This December, we’ve invited the 86 Common Collective, made up of sommelier & stylist Danielle Nicholls and Toronto based photographer Erin Leydon, to exhibit an important collection of work. The show, entitled Redefining Women in Hospitality, takes a look at a male-dominated industry and reconstructs women’s role in the kitchen. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 7-10pm. Please RSVP here.
Photo above: Michelle Ratzlaff, Operations Manager, Nicholas Pearce Wines
To “86” something is a restaurant term to describe something that is no longer available, that no longer exists, that’s been abolished. 86 Common Collective was created to 86 any barriers that may exist within the restaurant industry for women. They aim to 86 gender inequality experienced by women in restaurants through art, collaboration and shared stories.
Photo above: Our very own Executive Chef Brandi Greenwood.
86 Common Collective is an interview and photography series dedicated to sharing the stories of dynamic, powerful and inspiring women within the hospitality industry. This year’s exhibition focuses on Toronto chefs and sommeliers. It is a celebration of the change we are experiencing in the hospitality industry; a change across many industries once dominated by men. Women are gaining equal rights, fair pay and fair treatment, but we can’t stop the conversation if we haven’t crossed the finish line.
Danielle Nicholls is the founder of 86 Common Collective and curator of the Redefining Women in Hospitality exhibition. She is a sommelier and representative for the Living Vine, an organic, biodynamic and natural wine company based in Toronto. Danielle interviewed the women for this project.
Erin Leydon is the co-founder and photographer behind 86 Common Collective: Redefining Women in Hospitality. She is a Toronto-based photographer specializing primarily in lifestyle, weddings, and portraiture. She graduated from OCADU with a major in Photography in 2012 and has pursued it not only as a passion, but as a career ever since. She approaches everything she shoots with the intention of telling a story with her own personal touch.
Hair by Chloe Greisman and makeup by Lauryn Hopwood
86 Common Collective thanks the Gladstone Hotel for being the Exhibition Venue Sponsor for this project.
The Gladstone Hotel is proud to partner with 86 Common Collective on this important exhibition. Our anti-oppressive, feminist framework has laid the foundation for how our own kitchen functions and the values we look for when hiring kitchen team members.
The hospitality industry’s broken hierarchy needs to change. This exhibition represents not just a replacement of the current power structures but a reconsideration of the whole system. We are creating a space where the whole person is considered in the workplace.
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