Screw the Boys’ Club Mentality at Restaurants. Buy a WCR Calendar.
As a general rule, the Young & Hungry blog is not here to plug every damn product that comes down the pike, but we'll make an exception for the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs 2009 calendar, which you can purchase for $12 over at WCR's Web site. It's a great holiday gift, blah, blah, blah.
The national organization's mission is "to promote and enhance the education, advancement and connection of women in the culinary industry," which says way more about the industry, I think, than about WCR. I mean, we're nearly eight full years into the 21st century, and women still need a specialty group to promote their interests inside the kitchen? The French influence, she is still strong in the restaurant world, oui?
The calendar is D.C.-centric, even though the organization is national. The local chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers who appear in the calendar include Melanie Parker (Equinox), Ris Lacoste (ris and Rock Creek), Amy Brandwein (Fyve), Barbara Black (Addie's Restaurant, Black Market Bistro, Black's Bar & Kitchen, and BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant), Beverly Bates (ici Urban Bistro at Sofitel Hotel), Nora Pouillon (Nora), Ruth Gresser (Pizzeria Paradiso), Jamie Leeds (CommonWealth Gastropub and Hank's Oyster Bar), Heather Chittum (Hook), and Tracy O'Grady (Willow Restaurant). So do some of their recipes.
"The D.C. calendar is the first one that WCR has ever done!" e-mails Rachael Siefert, a publicist for the project. "The idea came from the D.C. chapter of WCR...and WCR is hoping to take it to other cities in the future."