The energy was palpable as the nation’s esteemed restaurateurs and chefs gathered in New Orleans for the American Culinary & Hospitality Symposium. As a restaurant owner and woman in the hospitality industry, I was most looking forward to “Backwards in High Heels,” an all-female panel featuring Dominique Crenn, Barbara Lynch, Leah Chase, Jessica Harris, Sheila Johnson, Camilla Marcus and Kim Severson.
Focused on the #MeToo movement in the hospitality industry, the takeaway was that we can do better, but we should not dwell on the past. In the words of Chef Dominique Crenn: “A movement needs to move. Let’s move.”