A conference to address the patriarchy in the world (and in the world of restaurants).
Kitchen Bitches: Smashing the Patriarchy One Plate at a Time is a conference conceived to address the suffocating patriarchy we must all endure in the world and in the world of restaurants. It was inspired by Kate Burnham, the pastry chef who came forward with allegations of the toxic environment and sexual harassment she endured for over a year while working at Weslodge restaurant in Toronto. Ticket sales are going towards making the conference happen with leftovers and silent auction proceeds supporting a women's shelter that wishes to remain anonymous.
Kitchen Bitches is for everyone -- it's designed to be the least exclusive event possible -- but buy tickets fast as space is limited.
We chose the word bitch because the term is often thrown insultingly at strong women who say stuff. We hope to help undo the ugliness of the word by turning it into something else. Of course, this is not an original idea; it's been done a lot, but still not enough. Incidentally, the only people who seem troubled by it so far have been 'helpful' white dudes.
Our goal isn't to turn kitchens/restaurants into dry, PC, 'no fun’ zones. It's to make sure no one working in a restaurant ever has to be scared to go to work or leave work feeling defeated by abuse. We want to discuss the complexities of what that means. Everyone has a different sense of humour and different ideas of where lines should be drawn. How do we find common ground?
Ultimately, the point is to change the antiquated, ridiculous notion, still held on to by far too many, that women don't belong in kitchens or leadership roles in restaurants. We hope as well to make clear quietly laughing along or otherwise condoning abuse or harassment is tantamount to participating in it. The appalling behaviour Kate was subjected to, sadly, is not isolated to one Toronto restaurant. It's an industry and world-wide problem. We want it to stop.
Food people / Moderated by Jared Bland, Editor, Globe Arts
Food writer people / Moderator TBA
We've got an amazing evening of conversation, food and drink, music, and dancing lined up, including a set by Amy Millan of Stars, DJ Raina from Indie 88, and a silent auction with awesome prizes including:
- Joe Beef Experience: Dinner at Montreal's Joe Beef with Dave McMillan
- Perfecting Cappuccinos (a tutorial) with Sam James
- Dinner (and being part of the story!) with Globe and Mail food critic Chris Nuttall-Smith (no restaurant peeps please)
- Amy Millan of Stars red telecaster
- Private Cocktail Class for you and three friends hosted by Jen Agg (with much assistance from Cocktail Bar manager, David Greig)
Plus all panel discussions, food, and drink.
$50 advance purchase, $75 at the door. Includes all panel discussions, silent auction, and hot extras (a set by Amy Millan + friends, DJ set by Indie 88's Raina, and more!). Ticket sales are going towards making the conference happen with leftovers and silent auction proceeds supporting a women's shelter that wishes to remain anonymous.