Why not add a little sugar and spice to your life?
This Saturday, April 1, the very first Sugar and Spice Summit will be held in Harris Hall.
What is Sugar and Spice?
Nothing more than a gathering of feminist foodies sharing a taste of what it’s like to work as female professionals within the food industry.
Created by Northwestern Communication and Gender and Sexuality studies junior Lauren Goldstein, the event brings together a plethora of professional women in the culinary space to share their success, food and experiences.
“This idea came into being to give undergraduates, particularly female undergraduates with a demonstrated interest in food, a space to ask questions and have them answered by women working in the exact careers they are hoping to pursue,” said Goldstein.
Goldstein has been involved with food since her freshman year when she began writing for Spoon NU. She attributes the inspiration for Sugar and Spice as having come from writing a multitude of feature stories about inspirational women in the Chicago culinary space.
“I would interview these women and be so inspired by them,” said Goldstein.
This inspiration led to the inception of Sugar and Spice.
“It really is about making resources available to other people who would benefit from those resources,” said Goldstein. “I had this network of these really cool women in the culinary industry in Chicago, and I have this demographic of people who would be really interested in being connected to these women, and so [Sugar and Spice] was a way to bridge that gap.”
Initially seeking to do a speaker series, Goldstein began contacting her past interviewees, along with other women in the Chicago culinary space. To her surprise, many were more than willing to be involved, and so the speaker series was replaced by Sugar and Spice.
Co-sponsored by Northwestern’s School of Communication, the Gender Studies department, Northwestern Hillel, and the Office of the President, the Sugar and Spice Summit will bring 15 panelists to Northwestern’s campus, from the likes of Mindy Segal, creator of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate and Mindy’s Edibles, to Mackenzie Barth, Co-founder and CEO of Northwestern made-famous Spoon University. Seven panels will be held throughout the day, giving students a chance to hear from and ask questions of the accomplished females on campus.
Food for the event will be catered by Brew Bike, La Cocinita, and Sprinkles Cupcakes (plus many more tastings and trays because what foodie comes to an event without food?). Tickets are still on sale until the day of the event, and all scheduling, speakers, and tickets can be viewed here.
Get ready for a day of good company, good thoughts, and, most importantly, good food.
By Audrey Valbuena