Association for Women Journalists-Chicago

AWJ-Chicago Picnic—A Chopping Success!

AWJ'S Annual Picnic (indoors) Really Cooked! Shelley Young, owner/founder of The Chopping Block (left), wowed nearly 70 of Chicago's top women journalists last night at her upscale cooking school and retail shop in the Merchandise Mart. And Amy Guth, AWJ-Chicago president (right), who also welcomed everyone to the large,  light and airy kitchens and gathering space, announced that the organization's virtual Hall of Fame is almost ready for public viewing and nominations.

Two chefs prepared and cooked a host of delicious appetizers and desserts on a large, open kitchen counter running the length of one wall while picnic-goers watched, sipped various wines, beers and sparkly drinks. And talked jobs, jobs, jobs, the state of the industry and family and friend news all the while.  Beside greeting old and new colleagues, party-goers offered up a  lot of generous networking. Overheard were such snippets of conversation as: "I need an intern at my nonprofit, but I'm looking for a technical, scientific type." To that need, another journo replied, "Oh, I just talked to someone who knows a few 'nerdy,' scientific types. Let me introduce you." And so it went, until the picnic was over—all too soon. 

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And the Winners Are Cooking: Pat Arnold & Teresa Schmedding

THE CHOPPING BLOCK WINNERS:  Not only did The Chopping Block host AWJ-Chicago's smashingly successful 2015 summer picnic  but the top cooking school and retail shop raffled off two cooking classes. And the winners are long-time AWJ member Patricia Arnold (pictured left), journalist, author and PR and publishing consultant, who's taking an Under the Tuscan Sun class; and brand new AWJ member Teresa Schmedding (pictured right), deputy managing editor/digital operations for the Daily Herald, Arlington Heights, Illinois. who's enrolled in the Summer Soiree class.  Maybe next year these two cooking journos can organize a foodie event for the Association of Women Journalists!