Thursday, July 30, 2015

ATL industree's “Hail to the V” Celebrates the Women of Atlanta’s Restaurant Scene

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Cocktails and Conversations at August 10 Event Benefitting The Farmer Fund

ATLANTA (July 29, 2015) — What are the unique issues and challenges facing women in Atlanta’s restaurant industry? Find out what drives the female servers, staffers, chefs and owners of the city's thriving culinary community during “Hail to the V,” an afternoon of networking and conversation about the trials and triumphs of women on the front lines of Atlanta’s food and beverage scene. The event, hosted by the hospitality networking group ATL industree, offers a chance for industry workers to connect and share stories, and promises candid discussion from some of the city’s most accomplished women.

“Atlanta is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, and women are such a huge part of that,” says ATL industree city manager Karen Pagano. “This is an amazing opportunity for those inside the industry and out to meet, mingle and show their support. The goal is to bring everyone together to provide education and opportunities, and to forge and strengthen the bonds that help our industry grow and thrive.”

“Hail to the V” takes place on Monday, Aug. 10, from 2-5 p.m. at Gypsy Kitchen (3035 Peachtree Road NE). Tickets are $10-$40 in advance and include all food and beverages. For every ticket sold, $5 will be donated to The Farmer Fund, a nonprofit that helps support metro Atlanta farmers who face hardships due to natural disasters.

Mara Davis of "Atlanta Eats" will moderate a panel of powerhouses that includes:
  • Asha Gomez: owner/chef, Spice to Table
  • Shireen Herrington: general manager, the Optimist
  • Jenny Levison: owner/chef, Souper Jenny, Juicy Jenny and Cafe Jonah
  • Mercedes O'Brien: cocktail cart conductor, Gunshow
  • Chrysta Poulos: creative director - pastry, Rocket Farm Restaurants

Participants can also support The Farmer Fund by attending the organization’s launch party, which takes place that same day (Monday, Aug. 10) at The Cathedral of St. Philip from 6-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy an evening of food and drink from local restaurants and breweries. The event commemorates the release of The Farmer Fund’s 2016 calendar, featuring local chefs and farmers showing a little skin for a good cause. Admission is $65. Click here for tickets and other information.

Industree is an event-based brand and the candid voice of the food & beverage industry. It cultivates a community of seasoned industry innovators, future trailblazers and everyone in between to provide the connections, tools and real-life advice that make opportunities possible. ATL industree’s unfiltered events and content provide a platform to share, learn and grow both personally and professionally. For more information, please visit


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