FIRST THOUGHT: Bon Appétit!
A certain toddler I know enjoys food like nothing I’ve seen before. Give him a cupcake and he’ll hold it, look at it and really take it all in before his first bite. Then he’ll discuss how delicious said cupcake is. As I wolfed down a spicy-chicken sandwich in the drive-thru lane today, I thought about that little boy, and I was touched by some inspiration. Let’s put the fun and fascination back into our meals. Schedule one leisurely meal—think Sundays at Granny’s house—and choose a recipe, follow each step, have guests set the table, and nibble and chat at your own enjoyable pace.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: First Ever
Venezuelan chef Maria Fernanda Di Giacobbe knows a little something about savoring the delicious things in life. Maria, an expert chocolatier, opened a school to train women and farmers how to make chocolate with local cacao, all with the goal of empowering Venezuelan people and boosting the local economy. With that, she earned recognition for improving communities through gastronomy and was awarded the first-ever Basque Culinary World Prize, drawing international attention and praise.
WOMEN TO WATCH: Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, Co-founders of Cherry Bombe
If you’ve ever been to a holiday dinner hosted by a female relative, you’ve probably noticed that she is the one basting, searing and mincing. The table’s set, but she barely has a chance to sit down and partake in the meal. Female cooks of the past have been far too courteous but finally, women are making the time to enjoy the dang meal.
Today’s Women to Watch are applauding ladies for our remarkable talents with all things culinary. Cherry Bombe, a biannual indie magazine founded by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, celebrates women and food to the extreme, and readers are gobbling up the content in droves. The project found its footing following a wonderfully successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, more than 10 issues later, the dynamic mag continues to be adored by readers, celebs and ultimate foodies alike.
Nearly all of Cherry Bombe’s contributors are women, and featured cover gals have included some of the most prominent and up-and-coming stars of the food world, from the one-and-only Martha Stewart to Top Chefwinner Kristen Kish and pastry chef extraordinaire Christina Tosi. Each issue of Cherry Bombe includes in-depth features, profiles, recipes and a whole lot of downright mouthwatering photos.
These gals have long had a passion for the culinary industry and talent in the world of publication, with Kerry having opened a couple restaurants and a coffee shop, and Claudia having launched an indie publication and a graphic-design firm, so it’s no wonder their Cherry Bombe mag is such a smashing success.
Since its launch, the company has exploded into other mediums, including a wildly popular radio show, which gives listeners an all-access pass to some of the world’s most elite female chefs, and a crave-worthy cookbook that was dubbed by one industry pub as “for badass women in the kitchen, by badass women in the kitchen.”
Kerry and Claudia know part of what makes a good meal with good friends so soul-enriching is that in-person engagement. They follow through on that idea with their annual Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a daylong conference featuring speakers, chefs, bakers and winemakers that’s dedicated to great conversations, making connections and, of course, lots of tempting edible delights.
QUITE THE QUOTE
As always, we must say farewell with a quote. Today, let’s get inspired by Cherry Bombe fave Martha Stewart:
“Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself. Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to do the things that you feel in your heart you will enjoy and that will sustain you both mentally and economically.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.