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Cat Cora joins top Dallas chefs at foodie event focused on the ladies

Cat Cora joins top Dallas chefs at foodie event focused on the ladies

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Cat Cora's coming to town. Photo courtesy of Cat Cora

For those who crave behind-the-scenes intel about chefs, there's a must-see event in March that will include the appearance of a celebrity chef.

Chef Cat Cora, world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, TV host/personality, actress, philanthropist, and fitness expert, will be in attendance at the screening of A Fine Line, a documentary that delves into the roles that women play, and do not play, in restaurant kitchens.

Despite the fact that women rule the kitchen at home, less than 7 percent are restaurant owners or head chefs. A Fine Line explores this truth.

The film includes perspectives from noted exceptions, such as Cora, who was the first female Iron Chef; chef Dominique Crenn, named the "world's best female chef" in 2016 by San Pellegrino's notably gender-biased World's 50 Best Restaurants List, and the first woman in the United States to receive a Michelin three-star rating; and restaurateur/TV host Lidia Bastianich.

The film interweaves candid chef insights but the central narrative of Valerie James, a small-town restaurateur who owns Val's Restaurant in Holden, Massachusetts.

The screening is being hosted as a fund-raiser by Independence Gardens, a Dallas organization that partners with schools to develop edible gardening programs.

Independence Gardens was founded by Chonnie Richie, who wanted to encourage schools to address sustainable and ecological gardening practices, and provide an avenue for students to develop life skills in areas such as nutrition, leadership, and decision making.

"As a mom of two girls, this movie explores so many important questions whose answers have a direct impact to women’s lives today and in the future," says Richey, a former restaurateur herself who previously owned Zen Bistro and Bakery in Deep Ellum, now closed.

The screening, which takes place on March 9 at the Palace Theater in Grapevine will feature a meet & greet with a slate of well known local chefs that includes Tiffany Derry (Roots Chicken Shak/Legacy Hall), Uno Immanivong (Chino Chinatown), Casey Nicole, Jennifer Bajsel (Getting Saucy), Yasmin Wages (Malai Kitchen), Sara Bintrim (Aramark), with more names to be announced.

The night opens at 6 pm with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by a screening at 7:30 pm. The film's director Joanna James will also attend and moderate a Q&A session after the film.

Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.

Proceeds from the evening will support Independence Gardens’ nutrition education programs including their chef-driven, student-led cooking program, Come and Eat IT!.