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Osage restauranteur Jessica Baldus named one of 40 Women to Watch in Hospitality

Oct 05, 2020 03:47PM ● By Savannah Howe
Jessica Baldus, owner and operator of Osage-based restaurant, Taste., has been named one of 40 Women to Watch in the hospitality industry by the Iowa Restaurant Association. 

"The honorees hail from nearly every segment and function in the industry-from purveyors and entrepreneurs, to chefs and business development professionals," stated the IRA's press release. "More than 100 nominations were submitted from across the state. All showcased women in Iowa's hospitality industry who are blazing new trails, leading by example, and impressing their peers, customers and managers daily."

Honorees will be featured in Food and Beverage Iowa Business Quarterly. In addition, a synopsis of each woman’s industry story will be launched on the Iowa Restaurant Association website. The honorees will be recognized in person in on November 16, 2020 at the Iowa Events Center (Community Choice Convention Center) during the Iowa Restaurant Association’s annual Celebrating Excellence Awards Ceremony.

“Although women have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, they are still building meaningful careers in every segment of the restaurant industry. 58% of foodservice supervisors and 49% of foodservice managers are women, far above the averages in nearly every other industry,” said Jessica Dunker, president and CEO of the Iowa Restaurant Association. “Each and every one of these women not only exemplifies leadership but has exhibited exceptional grace and resilience this year.”