The Cherry Bombe Jubilee isn’t your average industry conference. Started in 2014 by Cherry Bombe magazine founders Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu, the Jubilee fosters and celebrates a growing community of women in various aspects of the culinary world: chefs, entrepreneurs, farmers, and producers.
“It’s a really fun, awesome, emotional day, and it blows us away every year to be surrounded by all these incredible women, both on and off the stage,” says Kerry.
April 10 marks the third annual event when hundreds of these professionals will come together for a day of thoughtful conversations about achieving success in the industry. We at OpenTable are thrilled to be a sponsor! We asked Kerry and Claudia all about the origin of the Jubilee, the most powerful conversations, what they’ve learned along the way — and which women they’re obsessed with now.
What’s the story behind the Jubilee? Why did you decide to extend the magazine brand to a live event?
Kerry: When the whole ‘Gods of Food’ controversy erupted in TIME magazine — when they did this really lovely special section on food trends and food personalities, and they managed not to write about a single female chef. It set off this big storm. Eater started writing about all of the different food conferences that were taking place, and they pointed out how dismal the female chef participation is in these conferences.
It wasn’t really clear to us: is it that they’re not getting invited or they’re just too busy or unable to attend? Then we read this interview with Gabrielle Hamilton where she talked about how she doesn’t get invited. We were like, if they’re not inviting Gabrielle, who are they inviting?
We’d talked about doing an event in the distant future. We thought, somebody will do a conference, and then nobody announced anything. We were like, we’ll just do it. Claudia came up with the name and we just went for it. We put it together in record time, and it kind of killed us.
And how did it go?
Kerry: It was a great first conference, very emotional. Great speakers, talking about everything from motherhood to…
Claudia: Getting your foot in the door.
Kerry: One of the panels was about how to run a really unique business and maintain your identity. It was a great day.
What was some of the feedback you got from people who participated and attended?
Kerry: The best was Danny Meyer. He came up to us a few days later and said, “I’m so sorry I wasn’t there, I heard the most amazing things, you guys are really changing people’s’ lives.” It doesn’t get any better than Danny Meyer telling you you’re changing people’s lives.
Claudia: We sold out in record time this year, and every year the tickets go faster and faster. We definitely need a new venue next year.
Since the Jubilee is for women by women, how does that make the conversations and atmosphere different from other industry conferences out there?Continue Reading