Cat Cora, world-renowned cookbook author, TV personality and restaurateur, who was the first ever female winner of Iron Chef, has just been added to a panel that will discuss why there are so few women chefs.  Cat Cora was one of the featured chefs in “A Fine Line”– a documentary that will be screened before the panel discussion, which also includes prominent local chefs.

Lisabet Summa of Big Time Restaurant Group and filmmaker Joanna James will present the South Florida ​premiere ​of “A Fine Line” a documentary ​about ​important women chefs in the US​, as well as ​Jame​s’s​ mother’s experience as a chef and restaurant owner​.​ ​T​he evening will include a panel discussion by ​top South Florida ​women in the restaurant industry​, as well as​ a cocktail party.​

The evening’s honoree will be Judith Olney, a resident of Palm Beach whose books The Joy of Chocolate (the all time best-selling chocolate cookbook) and Entertainments both won James Beard Tastemakers Awards.


The panel discussion, screening, and cocktail party, “SOFLO Femmes in Food & Film,” will take place on Monday, June 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. at TheTower Club in the Region’s Bank Building at 100 SE Third Avenue, 28th Floor, Fort Lauderdale. The event proceeds will provide needed funding for thedevelopment and mentoring of organizations that support women in the hospitality industry. The event is sponso red by Big Time Restaurant Group. Additional supporters include Sysco, Ecolab, Restaurant Partners Procurement, Grand Western, ​Scalisi Produce, ​The Buzz Agency, and more.


Panelists include filmmaker Joanna James and her mother Chef Valerie James; Executive Chef Lisabet Summa, co-owner of Big Time Restaurant Group and its fifteen restaurants; Chef Lindsay Autry, a “Top Chef” alumna as well as the owner of The Regional. Beverly Raphael, President and CEO of RCC Associates, a woman-owned general contracting company that has built many of the top restaurants in the country, will appear on the panel as well. Themoderator is Alexa Carlin (Founder of WEX, the Women Empowerment Expo).


Tickets are $75 and can be purchased on ​ or here.


Proceeds will supportthe impact campaign to increase women in leadership through mentorship programs, education, inspiring screenings and lobbying for equal rights in the workplace.

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