As the battle for female representation in the food and beverage industry wages on, the Crescent City is leading the charge. P.O.W.E.R. Palates-an initiative that showcases female leadership in hospitality, concluded its inaugural month-long run with a luncheon at Antoine's Restaurant this past Thursday.
P.O.W.E.R. Palates is part of Fidelity Bank's P.O.W.E.R. program (which stands for "Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized".) In partnership with the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, P.O.W.E.R. Palates hopes to incite awareness and drive business to women-led restaurants and bars in the greater New Orleans area. This year, thirty restaurants and bars participated.
"This is the first time women in the New Orleans hospitality industry have been highlighted for their critical role in making the city the food and drink capital of the world," said Elizabeth Broekman, Fidelity Bank's Associate Vice President and Director of P.O.W.E.R.
Plans are underway to bring the program back next year and organizers hope to expand to other cities in Louisiana.
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