New York Women's Culinary Alliance

Become a Member of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance!

Becoming a member of the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance means being a part of a valued network of food professionals in the New York City area. Membership means networking with fellow female professionals; learning from other members and sharing your unique expertise; advancing your career or taking it in a new direction; contributing to the community at large; and having some fun while you’re at it! 

Networking, Education and Career Enhancement

There’s something for everyone! Our educational programs cover everything from deep dives into regional cuisines, ingredient explorations, to professional development seminars. Members host cocktail and wine tasting classes, and book club meetings. Networking events include Dine-Arounds, Happy Hours, and Pot Lucks. Membership also offers many deep discounts on industry services and culinary equipment, and at specialty retailers.

Our annual enrollment is now open and we are accepting applications for new members until Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

(Current members, please log in to the Member Area to renew.)

Membership Requirements

  • Applicant must work full-time in the food, beverage or hospitality industry for a minimum average of 30 hours/week
  • Membership in the NYWCA requires active involvement, which guarantees great rewards and a healthy return on your investment. 
  • Applicant must work or reside in the metro New York City area.

Join Today!

New members are inducted each summer. Enrollment deadline is May 24, 2017.

Along with the application, the following are required: 1) A current resume; and 2) Two letters of recommendation from professionals in the food or beverage field (letters may be, but do not have to be, from NYWCA members, but should be from professional colleagues). Your resume and recommendation letters can be uploaded to your online application, or scanned and emailed to Johanna Kolodny at, or snail-mailed to the address below. 

New Membership dues are $165.00 a year ($150.00 membership dues plus a one-time $15.00 initiation fee). You can pay via credit card with your online application, or send a check (along with your resume and two (2) letters of recommendation) to: 

Johanna Kolodny
NYWCA Membership
8 West 19th Street, #4 
New York, NY 10011

New Member Application

Former Members:
Have you let your membership lapse? We'd like to welcome you back!

If you are a former member of the NYWCA (i.e., your membership has lapsed and you are not currently a member), you can easily reactivate your membership. We would love to have you back. Please complete the REACTIVATING MEMBER application below.

There are no additional costs, you simply pay the regular membership fee of $150.00. You can pay via credit card, or send a check to:

Nancy Jessup
Membership Committee
124 76th Street
North Bergen, NJ 07047

Please contact Nancy Jessup at if you have any questions.

Please note that this application is only for former Alliance members, who wish to reactivate their membership. Current members must log in to the  Member Area to renew their membership.

Reactive Your Membership

Student Membership:
Kick-start your career!

If you are a student currently in a culinary or beverage program, a hospitality, or food studies program and live in the New York Metro area, or if you completed a program within the last 12-month period, you are eligible for the student membership rate.

A link to the online application is below, and should be submitted by Wednesday, May 24, 2017.
A copy of your student ID or school confirmation letter should be included with your application. It can be scanned and emailed to or snail-mailed to the address below.

Student Membership dues are $65.00. You can pay via credit card with your online application, or send a check to:

Shin Kim
NYWCA Membership
55 West 83rd Street, #3D
New York, NY 10024

Existing student members may renew as transitional members at the same student rate in the year immediately following graduation. RENEWING student members must have attended two programs and volunteered for two programs during their prior membership year.

Apply As Student Member

Interested in joining our group and have more questions? Please email us at, and we’ll respond within 24 hours.

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