Globally women grow, cook and sell food to sustain their family. Those daily earnings, however small, must be stretched to buy medicine, pay for electricity, clean water and an education. This type of entrepreneurship is a means of survival for many women globally.
Despite their tenacity and enduring spirit, generations of women do not have access to basic tools and resources which are well sourced, accurate and specifically designed to enable them to start and grow a sustainable food and drink business. This is what inspired Ashanti to create a global, thriving and connected community for women in food.
The panel includes:
Ifeyinwa Frederick is the co-founder of Chuku's - the world's first Nigerian tapas restaurant, grabbing the London food and start-up scene's attention. With a background in marketing and PR she has secured the restaurant coverage in over 20 media outlets nationally and internationally including Time Out, London Live and the Metro and for her business acumen she was featured in Elle's star list of female entrepreneurs under 30. Of mixed Nigerian and Grenadian heritage, having grown up in London and lived in the Caribbean and France, she has developed a global appetite for food and culture. Proud of the diversity in her upbringing she wants to see a pluralism in the food scene and is working to establish Nigerian cuisine and African food more widely on the global food map.
Alissa Timoshkina, Kino Vino Founder born in Russia has been living in the UK since 1999. Launched in 2015, the monthly cinema supper club has been rapidly gaining recognition as one of London’s most original projects, redefining food and film. Featured in British Vogue, Vice, Khoollect and BBC Radio 4 Food programme, KinoVino was named one of the 10 best supper clubs by TimeOut London, and is regularly featured in their round ups of top monthly events. Initially welcoming 20 guests for its pilot run, KinoVino is now selling out most of its gatherings of 40-50 people each month. For each edition I collaborate with some of the most vibrant food personalities on the current UK food scene, including London-based chefs Olia Hercules, Tom Hunt, Kylee Newton, Oliver Rowe, Emma Spitzer and Dan Doherty, as well as chefs who come to London specifically for the occasion - Romy Gill, Bethany Kehdy and Eleonora Galasso. KinoVino has partnered with some established brands, like Seedlip, Tanqueray and Baileys and have also hosted cookbook launches, working with Lonely Planet and Octopus Publishing.
Join us as we talk to women about how their culture has infuenced their career and business in food. Children are welcome (free) when accompanied by an adult.
We are super passionate about collaborating with other local business women. So we are very proud to be hosted by the Spring pop up event which celebrates the talents of local artists. This event helps communities to support local creative businesses by giving them an opportunity to meet the maker and purchase a range of unique quality not on the high street products.
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