Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon

I was thrilled to be invited to the Women's Initiative Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards luncheon at the Berkeley City Club. It was a great event, held in a stunning historic hotel to raise money to for the organization so more women can learn to start and run their own businesses. The array of businesses started by W.I. is astounding. The women who attended graciously donated money for the East Bay location. Each of us vendors donated a portion as well. See who won at the end of the post!

The pristine Berkeley City Club entrance.

The pristine Berkeley City Club entrance.

The view through the courtyard to the outdoor patio from the name tag table.

The view through the courtyard to the outdoor patio from the name tag table.

My table set up! I thought I did a bang up job on the tablecloth arrangement. Wink, wink.ย 

My table set up! I thought I did a bang up job on the tablecloth arrangement. Wink, wink. 

The view from my booth while the ladies are setting up. Yes, that is a violinist performing in the corner.

The view from my booth while the ladies are setting up. Yes, that is a violinist performing in the corner.

Vendors nearly set up outside. It looks so inviting, but it was a really windy day and not so good for tabletop displays!

Vendors nearly set up outside. It looks so inviting, but it was a really windy day and not so good for tabletop displays!

I fell in love with these handmade wood burned journals by M-Squarepress. The maker was so sweet.

I fell in love with these handmade wood burned journals by M-Squarepress. The maker was so sweet.

One of two award winners was Tanya Holland. She owns two restaurants in Oakland, writes cookbooks and has appeared on all kinds of national television, including her own show, Melting Pot Soul Kitchen. Go Tanya!

One of two award winners was Tanya Holland. She owns two restaurants in Oakland, writes cookbooks and has appeared on all kinds of national television, including her own show, Melting Pot Soul Kitchen. Go Tanya!