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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Wine, Dine, and Movie Premiere 'A Fine Line': A Culinary Celebration of Female Excellence

 MAPP and Independence Gardens Host Networking Event Empowering Women in the Hospitality Industry

GRAPEVINE, TX - May 2, 2024– MAPP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the landscape of the hospitality & culinary industry by empowering women to lead through mentorship, advocacy, purpose, and the power of community, in partnership with Dallas’s Independence Gardens, is thrilled to announce its upcoming event, "Wine, Dine, and A Fine Line.”

During the event, MAPP, along with one of its longtime sponsors, Markham Napa Valley Vineyards, will present the Altruist Community Impact Award, a $1,500 grant awarded to a Texas women-owned culinary business. This award recognizes and supports the efforts of women entrepreneurs in the culinary industry and will be presented to an attendee of the event on that evening.

The evening will commence with a VIP Wine & Dine and Chef Meet & Greet from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, where attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with renowned chefs and industry professionals. As part of our commitment to empowering women, we are proud to showcase the journey of young female chefs from local high school and culinary programs. This representation underscores the importance of mentorship and education in shaping the future of the culinary industry, aligning perfectly with MAPP and Independence Gardens' mission to promote fresh food access and empower women.

Independence Gardens will also award a Hydroponic Tower to a local school, which will be awarded to the representative of the campus attending the event. This initiative aims to provide educational opportunities for students to learn about sustainable farming and healthy eating habits.

 Local chefs, including MAPP Ambassador and Chef/Owner Mollie Guerra of Chef Mollie G, Executive Chef Alicia Rivera of Aramark Student Nutrition (Lewisville Independent School District), Chef Jo Garcia of Herbiveats Comida Del Sol, Chef Uno Immanavong of Red Stix, Chef Anastacia Quinones-Pittman of Jose and Tacos de Tacha, and Chef Elizabeth Anderson of Vegan Food House, Casa Del Vegano, will all be participating, including on a panel conversation.  We will also have representation from local culinary students.  

Following the VIP reception, guests will be treated to a screening of the award-winning documentary "A Fine Line" by director and producer Joanna James. This documentary delves into the challenges and triumphs faced by women in the culinary industry and the inspiring stories of women who persevered against all odds to become great successes.

The evening will continue with a panel discussion with the filmmaker and participating chefs from 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Independence Gardens and MAPP, aligning with the organizations' mission to promote fresh food access and empower women through mentorship and advocacy. As Chonnie Richey, Founder and Executive Director of Independence Gardens, states, "At Independence Gardens, we believe in nurturing our community through access to fresh food and empowering women to lead. Partnering with MAPP for 'Wine, Dine, and A Fine Line' perfectly aligns with our mission, as we work together to create positive change in the culinary industry."

This event was made possible by generous sponsors including PepsiCo, Delta Air Lines, Distinguished Vineyards, Dough Wines, and Markham Napa Valley Vineyards.

Date: Tuesday, June 4 · 6 - 9 pm CDT                                                                                                                      

Location: Palace Theater - Grapevine, 300 S Main St, Grapevine, TX 76051                               

Event Agenda:                                                                                                                                       

- 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM: VIP Wine & Dine, Chef Meet & Greet                                                             

- 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM: Film Screening: A Fine Line                                                                                 

- 8:30 PM - 9:15 PM: Chef Speakers Panel

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-dine-and-a-fine-line-tickets-879692533047?aff=oddtdtcreator

 For media inquiries, interviews, or more information, please contact:  

Name: Chonnie Richey

Email: chonnie@independencegardens.org

Phone: (214) 500-7206

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ABOUT MAPP

The 501c3 MAPP was founded in 2020 after Joanna James’ award-winning PBS film premiere of the documentary A Fine Line – featuring world-renowned women chefs like Dominique Crenn, Cat Cora, and Elizabeth Falkner among others – sparked national conversations regarding gender bias in restaurant culture and the food system. James created MAPP (Mentorship, Advocacy, Purpose, and the Power of Community) to empower more women into leadership. 

 The non-profit empowers women to lead using a roadmap designed with the industry's top programs, mentors, and partners to create gender and racial equity and policies that support working families, sponsoring grants, and creating opportunities for representation where women and people of color are sorely missed. The progress has been recognized in Oprah Magazine, PBS, The James Beard Foundation, Food & Wine, and Harvard University.  For more information, visit mappimpact.org or follow along on Instagram @mappimpact or @afinelinemovie.

ABOUT INDEPENDENCE GARDENS                                                                                     

Independence Gardens is a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring every child has access to fresh food and transform the way children and communities understand, appreciate, and experience food. Through hands-on learning, cooking, and gardening programs, Independence Gardens empowers individuals to make healthier choices, fosters food education, and promotes sustainability.

Website:  www.independencegardens.org                                                                                 

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