caponata

    Suppli al Telefono (rice cheese croquettes)

    Red Snapper with Onions, Pine Nuts and Raisins

    Turkey Rollatini

    Fettuccine with Mushroom Sauce

    Butternut Squash Ravioli

    Rice Stuffed Tomatoes, Concia of Eggplant & Zucchini

    Crostata of Ricotta and Sour Cherries

    Olive Oil Cookies (By Member Dina Melendez-Bonnet)

    Wines Sponsored Famiglia Cotarella.  Famiglia Cotarella has become the reference brand that includes Falesco (for traditional wines), Cotarella (for the top of the range), Intrecci (the Higher Education school) and Liaison (distribution brand of Champagne Alexandre Filaine and Vilmart and of the wine Per Papà of the Castello di Cigognola Company). 

    5 Volunteers are needed:

    2 for set up

    1 for photos

    1 for  write up

    1 for  clean up

    For questions please contact event hosts Jacquie Greaves at mondajacquie@aol.com and Claire Treves Brezel at claire@casalesonnino.com

    • 11/16/2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Gumption Coffee, 168 39th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, Industry City (Building 19), Brooklyn, NY 11232
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    Coffee Cupping & Tour at Gumption Coffee NYC

    Saturday, November 16, 2019, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

     Gumption Coffee, 168 39th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY 11232

    $35 per Member

    Join award-winning Roaster Hazel de los Reyes, the Co-Owner of Gumption Coffee for an intimate coffee cupping session and tour of her new Australian roastery and café, Gumption Coffee NYC  in Brooklyn’s Industry City.  Learn from Hazel how to taste, score, and enjoy the aromas of brewed coffee like a professional.

    Hazel, along with her partner Clare Lim, began their coffee journey with their first coffee shop, Coffee Alchemy, which opened in Sydney in 2003.  They now have three high-volume cafés in Australia, many industry awards, and are excited to have their first roastery and café overseas.  Hazel is roasting their beans at Gumption’s 6,0000-square-foot industrial space, offering specific varieties of gourmet coffee with delicious food to match.   

    Light bites and coffee will be served.  Guests will also receive a sampling of Gumption Coffee to-go.

    3 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for photos/social media

    1 for  write up

    1 for  sign in/ name tags

    For questions please contact the event host Shari Bayer at shari@bayerpublicrelations.com

    • 11/20/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Athleta Flatiron, 126 Fifth Avenue (at 18th St)
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    Full Moon Reiki Sound Bath

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

    Athleta Flatiron

    126 Fifth Avenue, at 18th street

    $25 per Member, $35 per Guest

    Take some time to take care of you and join for a beautiful and restorative evening to welcome the full moon and the start of a busy holiday season – plus get a little (or a lot!) of shopping done! This sound bath has nothing to do with tubs but you will be submerged in meditative sounds created just for us by sonotherapist Leslie McDonald to generate mental and physical rest. There will also be the opportunity to set intentions for your own personal and career growth. Light bites, vegan cheese from Treeline, SlowUp whole food bars, healing tea from Brooklyn Tea and other healthy treats will be served.

    Each guest will also receive a gift from Dash of Pep.

    Attendees will all receive coupon card for $30 worth of produce from Bad Apple Produce

    Arrive early to shop for apparel at Athleta with a special 20% off for event attendees.

    5 Volunteers Needed

    1 for set up

    1 for check in

    1 for clean up

    1 for photos

    1 for  social media/write up

    For questions please contact event host Solana Nolfo at solanastar@gmail.com

    • 12/02/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • GupShup Bombay House, 115 E 18th street
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    December Happy Hour at GupShup

    Monday, December 2, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

    GupShup Bombay House, 115 East 18th Street

    Free to Members

    Head over to Gramercy’s GupShup, a modern upscale Indian restaurant celebrating Bombay and the era of romance.  We will imbibe in signature cocktails and sample updated Indian cuisine in a spectacular, soaring space under dangling lights.

    1 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for sign in

    1 for photos, social media

    For questions please contact event host Rhadia Hursey at nywcapresident@gmail.com

    • 12/08/2019
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 220 E 23th Street, Suite 809
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    The Curious Tour

    Sunday, December 8, 2019, 2:00 - 6:00 PM

    The Curious Tour

    220 E 23th Street, Suite 809

    $15 per Member

    Hot Cocoa & Kahlua/Hot Toddy/Cake Pops & Home Accessories Shopping

    Lisa Goldberg, NYWCA member and owner of The Curious Tour, invites members to visit her studio for the Curious Tour, a multi-cultural marketplace showcasing the artwork, jewelry, and ceramics of different cultures. The current tour features the art and craftwork of South Africa.

    So stop by the studio any time between 2 and 6pm for some holiday shopping while enjoying a sumptuous hot beverage and treats. Peruse unique hand crafted home accents from South Africa: platters, baskets, and olive picks; to spoons, vases and wine carafes; and more. Perfect for members who like to entertain or are looking for personal or corporate gifts.

    Guests will enjoy a complimentary tasting of Award Winning SerendipiTea "Mandela Masala".  And the ability to purchase tins to take home, with 20% or proceeds benefiting WaterAid.

    4 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for set-up

    1 for  sign in

    1 for photos

    1 for  write up

    For questions please contact event host Lisa Goldberg at lisagoldbergnyc@gmail.com

    • 12/10/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Our / New York Vodka, 151 W 26th Street
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    Celebrate Hangover Helper at the Our/New York Vodka distillery

    Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 6:00 - 8:30 PM

    Our / New York Vodka

    151 W 26th Street

    $35 per Member, $45 per Guest

    Come celebrate the new cookbook, Hangover Helper: Delicious Cures from Around the World,  by Lauren Shockey at Chelsea’s Our/New York Vodka, Manhattan’s first distillery since Prohibition. Our fun evening will include a spirited chat with  Event Co-Chair Terry Frishman of Culinest and Lauren, along with tastings of Hangover Helper dishes, a complementary cocktail (additional can be purchased at the bar), vodka tastings, a book signing, relevant goodie bag takeaways, and an optional distillery tour. Registrants must be 21 years of age.

    Lauren, author, respected food writer, and former Village Voice restaurant critic, will discuss her career journey, entertain us with stories from kitchens around the world, and highlight how her experiences led her to discover the culinary hangover cures featured in her newest cookbook.

    Event fee includes one copy of Hangover Helper,  one cocktail, a vodka tasting, helpings of Hangover Helper dishes, goodie bag, and optional distillery tour.

    The event starts at 6pm, but no worries if you arrive a half hour later as we will be easing into the evening.


    Pickle Brine Bloody Mary cocktail (additional cocktails may be purchased)

    Three dishes from Hangover Helper (each contains either meat or fish)

    7 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for photos

    1 for  write up

    2 for  sign in, registration and tours

    3 to prepare a dish from the book (ingredient reimbursement available, contact Rebecca or Terry for details)

    For questions please contact event hosts Rebecca Montero at Rebecca@spread-mmms.com and Terry Frishman at Terry@Culinest.com

    • 12/16/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Artistic Tile Showroom—Flatiron, 38 West 21st Street
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    “Mastering Spice” and More with Lior Lev Secarz

    Monday, December 16, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Artistic Tile Showroom—Flatiron

    38 West 21st Street

    $45 per Member, $55 per Guest

    Meet spice expert and chef Lior Lev Secarz and learn about his new book, Mastering Spice, mingle and network while enjoying a variety of wines and substantial nibbles, and take home a copy of Lior’s book, along with samples and other swag!

    Join NYWCA president Rhadia Hursey and long-time member Dina-Melendez Bonnet for a fabulous evening at Artistic Tile’s Flatiron showroom.  We’ll start with a cooking demo of a dessert recipe from Mastering Spice with Dina and Lior.  Then there’ll be a lively discussion with Lior, covering his approach to spices and cooking, followed by a Q&A with the audience. We will end the evening with mingling, networking, and book signing while enjoying a robust spread of appetizers and nibbles with wines from Barterhouse.


    Lior Lev Sercarz began his own journey studying spices and their origins, eventually creating his own blends. Each of them is a reflection of a place, a moment, or cultural influence.  Mastering Spice is Lior’s third book.  He is the owner of La Boîte, located in Manhattan.  He’s been featured in the New York Times, CBS This Morning, Food & Wine, TED Talk, and the Wall Street Journal.


    Le Bon Magot is producer of condiments, preserves, and spice blends from Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.  They will be serving a savory dish from "Mastering Spice".

    Barterhouse imports and distributes fine estate-bottled wines from the world’s most renowned growing regions.

    Brooklyn Born Chocolate

    Brooklyn Slate

    NY Cake

    Firefly Farm Creamery

    Cheese Grotto


    Balthazar Bakery

    11 Volunteers Needed

    3 for set up

    2 for check in

    3 for clean up

    1 for photos

    1 for  write up

    1 for swag bags

    For questions please contact event hostAmy Lee at amyleestudios@gmail.com

    • 01/16/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Meredith Corp., 225 Liberty Street
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    Let’s Cheer with Cheese: A Fondue Dinner Party

    Thursday, January 16, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30pm

    Food & Wine Test Kitchen; 225 Liberty Street, NY, NY 10028

    (8th floor, 8S-309)

    $25 per Member, $35 per Guest

    Join us for NYWCA networking and mingling at a cheese-centric dinner party featuring a fondue tailgate at the Food & Wine Test Kitchen. Guests will enjoy cheese boards, fondue, salads, and complementary wine pairings.

    All guests will receive a lunch tote filled with cheese and other goodies too!

    3 Volunteers are needed:1 for check in, 1 for write up, 1 for general help

    225 Liberty is easily accessible via the 1, 2, 3, R, W, E & 4 trains.

    For questions please contact event host Rose Cirrincione at Rose.Cirrincione@Meredith.com

    • 01/22/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Home of Sara Moulton, W 20’s in Manhattan
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    January Book Club : 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Home of Sara Moulton, W 20’s in Manhattan

    $20 per Member

    The NYWCA Winter Book Club selection is 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line  by Eric Ripert,  the brave and affecting coming-of-age story about the making of a French chef, from the culinary icon behind the renowned New York City restaurant Le Bernardin. The New York Times bestseller has been hailed by Anthony Bourdain as “heartbreaking, horrifying, poignant, and inspiring.” 

     **You must read the book to attend!**

     The Winter Book Club will held in the Chelsea home of member Sara Moulton. Organizers will send you the address once you have registered.

    2 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for sign in, set up, clean up

    1 for write up, photos, social media

    For questions please contact event host Lisa Homa at lisa@lisahoma.com

    • 01/27/2020
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Cooking by the Book, 13 Worth St, New York, NY 10013
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    Global Dinner: France with Chef Sara Moulton

    Monday, January 27, 2020, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

    Cooking By The Book, 13 Worth Street, NY, NY 10013

    $80 per Member

    Chef and NYWCA founder Sara Moulton kicks off our new Global Dinner Series with a focus on French cuisine. Sara will demo a French apple tart, and we will then all share a French meal, family style. 

    Sara Moulton is the co-founder of the New York Womens Culinary Alliance.  A protégée of Julia Child, executive chef of Gourmet magazine, food editor of ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America,” and the host of several beloved shows on PBS and Food Network during that channel’s first decade. She currently appears weekly on Chris Kimball’s Milk Street Radio and writes the Associated Press column “Kitchen Wise” and the Washington Post column, “Sunday Suppers.”

    Sara is the author of several cookbooks, including Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family Dinners (2010). Her latest is Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101, a cookbook and teaching manual aimed at making readers more confident and efficient in the kitchen.

    Our venue, Cooking by the Book, is  generously sponsored by Suzi O’Rourke. 

    The full menu will be available shortly.

    3 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for check in

    1 for write up

    1 for photos

    For questions please contact event host Amy Lee at amyleestudios@gmail.com

Past events

11/12/2019 Sausage-Making Class with Fleishers Craft Butchery
11/04/2019 Open Board Meeting
11/01/2019 Meet Jono Pandolfi, Dinnerware Designer to the Stars
10/30/2019 October Happy Hour at Lyn-Genet’s Kitchen
10/23/2019 Strudel Queen Performs Live
10/16/2019 (CANCELLED) DISCOVER THE SHUK, the Heart of Israeli Home Cooking, with Janna Gur
10/15/2019 Sumptuous Caribbean Feast Fall Potluck
10/10/2019 Fall Book Club: Buttermilk Graffiti
10/02/2019 Fall Harvest Lunch with Airis the Chef
10/01/2019 Basque Tapas and Dinner at Huertas NYC
09/25/2019 NYWCA Wellness: Eat Well! Feel Well!
09/19/2019 Cocktail Club: Cognac
09/16/2019 New Member Orientation and Networking
09/12/2019 Inwood Ethiopian Dinner and Coffee Ceremony with Buunni Coffee
09/09/2019 September Harlem Happy Hour
08/28/2019 An Artisanal Tasting Menu Dinner with Runner & Stone and Vermont Creamery (2nd Seating)
08/28/2019 An Artisanal Tasting Menu Dinner with Runner & Stone and Vermont Creamery (1st Seating)
08/18/2019 Cabana Shuffleboard Party at Royal Palms Shuffleboard
08/07/2019 Happy Hour, August: Handcrafted at Handcraft Kitchen
07/30/2019 New Member Happy Hour: New Members Only
07/17/2019 Up On the Roof Picnic Mixer
06/25/2019 Happy Hour, June: Welcome Summer at Cedric's at the Shed
06/20/2019 La Cocina at La Palapa
06/03/2019 Spring Book Club: Comfort Food Diaries
05/21/2019 Happy Hour, May: We Try Indian Inspired Cocktails at Baar Baar
05/14/2019 Discover THE ITALIAN TABLE with author, blogger and culinary tour organizer Elizabeth Minchilli
05/14/2019 Herb Spring Supper at the Horticultural Society of NY
05/07/2019 International Chocolate, Cheese and Wine Pairing with Milène Jardine Chocolatier
04/29/2019 Spring Potluck
04/16/2019 Dine-Around: Bricolage - Park Slope
04/09/2019 Skills Workshop: Fermentation Workshop
04/08/2019 Cocktail Club: Gin
04/06/2019 Foraging Tour of Central Park with "Wildman" Steve Brill
04/04/2019 Instant Indian – Indian Cooking in the Instant Pot
04/03/2019 Business Skills Workshop: Food Styling Q&A with Lisa Homa
03/27/2019 Happy Hour, March: Back to Brooklyn at Torst
03/23/2019 Learn to Cook the Indian Way with Garima Kothari
03/19/2019 Dine-Around: Raclette
03/18/2019 Business Skills Workshop: Keep the Cash Flowing!
03/12/2019 Too Good to Passover - Pre-Passover Seder Dinner and Discussion with Jennifer Adabi
02/26/2019 Skills Workshop: Map Your Journey to Profit!
02/25/2019 Happy Hour February: Factory 380
01/28/2019 Cocktail Club: Rye Whiskey
01/23/2019 NYWCA January Happy Hour
01/17/2019 NYWCA Winter Book Club - DELICIOUS! by Ruth Reichl
01/07/2019 NYWCA Dine-Around: Korean BBQ at Yoon NYC
12/17/2018 Holiday Happy Hour at Vanguard Wine Bar
12/04/2018 NYWCA Challah Baking for the New Jewish Home (and Challah Lovers!)
11/19/2018 NYWCA Skills Workshop: Cookbook Publishing
11/15/2018 NYWCA Wellness Tasting Workshop: Are You a Supertaster?
11/14/2018 NYWCA Macanese Cooking Demo
11/08/2018 Skills Workshop: Amp Up Your Business Aptitude for Success!
11/07/2018 NYWCA Warm Up with Whiskey November Happy Hour
11/05/2018 NYWCA Chef Peer Networking: A Meeting of the Grinds
10/30/2018 NYWCA Wine Tasting: Riesling & Rotis

Note: NYWCA policy is that cancellations made 7 days or less before an event are not refundable, unless the member who is canceling can fill her space with someone on the wait list or another replacement. Up to 7 days, members can cancel through their profile page, or by contacting the organizer. The Treasurer will issue the refund via original form of payment, less the $5 cancellation fee to cover processing cost. If the program is cancelled by the NYWCA, your full cost, including fees, will be refunded.

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