Photo by Kurt Moses
Who: Women (and men!) looking to forge their own paths, with their own rules in the kitchen, the brewery, or the barn.
What: Mpls.St.Paul Magazine's Tastemakers: "Doing it Their Own Way: Women Entrepreneurs Forging Their Own Original, Rather Brilliant Paths"
Where: The Ritz Theater
When: December 3, 2013
Why: To prove Time's male-centric "Gods of Food" issue dead wrong.
The Scene: With the stage set up for the Ritz's upcoming " Not So Suite" Nutcracker, an avant garde backdrop welcomed a crowd of hungry entrepreneurs who braved the first blizzard of the year to devour stories from the panel: Jacquie Berglund of Finnegans, Jodi Ohlsen Read of Shepherd's Way Farms, and author and pastry chef Zoe Francois.
The Menu: Jodi Ohlsen Read brought cubes of Friesago that were perfectly matched with Zoe Francois' crisp-tender baguettes. Common Roots passed around beef sliders, endive scoops, and wild rice-stuffed mushrooms, Diet Pepsi provided sparkling sips, and everyone toasted with cans of Jacquie Berglund's Finnegans.
Kudos . . . to the women themselves, who weren't afraid to speak of their moments of fear and doubt alongside their successes. Honest and inspiring.
Best Advice? Give yourself freedom from outsiders' expectations. Stubborn is a compliment. Cultivate cheerleaders and humility. And depend on your own resilience for "those dark nights of the soul."
Photos by Kurt Moses