Love & Salt Owner Shares in James Beard Foundation RecognitionOct 12, 2021 10:02AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Dina Samson, left, and Sylvie Gabriele, two of the cofounders of Regarding Her, at the James Beard Foundation awards ceremony.
Awards Recognize Group Contributions
"The last 18 months have been excruciating for independent restaurants," she said in introducing the award. "But the pause the pandemic forced on us has also offered opportunities to grow."
Holland continued: "These awards center around teams more than individuals. That’s not an accident because it takes a group, a neighborhood, a community to withstand the kinds of crises we face. Accomplishments are never the work of one person."
Writer/producer and food enthusiast Phil Rosenthal, star of Netflix's "Somebody Feed Phil," was a major donor to Regarding Her and spoke about the organization in a video honoring its efforts.
"Women have been devalued, underused, even abused in the [restaurant] industry," Rosenthal said in a video highlighting Regarding Her. "I believe the world would be better if women ran most things, if not all things. What’s good for the world is good for a restaurant."
Regarding Her Looks Forward
Regarding Her is now continuing and expanding its work, according to Gabriele.
Future plans for the organization include:
- Building a national and regional marketing platform to amplify supported businesses; and a business accelerator fund that will roll out first in major cities and then regionally.
- Building a community grant program to raise funds to support related
causes with win-win donation
opportunities that support the local organization and are break-even
opportunities for, and not a drain on women-owned restaurants.
- Working on an industry rebuilding initiative to push the evolution of the hospitality (food & beverage)
industry with a strategic action plan aimed at promoting success for women in the business, to be implemented at the
organizational, corporate and individual level.
For more information, visit Regarding Her.
James Beard Foundation Recognition of Regarding Her