Educational, all-female conference FAB kicked off on Sunday, June 11, with gratitude from organizer Randi Weinstein and a soulful opening talk from Staplehouse co-owner Jen Hidinger on the passing of her husband Ryan and finding strength to open a restaurant and set up a non-profit.
After the opening party at the Workshop, complete with plenty of snacks, rosé, and Edmund’s Oast brews, attendees were up bright and earlier the next day to learn from chefs like Boston’s trailblazing and award-winning Barbara Lynch; Nashville’s noteworthy Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House); restaurateurs like LA-based Marie Petulla and Charleston’s Karalee Fallert; and media like Dana Cowin (formerly of Food & Wine and current creative director of the magazine’s restaurant concept, Chef’s Club); Kat Kinsman of ExtraCrispy.com; and Eater’s own Editor-in-Chief Amanda Kludt.
A few take-aways from FAB:
• Barbara Lynch likes using Instagram because of “all the hearts in the morning.” She also loves Charleston restaurant Chez Nous and hopes it will follow her on the social media outlet.
• Dana Cowin thinks restaurants should build “a brand army” with all the employees to sing praises of the organization.
• Taniedra McFadden with Sylvia’s thinks restaurants should always be asking questions when it comes to finances if there is to be profit.
• Carrie Morey, of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit, thinks no concept should force investors.
• The White Moustache owner Homa Dashtaki says “Yogurt has a very dark, sinister side,” when it comes to whey disposal.
• Charleston restaurateur Karalee Fallert hinted at a fast-casual Indian concept for the Lowcountry.
Here’s a few musings from the online community: