Jen Agg’s Kitchen Bitches unveils conference lineup

Black Hoof restaurateur launched event in response to Weslodge controversy


When former Weslodge pastry chef Kate Burnham stepped forward last month about the sexual harassment she experienced at work, Black Hoof owner Jen Agg sprang into action. Eager to shed light on a problem endemic within the food industry, Agg urged her fellow food-industry members to speak out against the problem – and pay closer attention to the issues faced by women in kitchens.

Now, those issues will be hauled out into the open onstage by food-world luminaries at Agg’s brand-new conference, Kitchen Bitches: Smashing the Patriarchy One Plate at a Time. An idea borne out of the social media firestorm that followed Burnham’s revelations, Agg’s conference now has a date (September 3), a location (Revival Bar), and a pretty rad logo, in addition to a stacked lineup of speakers and entertainment.

A restaurateur panel, moderated by Globe Arts editor Jared Bland, will feature Suzanne Barr of Saturday Dinette and Beaver cook/bartender Sophia Banks, as well as Georgia-based author/chef Hugh Acheson, Jessica Koslow of L.A.’s SQIRL, Rosy Rong of London’s St. John Group, and Amanda Cohen of New York’s Dirt Candy.

Toronto’s own Denise Balkissoon will be part of a second writer-based panel, as well as Eater features editor Helen Rosner and Lucky Peach’s Peter Meehan.

In addition to food and drinks, the $50 advance ticket ($75 at the door) also includes a live set by Amy Millan of Stars and a few guests, as well as a silent auction that will benefit a women’s shelter (which has elected to remain anonymous). Get yours on the Kitchen Bitches website.

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