This past Sunday I had the chance to attend the Cherry Bombe Jubilee at The High Line Hotel in NYC. The Jubilee was put on by my favorite new magazine, Cherry Bombe! A while back I featured the magazine here on our blog and wrote about owners Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, as well as how the magazine came together and about how the Jubilee was to come. Well the day was finally here and I couldn’t have been anymore excited!
The day involved panels and discussions with some of the most talented and influential women in the food industry. Here are the highlights of the day:
Included fresh cold-pressed juice and yogurt parfaits from New York based juicery Organic Avenue and baked goods from vegan and gluten-free bakery, BabyCakes NYC.
The grape fruit juice and mini glazed donuts were to die for!
2. Session #1 – Talks and Panels
The Jubilee kicked off with chef/owner of Momofuku Milk Bar, Christina Tosi and her ‘Be The Change’ speech. She talked about the importance of keeping your head down and working hard to make sure people know your name, but at the same time staying true to yourself and who you really are.
Tosi was followed by Dorothy Hamilton, the founder of the French Culinary Institute (International Culinary Center). She talked about the importance of Culinary School and how it teaches, what she considers to be the 3 most important things you need in order to be successful in the kitchen: protocol, technique, and networking.
After Hamilton the first panel began on the topic of Getting Your Clog in The Door, which featured chef’s April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin, The John Dory Oyster Bar, and Salvation Taco), Katie Button (Curate Bar de tapas and Nightbell), Sara Kramer (formerly executive chef of Glasserie), and Anita Lo (Annisa). Moderated by journalist, Charlotte Druckerman, they discussed how they began their careers and how they got to where they are now. They also discussed what it takes to open your own restaurant and what they look for when they are hiring in the kitchen.
The first round closed with a talk from famed makeup artist and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
Brown discussed how she went from being a freelance makeup artist to owning her own billion dollar cosmetic company and also shared her 5 tips for success:
- Do what you love
- Tell the truth.
- Go with your gut.
- Keep it simple.
- Focus on the positive.
Included salads, grains, vegetables, and sandwiches from Smile To Go and organic soda from Brooklyn Soda Works.
I haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Melia Marden’s restaurants,The Smile and Smile To Go, but I can say from the food that was provided from STG at the jubilee I will definitely make it a priority to go their my next visit to the city.
As for Brooklyn Soda works, I had already fell in love with their Apple Ginger Soda from my previous visits to Smorgusburg in Williamsburg, it’s a must try!
4. Session #2 – Talks and Panels
The second session kicked off with a panel for My Way: How to Be An Unconventional Entrepreneur, which featured entrepreneurs Jeni Bauer (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream), Martha Hoover (Patachou Inc.), Preeti Mistry (Juhu Beach Club), Jessamyn Rodriguez (Hot Bread Kitchen). Katie Lee, the co-host for The Kitchen on the Food Network, moderated the panel. They discussed and shared how they decided to open their own businesses, how they financed their projects, and what you need to focus on in order to be a success and keep your doors open.
Next came a talk from Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor at the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She discussed the topic of Food Politics and how it’s time to take action on the nutrition deficit in our country. You can read her blog on nutrition and politics here.
Chef’s and The Media: A Love Story? A panel made of Amanda Cohen, Kristen Kish, Amanda Kludt, and Mimi Sheraton. Moderated by the founder of pop-up restaurant Goodness, Elettra Wiedmann. This panel discussed the topic of how the media tends to favor men in the food world.
4. Afternoon Snack
Included cookies, canelés, pie, and small bites from: Bitty, Cafe 2 at MoMA, Canelé by Céline, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, North End Grill, Ovenly, Union Square Cafe.
As if I wasn’t full enough from lunch snack time came around and I just couldn’t resist sampling the sweet and savory treats these incredible places had to offer!
5. Session #3 – Talks and Panels
Session three kicked off with a talk from Alexis Miesen, co-owner of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream. Her partner, Jennie Dundas, established Blue Marble Dreams, a social venture that builds ice cream shops with women in areas recovering from conflict or natural disasters. The first shop, Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams) is located in Butare, Rwanda, which opened in 2010 and was the subject of a documentary called Sweet Dreams. We were lucky enough to be able to view the trailer, which you can now watch here. They are currently in the process opening a second shop in Haiti.
Wait Until Your Mother Gets Home featured chef’s Suzanne Goin, Gabrielle Hamilton, and was moderated by Christine Muhlke the executive editor of Bon Appétit. They discussed the difficulties of being a chef and a mother, and “having it all”.
Next up was author and producer, Laurie David. For those of you who don’t know Laurie, won an Academy Award for the documentary An Inconvenient Truth. She came to the Jubilee to talk about her latest film Fed Up, a documentary about the causes and impact of the childhood obesity epidemic.
The idea came together with Katie Couric, who acts as the narrator and co-producer for the film. Laurie was gracious enough to let us in on the fact that the film would be released on May 9th. I was lucky enough to have the chance to meet and speak with Laurie before her presentation. She told me about how this film was going to shake things up in America, and boy will it! It’s time for us to take a stand against the food that is being offered in our supermarkets, to not only protect ourselves but to also protect the future generations of America.
Last, but certainly not least, was food writer and producer, Ruth Reichl. Any one who is a true foodie knows Miss Reichl. She was the chief of Gourmet for 10 years, a restaurant critic for the New York Times, and both the food editor and restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times. She is a published author and a 6 time James Beard Award Winner! We were lucky enough to hear about the journey of how she got where she is today, being a working mother, and her opinions on the fact that she thinks we have a two tier food system in the United States.
Hearing from an industry legend like Reichl was an incredible way to end this incredibly interesting and inspiring day of panels and talks. It was now time to head to the…
6. Networking Session/Farewell Toast
Included macarons from Macaron Parlour, tasting of American farmstead cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers, breads and crackers from Hot Bread Kitchen, and wines from Macari Wines from the North Fork of Long Island. Music by DJ, Justine D.
Being able to share the same space as some of the most successful and influential women in the food industry (including the one and only Alice Waters!) was an absolute dream come true. I left feeling incredibly inspired and lucky to have made some new friends.
Thank you to the Cherry Bombe Team, especially Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, for an incredible day filled with amazing people!
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