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IRA and Choose Chicago present a special Women's Restaurant Week 2020

Women’s Restaurant Week is led by the Chicago JBF “Let’s Talk” Forum which seventeen Chicago women restaurateurs belong to (see full list below). The intent of Let’s Talk is city-level forums to support each other, take collective action, and survive this crisis together. Started in Chicago, Let’s Talk is spearheaded by Rohini Dey, Ph.D. (Vermilion), who runs it across ten cities within the JBF Women’s Leadership Programs. Let’s Talk has connected 150 women restaurateurs nationwide.

Chicago Let’s Talk Women Restaurateurs:

Deann Bayless

Deann Bayless

Frontera Group

Deann Bayless is one of the leading female restaurateurs in the United States. Together with her husband, Rick Bayless, Deann opened the hugely successful Frontera Grill restaurant in Chicago in 1987…

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Rohini Dey

Rohini Dey

Vermilion

A leading restaurateur, a proponent of Indian cuisine with her unique Latin twist, and an avid supporter of women – former economist and management consultant Rohini Dey straddles the worlds of business and…

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Clodagh Lawless & Amy Lawless

Clodagh Lawless & Amy Lawless

The Dearborn

“Whether we like it or not, it’s in our blood,” exclaims Clodagh Lawless, Partner at Chicago’s beloved restaurant The Dearborn. For the Irish-born entrepreneur, a deep-rooted love of genuine…

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Sandra Holl

Sandra Holl

Floriole

Sandra Holl the founder and owner of Floriole Cafe & Bakery was born and raised in the Midwest. She returned to the area after attending culinary school, working in France and San Francisco. In 2006 Sandra and her…

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Mindy Gohr

Mindy Gohr

Bittersweet
Sarah Stegner

Sarah Stegner

Prairie Grass Café
Carrie Nahabedian

Carrie Nahabedian

Brindille
Diana Davila

Diana Davila

Mi Tocaya

Chef Diana Dávila is the Chef and Owner of Mi Tocaya Antojería in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. A native of the Chicago suburbs, Dávila grew up in kitchens and began working in her parent’s…

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Mary Aregoni

Mary Aregoni

Saigon Sisters
Tigist Reda

Tigist Reda

Demera
Julia Shell (owner), Sarah Syman (manager)

Julia Shell (owner), Sarah Syman (manager)

The Dandy Crown
Sophie Evanoff

Sophie Evanoff

Vanille Patisserie
Cynthia Lohr (Co-owner, CBO) & Kristen Barnhisel (Winemaker, White Wines)

Cynthia Lohr (Co-owner, CBO) & Kristen Barnhisel (Winemaker, White Wines)

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Laurence Noguier

Laurence Noguier

Bistronomic
Danielle Dang

Danielle Dang

HaiSous
Agnes Rapacz

Agnes Rapacz

TeaGschwendner
Julia Momose

Julia Momose

Kumiko
Sarah Grueneberg, Meg Sahs

Sarah Grueneberg (Chef/Owner), Meg Sahs (Owner)

Monteverde
Amy Morton, Debbie Gold

Amy Morton (Owner/Operator), Debbie Gold (Executive Chef)

Found Kitchen
The Barn Steakhouse

Amy Morton’s bio
Debbie Gold’s bio



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