Sarah McIntosh: Slowing Down and Savoring Life’s Moments

April 13 - On The Dot
It’s a great day to be a woman! Melinda Garvey here as your voice, with the mission to give women everywhere a place to be heard and tell their stories. We’d love to hear from you!

FIRST THOUGHT: Savoring the Good Things in Life

Don’t go bacon my heart. I’m kind of a big dill. OK, romaine calm! All right, no more food puns. If I’m on vacation, I tour a city through my stomach. I search Yelp for the most reviewed restaurants and plan accordingly. Sitting at a table with friends and family, drinking wine and eating is the good stuff in life. TV dinners are a thing of the past, giving way to what’s known as the farm-to-table movement. Many of us want to slow down and enjoy fresh, seasonal and local products. So embrace it. Put your iPhone down and tell someone, “olive you.”


There is such a thing as too slow, though. Every year, Time Magazine names a special someone “Person of the Year.” For 29 years, it may as well have been called “Man of the Year” because during that time, not a single woman was named Person of the Year. Fortunately, Angela Merkel, Germany’s first female chancellor, earned the coveted title in 2015. Time declared, “Merkel was made for the job,” due to her fierce leadership during the Greek debt crisis and her devoted stance on opening the borders to migrants and refugees. Well done, Chancellor Merkel. What a moment to savor.

WOMAN TO WATCH: Sarah McIntosh, Chef and Owner of Épicerie Café & Grocery

Another force to be reckoned with is Sarah McIntosh. This chef has serious guts, which is a good thing in an industry that promises to hurl everything it’s got back at you. She grew up in Louisiana, studied at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and worked in the famed kitchens of Thomas Keller at Bouchon Bistro and Ad Hoc in California before settling in Texas. She owns Épicerie, a café and grocery shop that has thrived since it opened several years ago.McIntoshworks with farmers in the area to provide patrons with seasonal products and has participated in the Austin Food & Wine Festival. Her motivation for creating new dishes and growing her business comes down to having an open mind and never being complacent. I couldn’t agree more.


So try that recipe you’ve been wanting to attempt. If it doesn’t work out, you can always chalk it up to another PinterestFail. But before you do, take this advice from Julia Child: “Cooking is like love:It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.”

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