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These Are Not the Lady Chefs of New York City

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There was a back-and-forth on Twitter earlier this week about how few lady chefs are invited to take part in so many food events. Under-representation of female chefs seems to be a theme not just at events but with food coverage in general and the eternal excuse given by event organizers, writers, and press people is that there just aren’t enough women out there. I call shenanigans.

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So this morning, in the time it took me to drink about 3/4 of a cup of lackluster coffee, I jotted down this list. These are women who either own or run kitchens in New York City. A handful of prominent women whose restaurants recently closed or who recently left their restaurants are included because it won’t be long before they’re somewhere new. Like I said, I did this while I was having my coffee, so let me know if I missed anyone (info@dirtcandynyc.com) or sing out on Facebook or Twitter. I’m sure there are a lot more.

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April Bloomfield – Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory

Anita Lo – Annisa

Alex Raij – El Quinto Pino, Txikito, La Vara

Missy Robbins – A Voce (formerly)

Gabrielle Hamilton – Prune

Sue Torres – Suenos

Einat Admony – Balaboosta, Taim

Lynn Bound – all MOMA restaurants

Sara Jenkins – Porsena, Porchetta, Porsena Bar

Elizabeth Karmel – Hill Country

Julie Taras Wallach – Tipsy Parson

Barbara Sibley – La Palapa

Ashley Merriman – Waverley Inn

Elizabeth Falkner – Corvo Bianco

Amanda Freitag – upcoming project in Empire Diner space

Paola Marracino – Paola’s Restaurant

Zarela Martinez – Zarela (formerly)

Jody Willliams – Buvette

Jean Adamson – Vinegar Hill House, Hillside

Rita Sodi – I Sodi

Caroline Fidanza – Saltie

Donatella Arpaia – Donatella, DBar, Kefi

Lidia Bastianich – Felidia, Becco, Del Posto, Esca

Rebecca Charles – Pearl Oyster Bar

Alex Guarnaschelli – Butter

Leah Cohen – Pig and Khao

Zahra Tangorra – Brucie

Grayson Schmitz – Willow Road

Kristin Sollenne – Bocca Di Bacco

Hong Thaimee – Ngam

Akiko Thurnauer – Family Recipe

Sawa Okochi – Shalom Japan

Ivy Stark – Dos Caminos

Sarah Buck – Pies n’Thighs

Carolyn Bane-Pies n’Thighs

Erika Williams – Pies n’Thighs

Anna Klinger - Al Di La

Sara Kramer – Glasserie

Molly Nickerson – Sorella

Susan Povich – Red Hook Lobster Pound

Sohui Kim – The Good Fork

Amy Scherber – Amy’s Bread

Heather Carlucci – Lassi (formerly)

Mary Redding – Mary’s Fish Camp

Savannah Jordan – Brooklyn Fish Camp

Ann Redding – Uncle Boons

Meg Grace - The Redhead

Sarah Simmons – City Grit

Kitty Thammasat- Ayada

Gazala Halabi – Gazala’s

Sripraphai Tipmanee – Sripraphai

Rawia Bishara – Tanoreen

Katarzyna Ploszaj - Petit Oven

Marny Conforti – Tuscany Grill

Patti Jackson - I Trulli (formerly)

Elise Kornack – Take Root

Wafa Chami- Wafa’s

Francine Stephens – Franny’s

Shanna Pacifico – Back Forty West

Katy Sparks – Tavern on the Green

Julieta Ballesteros - Crema Restaurant

Liza Queen - Potlikker

Ratchanee Sumpatboon – Larb Ubol

Pam Panyasiri – Pam’s Real Thai

Hillary Sterling – The Beatrice Inn

Mary Cleaver – The Green Table/The Cleaver Company

Sho Boo – Bugs

Lina Navarro - El Atoradero

Lisa Giffen – Maison Premiere

Jeannie Ongkeo – Mangez Avec Moi

Jessica Wilson – Dear Bushwick

Ariel Fox – Harding’s

Gina Liu - Crazy Crab 888

Jennifer Hill – 508 GastroBrewery

Sara Kramer - Glasserie

Maima KamaraMaima’s Liberian

Katherine Fuchs  - The Thirsty Koala

Melissa O’Donnell  - Thelma on Clinton

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Lady Chef Stampede: Cristeta Comerford

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I feel bad. As part of my Lady Chef Stampede I’ve been highlighting lady chefs of the past and the present but I’ve ignored a lady chef right under my nose. Because if you could say that the United States has a national chef, that would be the White House chef and, since 2005, that post has been held by Cristeta Comerford. Not only that, but she’s one of the skeleton staff of 15 who are still working in the White House right now, so welcome to the Lady Chef Stampede Shutdown Special!

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Lady Chef Stampede: Carmen Ramirez Degollado

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I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede, posting about the dozens of women who’ve changed the history of food, now and in the past! Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are either the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing, or the women pushing food forward today. I’ve covered a lot of Mexican lady chefs in the Lady Chef Stampede, which flies in the face of the stereotype of Mexican culture as being marinated in machismo. I recently wrote about the refined, elegant, European-influenced Mexican food of Patricia Quintana, so today I thought it would be only fair to discuss the Yin to her Yang, Carmen Ramirez Degollado, who runs 10 of the most popular restaurants in Mexico City.

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Lady Chef Stampede: Barbara Lynch

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Welcome to the Lady Chef Stampede! This week, we’re talking about Boston’s Barbara Lynch because Boston is hot. Ben Affleck makes movies there! The Heat takes place there! Whitey Bulger! The accents are funny! When you read about Barbara Lynch, a lot of what you read about is her rough background. Which is colorful but Lynch went from South Boston’s housing projects to owning a restaurant group with six restaurants, a catering company, a bar, and a store, so I’m not going to focus on it too much. She’s done a lot more than just be from a tough neighborhood. But still! She once stole a city bus!

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“Yeah, but I did other things, too…” 

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Lady Chef Stampede: Patricia Quintana

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I’m holding a Lady Chef Stampede, posting about the dozens of women who’ve changed the history of food, now and in the past! Whether they’re chefs, restauranteurs, or writers, these are the women on whose shoulders we’re all standing. Today: Mexico’s official lady chef, Patricia Quintana.

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It’s kind of unbelievable that the woman who is the executive chef of the Mexican Ministry of Tourism is someone I’ve never really heard of. I mean, Mexico, Canada, and the United States are all neighbors but for some reason it wasn’t until recently that I even knew she existed, which reflects badly on me. Of course, the fact that she doesn’t even have an English-language Wikipedia page doesn’t help.

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Lady Chef Stampede: Rosa Lewis

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It’s hard to believe that a lady chef as colorful, as wild, and as influential as Rosa Lewis has been forgotten, but I have to admit that until I recently stumbled across her name I’d never heard of her. So today, in honor of the unbelievably colorful life she led, this isn’t the Lady Chef Stampede, it’s the Rosa Lewis Rodeo.

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Lady Chef Stampede: Madeleine Kamman

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While the Lady Chef Stampede is only supposed to talk about lady chefs, I’ve been deviating from that path a lot recently. Whether it’s Rosaura Guerrero, the founder of Rosarita Foods, or Amy Scherber, the baker who founded Amy’s Breads, I’ve been mixing it up and keeping you off balance. Today, I want to keep it unpredictable by talking about one of the food world’s most important cooking teachers, Madeleine Kamman.

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A candy version of Chef Kamman made by Cindy Atmore.

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Lady Chef Stampede: Amy Scherber

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This week, on the Lady Chef Stampede, we get baked with Amy Scherber, the woman behind Amy’s Bread. Normally I am deeply suspicious of bakers, regarding them as a mutant offshoot of pastry cooks (if you want to know about pastry cooks, I suggest reading some H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote about them in great detail). But two things made me want to write about Scherber. And now you have to keep reading to find out what they were.

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Lady Chef Stampede: Leslie Revsin

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Yee-ha! It’s another installment in the Lady Chef Stampede! This week, the LCS is pouring out a little of its forty for a chef who opened a big door for women, had her own restaurant, and died about nine years ago. Her name: Leslie Revsin.

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Lady Chef Stampede: The 90′s

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I’m having a Lady Chef Stampede, talking about all the women in food whose shoulders we’re standing on today. I know it’s one of those things old people say right before they yell at kids to get off their lawns, but things used to be different way back when. There was a time when Lady Chefs roamed the planet, free and proud. A long, long time ago, back in an era that people called “The 90′s.”

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“Oh my god! I totally remember the 90s!”

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menu


Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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Gift Certificates

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