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Women who 'stir the pot' in Portland, Ore.

Every year in March, America celebrates Women’s History Month, which honors the legacy of some of our country’s most influential female leaders and innovators.

In the food industry, many women have impacted and changed the culinary landscape. Those changes continue today. Later this month, at an event called “Women Who Stir the Pot,” the National Restaurant Association will bring together several successful female restaurateurs in Portland, Ore. A few of them recently offered their advice on how to make a difference in business:

Katherine Lam, president and co-owner, Bambuza Vietnam Kitchen



"First, have a plan. Then figure out how to execute it. Make sure you have the resources to make it a reality. Don’t make things complicated. Remember that good ideas are ones you can execute. Also, network. Ask advice of others in the industry with expertise. Use their advice. Listen and respect it. That is so important."

Renee Gorham, co-owner of restaurant company Toro Bravo Inc.



"Put the work in and understand that you can’t always start at the top. In this industry, there are many ways to move to the top quickly. But, sometimes, starting at the bottom gives you a bigger and better perspective of everyone and everything involved in the business. That’s the best way to move up."

Emma Dye, co-owner, Crisp Salad Bar



"Always be vigilant about managing your food costs. To be perfectly honest, I did not do a good job of that at the very beginning. I was focused on staffing and trying to generate sales. In hindsight, I should have been way more focused on food costs. Now my GM is constantly negotiating with vendors and we rejigger the menu when necessary."

Learn more about Women’s History Month

Join the National Restaurant Association’s Kitchen Cabinet, a grassroots movement of restaurateurs committed to growing opportunity in the industry and strengthening the communities where they work and live

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