“You have a lot of girl crushes, don’t you?”
I looked around at women delicately removing salt casts from four-foot salmon, swigging shandies out of quart containers like sailors.
“Yes,” I nodded. “I really do.”
The salmon, a dish by Madison Tessner of McCrady’s, were part of the third course at a dinner by The Bad Bitches, a monthly pop-up group out of Charleston, South Carolina. In a city with no shortage of food-related events, this one differentiates itself in two ways. First, all of the chefs, servers, and beverage team are women. Second, all of the money from ticket sales goes towards a scholarship fund for women in the hospitality industry.
Sarah Adams, a freelance chef and a former sous chef at FIG, developed the concept with baker Kelly Kleisner, owner of Mirabelle Bakery, in April of this year. “I asked her, ‘Do you think anyone would come if we did a women’s dinner?’” Adams tells me. They immediately recruited Randi Weinstein, the former Director of Events for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, and a dinner series was born.
Three weeks after nailing down the concept, the Bad Bitches launched their first event: “The 1950’s: Era of the American Matriarch.” The monthly series has continued its way through the decades, crafting an immersive experience through dishes, drinks, music, and costumes. Lots and lots of costumes...
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