Our mission for the criteria of this list was to identify innovators within each of those major disciplines of the foodservice and hospitality industry. Women are having a major impact on the bricks and mortar design of restaurants, and the sales of equipment supplies and service. They also have major impact on what food and beverage is being served on local menus, and the management and marketing of foodservice facilities. Our goal is to share some of their amazing stories and to make all of us realize that any goal is accomplishable with a measure of hard work and some good luck sprinkled in.
“My first “real” restaurant job was shortly after I graduated high school, working as a hostess at Sweetwaters American Bistro in Vermont. I liked dressing up, greeting people, smiling as I carefully placed menus on veneer tabletops. I liked it so much that I quickly want more responsibility and more money. Within six months, I was promoted to server. I ran “Day 1, Night 1” shifts, working as Floor Captain. My studies at UVM (the real reason why I was in Vermont) steadily took a backseat to “real life work” and all that comes with it. You know, the developing friendships, the late night libations, the post-work commiseration…”