Our Favorite Female Pioneers in Celebration of Women’s Day

March 8, 2016
Written by: Yasha Wallin

We’re of the mindset that we should celebrate women every day. However, since today is officially international women’s day, it’s a great excuse to highlight a few truly exceptional women in the hospitality sector. From marketing pioneers to art world mavens, to female empowerment leaders, we’re honored to have them all in the sbe orbit. Check out our roundup below.

Who: Rachel Macalisang, Lead Sommelier, The Bazaar by José Andrés
Why we love her: Rachel Macalisang, aka @winebadass knows a thing or two about wine. The industry veteran got her first job in the wine industry working for the late Robert Mondavi and went on to work at restaurants across California including, the acclaimed Ame in the St Regis and The Restaurant at Meadowood before returning to her hometown of LA to head up The Bazaar as wine director. She’s never at a loss for exceptional pairing advice that will immediately transport you to exotic locales like Spain with a little Rioja and jamón. Salut!


Who: Angella Nazarian, Co-Founder, Visionary Women
Why we love her: Because being an bestselling author, personal coach, philanthropist, and panelist wasn’t enough, Angella Nazarian co-founded the organization Visionary Women. The goal of the non-profit is to bring forward thinking women from various fields together to inspire and embolden each other—that’s definitely a mission we can get behind.


Who: Holly Jivin, Chef de Cuisine, The Bazaar by José Andrés Beverly Hills
Why we love her: Since it opened in 2008, chef Holly Jivin has been a part of The Bazaar by José Andrés Beverly Hills team. She was head chef of Saam, and is now The Bazaar’s Chef de Cuisine. Always inspired, ever curious, Jivin’s modernist, tapas-style dishes at José Andrés‘ restaurants are as innovative as they are delicious—which is why we keep showing up for more!


Who: Shulamit Nazarian, Gallery Owner
Why we love her: After hosting a series of pop-up exhibitions in temporary venues, Shulamit Nazarian (big sis of sbe Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian) opened her eponymous Venice gallery in 2012 to spark a multicultural dialogue through art. Since then, she’s been putting together groundbreaking shows that explore cultural and political themes while highlighting LA’s distinct cultural landscape.