The Skirt Steak Files

for ladies who cook, professionally
Documenting the outtakes, outbursts and opinions behind the book SKIRT STEAK: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat & Staying in the Kitchen (Chronicle Books; October 24, 2012. PRE-ORDER it on
  • August 18, 2012 5:58 pm

    another word, please, Le Fooding

    To follow up on my earlier tweet (, a CORRECTION:

    There are, in fact, a whopping TWO women participating in the Le Grand Fooding event in Brooklyn this September ( There’s Rae Bernamoff, who’s taking part with her husband Noah Bernamoff; they’re the duo behind New York City’s Mile End Delicatessen(s) ( She’s the managing partner of the restaurants, and co-author of the forthcoming Mile End cookbook. Then, there’s Laura O’Neill of “Laura O’Neill and The Van Leeuwen Brothers” as they—the three proprietors of Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (, also in New York City—are collectively accounted for on Le Fooding’s website. Like her cohorts Ben and Pete (i.e. the brothers), she has a hand in every aspect of the business. 


    Of the 29 food industry participants, two are women.


    Neither of these females is given solo credit; they’re featured as part of a team. If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that two other Le Grand Fooding players, co-owners and -chefs Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo of Frankies Spuntino et al. (, are each given their own slot on the list of cast members.