Let’s Talk Women Picnic in White Summer Celebration with Chicago
Showcases women entrepreneur’s collaboration as this nationwide movement continues to build strength.
Sunday, July 11, 12 pm – 3 pm on the Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion Lawn
Closing Event for “Taste of Chicago To-Go”
Let’s Talk Womxn ChicagoLetsTalkWomxn.com present the closing celebration of the Taste of Chicago To-GoTasteofChicago.us weekend with “Let’s Talk Women Picnic in White” in Millennium Park on July 11, 2021, from noon to 3 pm. This collaboration of women entrepreneurs, forty strong in Chicago, exemplifies the spirit of resilience and womanpower while celebrating Chicago’s diverse culinary offerings.
Join thousands of guests in breezy summer whites for this celebration, which, apart from gourmet picnic boxes and cocktails, includes entertainment by women performers, a power-women soundtrack, interviews with Let’s Talk Womxn restaurateurs, and other speakers. This event is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to dress in white. Historically, women have worn white to show female solidarity, but white also symbolizes summer, optimism, and coming together to move forward. Women may host this event, but all are invited to this festivity to celebrate and dine together as a city.
To participate, guests are encouraged to pre-order a picnic lunch and optional cocktails atLetsTalkWomxn.com or on the UberEats app, under Pick Up, search Picnic. A limited amount of picnics will be available onsite to purchase the day of the event.
Let’s Talk Womxn will provide the food and drinks. Each gourmet picnic bag includes a delicious grain salad, dips and crisps, the main course, and two desserts. Picnic bags will consist of varied offerings by top female restaurateurs and chefs across the city, including: Vermilion (Rohini Dey), Saigon Sisters (Mary Aregoni), Paramount Group/Eden (Jodi Fyfe), Demera (Tigist Reda), Frontera (Deann Bayless), Bistronomic(Laurence Noguier), The Dandy Crown (Julia Shell), Antique Taco (Ashley Ortiz), Savory Crust(Geri Hernandez), TeaGeschwendner (Agnes Rapacz), No Bones Beach Club (MacKenzie DeVito), La Luna (Korina & Samantha Sanchez), Teertsemasesottehg (Q Ibraheem), Justice of the Pies (Maya-Camille Broussard), and Pretty Cool Ice Cream (Dana Cree).
Chicago is joined on July 11 by Picnic in White with Let’s Talk Womxn Atlanta for an afternoon of food, drink, and music at Floataway Café. The Let’s Talk Womxn Philadelphia Picnic offers curated picnic baskets for sale. This unified celebration hosted by fifty women entrepreneurs across three cities is a testament to the bond of Let’s Talk Womxn.
Let’s Talk Womxn Chicago is thankful to United Airlines and Sysco as champions for this event and Uber Eats for sponsoring the technology. This event is presented by Let’s Talk Womxn and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
ABOUT LET’S TALK: Let’s Talk is a collaboration of women restaurateurs working together as peers to build economic power. It is not an organization or entity but a movement led by women business owners. Started as a conversation forum for cohesion and to share resources, Let’s Talk has rapidly evolved to help women entrepreneurs combine their bargaining power, visibility, voice and undertake joint economic and political action. Let’s Talk now includes over 400 food and beverage women entrepreneurs across 12 cities (Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati, San Francisco Bay Area, Phoenix, Boston, NYC, Miami, and Seattle) and launched the women’s forums of LA (Re:Her) and Washington, DC (Women in Food). Each Let’s Talk city forum is cohosted by 2-4 restaurateurs. On-the-ground city and national initiatives include Women’s Restaurant Weeks, collaborative tasting menus, food fairs, farmers’ markets, meal kits, and gift baskets. In addition, members have pooled forces to apply for grants, meet with governors and city officials, and panels to showcase the Let’s Talk model of positive action-oriented collaboration. It is open to all women-owned entrepreneurs in food and drink regardless of race, format, size, orientation, or identity. Let’s Talk was founded in July 2020 and is led by Rohini Dey, Ph.D., a Chicago restaurateur (Vermilion), former trustee and founder/chair of the James Beard Foundation Women’s Leadership Program, former McKinsey & Co. consultant, and World Bank economist. For more information on Let’s Talk, visitLetsTalkWomxn.com or follow on Instagram at @LetsTalkWomxn.
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