For the first time ever, biannual food magazine Cherry Bombe is taking its yearly Jubilee conference outside of New York’s bustling confines, landing in San Francisco on October 14. The event is a day filled with talks from high profile women in the food industry, major networking opportunities, and more. There’s also a big food portion of the conference; the team says they’re working with some local chefs, farmers, bakers, producers, and purveyors to feed the 500 attendees.
Kerry Diamond, Cherry Bomb co-founder, says her reasoning for the cross-country jaunt is the Bay Area’s numerous strong female voices in the food world. “The Bay Area has always been a welcoming and supportive place for female talent in the food world, perhaps more than any other city in America, and we want to celebrate that legacy. We’ve already celebrated it in print with our California issue last year; now we get to do it in real life.”
Alice Waters, the doyenne of the slow food movement, will give the keynote address titled “My Dreams for the Future.” It’s a conversation with Naomi Starkman, founder of Civil Eats, in which Waters says she will address topics like farming, restaurant- and school-supported agriculture, and how food can impact the world. “I'm convinced this is the moment that food can change the world, we just need people to take a stand, to take some risks. Can you imagine if everyone at Jubilee leaves with a sense of optimism and opportunity?”
The rest of the day’s lineup is stacked with speakers like Dominique Crenn, Gabriela Cámara, Traci Des Jardins, Preeti Mistry, and Tartine Bakery co-founder Liz Prueitt, who was inspired by her experience at the last Jubilee, saying “I felt a deeper commitment to what I currently do and to new ideas that were only in the back burner of my mind.”
Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen (which will soon open its second location in Uptown Oakland) will speak about her hopes for how women (and everyone) can all be more effective as a collective. It’s a great lineup of women who’ve participated in the New York event for years; now it’s time to bring it all home.
Here’s the lineup thus far (which could change):
Gabriela Cámara of Cala
Traci Des Jardins of the Traci Des Jardins restaurant group
Lisa Q. Fetterman of Nomiku
Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn
Amy Guittard of Guittard Chocolate Company
Janet Hayes of Williams Sonoma
Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen
Yasmin Khan, author of "The Saffron Tales"
Pei-Ru Ko of Real Food Real Stories
Karen Leibowitz of The Perennial
Emily Luchetti of the Big Night Restaurant Group
Preeti Mistry of Juhu Beach Club and Navi Kitchen
Andrea Nguyen, author of "The Pho Cookbook"
Catherine Porter of OpenTable
Liz Prueitt of Tartine and Tartine Manufactory
Dominica Rice of Cosecha
Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo
Danielle Walker of Against All Grain
Anna Weinberg of Big Night Restaurant Group
Sarah Weiner of Good Food Awards
Tickets are on sale now, starting at $250. It’s all going down at the Palace of Fine Arts, an elegant setting for a day of inspiration. Stay tuned for more, and keep an eye on Eater SF’s social media accounts for day-of coverage.
• Cherry Bombe Jubilee San Francisco [Official site]