October 17-19, 2016: Laguna Niguel, CA

Bites and Flights

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MARY DUMONT

Chef and Owner, Cultivar
Chef Mary Dumont began her professional career working under talented California chefs and with Paul Kahan at Blackbird in Chicago. In 2005, she returned to New England as the opening executive chef at The Dunaway Restaurant in Portsmouth, N.H. Food & Wine magazine recognized her as a Best New Chef in 2006. From 2007 to 2015, she was the executive chef/partner at Cambridge’s acclaimed Harvest Restaurant, where she garnered rave reviews and preserved the legacy of an iconic restaurant into it’s 40th year. Chef Dumont has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and competed on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. In 2014 Chef Dumont won the Cochion555 competition for Boston and went on to compete at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic. Along with the opening of Cultivar, Chef Dumont looks forward to mentoring female chefs.

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MAYA ERICKSON

Pastry Chef, IDK Restaurant Group
Maya Erickson grew up with a passion for cooking and a love for homegrown ingredients. She was a valuable addition to Lazy Bear, where she spearheaded an inventive and original pastry program. Chef Erickson got her first break at Orson, where she worked closely with Chef Elizabeth Falkner to execute a constantly changing dessert menu. Her experience there inspired her to become serious about pursuing cooking professionally, and at Orson she started developing her signature style. After three years at Orson, Chef Erickson joined AQ, one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Restaurants; she then moved to become manager at Mélange Market, where she was responsible for all baked goods production. She has been named a rising star in her field.

Chef Susan Feniger (Orange Coat) photographed at Mary Sue Milliken's home in Culver City, CA. The two chefs are the owners of Border Grill in Los Angeles.

SUSAN FENIGER

Co-chef and Owner, Border Grill Restaurants & Truck & Blue Window
Susan Feniger is a celebrated chef, author, trailblazer, and entrepreneur whose career spans more than 30 years. Classically trained at the CIA, she worked at Chicago’s famed Le Perroquet as one of the first women in the all-male kitchen. Susan Feniger’s professional collaboration with Mary Sue Milliken has forever changed Los Angeles’ culinary landscape – from the opening of City Café in 1981 and CITY restaurant in 1985 to the groundbreaking Border Grill empire with restaurants in Los Angeles & Las Vegas. Among her many honors, she and Chef Milliken were inducted into the Menu Masters Hall of Fame in 2014. Chef Feniger has co-authored six cookbooks including her latest, Susan Feniger’s Street Food.

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HEDY GOLDSMITH

Pastry Chef, Sweet Hedy
Chef Hedy Goldsmith sweetened and revolutionized the Miami culinary scene with signature, retro-modern desserts at the empire she helped create with Chef Michael Schwartz. Relocating to Los Angeles, she launched three product lines under her Sweet Hedy baked goods line followed by a new venture this summer.

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ZOV KARAMARDIAN

Chef and Founder, Zov’s Restaurants
Chef Zov Karamardian, since opening her first restaurant in 1987, has become one of the best-loved chefs/restaurateurs in Southern California, where she has earned glowing reviews in Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, and the LA Times, among others. In addition to her critically acclaimed flagship restaurant in Tustin, Calif., she owns and operates restaurants in Newport Beach, Irvine, and Anaheim, and two concepts at John Wayne Airport. She will open another venue soon in San Clemente. Chef Karamardian has authored two bestselling, hardcover cookbooks, Simply Zov and Zov: Recipes and Memories from the Heart, each of which has sold more than 70,000 copies.

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ANITA LO

Owner and Executive Chef, Annisa
Anita Lo has earned numerous accolades for her inventive contemporary American cuisine that reflects her multicultural upbringing and classic French training. Her first kitchen job was at Bouley, but after a year, she decided to enroll in Ecole Ritz-Escoffier in Paris. Back in New York, she worked all stations at Chanterelle and developed her culinary style at Mirezi. She opened Annisa in 2000 as an intimate, upscale restaurant in Greenwich Village serving contemporary American cuisine. Food & Wine named her one of ten Best New Chefs in America in 2001. In 2009, a fire destroyed the restaurant, so Chef Lo decided to travel and scoured the globe for inspiration. In 2015, as the first female guest chef, she collaborated with chefs at the White House for the state dinner honoring Chinese President Xi Jingping.

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ANNE QUATRANO

Chef and Owner, Bacchanalia, W.H. Stiles Fish Camp, Little Bacch, Floataway Café, Star Provisions
Anne Quatrano, a longtime advocate of sustainability, takes pride in using locally grown seasonal and organic produce and protein, frequently harvested from her own organic gardens and henhouses. Together with chef-husband Clifford Harrison, she operates five of Atlanta’s most celebrated restaurants: Bacchanalia, Floataway Café, Little Bacch, the popular cook’s market Star Provisions, and W. H. Stiles Fish Camp (aka Dub’s). A graduate of San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, Chef Quatrano was influenced by chefs Alice Waters and Judy Rodgers. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked with her husband at Bimini Twist, La Petit Ferme, and the Grolier Club. A director of the James Beard Foundation, she is also the author of Summerland: Recipes for Celebrating with Southern Hospitality (2013).

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CELINA TIO

Chef and Owner, Julian and The Belfry
Chef Celina Tio, as chef at The American Restaurant for seven years, won Best Chef: Midwest 2007 by the James Beard Foundation. She was then honored as Chef of the Year by KC magazine after she opened her first proprietary restaurant, Julian, a popular Kansas City neighborhood gathering spot, where she creates chef-driven “feel-good” food for her guests, family, and friends. Chef Tio has appeared on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef and Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters, and as a culinary expert on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue. Her newest venture, The Belfry, featuring craft beer and cocktails, bourbon, and chef-driven bar food, was cited as the best new beer restaurant in 2014 by Draft magazine.

Wine

A WOMAN’S PALATE

A Woman’s Palate (AWP) is an organization that reaches out to executive, professional women across the United States and helps them become better informed and empowered consumers of fine wine. By working closely with the finest American women in the wine business, AWP produces signature and customized education seminars and events all over the United States and in wine country. Our belief is that wine knowledge can be a valuable and powerful business tool as well as a
fascinating pursuit.

VILLA RAGAZZI

It’s rare to find a winery specializing in Sangiovese outside of Italy. In 1985, Gregory and Michaela Rodeno were the first to plant this toothsome variety in Napa Valley. The unique Rodeno clone yields small but fine crops, resulting in wine that has been likened to Brunello di Montalcino. Since 2010 they’ve added a super-Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon named Faraona, and a dry Rosato di Sangiovese. Total annual production is between 100 and 200 cases.

PHIFER PAVITT

Suzanne Phifer Pavitt founded her Napa Valley winery, Phifer Pavitt, after several years of “date nights’ with her husband. With a background in high tech, looking for a different lifestyle for herself and her family, she repurposed a 100-year-old redwood barn, incorporating stylish and eco-chic details, including reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing and recycled barbed wire chandeliers. Her focus on stewardship has garnered for Phifer Pavitt a Napa Greencertified Winery designation. Today Phifer Pavitt’s boutique production Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon are in great demand: The Wine Spectator recently called the winery “a hidden gem.”

PARALLEL

Parallel is a Napa Valley wine that represents the collaboration and fulfilled dream of six close friends with a renowned winemaker, Philippe Melka, one of the top winemaking professionals in the industry today. The brand, founded in 1999, is the culmination of parallel lives and friendships that have coalesced over the past 25 years, beginning with a meeting of the three couples—all passionate skiers—in the mountains of Park City, Utah. Their love of the sport is reflected in the intersecting ski tracks of the Parallel label reflecting the first fresh-cut tracks of a morning ski run. Three wines are produced under the Parallel brand, two Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and a Russian River Chardonnay.

RARECAT

RARECAT Wines is a woman-owned boutique winery located in Napa Valley, California, that uniquely produces elegant wines from worldclass regions of Napa, Bordeaux, and Champagne. We believe wine is a powerful business tool that can connect us to shareholders, clients, and partners. RARECAT Wines are sold direct from the winery only through special invitation, allocation, or clubs.

QUINTESSA

The Quintessential Wine Estate: In 1989, Agustin and Valeria Huneeus came upon a great property hidden in the heart of Rutherford. Spread over rolling hills and small valleys, this pristine land had never before been planted. Inspired by the land’s natural grandeur, the Huneeus family dedicated themselves to capturing its beauty and harmony in the form of a great wine.

RETRO

Kara Pecota Dunn is a second-generation Napa Valley vintner. She is the daughter of Robert Pecota of Robert Pecota Winery in Calistoga, and the wife of Michael Dunn of Dunn Vineyards. She is the mother of two teens, an avid tennis player and Mah Jongg enthusiast. In 2015 Kara embarked on a new wine venture as a founding partner of Robert Arnold Selections, an import company representing small European wineries from Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and France.
www.retrocellars.com and www.robertarnoldselections.com

DOMAINE CARNEROS

Domaine Carneros was founded by Champagne Taittinger and has been directed since its inception by Eileen Crane, CEO and winemaker. This small grower-producer of methóde champenoise Sparkling wine and Pinot Noir has all their estate vineyards in the cool Carneros appellation. The elegant Domaine Carneros Chateau landmark, known for its hospitality, is the perfect setting to savor our nationally and internationally renowned Le Réve and Brut cuvée.

LARUE

LaRue Wines is focused on producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay exclusively from the Sonoma Coast. LaRue is named after Veona LaRue, who was the great-grandmother of owner/winemaker Katy Wilson. Veona LaRue was a firm believer that if you put your nose to the grindstone, you will be able to accomplish almost anything. With her great-grandmother as a role model, Katy wended her way from small town farm girl to accomplished winemaker, having worked at prestigious wineries in Australia, New Zealand, Napa Valley, and Sonoma.