Women Leaders in
Food, Fine Beverage & Hospitality

The Next Big Bite Sponsors

The seeds of the business go back to the 1960s when Abigail started a cooking school from the basement of her home. Her entrepreneurial spirit and early success drove her to quickly expand the school to a retail outlet, and a few years later, her husband, Bob, sold his company to join her in launching the catering business. Their son, Jim, joined the couple in 1980 and has been running the business with Partner & Chef Alison Awerbuch since the early 2000s. Rooted in the belief that, "We are only as good as our last event," its culture centers on creativity, planning and flawless execution. A passion for innovation, unparalleled food, menu selections, and presentations that evolve and celebrate the melting pot of world cuisine, combined with personal, caring and professional service, is the core of what creates the Abigail Kirsch Experience.


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Cuisinart, universally known for introducing the food processor in America, is a leader in culinary appliances, professional quality cookware and kitchen accessories. The company's cutting edge reputation can be seen on numerous fronts, from industry-first products and design awards to sponsorships of culinary events and TV cooking shows. Cuisinart manufactures a full range of products under the tagline, "Savor the Good Life®." These products include cookware, food processors, blenders, stand mixers and coffeemakers, as well as ice cream makers, kitchen tools and gadgets, and tabletop products. Cuisinart has the following websites:



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The company also has a KitchenSync app: 
(Available for iOs, Android and Kindle Fire)

The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) has launched thousands of creative careers in food. Founded in 1975 by Peter Kump, the school offers highly regarded eight to 13-month career training programs in Culinary Arts, Pastry & Baking, Culinary Management and Hospitality Management. With an in-depth global curriculum, dedicated chef-instructors, a strong record in job placements and a clear entrepreneurial focus, ICE is widely recognized as a premier pathway to begin or continue a culinary career. ICE also offers America's largest menu of recreational cooking courses and an active program of culinary special events. In 2015, ICE won the IACP's Culinary School Award of Excellence and relocated to a new, state-of-the-art 74,000 SF facility at 225 Liberty Street, overlooking the Hudson River in lower Manhattan. 

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The Winebow Group comprises national importer and distribution houses that offer comprehensive portfolios of fine wine and craft spirits from around the world. With a focus on education and outstanding customer service, the company represents some of the most established, family-owned properties in prominent growing areas, as well as a new generation of winemakers and distillers who are dedicated to innovation and quality. 


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From grain to bottle, elit by Stolichnaya® is a product of tireless precision. Within each step of crafting award-winning elit by Stolichnaya®, a choice is made to yield the highest quality single-estate vodka, using hand-selected grains grown in Tambov, Russia (one of the richest, most fertile environments on Earth), artesian well water from Riga, Latvia, and a precise patented freeze-filtration process inspired by the old tradition of leaving casks outside in winter conditions. This final stage is what distinguishes elit from other vodkas. The result is an understated, uniquely creamy vodka, void of imperfection.


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Heritage Radio Network (HRN) is a network of food thought leaders and industry experts, from brewers and bartenders to pastry chefs and policy makers. HRN is a media platform of 40+ hosts and their guests having conversations about food that go far beyond the boundaries of traditional media. Together, we are making the world more sustainable, equitable and delicious. A little provocative, a lot of fun, we're the future of food media. Listeners can access 7,000+ episodes of archived content with visionaries and tastemakers, the live stream of HRN's 39+ weekly shows, and station-produced food news online or as podcasts. HRN is an independent, member-supported, 501(c)3 not-for-profit. The network thrives on finding solutions, and is united in the idea that a small group of dedicated people can change the world one bite (or sound bite) at a time. The station lives in a recycled shipping container in the back of Roberta's, a pizza restaurant at the forefront of Brooklyn's culinary renaissance. 

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A company with a rich heritage spanning more than 200 years, Wüsthof is widely recognized as a leader in crafting premium quality, precision forged cutlery. Founded in 1814 in Solingen, Germany, Wüsthof remains a family owned and 7th generation family managed company. First-class cutlery engineered with precision and quality, Wüsthof knives are among the finest in professional culinary tools. Crafted in the cutlery capital of the world, Wüsthof knives bear the trident logo symbolizing passion, diligence and perfection.


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