In the wake of the Weslodge sexual harassment controversy, renowned Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg is making a firm and public stand against sexual harassment and abuse in the service industry. Agg has organized a cheekily named conference called, “Kitchen Bitches: Smashing the Patriarchy One Plate at a Time,” which will take place in September.

The outspoken owner of venerated Dundas St. restaurant The Black Hoof, locked down a date, venue and panellists, including luminary chefs from across North America, to discuss a matter she calls “ingrained, systemic, emotional abuses (and sometimes physical)” and “a terrifying truth for so many cooks male or female.”

The conference will include legal advice, panels on improving the status of women in the industry and on changing the way women in hospitality treat each other, and also a forum for women who’ve been harassed to share their stories.

More about Jen’s conference:
Metro News
CBC News
Toronto Star
Globe and Mail 
CBC Radio The Current