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

    • 09/16/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Chefscape at 180 Maiden Lane, NYC
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    New Member Orientation and Networking

    Monday, September 16, 2019

    6:00-6:30 PM Mix and Mingle

    6:30-9:00 PM Networking and Orientation

    Chefscape at 180 Maiden Lane, NYC

    Free for New Members Only

    So You Joined NYWCA—Now What?

    Please join the NYWCA Board and Membership Committee to learn how the Alliance works, how to make the most of your membership, and meet all your fellow new members!

    A short presentation will be given about each of the Alliance committees and how you can get involved. 

    Then, Alliance member Jackie Gordon will lead a powerful networking-in-the-round session to help you maximize the value of being an Alliance member. So, just imagine connecting with every person in the room! You will:

    -- Meet EVERY new member and board member attending this event to grow your network.

    -- Polish what you say when networking (audio logo, positioning statement, elevator speech, etc.).

    -- Share what you do and what you need to take your business / career to the next level with the group.

    -- Consider offering your wisdom, skills, and connections to help fellow members.

    -- Mingle over drinks and nibbles with all the attendees to follow up and connect after the event.

    Photo I.D. is required for security.

    4 Volunteers Needed

    2 for Set Up, arrive at 5pm

    2 for Clean Up

    For any questions please email Rhadia Hursey at nywcapresident@gmail.com

    • 09/19/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • French Cheese Board, 41 Spring Street
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    photo credit, Adam Sokolowski

    Cocktail Club: Cognac

    Cocktail Club, a hands-on spirited networking series, is starting the new NYWCA season with the most elegant and delicate of spirits, Cognac!

    Thursday, September 19th

    French Cheese Board, 41 Spring Street

    6:30 - 9:00 PM

    $40 per member, $50 per guest

    While this refined French brandy is usually considered something to be sipped straight after a meal, Cognac is wonderfully versatile and helped originate many classic cocktails, such as the Sazerac, Vieux Carre, Sidecar, and Brandy Crusta. Attendees will have the chance to try their hand at making such cocktails, as well as learn the basics of this grape-based distillate and its stunning array of flavors that have charmed imbibers for centuries. 

    Taking us on this spirited journey will be esteemed New York City-based mixologist, Ms. Franky, who is a Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac Certified Cognac Educator. An additional and delicious bonus is that the fromage experts at the French Cheese Board will pair each sample of Cognac with a French cheese. As always, there will be time to network and socialize.

    Limited to 16 attendees, Members ONLY. 

    3 Volunteers Needed: 1 for write-up, 1 for social media and 1 for general help

    For further information contact: Diana Pittet or Sarah Abrams.

    • 09/25/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Lobby Bar of the Washington Square Hotel, 103 Waverly Place
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    NYWCA Wellness: Eat Well! Feel Well!

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 6:00-8:30 PM

    Lobby Bar of the Washington Square Hotel

    103 Waverly Place

    $25 for Members, $35 for Guests

    Welcome back Dr. Robert Kachko, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, to our third in a series of wellness presentations for Alliance members!

    The topic for this talk is The Healing Effects of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Inflammation is a key risk factor in many health problems and several major diseases. Dr. Kachko will discuss what delicious foods we can add to our diets to heal us, reduce inflammation and pain, and change how our DNA is expressed.

    Of course, we’ll have some healthy snacks to make us feel better, too.

    Bring a healthy, anti-inflammatory dish and get a credit! (Contact Andrea at Alsperling@gmail.com to discuss ideas!)

    Dr. Robert Kachko is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist and the incoming President of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). His Manhattan office is at Innersource Health.

    3 Volunteers are needed

    1 for Check In

    1 for Photos

    1 for Write Up

    For any questions please email event host Andrea Sperling

    • 10/01/2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Huertas, 107 First Ave, NY NY 10003
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    Basque Tapas and Dinner at Huertas NYC

    Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 7:30-9:30 PM

    Huertas NYC, 107 First Ave, NY NY 10003

    $55 per Member

    Transport yourself to Basque Country for an evening of lively eating, drinking, and soaking up the culture of Northern Spain. Chef Jonah Miller of the East Village’s Huertas combines the playful elements of a pintxo bar and the elevated aspects of the cuisine of Basque country. The restaurant offers a rotating assortment of pintxos (small bites), and seasonally evolving raciones (“portions,” or larger servings). Our menu will be posted here in mid-September.

    Gather with other NYWCA members to enjoy this special Basque evening in our own private space, including a complimentary glass of Tinto de Verano, special Vermouth made in-house at Huertas. Ticket price includes family style selection of tapas, dinner, dessert, and wine pairings.

    3 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for check in

    1 for photos

    1 for  write up

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

    • 10/02/2019
    • 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Rooftop 251 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
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    Fall Harvest Lunch with Airis the Chef

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 12:30-2:30 PM

    Rooftop 251 7th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215

    $25 per Member

    Join us a Fall Harvest Lunch, with NYWCA Member Airis Johnson, aka Airis the Chef,  two-time competitor and winner of Chopped!  Chef Airis will demonstrate how to make Jambalaya for us all to enjoy, along with other sumptuous foods that are reflective of the fall season, including smoked sausages from Edwards Virginia Smokehouse and produce from Misfits Market. Wine generously provided by Jacques Pelvas Brut, and cookware by Anolon.

    Note that this is an outdoor lunch, on the rooftop of Amy’s Park Slope apartment building; please bring a sweater in case it’s chilly. In addition, the lunch will be cancelled if it rains.

    4 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for check in (will remain downstairs to let guest in)

    1 for set up

    1 for photos

    1 for write up

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

    • 10/10/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 181st and riverside drive in Washington Heights
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    Fall Book Club: Buttermilk Graffiti

    Thursday, October 10, 2019, 6:30-8:30 PM

    Home of Member Lisa Homa, 181 street and Riverside Drive

    in Washington Heights

    $20 per Member, book not included

    The NYWCA Spring Book Club selection is Buttermilk Graffiti  by Edward Lee.   This winner of the 2019 James Beard Award for Best Book of the Year in Writing chronicles the two years Lee spent uncovering the fascinating culinary narratives from every corner of the country.

    *You must read the book to attend* 

     About the book:

     Buttermilk Graffiti is a timely and important work that reminds readers that America’s melting pot is alive and well in the most unexpected places. And, that we all belong.”

    —New York Journal of Books


    Buttermilk Graffiti is all Edward Lee: wide-eyed, profane, hungry for life, ever soulful, and poetic. In prose that’s as gorgeous and honest as his cooking, Lee takes us on an irresistible journey into the amazing diversity of flavors and traditions that truly makes this country great. An essential American story. 

    —Chang-rae Lee, winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist

    2Volunteers are needed:

    1 for set up and clean up

    1 for photos and write up

    Location to be provided after registration.

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

    • 10/15/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 20 west 23rd street, 5th floor
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    Sumptuous Caribbean Feast Fall Potluck

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM

    The Loft in Flatiron

    20 West 23rd street, 5th floor

    Free for Members, Bring A Potluck Dish to Serve 10ppl

    Didn’t make it to the Caribbean over the summer? Are you wishing you could go back? We can all escape to the Islands for one night at this year’s fall potluck. Let’s celebrate the tantalizing flavors of the islands and bring dishes that feature countries like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Puerto Rico and Grenada to name a few. Let your imagination run wild with dishes that include coconut, plantain, mango, jackfruit, scotch bonnet pepper, pineapple, papaya and many, many more. Did I say Rum??? If your favorite Caribbean island wasn’t mentioned, don’t fret. We want you to show up and show off to represent. Bring your favorite island’s flag with you because we might even wave it a few times.

    So, sign up today and come and enjoy the awesome flavors and fun of the Caribbean. It’s Bacchanal time!!!

    Please note that the location does not have a prep area so bring your dish ready to serve.

    For any questions please email Darlene Banks at chefdarleneb@gmail.com

    • 11/01/2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Jono Pandolfi Studios, 600 Palisade Ave., #105, Union City, NJ 07087
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    Meet Jono Pandolfi, Dinnerware Designer to the Stars

    Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    (optional lunch at nearby ethnic restaurant to follow)

     Jono Pandolfi Studios, 600 Palisade Ave., #105, Union City, NJ 07087

    $10 per Member, $20 per guest

    What do leading chefs Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park, Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Michael Lomonaco all have in common? They’ve turned to Jono Pandolfi and Jono Pandolfi Studios to create their signature dinnerware.

    Join NYWCA members and guests for a very special morning as we visit Jono Pandolfi Studios for a talk by Jono himself, a tour of the workshop and a chance to shop at big discounts! Jono will share his personal story that led to a career focused on crafting one-of-a-kind handmade ceramics. We’ll hear anecdotes regarding special projects he’s executed on behalf of top toques in the business and observe specialty artisans at work. We’ll also have the opportunity to purchase seconds and overstock items that were originally created for custom clientele. At the conclusion of our visit, join us for a group photo on the studio’s rooftop featuring panoramic views of the NYC skyline! Finally, gather with members for an optional lunch at a nearby ethnic restaurant in Union City.

     GETTING THERE  The studio is located in Union City, NJ, and easily accessed from Manhattan by NJ Transit:  NJ Transit bus  #123 from Port Authority to the  Palisade Avenue & 7th Street  stop takes about 20 minutes and costs $3.50 one way. (The 10:30am bus arrives at 10:39.) The studio is a 2-minute walk from the bus stop.  Driving is also an option, with plenty of onsite parking.  The exact address is 600 Palisade Ave., #105, Union City, NJ 07087 (come through "Entrance A" past the loading dock, head to the right, and our studio door is up a few stairs).

    There are many ethnic restaurants (Cuban, Turkish, Colombian, etc.) in Union City and the nearby vicinity. For those who’d like to gather for lunch immediately following the tour, we’ll be announcing the exact restaurant location in the next couple of weeks.

    2 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for photos/social media

    1 for  write up

    Please note there is a limit of one guest per member (and only a limited amount of guest tickets will be available)

    For questions please contact the event host Amy Stern at Amyfalkstern@gmail.com

    • 11/04/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Chefscape at Maiden Lane, 180 Maiden Lane
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    Open Board Meeting

    Monday, November 4, 2019, 6:00-8:30 PM

    Chefscape at Maiden Lane

    180 Maiden Lane, NYC 10038

    Curious about what happens at NYWCA Board Meetings? Come and find out at the 2019 Open Board Meeting. Hear about our upcoming programs, ongoing projects, and financial health. In addition, there will be an opportunity for members to break into groups to discuss ideas and the best way to execute those ideas to the Board. Light supper (catered by one of ChefScape’s vendors) and wine will be provided.

    The meeting is at ChefScape, a food and beverage business incubator housing up-and-coming local food and beverage businesses as well as providing much needed expansion space to existing concepts. Many thanks to new Alliance member Bella Karakis, ChefScape’s BDO, for providing the space.

    3 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for check in

    1 for set up

    1 for  clean up

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

    • 11/12/2019
    • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Fleishers Craft Butchery SILO, 194 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn
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    Sausage-Making Class with Fleishers Craft Butchery

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:30-9:30 PM

    Fleishers Craft Butchery SILO, 194 5th Ave, Park Slope, Brooklyn

    $55 per Member

    Learn from butchery experts of Fleishers Craft Butchery and make your own sausage, just in time for the Thanksgiving table.  Members will gather on Tuesday, November 12, at Fleisher’s Silo in Park Slope for an evening of hands-on, interactive fun.

    The class will focus on learning how to make sweet potato and pork sausage seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, lemon zest, and a touch of cayenne. You will stuff and twist your own sausages, and take some home afterwards. The butchers at Fleishers will be on hand to teach you key tips, like how to prevent your casings from exploding before the meat inside is cooked. After the class, members will enjoy complimentary wine, cured meats, local cheeses, and chocolates from  Milène Jardine Chocolatier. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned chef, you’ll take your skills to the next level.

    3 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for check in

    1 for photos

    1 for  write up

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

    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

Past events

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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