Women restaurateurs from across Los Angeles have created a new charitable organization called RE:Her, and 6 founding Board Members are local Moms we are recognizing here:
Dina Samson (owner of Rossoblu), Bricia Lopez (owner of Guelaguetza), Sylvie Gabriele (owner of Love & Salt), Heather Sperling (owner of Botanica), Sandra Cordero (owner of Gasolina Café), and Mary Sue Milliken (owner of Border Grill, Socalo) have come together with the rest of the RE:Her Board to respond to the devastating effect of the coronavirus on restaurants, and to women restaurant owners and workers specifically.
Its debut initiative, a food festival called 10 Days RE:Her, will feature 10 days of unique collaborations, thematic menus, and one-on-one conversations between female industry leaders.
10 Days RE:Her kicks off on January 21, the anniversary of the groundbreaking Women’s March of 2017, and runs through January 30, with scheduled programming to be finalized by early January.
RE:Her aims to eventually provide grants, mentorship, and resources to female-identifying restaurant owners throughout Los Angeles, and beyond.
Women-owned restaurants all over Los Angeles will come together to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and much more. The food festival will launch on the anniversary of the groundbreaking Women’s March of 2017. Join us for 10 special days to illuminate, celebrate and uplift the sisterhood of restaurateurs in LA. To save her restaurants.Regarding HER Food
OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has signed on as a founding sponsor, lending support to takeout opportunities and collaborations during 10 Days RE:Her.
OpenTable’s sponsorship has enabled the launch of RE:Her’s grant program, which will distribute cash grants to women-owned restaurants in Los Angeles County impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grants can be used by the recipient to sustain their business however they see fit: past-due rent, bills owed to vendors, winterizing the outdoor patio, payroll costs, or any of the myriad costs required to operate a restaurant during these challenging times.
With a fundraising goal of $500,000, RE:Her continues to actively seek sponsorships and donations to distribute as grants to support participating restaurants.
RE:Her is an affiliate of Let’s Talk, an industry group founded and led by Rohini Dey and supported by the James Beard Foundation. Let’s Talk unites over 250 women restaurateurs across 10 cities; the LA chapter is hosted by Mary Sue Milliken and Dina Samson.
During monthly Zoom meetings, Let’s Talk members discussed various ways that women-owned restaurants have been banding together to drum up business (and generally survive) in cities across the country.
The idea for RE:Her was born of out these discussions and ways to take further action to support the industry in Los Angeles.
RE:Her’s board is comprised of Lien Ta (All Day Baby), Sandra Cordero (Gasolina Cafe), Sylvie Gabriele (Love & Salt), Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill, Socalo), Kimberly Prince (Hotville Chicken), Dina Samson (Rossoblu, Superfine Pizza), Heather Sperling (Botanica), and Brittney Valles (Guerrilla Tacos).
Lien (’17), Sandra (’18), and Dina (’20) are alumni of JBF’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.