Tastemakers, TIME Magazine's "Gods of Food," and why Stephanie March is pissed

Cookbook author, blogger, and pastry chef, Zoë François
Cookbook author, blogger, and pastry chef, Zoë François
Did you hear about that Time Magazine article? The one that named the so-called "Gods of Food"? While many of those listed were undoubtedly highly influential chefs, not one of the chefs was female. (There were four women on the list of 13 "gods," but not one was a chef.) It was an infuriating snub for those who know and love great food, and locally, two of the most outraged seemed to be Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl and Stephanie March of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Coincidentally, the two had already scheduled a panel discussion with successful women in the food industry, the next installment in their Tastemakers series. We spoke with Stephanie March, senior editor of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, about what attendees can expect and exactly why she was so cheesed off by the TIME Magazine article.

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Jacquie Berglund of Finnegan's
Jacquie Berglund of Finnegan's

The Tastemakers event will be held Tuesday, December 3 at the Ritz Theater. Admission is just $10. The panel members include Jacquie Berglund the CEO of Finnegans, Inc and Finnegans Community Fund; cookbook author, blogger, and pastry chef Zoë François, and Jodi Ohlsen Read of Shepard's Way Cheese. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl will moderate.

Berglund has created an entire brewery around the idea that a business can absolutely make the world a better place. Finnegans is a non profit that Berglund created to fund her real passion, which is giving back to the community. 

Zoë François has created a cookbook empire along with her partner Jeff Hertzberg through their Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day concept. She was also the one-time pastry chef for Steven Brown at Tilia (among other lauded kitchens) and currently blogs about all her pastry baking adventures at ZoeBakes.com.

Shepard's Way cheesemaker Jodi Ohlsen doesn't just create their creamy sheep's milk cheese; she's also tasked with promoting their product. The farm brings tasty products to farmer's markets, and has also developed a cheese CSA, for those interested in exploring a variety of different cheeses and supporting the farm on a regular basis.

We asked March how they selected the women on the panel. "We chose women who were part of the industry in different ways," she said. "They're an array of industry movers and shakers."

Which gets us to why she was so infuriated by the Time Magazine article. "Because we're part of the media," she said. "We try to cover the restaurant scene in an equitable way. What's important is that we are surrounded by such vital, vibrant, brilliant, fantastic, spectacular women -- and then for [TIME Magazine] to have complete and utter blindness to them and to say 'Well, we don't actually make the call,' is total bullshit!" 

This Tastemakers panel discussion highlighting the role of women in the food industry will be a heated one -- and not to be missed. The discussion begins at 6 pm. Tickets (available here) include an opportunity to sample cheese, bread, and beer from the ladies who make them. There will also be a cash bar.

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