Chew Diligence: KC women helping make the restaurant industry a better place to work

Posted: 5:00 AM, Oct 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-18 10:30:27Z

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Many say that if you’ve never worked in the restaurant industry — whether it’s washing dishes, serving, bartending or running the kitchen as head chef — you don’t truly know what it’s like. 

On this episode of Chew Diligence, we add another layer on top of that: working as a woman in the food industry.

Three Kansas City women who do just that recently returned from two national events aimed at finding solutions for common problems women face in restaurants, from sexual harassment to maternity leave.

Guests include:

  • Caitlin Corcoran, owner and general manager of Ça Va
  • Anakaren Ibarra, cook at Rye KC
  • Kara Anderson, executive chef at The Sundry

Other topics they tackle on this can’t-miss episode include balancing work and family, mental health, lack of human resources in restaurants, and feeling apologetic for personal needs outside of work, among others.

But, as always — #FirstTheFood. This week Jill shared her experience at Broadmoor Bistro , a culinary program for high school students, where she dined at their homecoming dinner.


Lindsay revisited a favorite, Bella Napoli , where she enjoyed a veggie sandwich. No deli meat for the soon-to-be mom!