A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE KITCHEN … INDUSTRY: Achieving gender parity in culinary management/ownership propels new Vegas-based Women’s Hospitality Initiative
Never mind shattering the glass ceiling of gender disparity in the culinary industry when even the first one or two rungs of the ladder are broken. A startling fact supports that troubling notion: Although women make up about 50 percent of culinary school graduates, only 7 percent of head chefs and restaurant owners in the country are women, according to 2014 Bloomberg Research. Working to study the disparity and accelerate the development of women in the restaurant and hospitality industry is the newly formed Women’s Hospitality Initiative (WHI). The organization is made up of prominent entrepreneurs and executives from Las Vegas’ food and beverage industry, including cofounder Elizabeth Blau, a longtime restaurateur/consultant and founder/CEO of restaurant development company Blau & Associates.
YOU STURDY RAT!: The Venetian welcomes Chinese New Year of the Rat with feng shui — and a massive golden rodent — in iconic waterfall atrium
Encountering a scurrying rat is hardly a sign of good fortune. But absorbing the awesome beauty of a majestic, dare we say, noble, 2,000-pound golden rodent sculpture in feng-shui-inspired surroundings in the Venetian’s waterfall atrium for the Year of the Rat — which begins Jan. 25 — is another matter entirely.