Game Changers: Radical Xchange and Wonder Women of Wine
This year started off with an industry first (that I've seen) as well as an overall necessity!
With paradigm shifts happening and complicated discussions being had, it couldn't be a better time to talk about the problematics within
Radical Xchange, a collective that uses "food and beverage as a conveyor for art, music, history, and community," put on an incredible conference, Resistance Served, in early February that I wish I could've attended - damn these empty pockets!
Panelists and personal heroes like scholar Michael Twitty of The Cooking Gene and Afroculinaria, winemaker Krista Scruggs of ZAFA Wines, and Dr. Howard Conyers, a pit master AND
Takeaway quote from the article:
I’m not really interested in creating spaces that focus on the oppression of black people and not their innovation and resilience.
Ashtin Berry, co-founder of Radical Xchange
This was their first conference and I'm excited to see more of their critical work, needed work!
"What does equality in the wine industry
This was a question posed by Wonder Women of Wine last week in their Instastories. Though I could've answered with a 1,000-word essay, I was only able to fit "accessibility and representation in every way" in that tiny little box.
WWOW just had their
They had another outstanding line-up of more of my personal heroes (I do have a lot of people I look up to in food and wine). Speakers and panelists included Marissa Ross, wine writer for Bon Appetit, Krista Scruggs of ZAFA wines (yes, again!), and the prolific keynote speaker, Karen McNeil, who wrote The Wine
This was another conference I wish I could've attended but I looked on longingly from afar in
Takeaway quote via an interview with Rania Zayyat, founder:
Q. What change do you hope to see in regards to women in the wine industry in the next five years?
A. I'd like to see more women stepping into the role of mentor and being comfortable with it. I think we tend to undervalue our skill sets and that can translate into us not being able to coach or mentor a young professional that could be learning a lot from us.
Rania Zayyat, founder of Wonder Women of Wine
Look out for and follow both of these organizations that are having discussions with important implications for our industry!