Argyle Winery will soon screen documentary film on female chefs
A Dundee winery will partner and sponsor a documentary on female chefs for screenings in Newberg and Portland this month.
Argyle Winery will be the exclusive wine partner for the screenings of "A Fine Line," a documentary by Joanna James. The film covers the difficulties female chefs face in a field that tends to be more male dominated.
The first screening will be on Tuesday at the Chehalem Cultural Center. The next night, it will be screened at the Nightwood in Portland.
The first screening will honor Deborah Chatelard, owner/chef of Bistro Maison; the second screening will honor Katy Millard, owner/chef of Coquine. Both will be recognized for their contributions to the hospitality industry, while recognizing the culinary talent of top chefs in both the Willamette Valley and Portland.
The documentary explores why less than 7 percent of head chefs and restaurant owners are female, while also looking at equality in the restaurant field and beyond.
In addition to the screenings, the events will also feature food and wine receptions. The Newberg event will feature a reception with Chatelard and owner Amanda Cannon Winquist of Normandie. The Portland event will feature Millard, executive chef Sara Schneider of The Nightwood, chef Naoko Tamura of Shizuku, chef Bonnie Morales of Kachka, Chef Sarah Woods of Canopy, Chef Althea Grey Potter of Oui! Wine Bar and The Southeastern Wine Collective, Isabelle Kitchen of Besaw's, Johanna Wares of Smallwares, Sarah Marshall of Sarah's Haute Sauce, Sara Wood of Canopy by Hilton, Chef Fatou Ouattara of Akadi, and Jennifer Pereau of Tynymoreso Rawdacious Desserts.
There will also be panel discussions featuring Argyle assistant winemaker Ksenija Kostic House and women chefs, restaurateurs, farmers, winemakers and food activists. As the exclusive wine partner of the screenings, Argyle will pour its wines during both receptions.
"'A Fine Line' is an important film that grapples with themes at the heart of national conversations right now, including workplace harassment, equal pay, paid parental leave, and gender equity in relation to career advancement," House said in a press release. "As a company committed to equality and social equity, we are honored to help bring awareness to these issues, and felt that this topic was so important that we wanted to bring the screenings both to Portland and the Willamette Valley. Our hope is that these screenings will facilitate meaningful conversations about gender diversity and women leadership within the workplace, while also sparking real change."
James has also launched MAPP, the film's impact campaign designed to champion mentorships, affordable and accessible childcare and paid parental leave, with the overall goal of increasing women in culinary and hospitality leadership.
Visit www.afinelinemovie.com to view the movie trailer and learn more about the MAPP initiative. Tickets to the screenings are available at Eventbrite.com.
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