Sysco and Let’s Talk Womxn Partner on the Making Restaurants Better Event

Originally published at


Let’s Talk Womxn, an action-led movement of 600+ women restaurant owners, is delighted to partner with Sysco Corporation, the leading global foodservice distribution company, to present a panel discussion with the American Culinary Foundation and celebrated food personality Andrew Zimmern on May 22, 2022. This event features a gourmet dinner by five Chicago restaurateurs, embodying their collaborative Let’s Talk Womxn model.

The panel will provide insightful discussion focused on opportunities to “Make Restaurants Better” including those related to policy, business, women’s issues and solutions to help strengthen the restaurant industry. The discussion is moderated by Sysco’s Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Adrienne Trimble. “We are excited to have the opportunity to partner with Let’s Talk Womxn again,” said Trimble. “Sysco fully supports Let’s Talk Womxn’s commitment to addressing the obstacles women restaurant owners face, and I look forward to moderating what will be a fascinating discussion with some of the industry’s top trailblazers.”

“As industry demand recovers, restaurants continue to face significant challenges and women entrepreneurs are often hit the hardest,” says Rohini Dey, Ph.D., founder of Let’s Talk Womxn & Vermilion. “Let’s Talk Womxn is our action movement to boost each other. Ours is a unique model of collaboration, where everything we raise or do benefits our women operators directly. I look forward to our no-holds barred discussion on solutions to better our industry.”

The panelists include:

  • Andrew Zimmern, apart from his award-winning TV celebrity (Bizarre Foods, Zimmern List, What’s Eating America, Family Dinner) is a social justice advocate who is both on a mission to share cultures and passionate about his philanthropic activist endeavors.
  • Rohini Dey, Ph.D. — whose first love is policy — brings her World Bank, McKinsey, economist, immigrant and restaurateur lens alongside the voices of 600 Let’s Talk Womxn owner-operators, the action movement she founded.
  • Kimberly Brock Brown has decades of being a minority chef and business owner under her belt and has now tasked herself with taking on the helm of 16,000 chefs to steer American Culinary Federation to a more progressive future.