It’s shortly after noon on at The Ruby, a six-month-old women’s work and gathering space in San Francisco’s Mission District, and women are hovering around a long communal table, hungry. They descend on a Vietnamese feast prepared by a local mother-daughter duo: colorful spring rolls, garlic-fried tofu, nuoc cham, pickled veggies.
In past weeks, they’ve eaten a Mexican immigrant’s local tamales; succulent Nepalese momos prepared by a native of Kathmandu; curries and sambal made with love by an Indonesian transplant. They’ve tasted the famed pinot noir of Merry Edwards, one of California’s first female winemakers.
Women’s clubs abound in 2018—New York has The Wing and San Francisco The Assembly, The Hivery, and others—but none so intentionally celebrate womanhood through the cuisines and cultures of their city as The Ruby. Founder Rachel Khong says The Ruby is far more than a co-working space. The food and beverage program is a way to help women “vote with their forks and wallets,” she says. Want to find a woman to cater at your next work event? Check The Ruby’s online Rolodex. Searching for inspiration for your next dinner party? Peruse the upstairs cookbook library, filled with female authors.
Read more here
Join us in Madrid from the 13th to the 16th of November for the Property Portal Watch Conference.