Many professional kitchens are boys’ clubs, dominated by machismo and flashing knives. The food industry has often had a hypermasculine bro culture–in spite of the fact that so many women do so much of the heavy lifting in the food business. Michelle Battista co-founded Elder Hall at Ned Ludd in Portland and she has launched the Nightwood Society as a sort of food/design/creative women-led collective. Frankly it sort of defies description but the Nightwood (as the former Chesa space is now known) is already playing host to some awesome events (come for afternoon tea with the lady gang this Sunday!).
Even in the groundbreaking food scene here in Portland, the team behind the Nightwood felt there was room for something totally new and exciting. As a group of creative women, they conceived The Nightwood as an opportunity to curate one-of-a-kind food experiences. As veterans of food, wine, and creative fields, their desire to launch this idea now felt so right.
From the very beginning, the response to The Nightwood has been enthusiastic and vocal. Besides saying “That’s so awesome!” or “It’s about time!” people have asked, “What can I do?” and “How can I help?” The lady gang is working non-stop to make this project soar.
The best way you can help right now is through funding and sharing this with your network. No monetary gift is too small and your contribution will go toward buying equipment, smallwares, tables and chairs, and to bringing this wonderland to life. Besides producing private dinners, the vision for The Nightwood includes culinary education classes, professional networking events, leadership development, photoshoots and so much more. The goal is to collaborate, educate, and serve all members of the community who want to join us.
Please take a look at the Kickstarter campaign as there are some fun ways of throwing your support behind this new venture. And expect invites to some great parties and classes in the future! It would be a great space for any last minute holiday parties or support the Kickstarter and host something in the New Year if you don’t have time before the holidays. But take action today!
We would be so grateful if you can help make this happen and help get this lady gang on their way. Please share this with any of your foodie friends as well.
For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Susan Towers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (917) 405 6363.