Mission Statement

The Toklas Society is a not-for-profit organization for women in food and hospitality to find inspiration, mentorship, and community. Our mission is to provide opportunities and resources to foster professional development. Toklas Society is also a platform for us to share the stories of successful, driven and passionate women who are making an impact in our industry.

Who We Are

The women of the Toklas Society work in the front of house and the back of house. We are entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, chefs, event planners, writers, editors, bartenders, assistants, accountants, buyers, distributers and so much more. We all joined the food and hospitality world for different reasons.

Our Namesake

Toklas Society is named after Alice B. Toklas, a cookbook author, who was Gertrude Stein’s partner and host of the legendary creative salon at 27 Rue de Fleurus in Paris during the early 1900s. Alice was the biggest supporter of Gertrude and the other guests of the salon (Picasso, Fitzgerald, Hemingway) and the biggest advocate of their work. In a foreward to Alice’s cookbook, M.F.K. Fisher called Alice, the “power behind the throne”. Toklas Society, founded by women, hopes to play that support role for other women in the industry.


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Founding Committee

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