Event-Filled Weekend Celebrates Women Defining the Future of Food & Beverage
Portland, Ore. (August 5, 2019) — Roux, a first-time event series celebrating women in the culinary and beverage industries, announces its schedule of events spanning October 5 and 6, 2019. Roux brings together female talent from far and wide for a full weekend of panels, workshops and collaborative meals in Portland, Oregon.
Roux welcomes Bon Appétit’s Healthyish as the exclusive media partner of the inaugural series. Roux has also partnered with nonprofit La Cocina, an organization empowering entrepreneurship among women, immigrants and people of color. While the schedule highlights women, all Roux events are inclusive and open to all.
Event tickets are now on sale on the Roux website.
A weekend designed to fosterstorytelling and conversation surrounding the future of women in food and beverage, Roux brings together a long list of female talent. Participants include Kia Damon (most recently the Head Chef at Lalito in NYC), Salimatu Amabebe (Chef/Founder of Black Feast), Caitlin Hata (Chef at Manufactory LA/Tartine), Maya Lovelace (Chef/Owner at Yonder/Mae), Stacey Givens (Owner at The Side Yard Farm), Ashleigh Shanti (Chef de Cuisine at Benne on Eagle) and many others. A full roster of participating chefs, artisans, artists and influencers can be found below.
Roux’s schedule of panel discussions includes the Future of Food Practices, The Evolution of Branding, Powerhouses and Healing Through Food & Drink, featuring a conversation with Amanda Shapiro (Healthyish Editor) and a tea and food experience by pop-up The Hazel Hall. Bar West (1221 NW 21st Avenue) will host all panels during the Roux weekend. Tickets are limited and priced with accessibility in mind, ranging from $25 to $60.
Roux has partnered with Richer Poorer’s Dirty Hands Club on a series of workshops where attendees will learn a new skill. Workshops include Basics of World Cuisines and Veggie Fermentation, both hosted at Jacobsen Sea Salt (602 SE Salmon Street), and Ceramic + Painting Tableware at Bar West, led by Margaret & Beau and Los Angeles artist Maja Dlugolecki. Workshop tickets range from $35 to $75 per person.
On October 5, the festival will host its inaugural Saturday Roux Dinner, a collaborative meal hosted at Jacobsen Sea Salt. The multi-course dinner, paired with craft cocktails, natural wines and zero-proof drinks, features chefs Kia Damon, Salimatu Amabebe, Jena Derman and Helen Jo. Tickets are $95 per person.
A Sunday Brunch hosted at Yonder (4636 NE 42nd Avenue) with chefs Maya Lovelace and Ashleigh Shanti will bookend the weekend. Chefs Lovelace and Shanti both cook and are devotees of Southern Appalachian cuisine, with each bringing a different cultural background to the table. Brunch tickets are $50 per person.
Running concurrently to the program of panels, workshops and meals, the festival will host a Roux Pop-Up Shop at The Ace Hotel’s Cleaners (1022 SW Harvey Milk Street). The weekend-long shop showcases products made by female food purveyors and artists, with 100% of proceeds donated to Roux’s nonprofit partner La Cocina, an organization that mentors and supports low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses.
Created by Portland-based House of Commons, Roux is spearheaded by Delia Tethong, Heather Wallberg and Jenna Winkler, producers of the beloved Portland Bazaar and Sundaze Collective. Roux is the culmination of their collective experience and a shared passion for recognizing female talent and leadership.
Further support for Roux comes from The Ace Hotel, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Richer Poorer, Steven Smith Teamaker, Polar Seltzer Water, Serra, Olympia Provisions, Freeland Spirits, Bar West, Jacobsen Salt Co., bohana, KYLA, Miyoko’s Creamery, Lillet and Olipop.
Full list of participants: Salimatu Amabebe, Black Feast, Portland, OR Shelley Armistead, Gjelina Group, Venice, CA Sarah-Jayne Boyd, AKQA, Portland, OR Briaan Barron, Seattle Chocolate Company, Seattle, WA Laura Brennan, Inconnu Wine, Berkeley, CA Michelle Cairo, Olympia Provisions, Portland, OR Sue Chan, Care of Chan, New York, NY Kia Damon, New York, NY Jena Derman, New York, NY Maja Dlugolecki, Artist, Los Angeles, CA Stacey Givens, The Side Yard Farm, Portland, OR Mariko Grady, San Francisco, CA Caitlin Hata, The Manufactory, Los Angeles, CA The Hazel Hall, Portland, OR Holly Hukill, Serra, Portland, OR Aishwarya Iyer, Brightland Olive Oil, Los Angeles, CA Sana Javeru Kadri, Diaspora Co., Oakland, CA Helen Jo, Portland, OR Maya Lovelace, Yonder and Mae, Portland, OR Michelle Magat, La Cocina, Portland OR Margaret & Beau, Ceramicists, Portland, OR Mallory Pilcher, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland, OR Amanda Saab, Amanda’s Plate, Detroit MI Deana Saukam, Faim Fatale, Austin, TX Ashleigh Shanti, Benne on Eagle, Asheville, NC Amanda Shapiro, Healthyish, New York, NY Chelsea Williams, Los Angeles, CA
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