The State of Restaurants: A Conversation with Three Industry Leaders

Les Dames dcapture'Escoffier DC Chapter Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7pm

We’ve made it through the hard part. There’s definitely light at the end of the tunnel. We’ve pivoted, we’ve adapted, we’ve changed and we’ve learned. The state of restaurants today doesn’t look the same as it did a year ago, and certainly not two years ago. We are a resilient industry and the road ahead, while it still holds challenges, looks promising.

Join Les Dames Escoffier DC on Thursday, September 30 as three industry leaders talk about what the future can hold, what lessons were learned and the situation as they see it.

  • Moderated by Charissa Benjamin, founding partner of Savor PR, a DC-based full-service, woman-owned public relations agency representing hospitality and lifestyle brands, the panel will include:
  • Kathy Hollinger, president and CEO of The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and the preeminent voice for the industry in DC.
  • Micheline Mendelsohn, deputy chief executive officer of Sunnyside Restaurant Group, which operates and franchises six successful restaurant concepts nationally and internationally including We The Pizza.
  • Ashleigh Pearson, owner of newly opened Georgetown chocolate shop Petite Soeur, is a Le Cordon Bleu graduate, who has worked at Marcel’s in DC and Thomas Keller’s Per Se, as well as being a Les Dames scholarship recipient.


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