Chef's Notes

The March 12th dinner a slice of Little Havana (sans cigars) was a wonderfully fun event. In February, 10 Chairs did Presidents past and present. This month, March marks Women's History Month and I would like to pay homage to all women but have chosen a few of my favorites. Janice Joplin a Texas native who I saw live many times. To celebrate her famous quote “ Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got," I'm featuring a mushroom dish. (You figure it out.) Inez Milholland a suffragist in 1909 who said” I am prepared to sacrifice every so called privilege I possess in order to have a few rights.” I'm dreaming up a Victorian dish. My mother Virginia Grace Williams who became a welder during the depression and continued to work for Hughes Tool Company for 45 years always said you can do it even when I did not know I could. Something fried she loved that. Hillary Clinton former secretary of state and who may run for president has said lamb is her favorite. Harriet Tubman an African American abolitionist during the American Civil War , escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist and led hundreds to freedom along the Underground railroad. A fine cake, I think. I have had the great fortune of working closely with women from two careers: one as a dancer and the second as a chef. The strength of mind and body it takes to have a career in ballet is often underrated because ballet dancers look willowy and frail. False. As a woman chef in kitchens; skill, determination, & artistry make this a very demanding career, something of which I am very proud to be a part, along with many of my female colleagues who are at the top of their game. There are thousands of women who I celebrate daily, I chose these for their hard work and diversity.

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