New York Women's Culinary Alliance

Reports for Past Programs

Alliance members are encouraged to actively participate and contribute to the organization by giving a program or attending at least four educational seminars or member events a year.

Here’s a sampling of programs enjoyed by members and their guests:

Macao Cooking

Alliance members learn about Macanese cuisine and it's many influences in an intimate setting surrounded by great food. MORE»

Cookbook Publishing Workshop

Alliance cookbook authors share their wisdom on how to publish a cookbook. MORE»

Riesling and Roti

Members enjoyed six Rieslings from all over the world (from the Finger Lakes, NY to Central Serbia) paired with traditional Indian dishes. MORE»

Cocktail Club: Prosecco

Participants enjoyed the history and tasting of prosecco. MORE»

Tour of Ironbound District, Newark, NJ

Members followed Newark urbanist Antonio Valla, from Have You Met Newark, a tour company that specializes in walking tours focused on architecture, history, food, through the Ironbound District. MORE»

Book Club: Notes on a Banana

NYWCA members enjoy words and food by author David Leite. MORE»

Exploring Ethiopian Cuisine and Smoothies

Ethiopian cuisine and smoothies in West Harlem. MORE»

Ethiopia-Smoothie Mash-Up: Health Meets Harlem

The“Oasis Jimma Juice Bar and Ethiopian Café” established by Abdi Abajebel in 2012 was a healthy treat to visit on May 6th. MORE»


The Rose Parade MORE»


NYWCA 2018 Spring Potluck MORE»


NYWCA member Ulli Sitter's cold-pressed oils company MORE»


Sally-Jo O’Brien presented "Braver in Business - The Daring Way (TM)" MORE»


A delightful program organized by Miriam Rubin, Kathy Hunt regaled NYWCA members and guests with stories and tidbits from her book, Herring: A Global History MORE»

The Language of Flavor in Honey: A Guided Sensory Tasting

Honey Tasting Menu MORE»

A delicious tour of Alto Adige-Südtirol wines

Alto Adige-Südtirol wines MORE»

Wines and Foods of Georgia Event at Oda House

“In Georgia they never sit down to an empty table.” – Carol Capalbo MORE»

Ayurveda Event - Choosing Foods For Your Body Type

Ayurvedic diet based on body type MORE»

Cocktail Club: Pisco

The NYWCA Cocktail Club recently convened for a Pisco tasting to learn practically about Pisco production MORE»


On Monday, January 22nd, NYWCA members Garima Kothari, Chef/Caterer and Carolyn Zezima of NYC Foodscape and NYWCA’s Twitter Account Manager, led a Social Media Workshop. MORE»

The Magic of Cast Iron

NYWCA members Renée Marton and Joanna Pruess hosted a cast iron class and cooking demo on Friday, January 12th. MORE»

Happy Hour Event at Bocca di Bacco

NYWCA welcomed in the New Year with the first Happy Hour of 2018 at Bocca di Bacco. MORE»

Holiday Meet and Mingle Event

NYWCA members enjoyed an inspirational night of cocktails, cookbooks and conversation. MORE»

COCKTAIL CLUB: A Cocktail, Spirits and Networking Events Series - RUM & TIKI

The group was lead through tastings of several types of rum and provided a nutshell lesson about how rum is made and what makes the different styles distinctive. MORE»

Challah Baking for the New Jewish Home

NYWCA members met on November 9, 201 at the JCC on Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan to learn about challah baking as well as perform community service. MORE»

Fall Potluck: Get your 'Hygge' on

NYWCA’s annual fall potluck took place on Monday, November 6th at the Impact Hub on lower Broadway near Canal Street. This year’s party theme was hygge, a Danish word used to acknowledge a special feeling that is cozy, charming, or special. MORE»

Aero Farms Tour

Eleven members visited AeroFarms in Newark, New Jersey to experience the cutting edge of indoor farming MORE»

Community Outreach Project: Multi-Ethnic Cooking Class Series Class 3: Greek

On June 16, 2017, fifteen enthusiastic high school students and three Alliance members, Stacy Pearl, Charmaine Lord, and Janine Cammarata participated in preparing, cooking & eating delicious Greek cuisine, taught by member Lynn Bernstein, proprietor of MORE»

Community Outreach Project: Multi-Ethnic Cooking Class Series Class 2: Cuban

Cuba was the next stop on our Multi-Ethnic Cooking tour led by Alliance member Elena Tedeschi. MORE»

Community Outreach Project: Multi-Ethnic Cooking Class Series Class 1: Syria

On June 2, 2017, a lovely Friday after school, NYWCA members, Janine Cammarata, Elena Tedeschi, Rhonda Stieglitz, Sara White, Madge Rosenberg, and Stacy Pearl along with 15 high school students gathered in the cafeteria at Columbia Secondary school to share the experience of preparing a Syrian meal. MORE»

Cruising the Crus of the Rhône Valley Vineyards

A tasting tour through France’s Rhône Wine Region was the theme of the evening on Tuesday, May 23 organized by member Stephanie Teuwen. It was held at the Rhone Valley Vineyards Bistro pop up at Pierre Loti Chelsea Wine Bar in Chelsea. MORE»


Close to 100 NYWCA members and guests gathered for the annual Spring Potluck held at The Fisher & Paykel Experience Center, a New Zealand based premium home appliance showroom on East 58 Street. MORE»

The Art (and Fun) of Wine Tasting

On April 24, 2017, Danica Stitz and Marilyn Krieger hosted a wonderful wine tasting event at Till & Sprocket for ten NYWCA members. MORE»

The Manischewitz Factory Tour

Matzoh is made with flour and water, so what’s so complicated? MORE»

South African Wine Tasting

On March 13, 2017, Shana Sokol invited Jim Clarke, Marketing Manager for the Wines of South Africa as our speaker at the Washington Square Hotel. MORE»


In the tradition of her six previous “My Story & Advice” events, Terry Frishman hosted an inspired program on Monday, March 6, 2017 for 75 members and guests at the Institute of Culinary Education, with Co-Chair Betty Comerford. MORE»

The Alchemist Kitchen

Can herbaceous plants, roots, leaves, and barks cause us to relax, relieve tension and open our hearts? MORE»

Celebrate with Cookbooks

The NYWCA has many esteemed cookbook authors among its membership, and what better place for some of these authors and cookbook lovers to gather for a holiday party than Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks. MORE»

Hungarian Hand-Stretched Strudel

“Memorable” – that is the word that sums up the experience that lucky Alliance members were treated to when they attended an intimate strudel making workshop with Vera Eisenberg, aka The Strudel Queen. MORE»


The inaugural meeting of Cocktail Club: A Cocktail, Spirits, and Networking series was held at La Palapa on December 5, 2016. MORE»

Vegetarian Dishes from My Korean Home

Fourteen lucky NYWCA members attended Vegetarian Dishes from My Korean Home in the Basement Kitchen Studio on W 51st St. MORE»

Nom Nom Newark

What a fantastic day! The weather was surprisingly warm for November as we set out to discover some of the culinary secrets of Newark, NJ. MORE»

Fall Potluck

The Alliance meets again! Barbara Sibley opened the doors of her beautiful restaurant- La Palapa Cocina Mexicana to 49 lovely ladies of NYWCA for the Fall Potluck, co-chaired by Freya Clibansky and Diana Sturgis. MORE»

Breakfast of Champions

It was worth waking up early on Saturday morning to visit Greecologies and taste the many varieties of their wonderfully fresh yogurt. MORE»

SEED: The Untold Story

While only one NYWCA member attended the 7PM showing, the general paying audience remained for discussion, comments and links to resources suggested in the film. MORE»

Up South

Twenty Alliance members and guests convened at Jimmy's 43 to spend the evening with Nicole A. Taylor the personable, articulate and entertaining author of THE UP SOUTH COOKBOOK. MORE»

Dine Around at DBGB Kitchen & Bar

A group of ten Alliance members enjoyed great conversation and a very special menu at DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Daniel Boulud’s hip, downtown French bistro known for its Lyonnais-style house made sausages, a Serious Eats acclaimed Baked Alaska, and craft beer. MORE»

Healthy Aging and Dementia: New Research on Diet and Lifestyle Changes for an Age Old Problem

Thanks to Andrea Sperling and Judy Paul of The NYWCA Wellness Committee for organizing the eye-opening Healthy Aging and Dementia: New Research on Diet and Lifestyle Changes for an Age Old Problem program. MORE»


The comforting aroma of meaty bones roasting in preparation for a presentation on deeply nourishing bone broths greeted 30 members of the Alliance as they entered Myra Kornfeld’s Kitchen. MORE»

Tour de France of Wines

Judy Paul and Stephanie Teuwen of the NYWCA Wine Committee took the chill off an April evening in New York City by transporting 18 lucky members and their guests on a Tour de France—of wines. MORE»

Dine-Around at Candle 79

On March 31 Alliance members gathered at Candle 79 to hear manager, Benay Vynerib, share the Candle Café story and mission, and experience a diverse menu of its vegan specialties. MORE»

Cookbooks for Kids!

At what age might a child be interested in a kids' cookbook? MORE»

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Susan Westmoreland and Sharon Franke hosted thirty Alliance attendees in the dazzling Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen in Hearst Tower. MORE»

Unique Wine Finds

NYWCA members had the chance to discover lesser-known wines at this intimate event at Till & Sprocket last week. MORE»


Attended by 75 members and guests, the event featured food stylist, Karen Tack, and photographer, Alan Richardson, who both created Hello Cupcake! MORE»

The Human Design: The Bio-energetic Science of Differention

Human Design is the synthesis of Eastern and Western Astrology, Chinese l’Ching, the Kabbalah – Tree of life, the Hindu Chakra system and Molecular Biology. MORE»

Hands-On Indian Cooking Class

Members of the NYWCA were treated to a wonderful evening of Indian flavors at Cooking by the Book, hosted by Rinku Bhattacharya, author of Spices and Seasons, and the blog, Spice Chronicles.  MORE»

Dine Around at Raymi Kitchen

On Monday, January 25, 14 Alliance members made it through the post-blizzard mess to enjoy a three-course meal of 2 dishes each at Raymi, a modern Peruvian restaurant and pisco bar at 43 West 24th Street MORE»

Dine Around at The Fillmore Room

A wonderful evening of fellowship was enjoyed at The Fillmore Room, 146 10th Avenue (at1 9th street), New York, NY. The lively conversation continued from beginning to end with some familiar faces and newcomers alike. MORE»

Holiday Farm to Table Dinner at County Restaurant

A touch of the unexpected, yet pleasurable and gratifying, is what diners will find in this farm-to-table restaurant. Chef Jan Feshan’s focus, his reverence in fact, is for fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. MORE»

Fall Frolics Potluck-Celebrating New York

Waldorf Salad with Hudson Valley Apples, Potato/Onion Knishes (mini and regular size, some made with NY state duck fat), Bagels & Lox, fresh rye bread with truffle butter, and chopped chicken livers all appeared on the evening of October 28th, 2015. MORE»


Tuesday’s event, “Explore Armagnac: France’s Oldest Spirit” was a rare treat for any French history buff and spirit lover. MORE»

Discover American Raw Milk Cheeses

Those attending Discover American Raw Milk Cheeses on October 8th were lucky enough to taste five raw milk cheeses from Vermont and Wisconsin. MORE»

Celebrating Cider at Wassail

The NYWCA Wellness Committee and Jennifer Lim, co-owner of Wassail, celebrated cider in the company of sixteen NYWCA members. MORE»

Welcome New Members

The 2015 membership application period is over, and we are thrilled to welcome our new members. The NYWCA Class of ’15 is a stellar bunch, with talents ranging from catering and PR, to TV production and digital marketing, to BBQ maven and culinary literary agent. Please take a moment to acquaint yourself with our fabulous new members. MORE»

Home-Brewing The Wholesome Hooch

Kombucha, a fruity and slightly bubbly fermented tea, is arguably the perfect summer drink, and the warm evening of June 11th was the perfect time for Chef Myra Kornfeld’s program “Homebrewing the Wholesome Hooch”. MORE»

Korean Home Cooking with Shin Kim

On July 7th, we learned from Shin Kim about the art of cooking Korean food at home. MORE»

Japanese Ramen Cooking Class

Anyone who knows anything about Japanese food knows what it takes to get the perfect balance of flavors in a bowl of Ramen. All of this was confirmed at the Japanese Ramen cooking class last Thursday, May 14, as Mamie Nishide, chef and class planner, demonstrated. MORE»

Urban Green Living Every Day: Compost with Brooklyn Mompost

On the glorious morning of May 17, six members got our hands in warm damp composted material at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and got a lesson in living greener. MORE»

Optimal Health through the Seasons

Eating strawberries before eating sushi can help mitigate some of the bad effects of mercury in fish was one of the suggestions Dr. Robert Kachko, a naturopathic doctor at Inner Source Health made at the first NYWCA wellness event, on April 18th. MORE»

Dare to Dream: Take your Business to the Next Level

The Dare to Dream: Take Your Business to the Next Level event on Wednesday April 8th, 2015 brought together 18 entrepreneurially-minded members, at host Humeyra Kocak’s Wine Escape, for a night of inspiration and sharing. MORE»

My Story & My Advice: A Night with Ellie Krieger

On Monday, February 2nd, 2015, Ellie Krieger, Host of Food Network’s hit show, Healthy Appetite, with Co-Chairs Betty Comerford and Terry Frishman, welcomed 57 professionals who braved a blizzard to attend NYWCA’s fifth annual My Story & Advice: A Night With... fundraiser at the Institute of Culinary Education. MORE»

How to Make Tamales

A long table filled with shredded chicken, cornhusks, cheese, and brightly colored sauces awaited twelve members at host Barbara Sibley’s La Palapa in the East Village on April 25th. MORE»

Taste of Cowboy Lunch

On May 7th, NYWCA members Carrie Bachman and Allison Renzulli, as well as member Suzen O’Rourke of Cooking by the Book hosted an interactive lunch and discussion with Chefs Kent and Shannon Rollins. MORE»

Dine Around: Moscow 57

On April 1, 2015, twelve Alliance members enjoyed a very leisurely four-course, family-style meal with live music at Moscow 57. MORE»

Wine and Dine Around at Terroir TriBeCa

February 9th was a highly spirited evening with owner & renowned sommelier Paul Grieco who took us around the world with wine, stories, history notes and biblical references to the wines we tasted! MORE»

Vino Italiano: A Tasting Tour

On February 23, twenty members and guests gathered at 1200 Miles, 31 W. 21rd St., where Italian wine experts Erica Parker and Marilyn Krieger, Ph.D. and director of PR at the Winebow Group led the group through a tour of Italian wines featuring varietals native to the regions of Campania, Piedmont, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, and the Veneto. MORE»

Hands on Macarons Class

On March 11, 2015, Kathryn Gordon, Institute of Culinary Education chef-instructor and co-author of Les Petit Macaron (Running Press), led Alliance members on an in-depth exploration of the techniques that ensure success in producing this famously finicky treat that happens to be all the rage. MORE»

Bubbles! Exploring Champagne, Sparkling Prosecco, Cava and Cremant

On January 28th, 2015, Stephanie Teuwen and Judy Paul graciously hosted the "Bubbles! Exploring Champagne, Sparkling Prosecco, Cava, and Cremant" event for NYWCA members at The Washington Square Hotel Lobby Bar. The tasting was led by May Matta-Aliah, DWS. MORE»

Toffee and Ice Cream Behind-the-Scenes Workshop

January 20th, 2015, was a big night for toffee and ice cream. Laurie Pauker, owner of Laurie & Sons, and Catherine Oddenino, co-owner of Luca and Bosco Fine Crafted Ice Cream, hosted a making and tasting workshop in their shared commercial kitchen with 10 members of the Alliance.  MORE»

Dine Around: Joe & Misses Doe

On December 9th, NYWCA members were warmly greeted by Jill Dobias, the "Misses" of the Joe & Misses Doe restaurant. As we entered, we caught a glimpse in the tiny kitchen of the "Mr." of this dynamic duo, Joe Dobias, the chef-owner of this self-described "casual eatery where comfort food meets quirky American Classics re-invented." MORE»

Program: Inside the World of Rice with Renee Marton

On December 12th, 2014, Renee Marton, a NYWCA member and author of Rice: A Global History, hosted an educational program and rice recipe tasting for seven NYWCA members at her cozy apartment near Columbia University. MORE»

Fall Potluck 2014

On October 27th, 2014, more than 65 members gathered at the Institute of Culinary Education to enjoy one of the Alliance’s most popular events of the year: the Fall Potluck. This year’s theme, "Culinary Cruise Around the World," inspired members to prepare dishes from their favorite country. MORE»

Hands-On Lebanese and Indian Cooking Lesson with the League of Kitchens

On November 14th, 2014, ten Alliance members had the pleasure of cooking with Jeanette Chawki and Yamini Josh, two talented home cooks from Lebanon and India respectively. Both women are part of the League of Kitchens, a local social enterprise and cooking school that offers hands-on cooking workshops in the kitchens of expert home cooks from around the world. MORE»

Dine Around: Beehive Oven

On the rainy night of October 22nd, 2014, ten Alliance members and friends gathered at the Beehive Oven in Williamsburg. MORE»

Membership Orientation 2014

On September 9th, 2014, more than 50 new and existing members of the NYWCA gathered at the Fales Library at NYU in Washington Square for our 2014 Membership Orientation. MORE»

Inside the California Food Revolution with Joyce Goldstein

On September 11th, 2014, members of the NYWCA were delighted to have an audience with Joyce Goldstein, food writer and restaurateur at Washington Square Hotel. MORE»

Dine Around: Jackson Heights Walking Food Tour

On July 19th, 2014, fifteen Alliance members and guests eagerly met our guide Surbhi Sahni, her associate Lesley Tellez, and photographer Lisa Ainbinder at the Patel Brothers store in Jackson Heights. MORE»

Fall Potluck: Call for Volunteers

Planning is already underway for the annual NYWCA fall potluck. Sign up now to volunteer and get your credits early! MORE»

Dine Around: Jeepney

On a quiet Monday night in the East Village, Alliance members made their way to the back room of Jeepney, a Filipino gastropub. MORE»

Oral History Project

We hosted an exciting screening of the Oral History Project--a video compilation of interviews with early and founding NYWCA members--at the NYU Fales Library. MORE»

Broadway Panhandler Tour

Alliance members gathered at the Village's fabled Broadway Panhandler to learn about the latest kitchenware and feast on delightful Italian nibbles. MORE»

Tour & Tasting at King's County Distillery

Members and guests gathered for a tour and tasting at King's County Distillery, New York's first licensed distillery in the city since Prohibition. MORE»

Open Board Meeting

On May 13, approximately three dozen NYWCA members gathered for the Open Board Meeting, an opportunity for each Board member and committee to review the year and share success stories. MORE»

Dine Around: Fabio Cucina Italiana

A dozen Alliance members gather for a fabulous Italian feast prepared by the gracious chef behind Fabio Cucina Italiana. MORE»

Book Club: Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking - A Memoir of Food and Longing

A recent book club honored Anya Von Bremzen's "Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing" with a Russian menu and inspired conversation. MORE»

Dine Around: Palo Santo

Alliance members and guests escaped the winter cold for the warm back room of Park Slope’s Palo Santo restaurant and NYWCA's first-ever Dine and Wine Around. MORE»

Japanese Pickles: Ancient and Modern

A discussion and demonstration on making Japanese pickles with Elizabeth Andoh. MORE»

Dine Around: Oda House

A dozen ladies from the Alliance experienced the fabled Georgian hospitality and enjoyed the country’s amazing cuisine at Oda House MORE»

"The Heart of the Plate" with Mollie Katzen & Sara Moulton

Iconic cookbook author Mollie Katzen delighted 55 enthusiastic Alliance members with her new book, The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation. Interviewed by NYWCA founding member Sara Moulton MORE»

A Night of Pastas with Maureen Fant

Pasta expert Maureen Fant showcases some of the delectable pasta dishes featured in her new book, Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way. MORE»

A Mediterranean Wine Tasting

A tasting of “Mediterranean Wines for the Holidays”—complete with six varieties from Italy, Portugal, Spain and Greece MORE»

A Hidden Culture In Our Midst

A fascinating look into the Greek Romaniote community on the Lower East Side. MORE»

Fall Potluck: Local Harvest

Our fall Potluck was held at the Institute of Culinary Education and despite it being a holiday 50+ happy Alliance members attended. MORE»

We Say Tomato: Miriam Rubin's New Book

We gather to celebrate Miriam Rubin's new book, "Tomatoes" MORE»

New Member Orientation

Board members and committee chairs welcomed our new members at the North Square Restaurant. MORE»

Mentor Happy Hour

New and old members mingle, network and enjoy artisanal wines at the Brooklyn Winery. MORE»

Dine Around: Riverpark

On a rainy June evening, Alliance members gathered for a delightful farm-to-table Dine-Around at Tom Colicchio’s Riverpark restaurant and urban farm. MORE»

Astoria Walking Tour

On a Saturday morning in early June about a half dozen NYWCA members met at Omonia Café, a Greek restaurant in Astoria, Queens. MORE»

Creating Curiosity: Fire Up Your NYWCA Connections

On Thursday, May 16, thirty members and potential members gathered at the GE Monogram Design Center for an evening focused on improving networking skills. MORE»

Gluten-Free Every Day: Q&A with Shauna Ahern

“Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef” brought their new book, "Gluten-Free Girl Every Day," to Posner Book Store in Chelsea Market on Wednesday, May 15th. MORE»

Spring Potluck: Back to the Start

The NYWCA meets for its Spring Potluck, themed “Back to the Start.” MORE»

Dine Around: Louro

More than a dozen NYWCA members gathered on April 23 for dinner at the West Village restaurant Louro. MORE»

Scotch versus Bourbon: An Exploration of Tastes

On the chilly evening of Tuesday of April 23rd, five Alliance members warmed up with sips of various Scotches and bourbons at the historical Ho-Ho-Kus Inn & Tavern in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. MORE»

Foods of the Lower East Side

On Sunday, April 14, fifteen hungry, enthusiastic NYWCA members and guests met Andrew Silverstein, owner of Streetwise New York Tours, who led us on a tasty tour of the historic Lower East Side. MORE»

Reisling: The Perfect Juice

At Terroir TriBeCa, a cozy wine bar on Harrison Street, 15 NYWCA members and guests converged on April 15, 2013 for “Riesling: The Perfect Juice,” thanks to Stephanie Teuwen and Taneka Martin. MORE»

Thanks to Our Potluck Sponsors!

Raise your glasses and thank the generous sponsors of our Spring Potluck. MORE»

NYWCA Members Nominated for JBF Awards!

Three Alliance members are honored with nominations for 2013 James Beard Awards MORE»

Pati's Mexican Table

NYWCA member Barbara Sibley, chef and owner of La Palapa Restaurant, welcomed 27 members and guests to celebrate the publication of Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking and to meet the author Pati Jinich. MORE»

An Evening with Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan greeted a full house at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) on Monday, February 4, 2013. MORE»

Behind the Scene at Hot Bread Kitchen

Maybe you’ve already tasted the delicious baked goods from Hot Bread Kitchen . . . MORE»

Fall Potluck

Whether you’re a New Yorker by choice like me or a native, there’s nothing more heartwarming than seeing the City pull together in a time of crisis. MORE»

Dine Around: Mari Vanna

“Incredible”—that’s the only way to describe the recent Dine-Around at Mari Vanna MORE»

Dine Around: Bevacco

On June 18, 2012, ten Alliance members gathered around an intimate corner table at Bevacco MORE»

Greek Wines for Summer Program

Twenty members of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance gathered for a Greek wine tasting on May 23, 2012, at the Washington Square Hotel, owned by member and host Judy Paul. MORE»

Food Writing Today: Breaking Through Barriers

There were no empty seats at the Food Writing Today panel held at the Atlantic Gallery, 135 W. 29th St., on April 30, 2012. MORE»

A Taste of Israel In New York

“A Food Lover’s Tour of Israel” was the theme for the May 9, 2012, program held at the unusual location of La Boite MORE»

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