Women in Business
Take a memo: Delaware’s businesswomen have the vision, ability and tenacity to build thriving companies. Meet executives who’ve succeeded despite unthinkable loss, financial obstacles or resistance from employees in male-dominated fields.
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Chef Lisa DiFebo-Osias has been a foodie since childhood, when she watched her parents cast “this mysterious, magical food spell” on everyone they served. As a mother of three, as well as chef and co-owner of two popular restaurants, DiFebo-Osias has a full plate. Honoring her family’s love of food, DiFebo-Osias opened DiFebo’s Café and Deli in Bethany Beach in 1989. Three years later, she enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America, and became the first woman to earn a fellowship at the American Bounty Restaurant. She fulfilled her externship duties in South Beach, Florida, and worked the line with acclaimed chef Ricardo Tognozzi of Tuscany, Italy. In 1996 she and her husband, fellow CIA grad Jeff Osias, transformed the 40-seat café into the popular 125-seat DiFebo’s Restaurant, then opened DiFebo’s Bistro, a 100-seat restaurant and catering facility, in 2008.
Philanthropy DiFebo-Osias raised thousands for the victims of 9-11 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She has hosted events for the Sisters of the Poor, La Esperanza, and many other charities. Her efforts earned her the Ruth Ann Minner Achievement Award.
A people person “I have an amazing opportunity day after day, night after night, to move people, to make them feel good, and to bring them together.”
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