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Women x Food & Beverage: Key Takeaways from the 2018 Cherry Bombe Jubilee in New York City

Posted by: Malisa Meresman in: Food/Beverage -

The Cherry Bombe Jubilee is a day-long conference dedicated to conversation, connections, and, of course, great food and drink.  It brings together a wide range of speakers, from industry icons to up-and-comers, and some of the best chefs, bakers, winemakers, indie food producers and more that New York has to offer.  Founded by Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, Cherry Bombe celebrates women and food through a bi-annual magazine, a weekly Radio Cherry Bombe podcast, and Jubilee conference events.  Diamond and Wu launched the Jubilee conference series because they felt women were being left out of the food conferences taking place around the world.  They wanted a day where women could come together, network, make friends, build their community and discuss the important matters of the day.

This year’s conference in NYC delivered on Jubilee’s reputation of addressing timely topics pertaining to women in the food industry, and gathered an inspiring lineup of speakers, ranging from industry icons such as Ruth Reichl, Nigella Lawson, Kim Severson and Ruth Rogers, to some of today’s up-and-coming innovators including Sabrina Chen & Alana McMillan of JaynesBeard; chef Preeti Mistry; author and entrepreneur Chitra Agrawal; and Adrienne Cheatham, best known as runner-up on the latest season of Top Chef. Some of the top trends we took away from this year’s Jubilee include:

  • The #MeToo Movement’s MAJOR Impact on the F&B Industry – Perhaps the most heated panel discussion of the event was the Bright Lights, Broad Nation  Moderated by Kim Severson of The New York Times, the panel gathered Jen Agg, Mashama Bailey, Adrienne Cheatham, Stephanie Danler and Angie Mar to discuss the challenges women face today in the industry. This discussion quickly honed in on the #MeToo movement and the ongoing issues that female chefs and food professionals are navigating. There were conflicting opinions raised by panel participants and audience members, indicating just how complex of an issue this is.
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