MADISON, ALA, September 1, 2010–Women and Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR) is please to welcome new members to its national board of directors:

·   Elizabeth Falkner, owner and executive chef, Citizen Cake and Orson, San Francisco
·   Ruth Gresser, owner, Pizzeria Paradiso, Washington, D.C.
·   Rochelle Huppin, owner, Chefwear, Inc., Santa Monica, Calif.
·   Cathy Jörin, principal, Culinary Business Solutions, San Francisco
·   Virginia Willis, producer, author, editor and food stylist, Virginia Willis Culinary Productions, LLC, Atlanta
“Women Chefs & Restaurateurs embraces this incredible range of industry knowledge and fresh slate of talent to our board of directors,” says Jamie Leeds, president of WCR and chef/owner of CommonWealth Gastropub and Hank’s Oyster Bar in Washington, D.C. “Their collective leadership and insights will enable us to support and connect even more women in culinary and hospitality as we continue to grow.”
The five newest members to WCR’s board are welcomed by current members Barbara Barschak, CPA, Katz Cassidy, Los Angeles; Kathleen Blake, Urban Flats Flatbread & Wine Company, Orlando; Brent T. Frei, Frei & Associates, Chicago; Bonnie L. Graves, Girl Meets Grape/New Medici, Topanga, Calif.; Lisa A. Kartzman, American Roland Food Corp., New York; Helene Kennan, Bon Appétit Management Co., San Jose, Calif.; Laurey Masterton, Laurey’s Catering and Gourmet to Go, Asheville, N.C.; Ellie O’Keefe, Nestlé Waters North America, Boston; and immediate past president Maureen Pothier, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I.
WCR’s 2010 National Conference will be held November 6-8 at The Westin Pasadena, Pasadena, Calif. For more information, visit
About Women Chefs & Restaurateurs (WCR)
Founded in 1993 by eight prominent women chefs and restaurateurs, WCR’s mission is to promote and enhance the education, advancement and connection of women in the culinary industry. WCR offers a variety of networking, professional and support services to more than 2,000 members representing all industry sectors. To learn more about the opportunities offered by WCR, visit

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