NYC // Travel + The Outdoors
In November 2019, we returned to the US to host our third NYC Future of Women breakfast! We teamed up with Chef Jenny Kwak of Haenyeo, Women Who Travel, a community from Condé Nast Traveler, and Healthyish, a site from Bon Appétit, to host a NYC breakfast celebrating the stories of women who are working to make the outdoors space feel more accessible.
This was Future of Women’s seventeenth event: In February 2018, we started hosting Future of Women breakfasts in Los Angeles, beginning with a conversation about Diversity in Film. In March, we talked about Human Rights, Journalism, and Geopolitics, in April we spoke about Food Entrepreneurship, and in May we hosted two breakfasts - an LA breakfast on Music and Activism and a Mexico City breakfast on Art + The City. In June, we talked about Women and Sports, in July, we traveled to Tel Aviv to host a breakfast on Storytelling, and in September, we talked about Women in Architecture. In December, we traveled to San Diego to host a breakfast with women who are shifting food culture to one that celebrates diversity, local ingredients, and the environment. In February, we teamed up with Healthyish, a site from Bon Appétit about wellness and food, to host our first NYC breakfast with women from NYC’s restaurant industry about how they make wellness a priority in kitchens. In April and May, we teamed up with Healthyish and Broccoli Magazine, an international magazine for cannabis lovers, to host breakfasts and panel discussions with women working at the intersection of cannabis in food: a Los Angeles breakfast with Chef Minh Phan of Porridge + Puffs and a NYC breakfast with Chef Kyo Pang and Moonlynn Tsai of Kopitiam. Last May, we traveled to Mexico City to host a women-powered dinner at Sobremesa with 2019 James Beard Semifinalist Chef Claudette Zepeda, in June we teamed up with LA Design Festival, Domino, and ROW DTLA to host a Los Angeles breakfast all about design, and in July we teamed up with Tastemade and Handsome Brook Farm to host a Los Angeles breakfast celebrating the stories of women whose families have immigrated to the United States. In September, we traveled to Tokyo to celebrate the stories of women who are preserving local Japanese culture - a kimono designer, a rice conservationist, an oriental medicine practitioner.
Women from across NYC and from a range of industries - from fashion to journalism to design to public policy to culinary arts - joined us as we learned about our speakers' journeys to make the outdoors space feel more accessible. We spoke with Shelma and Sarah — the founders of Flash Foxy, a women’s climbing community, and OutdoorFest, a community platform to connect urban dwellers to outdoor recreation in cities.
We gathered at HAENYEO in Brooklyn’s Park Slope — Korean home cooking, inspired by our favorite and traditional dishes. The menu runs from the traditional, like seafood bibimbap, top left, to the new-wave, like Korean rice cakes with Oaxaca cheese and chorizo, at bottom.
Chef Jenny Kwak treated us to:
Mandu (Homemade dumplings)
Geyran jjim (Steamed egg casserole) (gf)
Hobak Buchim (Squash pancake)
Gogi Jun (Korean meatballs and bacon) (gf)
Denjang Chigae (Savoy cabbage miso soup with clams) (gf)
Barley rice (gf)
Toasted Corn Tea (gf)
Jenny Kwak has been turning New Yorkers on to Korean food for 25 years. In 1992, she began serving the cuisine in the East Village at her first restaurant, Dok Suni’s, teaching guests about the flavors she’d grown up with. Her mother, Myung Ja Kwak, shared cooking duties. Jenny wrote “Dok Suni: Recipes From My Mother’s Korean Kitchen,” which was one of the few Korean cookbooks in English when it came out, in 1998. At her second restaurant, Do Hwa, she and her mother led customers deeper into unfamiliar ground. Each of the restaurants stayed open for about two decades, a long time in New York. What Ms. Kwak is doing in Park Slope isn’t all that different from what she has done all her career, except that by now South Korean comfort food has become comfort food for New York in general. For the past twenty years, Haenyeo women have always been an inspiration to Jenny and Terrence Segura, co-owner and partner. Her previous restaurants, Dok Suni's and Do Hwa, were owned by her mother who cooked and operated with a brigade of “strong women” who are fierce cooks! Haenyeo Restaurant further pays contribute to these women in the kitchen and also to the women who risk their lives free diving for the ocean goods on Jeju island. Haenyeo women, to her, are a reminder that without "iron-will" and the courage to face the difficult tasks in your daily life, you cannot survive.
Inspired by Jenny's travels from Korea, we spoke with a panel of women who are also exploring the world through travel: a conversation about women in the outdoors.
The outdoors has long been the domain of white, cis able-bodied men, and has often felt intimidating or inaccessible to those who don’t meet that description. Thankfully, there are plenty of women out there who are working to change that—and are succeeding, too. We gathered for a conversation with a couple of the women working to make the outdoors space feel more accessible.
Shelma Jun is the founder of Flash Foxy and the Women’s Climbing Festival. Shelma is a current Board Member of the Access Fund and in 2017, she was named one of 40 women who’ve made the biggest impact in the outdoor world by Outside Magazine. A leader in our community, she has written, spoken and presented on the importance of creating a climbing community that reflects and welcomes everyone who identifies as a climber. Shelma has a M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA. Raised in California but currently based in Brooklyn, Shelma can often be found plugging widgets into horizontal cracks at the Gunks or getting scared on granite highballs in Bishop.
Sarah L. Knapp is the Founder & Director of OutdoorFest, a community platform to connect urban dwellers to outdoor recreation in cities. Through their signature festival and monthly Mappy Hours, OutdoorFest is able to reach urban dwellers in over 10 cities in North America. Knapp is also the owner and publisher to offMetro, a green travel resource for urban dwellers wanting to get out of town, car optional. Her love for adventure has brought her to the summit of Africa, the countryside of Belarus and the ski slopes of Patagonia. She believes that the best way to explore a city is by bike and the best place to get know someone is in the outside.
a conversation moderated by
Lale Arikoglu is Condé Nast Traveler's senior lifestyle editor, and co-host of the Women Who Travel podcast.
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