Reading list: #Timesup behind the bar

I whipped up this little reading list of journalistic work for anyone interested in digging deeper into the #metoo and #timesup movement within the world of wine, food, and hospitality. Take a gander, and please let me know what I’ve missed–I’d love to know what you’re reading, too!


>>   #86This: A Conversation about Harassment, Gender, and Moving Forward

“When something is 86’ed, it means it’s no longer available. The app, entree, dish has run out and is off the menu. Our dream is that together we will 86 harassment and that the food world will emerge a stronger, kinder, more equitable place for everyone. …We know times seem bleak and it’s hard to see a way forward and out of this awful mess, but you will find hope here.”

>>  This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.  | The Cut

“What makes women vulnerable is not their carnal violability, but rather the way that their worth has been understood as fundamentally erotic, ornamental; that they have not been taken seriously as equalsthat they have been treated as some ancillary reward that comes with the kinds of power men are taught to reach for and are valued for achieving.”




>>  What Will It Take to Make Restaurants Safe for Women Working Front-of-House?| Vice

“When women’s livelihoods relies on men’s approval of their ability to serve, men often take full advantage of their position.”


Sexual Harassment Rampant in Hospitality Industry, Survey Finds | The Guardian

“Preliminary research gathered from workers in the hospitality industry found that 89% said they had experienced one or more incidents of sexual harassment in their working life.

Testimony from workers suggests sexual harassment is happening in plain sight, with many employers accused of failing to protect staff from regular abuse.”


>> . I Made the Pizza Cinnamon Rolls from Mario Batali’s Sexual Misconduct Apology Letter | Medium

“Last night, I made cinnamon rolls. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, per se, but this recipe was included in Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology letter, and so I feel compelled to make them. Batali is not the first powerful man to request forgiveness for “inappropriate actions” towards his coworkers and employees. He is not the most high profile, and he is ostensibly not even the worst offender. But he is the only one who included a recipe.

And of course, the glaring question is why? Was his PR team drunk? Is life suddenly a really long, depressing SNL sketch? Do these cinnamon rolls somehow destroy the patriarchy? Does the icing advocate for equal pay?

I figure the only way to answer these questions is to make the damn rolls.”

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>> Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Drinks Industry | SevenFifty Daily

“For those working in the restaurant and alcohol industries, it’s not exactly breaking news that sexual harassment is widespread. In 2014, a report by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United found that 90 percent of female restaurant workers had experienced sexual harassment. Two-thirds had been harassed by a restaurant owner, manager, or supervisor.”


Dear Women: Own Your Stories | Food & Wine

“Acclaimed pastry chef Lisa Donovan details her experiences with sexual harassment, both in and outside of the kitchen, and calls upon men to stop looking the other way. ‘I refuse to be afraid to say these things out loud any longer,’ she writes.”

>> Your Wine Glass Ceiling is My Glass Box|

“This is what it feels like to be an African-American woman today. Not just in wine, but in every industry. I have been asked more than once at tastings if I was the help. This is my glass box, it’s not a ceiling.”


>>  Valuing the Work of Women in Wine: Lessons From New Hampshire |

‘The gap is between intention and execution — between the intention for women to be equal contributors and partners in the business of wine, and the actual, operational execution of that intention.

How do all of us, not just some of us, get to the other side of the gap?”


It’s Time We Talk About Sexism in the Alcohol Industry | Wine Enthusiast

“There’s still a culture of complicity among men in our industry that needs to be combated. If women have a whisper network, then the male network is often even more hush-hush or, worse, silent.”


>>   A Study of the Champagne Industry Show That Women Have Stronger Networks, and Profit from Them | Harvard Business Review

“When an organization contains just a few “token” minorities, those individuals will tend to compete with one other to distinguish themselves. But when a minority group is somewhat larger, people in that group will be more likely to identify with one another and develop supportive relationships. “