‘Dainty Doesn’t Do It’ panel commemorates International Women’s Day

Amanda McClements, left, Shizu Okusa, Kristin Zamfotis, Maria Font Trabocchi, Shamim Popal and Lavanya Ramanathan by Anna Meyer

Inspirational and influential women in the hospitality industry shared their ideas in a timely exchange last week — for International Women’s Day — as cocktail bar and cultural salon Lapop (1847 Columbia Road NW) teamed up with Gregorys Coffee to host the second annual ‘Dainty Doesn’t Do It panel discussion.

Dozens of guests filled the intimate Adam’s Morgan subterranean space to participate in a female-led discussion about leadership in the hospitality industry while tasting food and drinks courtesy of Lapop, Gregorys Coffee, and JRINK. 

Nycci Nellis, left, Shizu Shizu Okusa and Raisa Aziz by Anna Meyer

Salt + Sundry and Little Leaf owner Amanda McClements served as moderator, leading  a discussion covering the quality of D.C.’s talent pool, achieving gender parity, combating harassment, entrepreneurship, and other relevant issues impacting women in the food, beverage, hospitality and lifestyle workforce.

Those on the discussion panel included Shamim Popal, co-owner and chef at The Popal Group; Kristin Zamfotis, Director of Marketing at Gregorys Coffee; Shizu Okusa, co-founder of JRINK; Maria Font Trabocchi, co-owner of Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants; and Lavanya Ramanathan, a features reporter at The Washington Post.

Stephanie Miller, left, and Laura Claggett by Anna Meyer

After a thoughtful dialogue, the evening continued with a mixer, allowing those in the audiences more time to discuss relevant topics with the panelists, enjoy musical entertainment by DJ Tezrah, and imbibe from the specialty cocktail menu, including themed drinks like the Dunc Breaks the Record, Accidental Tourist, and Katie Kazoo Switcheroo.

Photos credit: Anna Meyer Photo