If you’re planning on being in the Washington, D.C. area on June 22nd, OpenTable is pleased to invite you to join The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and some of the nation’s top female chefs from 6-8PM at Sequoia for “Chefs Take a Stand.” Designed to raised money for NNEDV to support survivors of domestic violence through innovative projects and partnerships, this event combines three amazing ingredients: good food, great cocktails, and an important social cause.
Culinary participants include Meshelle Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), Ris Lacoste (Ris), Kate Jansen and Tracy O’Grady (Willow), Shannon Overmiller (The Majestic), Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora), and others. Mixology experts include Alison Christ of Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall and the staff at Sequoia. Top Chef alum Carla Hall will also be on hand.
Bonnie Moore, the event’s coordinator, notes, “Women chefs and restaurateurs are an especially strong alliance for the National Network to End Domestic Violence. For years now, restaurants have been evolving into social community cornerstones, and, as such, restaurants are natural awareness partners for the issues surrounding domestic violence. Several of our participating chefs have mentioned that since signing on to participate in Chefs Take a Stand, a member of their staff has come forward and shared their survival story.” Moore and her fellow organizers believe that there are a significant number of victims (and survivors) of domestic violence working within the restaurant community. “Due to the transient nature of restaurant workers and the fact that many positions pay out in cash at the end of a shift, it’s relatively easy to get a job and quick access to cash. More women (working at lower paying jobs) than men work in restaurants and we know one in four women in the US will be the victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime,” she states.
The response to the event has been overwhelming, according to Moore. “The support has been great! The chefs are excited to participate, and Sequoia came through in providing us with a fabulous venue with stunning views.” She adds, “This is as much a fundraiser as it is an awareness campaign. And, we really hope to bring it to other cities in the future.”