Women in Food

DATE : June 9, 6:00 PM

Join us for the L.A. Times’ Food Forum: Women in Food - a conversation with female chefs and business owners who are making a mark in the food & beverage industry. L.A. Times Food Columnist Jenn Harris will moderate a conversation with chef, author, and TV host Carla Hall; co-owner of Guelaguetza restaurant and author of Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico,Bricia Lopez; chef and owner of porridge+puffs and PHENAKITE restaurants, Minh Phan; and natural wine importer and distributor, Amy Atwood.


Carla Hall

Carla Hall first won over audiences when she competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef: All Stars” and shared her philosophy to always cook with love.  She believes food connects us all, and she strives to communicate this through her work, her cooking, and in her daily interactions with others. Carla spent 7 years co-hosting ABC’s Emmy award winning, popular lifestyle series “The Chew”, and she currently brightens the mornings of millions as a Culinary Contributor to “Good Morning America”. 


Bricia Lopez (Co-Owner, Guelaguetza)

Bricia Lopez is a Mexican-American restaurateur and author. Lopez is the co-owner of Guelaguetza, an Oaxacan restaurant in Los Angeles, California in the United States. Lopez is one of America's foremost authorities on Oaxacan culture and cuisine and is credited with helping to popularize mezcal in the United States.


Minh Phan (owner & chef, porridge+puffs, PHENAKITE)

Minh Phan is chef and owner of porridge+puffs and PHENAKITE restaurants, and winner of the 2021 L.A. Times Restaurant of the Year Award.


Amy Atwood (Natural Wine Importer and Distributor, Amy Atwood Selections)

Amy Atwood is an importer and distributor of natural wines. She launched Amy Atwood Selections in 2009 because she wanted to work with wines she love and winemakers she respect. After 15 years of working for other wine wholesalers and importers, her focus had shifted towards smaller production wineries, making wines more naturally. This means organic or sustainable farming, and little to zero intervention in the winery. And most importantly to her, the wines have to bring joy and be delicious to drink. Wine. Naturally. Amy Atwood Selections is based in California.



Jenn Harris

Moderated by Jenn Harris,  L.A. Times Senior Food Writer and host of “The Bucket List” fried chicken show.