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

    • 07/30/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Artistic Tile, 38 West 21st street
    • 10

    New Member Happy Hour

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM

    Artistic Tile, 38 West 21st Street

    (New Members Only)

    Come and meet new members of the Alliance at Artistic Tile. New members can meet past presidents, board members, and will leave with a swag bag of goodies! Delicious bites and wonderful wines will be served.

    Catering by Garnish Catering NYC

    Wines from Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits

    Cheeses from Vermont Creamery 

    Aux Délices des Bois Country Pâté + Aux Délices des Bois Truffle Butters

    Baby Lettuces & Micogreens from Dream Greens by AeroFarms

    Serving Boards from Anolon

    Cookies from The Little Red Kitchen Bake Shop

    Swag Bags by Snuk - SnukFoods.com

    • 08/07/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 367 3rd Avenue, New York, NY
    • 30

    Happy Hour, August: Handcrafted at Handcraft Kitchen

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM

    367 3rd Avenue

    Come to the warm and inviting  Handcraft Kitchen + Cocktails and mingle with Alliance friends old and new at August’s Happy Hour. The Kips Bay bar and restaurant emphasizes the handcrafted and handmade—from its craft cocktails and New American bar eats to its salvaged and recycled materials used for decor.  Come join us for a cocktail, wine, or craft beer and small bites and networking at 27th and Third Avenue.

    2 Volunteers are needed:

    1 for check in

    1 for photography

    For questions please email event host Jamie French at jlfrench319@gmail.com

    • 08/18/2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 514 Union Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY 11215
    • 21

    Cabana Shuffleboard Party at Royal Palms Shuffleboard

    Sunday, August 18, 2019, 5:00-7:00 PM

    Royal Palms Shuffleboard, Brooklyn

    514 Union Street, Park Slope

    $10 for Members, $20 for Guests

    Join us for two hours of shuffleboard shenanigans!

    Join NYWCA members and guests on a lazy hazy Sunday summer evening for shuffleboard! NYWCA will take over two shuffleboard courts at Royal Palms Shuffleboard in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Sunday, August 18. Members and guests will be randomly assigned to teams of four to battle it out for shuffleboard supremacy! Competition may get tough, as everyone on the winning team will win a Visa gift card. Let the games begin!

    We’ll provide two hours of shuffleboard fun. Drinks and snacks are al a carte.  We don’t know for sure exactly which truck will be serving on our date, but here is a list of possibilities: https://www.royalpalmsbrooklyn.com/food-trucks

    4 Volunteers needed:

    1 for Check In

    1 for Photos

    1 for Write Up

    1 as Event Leader: The Event leader will arrive 15 minutes early. When guests arrive, she will ask each person to draw a ticket out of a bowl for a team number, then set up how the competition is organized, how many rounds. (We have 2 courts for a total of 2 hours.) At the end of the competition, she will hand out the gift cards to all members of the winning team.

    • 09/12/2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • 4961 Broadway, Inwood NY
    • 35

    Inwood Ethiopian Dinner and Coffee Ceremony with Buunni Coffee

    Thursday, September 12, 2019, 7:00-9:30 PM

    Buunni Coffee Inwood

    4961 Broadway, Inwood NY

    $45 for Members, $55 for Guests

    Meet Sarina Prabasi, co-owner of Buunni Coffee and share in an evening of Ethiopian dinner, including a traditional  coffee ceremony.  Hear from Sarina the inspiration behind her book, The Coffeehouse Resistance:  Brewing Hope in Desperate Times.

    With Buunni Coffee, Sarina and her husband are reclaiming the tradition of coffee houses throughout history. With three coffee houses in NYC, they have become hubs for local organizing and action. For those interested, the books will be available for sale at Buunni Coffee.

    Price includes an Ethiopian buffet dinner, wine, dessert, coffee (of course) and tea.

    4 Volunteers are needed

    1 for Set Up

    1 for Check In

    1 for Photos and Social Media

    1 for Write Up

    For any questions please email Amy Lee at amyleestudios@gmail.com

    • 09/23/2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 470 7th Ave #4th Floor, NY, NY 10018
    • 111

    New Member Orientation and Networking

    Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00-8:00 PM

    470 Seven Events

    470 7th Avenue, 4th floor

    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.

    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

    • 10/10/2019
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 181st and riverside drive in Washington Heights
    • 11

    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
    • 156

    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

Past events

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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