LA's Top Female Restaurateurs Celebrate International Women's Day at HLAY


On March 8, 2019, Lien Ta invited 18 other courageous women running top restaurants in Los Angeles for a lunch party at her own restaurant, Here's Looking At You. The occasion: International Women's Day.

We celebrated some of the hardest-working women in this city with a nourishing meal of BBQ ribs and Peruvian chicken prepared by Chef/Partner Jonathan Whitener, distinctive wines made by female winemakers and a candid conversation on identifying what is it that we, the owners/operators, do that is most vital (and only we can do!) to grow our businesses. We find time to do it all -- because we're women.

Pictured above: (FRONT) Emily Fiffer, co-owner of Botanica; Elizabeth Lopez, co-owner of Guelaguetza; Nadia Bohr, General Manager of Roberta's; Minh Phan, Chef/Owner of Porridge + Puffs; Valerie Gordon, owner of Valerie Confections; (BACK) Heather Sperling, co-owner of Botanica; Teresa Montaño, Chef/Owner of Otoño; Dina Samson, co-owner of Rossoblu and Superfine Pizza; Nicole Rucker, Chef/Owner of Fiona; Tanya Stukes, co-owner of Phat Birds; Sarah Kim, Director of Operations of APL; Genevieve Hardison, Director of Operations of Bäco Mercat, Bar Ama, Orsa & Winston and BäcoShop; Courtney Kaplan, co-owner of Tsubaki and Ototo; Bricia Lopez, co-owner of Guelaguetza; Lien Ta, co-owner of Here's Looking At You; Briana Valdez, owner of Homestate; Thessa Diadem, Pastry Chef of Here's Looking At You; Harmony Yehl, General Manager of Animal; Caitlin Cutler, co-owner of Ronan

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