Documentary Screening

Food News: This Film Opens Eyes to Ongoing Issues in the Kitchen

Plus, Urban Harvest raises a big number at its most recent Sunday Supper.

By Timothy Malcolm November 4, 2019

In the documentary A Fine Line, some of the world's most famous chefs—Dominique Crenn, April Bloomfield, Lidia Bastianich, and Cat Cora included—discuss a number of important issues. Among them: If more than half of all culinary school graduates are women, why is it that women hold just 6 percent of all restaurant ownership and executive leadership positions? 

A Fine Line will be screened at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the C. Baldwin Hotel in an event sponsored by nonprofit organization I'll Have What She's Having, which raises awareness and funds for women's health. The film by Joanna James sheds light on the challenges women face and overcome in the hospitality industry. That includes ownership and management, workplace harassment, equal pay, career advancement, and paid parental leave. 

After the screening, James will be part of a panel discussion including local women leaders like Tracy Vaught (H-Town Restaurant Group) and Anita Jaisinghani (Pondicheri).

“This is a very unique opportunity for a candid and practical discussion on how Houston businesses and diners can support women-owned enterprises, as well as highlight how formal mentoring can make a difference in the career trajectory of our volunteers,” said Andrea Buford, a vice president at New York-based MultiPlan and chair of IHWSH’s mentoring program.

There will also be a reception including food by local chefs Erin Smith (Feges BBQ), Jane Wild (The Dunlavy), and Sasha Grumman and Valerie Trasatti (Rosalie), plus drinks from Cat Nguyen, Sarah Troxell (The Toasted Coconut), and Kathryn Holler (Holler Brewing Co).

Tickets, $40 each, are available here

Some other news and notes from around the food and drink world:

The Waffle Bus has opened its first brick-and-mortar space at 1835 N. Shepherd St. in the Heights. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, it'll be selling some of its food truck favorites, and you can check out some of the offerings via Instagram

Landry's Inc. has completed the purchase of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and Del Frisco's Grille. Landry's now owns and operates 16 locations of the steakhouse, including the Galleria location, and 17 locations of the grille, including the Woodlands location.

Acclaimed Houston chefs Hugo Ortega and Levi Goode raised $7,000 for Foodways Texas at a sip-and-stroll event Oct. 16 at Armadillo Palace.

Urban Harvest raised more than $100,000 at its Sunday Supper last weekend at St. John's School. This 25-year anniversary event featured a laundry list of acclaimed chefs who cooked up the dinner party menu, from Austin Waiter of Tony's to Ryan Pera of Agricole Hospitality. 

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