Women’s History Month

March 12, 2021

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Order Up Podcast

We also spoke with Samantha and Camilla on our Order Up podcast!

Listen to what they had to say here.


In March, we celebrate Women’s History Month to honor the important contributions of women to our country. The National Restaurant Association celebrates their contributions to our industry. 

  • 61% of adult women worked in our industry at some point during their lives. 
  • For 39%, their first job was in a restaurant.
  • Women hold 56% of foodservice occupations, (vs. 47% in the overall economy)
  • Nearly half of foodservice managers are women, and one-third of all U.S. restaurant businesses are majority-owned by women.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, pre-pandemic

Women have always played a key role in helping set the course for the restaurant industry’s future and success.

Insights:

I don't think I've ever been told no as many times as I have while starting my business. Instead of feeling discouraged, we’ve used that to fuel the fire. Perseverance is the key to marching forward.

Camilla Opperman, co-founder, Nimbus Kitchen

First, have a plan and make sure you have the resources to make it a reality. Don’t make things complicated. Remember good ideas are ones you can execute. And network; ask advice of others in the industry with expertise.

Katherine Lam, president and co-owner, Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen

It seems natural that CEOs and large brands are recruiting women in greater numbers to improve profitability and culture. Women use their collaborative and inclusive attributes to improve the culture and creativity of the field.

Amy Brandwein, chef and co-owner of Centrolina Mercato E Osteria

Always be yourself. This industry is one of growth, diversity, creativity and opportunity. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of those opportunities. Find areas of the business you’re passionate about, and never stop learning.

Lindsey Kramer, formerly safety & security manager, Raising Cane’s