“Mary Sue and Susan are pioneers in so many ways,” said Jot Condie, CRA president + CEO. “They not only paved the way for women wanting to work in the industry, they have popularized styles of world cuisine and were two of the world’s original celebrity chefs. That kind of legacy will never be replicated.”
For more than 30 years, Feniger and Milliken have worked amongst the upper echelon of restaurateurs in Los Angeles, where they landed after working together in Paris and at Chicago’s famed Le Perroquet.
With the opening of City Cafe on Melrose Avenue in 1981, the pair forever changed the culinary landscape of the city by blending family recipes with eclectic dishes from Thailand, India, Mexico, France and Italy. The first Border Grill opened in 1985, and has expanded to include four locations – including one in Las Vegas – as well as a mobile truck. Along with “Too Hot Tamales,” they also were featured on the “Tamales World Tour” series and “Top Chef Masters,” as well as several radio shows. They have co-authored five cookbooks.
Each also plays an active role in the community, providing leadership for many associations, charities and organizations, including Share Our Strength, the Scleroderma Research Foundation and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign.
The 16th annual Elizabeth Burns Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner will be held at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica. A portion of the proceeds from the dinner supports the CRA Educational Foundation and ProStart programs in the Los Angeles area. Tickets to the event are still available. To attend, contact Cassandra Strawn at email@example.com or 916.431.2729.