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Contact: Chonnie Richey, Founder, Independence Gardens                                                            cell (214) 500-7206 



Independence Gardens Welcomes Chef Cat Cora for the Exclusive North Texas Screening of A Fine Line to benefit Nutrition Education Programs

DALLAS – January 30, 2019– “Less than 7% of Head Chefs and Restaurant Owners are Women,” and the documentary, A Fine Line, explores this truth. 

Independence Gardens’ will be hosting an exclusive screening of this film at the Palace Theater in Grapevine, Texas, on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. as part of its spring fundraising.  

A Fine Line is an acclaimed documentary that explores why less than 7% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women despite having traditionally held the central role in the kitchen. The film interweaves candid insights from world-renowned female chefs with a central narrative of a small-town restaurateur. This restaurateur is both a chef and single mom—and she is on a mission to do what she loves while raising two kids with the odds stacked mightily against her. A Fine Line opens up a timely discussion about equality in the culinary field and beyond.

“As a mom of two girls, this movie explores so many important questions whose answers have a direct impact to women’s lives today and in the future.”  said Chonnie Richey, Founder of Independence Gardens.  “Every time I watch the trailer of A Fine Line, I am in awe of the impact and contributions that women have had in the culinary world. Their connection with food drives their passion - so reminiscent of the mission of Independence Gardens.  We’re very excited to bring this exclusive screening to North Texas.  

The film’s collection of perspectives include:

    • Chef Cat Cora, First Female Iron Chef
    • Chef Dominique Crenn, World’s Best Female Chef
    • Chef Daniel Humm, World’s Best Chef
    • Lidia Bastianich, Restaurateur, Emmy Award Winning TV Host

View the trailer for the film at:

The Wine, Dine, and A Fine Line movie event will include Meet & Greet opportunities with participating local chefs, hear their stories, taste their culinary creations, toast their successes, and watch the film that gets to the heart of what is needed to empower women across all industries.  

Food Network’s first female Iron Chef Cat Cora will join a cadre of the most talented and influential chefs in Dallas including:  Chef Tiffany Derry, Chef Uno Immanivong, Chef Casey Nicole, Chef Jennifer Bajsel, Yasmin Wages of Malai Kitchen with more names to be announced.  Proceeds from the evening will support Independence Gardens’ nutrition education programs including their chef-driven, student-led cooking program, Come and Eat IT!.  

“A Fine Line, is more than just a movie.  It’s about women in leadership roles pushing the status quo and inspiring future generations.”  said, Chef Uno Immanivong.  “Being a single mom, it’s important for me to link our family’s history with the foods I grew up eating.  I hope that one day my daughter is able to share the same experience and excitement with her kids.”

Tickets can be purchased at:

About Independence Gardens: Independence Gardens is a 501c3, parent-led organization committed to partnering with schools in developing and implementing experiential edible gardening programs that will provide every student an engaging, meaningful and transformative educational experience. This uninhibited learning will be accomplished through working partnerships with our community and schools, aiding in implementation of curriculum that address sustainable and ecological gardening practices, and provide an avenue for students to develop life skills in areas such as nutrition, leadership, and decision making. 

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