MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, CENTER STAGE

We are honored and excited to announce... 
Madelyn Alfano as the 2019 Beacon Award recipient! 

The word Beacon symbolizes many things including a person that illuminates or inspires. 

The Beacon Award, presented on behalf of The Foodservice Council for Women and The Food and Beverage Portfolio Tradeshows, was created to recognize a woman leader who has truly served as a Beacon for our industry through her leadership, contributions, and inspiration. 

Mark your calendars as Madelyn is not to be missed! We look forward to honoring this Beacon in the industry! Madelyn Alfano will also sit as a panelist on the Foodservice Council for Women. 




Madelyn Alfano, President & CEO, Maria's Italian Kitchen  

Madelyn Alfano, one of California’s most successful restaurant owners, believes that food is not just a necessity or pleasure, but a lifelong passion.  Inspired by her parents and life in a large Italian family, Madelyn blends the finest ingredients, traditions and new ideas with the best aspects of family life to create a truly unique dining experience at Maria’s Italian Kitchen.

A native of Hoboken, New Jersey, Madelyn worked in her parent’s Italian deli while still a young girl.  After graduating from UCLA in 1979, Madelyn worked at her parents’ Village Mart in Brentwood, Calif., with the vision of opening a true sit down "Trattoria" like those found in rural Italy.  In 1980, Madelyn began her first solo venture when she opened International Meat and Deli Market across the street from the Village Mart.  In l985, she opened her first Maria’s Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

With headquarters in Los Angeles and more than 500 employees, Maria’s Italian Kitchen is among the leading privately owned restaurant groups in the state.  Today, there are 10 Maria’s Italian Kitchens, including the newest location in Oxnard. With every community Madelyn joins, she offers healthy, quality food with hospitable service in a casual yet elegant and friendly atmosphere. 

In addition, she is an active professional, serving as a board member of both the Statewide California Restaurant Association and past president of its Los Angeles Chapter.  She is past President of the Los Angeles Board of the National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles. A member of YPO since 2002 and recently Elected as the international Network Food and Beverage chair, She is currently a panelist and member of the CNBC Small Business Council and sits on the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Anderson Business School Price center for Entrepreneurs.

Madelyn has been on the list of Top 50 Women Business Owners in Los Angeles for the past 10 years and chosen as one of the Top 25 Enterprising Women in Los Angeles.  The L.A. Business Journal named her Business Owner/CEO of the Year at its annual Women Making a Difference Award,  The California Legislative Women’s Caucus named Madelyn Alfano Woman of the Year at the State Capitol   The L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce named her the Women in Business Champion of the Year.  UCLA has honored her with Alumnae of the year for Community Service Award  and Maria’s Italian Kitchen was awarded the L.A. Times Readers Choice  Best Italian Restaurant.   Madelyn also received the Women of Inspiration Award from Shane’s Inspiration  and was chosen as LABJ 2017 most influential business woman.

Madelyn graduated from UCLA , in 1979 with a BS in Psychology and MDE from UCLA Business school in 2015 .She lives in Venice Beach CA, is married to Dr. Jeffrey Tucker, a successful chiropractor, and has three children, Nicolas, Josh and Danielle.

Please Join Us In Congratulating The Following Women Who Have Received The Beacon Award

Amanda Cohen,
Owner/Chef, Dirt Candy

Jilly Stephens,
CEO, City Harvest

Dominique Crenn, 
Chef/Co-Owner, Atelier Crenn

Kathleen Blake,
Chef/Owner, The Rusty Spoon

Carol B. Dover,
President/CEO, The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Kelli Valade,
President, Chili's® Grill & Bar

Edna Morris,
Managing Director, Axum Capital Partners

Sara Moulton, Chef, Cookbook Author, TV Personality


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