Women in Foodservice Charity Event
Connecting and Inspiring Women in the Food Industry.
Launched in 2014, the Women in Foodservice Charity Event is an intimate brunch that invites women in the food industry to come together and celebrate their knowledge. This unique event provides the opportunity to be inspired and influenced by key successful women within the industry while connecting and networking with your peers.
In 2016 the Women in Foodservice Charity Event hosted a panel facilitated by The Age food critic Gemima Cody who led renowned industry innovators including Alla Wolf-Tasker, Nahji Chu and Phillippa Grogan in a discussion about their inspiring adventures in food. The event raised $3,000 for Dress for Success Sydney, and the Daylesford Primary School Kitchen Garden Program.
Founder and creative director of misschu
Nga Chu, known to everyone as Nahji or Miss Chu and to those who get in her way, as ‘The Queen of Rice Paper Rolls’ is the founder and creative director of misschu. The enterprise is the fusion of an entire life experience. Everything from the menu, to the interior design and decoration reflects the rich and complex history of Nahji’s life. Her early experiences at school, when she was struggling to learn a new language and culture, have become a central focus of the interior and service design of misschu venues.
Executive Chef and Co-owner of Lake House
Against all odds, Alla Wolf-Tasker was determined to create something like the destination regional restaurants she had trained in, and seen in France. In the process of following her dream, Alla not only succeeded in creating a restaurant and hotel “worthy of a journey”, but also managed to help resurrect the then very down at heel area around Daylesford into the thriving community and tourist hub it is now. Alla is also widely credited with having kick started regional destination dining in Australia.
Owner of Phillippa’s
With over 20 years experience, Phillippa Grogan is the face and name behind Phillippa’s, a well-respected bakery known for its delicious range of traditional baked goods. Phillippa launched her bakery in May 1994 from the original premises in Armadale and has continued to grow her business by opening stores in Brighton and a Richmond outlet as well as supplying products to more than 300 outlets across Australia. In addition to her well loved treats, Phillippa has written a cookbook with Richard Cornish ‘Phillippa’s Home Baking’, runs baking classes in Armadale and Brighton and continues to inspire many young bakers and pastry chefs in the industry.
Goodie Bag Sponsor
This program provides students with the opportunity to sow, harvest and cook fresh produce, learn the importance of healthy eating and take pride in the garden.
This organisation improves the employability of women in need by providing professional clothing, a network of support and the tools to help women achieve self-sufficiency.