Work Options for Women Hosts 7th Annual WomenCook! - Dining for a Difference

Denver's Top Female Chefs Present Dishes in Walk-Around Dining Event

Denver, CO February 22, 2011 - Work Options for Women (WOW), a local non-profit organization that helps women move out of poverty and towards self-sufficiency through an innovative foodservice job training and placement program, will host its seventh annual charity fundraiser, WomenCook! Dining for a Difference event on Monday, May 2, 2011 at Temple Emanuel. Nearly 500 participated last year and helped to raise more than $95,000 towards this important cause.

WomenCook! is an elegant evening of culinary delights prepared by Denver's most respected and creative women chefs representing top-rated restaurants. Presented as a walk-around dinner, guests will enjoy signature dishes while having the opportunity to learn secret culinary techniques and recipe suggestions and interact directly with these top Denver chefs.

This year, we are pleased to announce that The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado is sponsoring the 2011 WomenCook! event with a $2,500 challenge grant. The Gay & Lesbian Fund will match your new or increased donation to WOW starting today and running through May 2nd, at the WomenCook event!

CBS4 reporter Gloria Neal returns as the emcee for the event and will be joined by this year's participating chefs:

 Aniedra Nichols - Elway's Cherry Creek
 Elise Wiggins - Panzano
 Jennifer Jasinski - Rioja and Bistro Vendôme, Euclid Hall
 Kate Horton - Black Pearl
 Kathleen Kenny Davia - Gateaux
 Lisa Bailey - D Bar Desserts
 Mary Nguyen - Parallel Seventeen and Street Kitchen
 Sheila Lucero - Jax Fish House
 Sandra Adams - Grand Hyatt Hotel Denver
 Yasmin Lozada-Hissom - Duo and Olivéa
 Female chef instructors from Johnson & Wales University

Chef instructors representing Work Options for women include Stephanie Mitro and Craig Dixon.

Money raised goes directly toward job training, job placement and finding housing for WOW students and graduates. To purchase tickets or to sponsor the event, please visit

About Work Options for Women
Work Options for Women was founded in 1996 with a mission to combat homelessness and poverty by providing unemployed women with the confidence and skills they need to become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry. WOW has trained and placed more than 300 women in cooking and food service positions since its inception.

Media Inquiries:
Catherine Henry?
Work Options for Women
Catherine [at] workoptions [dot] com