The food industry in northeast Florida and surrounding ten counties is continuing to explode with talent, creativity and passion - in careers that revolve in and around food, beverage and hospitality. The knowledge, hard work, respect and fellowship that we share leads us to believe that more women in the industry could benefit from and contribute to the Womens Food Alliance.
The Womens Food Alliance (WFA) cultivates and advances networking, education, and collaboration for women in the culinary and hospitality industry in the Northeast Florida region.
The WFA provides members with educational events and business-related seminars. Through networking opportunities and ongoing food and beverage workshops, field trips and dinners, we pledge to provide member-generated programs that benefit the community and membership.
The Womens Food Alliance offers educational, enlightening and fun monthly events in various venues throughout the northeast Florida region. Meetings and events are primarily held on Monday or Tuesday evenings that vary with the theme, location and season.
These are excellent opportunities to: Connect with a diverse group of great women on the move!
Applicants must work full-time (min. 25 hours) in the food, beverage or hospitality industry and related fields. Membership dues are $50 a year. Each planned program/event is priced according to the program and venue: ranging from $15/pp - $45/pp. Attendance is Optional for any month's planned event.
- Dinners and Luncheons that feature our members' venues
- Food and Spirit Tastings
- Culinary Focus Groups
- Introduction of New Food Products
- Gatherings that highlight the Monthly Venue
- Featured Hospitality Industry Speakers
PROGRAMS & EVENTS:
WFA plans eight to ten programs & events a year with a pre-event hour of networking and business exchange. We expand our events based on member invitations to their businesses!
- Being a part of our valued association of food professionals and networking to advance your career or taking it in new directions
- Receiving a timely e-Letter of Industry NEWS that encourages members to share their company's News and Promotional Information
- Learning from fellow members and sharing your unique expertise
- Having an opportunity to receive Media Attention for your organization
- Industry-related door prizes at each event
- Visiting unique venues open to WFA members
- Exploring different cuisines through educational events
- Receiving invitations to tastings and new culinary product introductions/li>
- Meeting noted culinary experts & celebrities through events & dine-arounds
- Attending hands-on chef presentations
Published to facilitate communication among members, the WFA E-Newsletter announces news of individual's projects, business, media and current events. We keep our membership in touch with the pulse of our organization, current job postings, events in the food community and each other.
Andrea Jones, owner of The Tasting Tours, St. Augustine - attended the Womens Food Alliance April event at Raintree Restaurant. During dinner, WFA member Monica Stouder presented a food photography mini workshop for attendees to learn a few amazing 'hints' about how to snap award-winning food photos.
The winner, chosen by Monica, was Andrea Jones with the following image: Crab Appetizer with micro greens. The prize is a featured story in Buzz Magazine, written by Monica. Congratulations Andrea...your cell phone photo is gorgeous!
Leigh Cort Publicity
"I just read through the list of "Amazing" members you have brought to the WFA. Your drive to have this group grow and succeed I find wondrous. I truly feel privileged to have met you. I and all of the women are being given this fabulous networking opportunity, to meet with so many intelligent women and to be able to share individual strengths and wisdom with each other". Marian Aiksnoras - Bloody Amazing Seasoning
"How refreshing to join a group of such diverse women who all love food, beverages and our amazing hospitality industry. The best part about WFA that I have found is the diverse professional backgrounds of the women with a common interest. The events are so unique and down right fun! Thanks Leigh for pulling it all together! You ROCK!"
Anne Urban, President - Destination Planning
"There are many professional organizations that offer continuing education and networking opportunities. WFA stands apart because each of us truly wants to see the other women succeed. I never feel the need to compete, instead we help one another any way we can!"
Allie Olsen - SimplyStAugustine.com
"WOW!!! What amazing exposure for both the Women's Food Alliance and Intuition Ale Works! Thank you thank you Kelly for such a thoughtful and well done write-up. I can't tell you how much Robin, Riley and I enjoyed hosting WFA at the Intuition Ale brewery. This article is a great example of the benefits and exposure the WFA affords its members. Thanks so much Leigh!"
"I want to take a minute to thank you for the opportunity to host the Womens Food Alliance 1st Anniversary Dinner. I was taken aback by the spirit of your organization. It seems every member truly embraces hospitality and you've done an amazing job in such a short time this year. Thank you again for allowing us to participate; I hope everything was up to par and everyone enjoyed themselves"
Mark Vandeloo - General Manager, Casa Marina Hotel - Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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