The James Beard Foundation is Bringing “Owning It” to New Orleans for Female Entrepreneurs

All female entrepreneurs and aspiring businesswomen are invited to apply!

The James Beard Foundation is bringing “Owning It” to New Orleans! It’s an interactive experience designed to introduce emerging leaders in hospitality-related fields to best practices related to visioning, business planning, fundraising, and business pitching!

Apply TODAY to be part of this one-of-a-kind experience which will include inspirational speakers and hands-on workshops. Owning It is free of charge, but you MUST APPLY to be accepted!


A woman-identifying hospitality business owner or an aspiring business owner.
Interested in fostering a network of women in culinary from New Orleans, LA.
Live or work in the New Orleans area.
Able to commit to the full day of sessions on September 30th.

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Specialty Food Association Presents a One-Day Intensive Workshop on September 24

To succeed in the specialty food business, you need a great recipe. An outstanding brand. A motivated team. And a lot of knowledge. 

On September 24, the Specialty Food Association (SFA) is holding a one-day intensive seminar in Philadelphia that will give attendees all “The Basics” on doing business successfully in the specialty food industry. It should be a good networking opportunity and a great opportunity to learn how to get ahead in the industry to meet your goals.

Learn from speakers like:

  • Bill Mignucci, president of Philadelphia retail powerhouse Di Bruno Bros.
  • George Latella, professor of Food Marketing at St. Joseph’s University
  • Victoria Ho, brand architect for award-winning food companies like Pacific Pickle Works
  • Ian Kelleher, cofounder of Peeled Snacks, consultant, and mentor
  • Sagar Shah, CEO of Nature’s Guru
  • And more!

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MOFAD Is Hiring For its African/American: Making the Nation’s Table Exhibition

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Three positions open for upcoming exhibition. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 23.

MOFAD is hiring three positions to help with our upcoming exhibition African/American: Making the Nation’s Table, the country’s first major exhibition to celebrate African American contributions to American cuisine. Read more about the positions below.

Curatorial Associates

MOFAD is seeking two individuals to assist with creating our next exhibition, African/American: Making the Nation’s Table. This will be the country’s first major exhibition to recognize how African Americans have laid the foundation for American food culture. It will celebrate the contributions of countless black chefs, farmers, and food and drink producers who have been written out of history — providing recognition that is long overdue.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, August 23rd. Applicants must be able to start on Tuesday, September 3rd. These are temporary (seven-month), full-time salaried positions with benefits including subsidized individual health insurance, monthly MetroCard, and two-weeks paid vacation.

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Posted in Entrepreneurship, Professional Opportunities | Leave a comment Launching Spirits In California, New York, Florida and New Jersey, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, is now selling spirits in New York and Florida, and will launch New Jersey and California in August and September, respectively. Already the world’s largest wine store with over 15,000 wines, now offers a selection of over 2,000 spirits, including rare and collectible items not easily found in stores. With many wine enthusiasts enjoying premium spirits and craft cocktails at home, will delight consumers with the ease of one-stop shopping for all their wine and spirits online. “ has serviced consumers with wine for 21 years – offering a comprehensive array of spirits is a natural progression. With so many wine consumers also enjoying craft cocktails and experimenting with their own home bars, we are thrilled to offer the same selection, education and guidance in spirits as we already offer in wine.” – Mike Osborn, founder of Continue reading
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New York Wine & Grape Foundation Funds Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing Course For Wine Industry Professionals

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation today announces the launch of the first Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) online training program, the Sustainable Wine Professional Course. As only sustainable certification program for winegrowers in the Eastern United States, the new online curriculum is part of a stakeholder engagement initiative to inform and certify winery tasting room and hospitality staff. The goal of the Sustainable Wine Professional Course is to better equip winery professionals with the industry knowledge needed to educate consumers, trade and media about the value of sustainable winemaking practices, which are expanding in New York State. Enrollment in the Sustainable Wine Professional Course is now open, thanks to grant funding provided by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (NYWGF), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture: U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

“We are thrilled that we could support the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing organization to make the Sustainable Wine Professional course come to life. This accessible educational platform will be instrumental in providing the facts to equip wine professionals and interested consumers with the knowledge needed to understand the significance of sustainability in winemaking,” said New York Wine & Grape Foundation Executive Director, Sam Filler.

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2020 GOOD FOOD AWARDS ENTRY PERIOD NOW OPEN Accepting entries July 8-31, including new Grains category

July 8 marks the launch of a coast-to-coast call for entries of beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, cider, coffee, confections, elixirs, honey, fish, oils, pantry, pickles, preserves, snacks, spirits and (new this year) grains. The Good Food Awards celebrates the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. As the only national initiative to recognize food crafters who excel in both taste and sustainability, we anticipate over 2,000 entries from all fifty states.

Over 250 food crafters, grocers, chefs, journalists and pioneers of the food movement will serve on this year’s judging panel. In past years, judges have included Alice Waters, Michael Pollan, Ruth Reichl, Michael Bauer, Nell Newman, Liz Prueitt, Christine Muhlke and Paul Bertolli, among other food movement pioneers.

To enter, food crafters fill out a short online form at by July 31, followed by sending samples for a blind tasting in September. A $78 per entry processing fee covers sorting, transport and storage (waived for the first entry submitted by new and renewing Good Food Guild members). Find more information on the most frequently asked questions at:

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New York World Wine & Spirits Competition Now Accepting 2019 Entries

Judging to take place August 21-22, 2019

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Entries are now officially open for the 9th annual New York World Wine & Spirits Competition (NYWSC), taking place on August 21 and 22. This marks the second year with full ownership by The Tasting Alliance, parent company of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC), San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC), and Singapore World Spirits Competition (SWSC).

Entrants can enter their products online or download entry materials from the Competition’s website at The deadline to submit is July 26th.

Led by James Beard Award-winner and Executive Director Anthony Dias Blue, the esteemed panel of judges, predominantly from the New York area—including Kara Newman (Spirits Editor for Wine Enthusiast), Gary Gruver (Global Operations Beverage Manager at Marriott International) and Aimée Lasseigne New (Wine Buyer at Bottlerocket Wine & Spirits)— will blind taste through hundreds of wines and spirits over the course of two days.

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Casting Call: Restaurant Impossible

World-renowned chef Robert Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible wants to help struggling restaurants get back on their feet.

We are currently searching nationwide for restaurants for the next season of the show. If your staff, décor or menu are ready for a much-needed makeover, we want to talk to you! You could have Robert Irvine and his top-notch team of designers aim to transform your restaurant into a smashing success.

If you think your restaurant is a good fit for the show, please apply today at…

Be sure to check out our casting flyer below for more information!

We look forward to reviewing your application.

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