MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — Want to learn more about the simple everyday actions you can take to help protect our environment? Interested in the latest updates on employment law, taxes and financial prep, including new California employee retirement planning law? Love Los Angeles and its many foodie finds? Today is your day.

Join three powerhouse female professionals today [Thursday, Jan. 21] from 5-6 p.m. for a free Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce seminar on “2021 Employment Law, Taxes, & Financial Prep”. The online presentation is free but requires advance registration.

Community members DeAnn Chase, founding attorney at Chase Law Group, Sylvia Gayed, founder and CEO/president of Manhattan Tax & Accounting, and Jeannie Alessandrini, financial advisor at Edward Jones, will share important information for you and your business, according to the Manhattan Beach Chamber.

Information on the seminar is online here. A registration link is available on the seminar info page or to register go here.

Then, today [Thursday, Jan. 21] join local environmental award-winning teens Sam Torres of Manhattan Beach and Rylee Goldfarb of Redondo Beach at 7 p.m. for a free online program in which the dynamic duo will share their passion for the environment to inspire each of us to make sustainable changes in the way we approach fashion, food and single-use plastic, according to event organizers. “Regardless of how well informed you are on these topics, you will want to hear it from these two environmental leaders who implement simple, daily actions to battle climate change,” according to event sponsor South Bay Cares.

The free Zoom event registration page is online here. More on Samantha, Rylee and the event can be found in this post: Manhattan Beach Teen Offers Simple Steps To Combat Climate Change.

Then there’s RE:Her, an event created by RestaurantHers, to bring the exciting cuisine of women-owned restaurants to the fore as well as offer informative online webinars in support of women in the restaurant industry. Manhattan Beach’s legendary Sylvie Gabriele of Love & Salt is one of the founding members and Manhattan Beach resident and Chef Lenora Marouani who co-owns Barsha in Hermosa Beach & Barsha Wines & Spirits Tasting Room in Manhattan Beach are two of the participants.

RE:Her is a charitable organization for women-owned restaurants in LA, created by women who own restaurants in LA, in response to how COVID-19 has impacted their businesses and communities. The organization is committed to advancing women in the restaurant industry and, long-term, aims to provide small business grants, mentorship and resources to women in the industry, throughout LA and beyond.

The inaugural 10-day event “10 Days RE:Her” begins today [Thursday, Jan. 21], on the anniversary of the groundbreaking Women’s March of 2017, and features women-owned restaurants from all corners of LA who have united to offer unique collaborations with other female chefs, thematic menus, one-on-one conversations among female industry leaders, and more. This special culinary event is designed “to illuminate, celebrate and uplift the sisterhood of restaurateurs in LA, to save her restaurants.”

RE:Her event details can be found online. The full schedule of events can be found here. Takeout experiences can also be found and pre-ordered through OpenTable.


  • January 21-30: Petite Peso: Kamayan Feast for 2 – In Filipino culture, a “Kamayan” meal is usually a group sport, eating with our hands, the many foods served on toasted banana leaves. To cater to the times and exclusive for RE:Her, Chef Ria Barbosa creates a single-tray portion of the “Kamayan” feast.

  • January 21-30: Nickel Diner: “Pay It Forward” Meals for DTLA’s Homeless – In collaboration with Meals By Genet, Nickel Diner is providing comfort meals to the unhoused, food-insecure folks living on the streets of Downtown LA. A $13 contribution to the “Pay It Forward” Meal Program with RE:Her will provide a hot meal to the homeless and support consistent employment at Nickel Diner. They intend to feed the homeless community 50-200 meals twice a week for the next two months and beyond.

  • January 21-30: Superfine Pizza: Around the World with Ayara Thai, Casa Vega, Gasolina Cafe and n/naka – Featuring specialty Thai, Mexican, Spanish and Japanese cook-at-home pizza kits by the women behind Ayara Thai, Casa Vega, Gasolina Cafe, n/naka.

  • January 21-30: OTUS Thai Kitchen: Khao Kluk Gapi & DomaineLA Natural Wine Pairing – Otus owner June Kasama is preparing the simple but sophisticated “Khao Kluk Gapi” Thai dish of crab, pork, omelet, and more. It’s a dish that makes her feel closer to home. For RE:Her, Jill Bernheimer of DomaineLA has curated a natural wine list of women winemakers to pair with the OTUS menu.

  • January 21-30: XELAS: 4pk Curated Female-Brewed Craft Beer – Owner Corissa Hernandez offers a four-pack of curated female-brewed craft beer (16oz cans): Eagle Rock Brewery Revolution Pale Ale, Three Weavers Brewing Messenger IPA, LA Aleworks Meteorita Helles Lager and Evans Brewing Joaquin Dead Red Mexican Lager.

  • January 21-29: Open Face Food Shop: Danish Smorgasbord Family-Style Dinner – Born and raised in Horstens, Denmark, Chef/Owner Lene Houck fondly recalls the many impromptu meals cooked at home and helping out at her uncle’s farm as a girl. For RE:Her, Chef Lene offers a family-style feast titled “If/Then,” an ode to her family: “If we were at my family’s home in Denmark, my mom, my sisters and I got to cook for you, then this is the table we would share.

  • January 21-30: Woodspoon: Special Brazilian Box – Chef Natalia Pereira prepares a special box with flavors from her home of Minas Gerais, Brazil, including: Pao de Queijo: Traditional Minas Gerais Cheese BreadHouse & Signature Pork Ribs served with a Black Bean Sauce.

  • January 21-30: Little Belize: Stew Oxtail Plate – In Inglewood, Owner Laverne Smith is the “Queen of Oxtails.” Her stew oxtail will unfailingly melt in your mouth. The Little Belize proprietress will center her signature protein in an exclusive comfort meal for RE:Her.

  • January 21-3: Ayara Thai: Claypot Baked Prawns – Chef Vanda Asapahu is cooking claypot-baked prawns, or “Goong Ob Woonsen,” exclusively for RE:Her. This is a celebratory dish for her family, typically enjoyed on birthdays and special holidays, or sometimes as a pick-me-up meal when it’s been a hard week. For her family, it has always been synonymous with their mom’s love — particularly her hugs and kisses.

  • January 21-30: Ospi: Arancini Boobies – Chef Jackson Kalb combined his wife and partner Melissa Saka’s favorite things – cheese, risotto and FRIED! – and exclusively for the festival, both Ospi and Jame Enoteca will serve “Arancini Boobies” as an homage to HER.

  • January 21-23: “The Girls Got Taste” with Socalo, Gasolina Cafe & Valerie Confections – Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Socalo), Sandra Cordero (Gasolina Cafe) and Valerie Gordon (Valerie Confections) are cooking a one-of-a-kind meal highlighting SoCal ingredients by way of Spain, Mexico and California across three courses. Pick-ups available at Socalo and Gasolina Cafe.

  • January 21-23: “Pasta & Pie” featuring Union and Union and Fat & Flour – Union and Nicole Rucker from Fat & Flour are collaborating on take out meal for two called “Pasta & Pie,” offering fresh pasta, sauce and recipe from Union and an amazing pie from Fat & Flour. It will be available for pick up at Union throughout the 10 Day Festival.

  • January 22-24: Jar x Casa Vega: Women-Owned & Loved by Hollywood – Two LA institutions unite: Chef/Owner Suzanne Tracht of Jar and Chef/Owner Christy Vega of Casa Vega cook a collaborative three-course tasting menu exclusively for RE:Her. As an add-on, proceeds from custom “I Support Her” bracelets by Olivia K will be donated to the RE:Her Grant Program.

  • January 23-24: porridge + puffs: How Does She Porridge? – Everyone has a porridge memory and way of eating it. Chef/Owner Minh Phan asks some of her favorite chefs and restauranteurs how they porridge. p+p will also ask diners how they porridge and encourage sharing stories on IG: @porridgeandpuffs. Collaborating restaurants are Love & Salt, Petite Peso, Perilla, Zöe Food Party and Burritos La Palma.

  • January 24-30: Nativo: Mujeres de Maguey + Tapas Flight With Amiga Amore – Nativo HLP + Amiga Amore Present: Mujeres de Maguey + Tapas Flight. Join us for this very special Tequila/Mezcal & Tapas flight highlighting amazing women in the food and beverage industry. Enjoy three 2oz pours of carefully curated female distilled mezcal and tequila perfectly paired with Mexitalian small bites from local L.A. female Chef Danielle from Amiga Amore.

  • January 29-31: Post & Beam: Chef Nyesha’s Hoppin’ John Fritter – Owner Roni Cleveland invites LA’s “Top Chef” Nyesha Arrington to Post and Beam. Exclusive to RE:Her, Chef Nyesha cooks her Hoppin’ John Fritter with Collard Aioli.

Virtual Conversations

  • Thursday, January 21 (5:30-6:30 p.m.) – Evan Kleiman & Ruth Reichl in Conversation: Women and Restaurants: Where We Were, Where We Are, Where We’re Going

o Featuring the female restaurateurs of: Woodspoon (Natalia Pereira), Sage Vegan Bistro (Mollie Engelhart), porridge + puffs (Minh Phan), Union (Marie Petulla), Tsubaki + OTOTO (Courtney Kaplan) and Just What I Kneaded (Justine Hernandez).

o Featuring Christy Vega (Casa Vega), Vanda Asapahu (Ayara Thai), Sylvie Gabriele (Love & Salt) and moderated by Bricia Lopez (Guelaguetza)

o Featuring Toni Tipton-Martin, editor of “Cook’s Country” and author of “The Jemina Code” and “Jubilee,” in conversation with Kimberly Prince (Hotville Chicken), Celia Ward-Wallace (South LA Cafe) and Chef Marilyn (Chef Marilyn’s, Queen of Down Home Southern Goodies). Moderated by Thrillist’s LA Editor Danielle Dorsey.

o Featuring female leaders on every part of the restaurant chain. Moderated by Food Network personality Monti Carlo, with Chef Sandra Cordero (Gasolina Cafe), Pastry Chef Sherry Yard, Farmer Kathy Feig (Country Fresh Herbs), Fisherwoman Julee Harman (Ocean Jewels), and Sommelier Coly Den Haan (Vinovore).

Virtual Experiences

  • Saturday, January 23: M. Georgina: Snacks! x RE:Her Benefiting World Central Kitchen – Chef Melissa Perello of M. Georgina at ROW DTLA has assembled a 10-course snack-themed meal kit, curated by acclaimed female chefs from around the country. Packaged meal kits will consist of 10+ snack courses designed to feed 2. Along with your meal package, you’ll receive an invitation to a Zoom “Chat and Cheers” with the full roster of chefs and our emcee, comedian Patton Oswalt. You’ll hear an introduction to each chef and the story behind their dishes. Featured Chefs include:

o Lisa Giffen, previously of Audrey at the Hammer (Los Angeles)

o Ashley Christensen, AC Restaurants (Raleigh, NC)

o Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Expatriate, Ripe Cooperative (Portland, OR)

o Alex Raij, Txikito, La Vara, St. Julivert (NYC)

o Renee Erickson, The Walrus and the Carpenter (Seattle, WA)

o Jessica Koslow, Sqirl, Onda (Los Angeles)

o Lisa Donovan, JBF 2018 Best Pastry Chef, previously of Husk (Nashville, TN)

o A Zoom seminar highlighting women working with sake and Japanese cuisine. Co-owner and sommelier Courtney Kaplan joined by Miho Imada of Imada Shuzo (Fukucho), Miho Fujita from Mioya Brewery (Yuho) to taste their sakes together with food pairings from our sous chef Klementine Song and pastry chef Gemma Matsuyama.

o Top Chefs Brooke Williamson and Antonia Lafaso host a live demo and conversation about how to make margaritas with 2-3 ingredients found around their kitchens

o Leah Ferrazzini, Founder of Semolina Artisanal Pasta and Chef Tracey Harada of Love & Salt teach Kim Prince of Hotville Chicken and viewers how to make cacio e pepe

  • Friday, January 29 – Cheese Tasting Kit and Live Discussion with DTLA Cheese, Milkfarm, Claremont Cheese Cave, Lady and Larder

o Four women-owned LA cheese shops (Lady and Larder, DTLA Cheese, Milkfarm, Claremont Cheese Cave) have put together a RE:Her female-founded creamery cheese box and virtual tasting event

o Chef Rose Wilde of Rossoblu and founder of Red Bread leads a cooking class for children

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch

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