Posted By - Kate Spencer On January 05, 2016


It was January 2015 and we launched the COOKGIRL site by celebrating with our favorites and raising a glass of Stella Artois for THE CHICAGO PROJECT at Stephanie Izard’s Little Goat Kitchen. For THE SAN FRANCISCO PROJECT, we met amazing women from the Bay Area and toasted their talent with HandCraft Wines by Cheryl Indelicato. It was also the launch of the COOKGIRL FOUNDATION and the feast was held at the newly-opened Marlowe Burger, which now operates exclusively as an event space. THE LOS ANGELES PROJECT was next with women from THE LIST and a delicious dinner at Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s a.o.c. led by the amazing chef de cuisine Lauren Herman.

Back at home base, COOKGIRL hosted the first two COOKBOOK AUTHOR/CHEF SERIES at Elawa Farm. First up, a celebration of Dana Cowin’s book Mastering My Mistakes In the Kitchen in which she learns invaluable advice from the most amazing chefs. Suzanne Goin joined her to demo three of her favorite recipes, helping the audience see first hand what it means to have chefs give you tips. COOKGIRL cannot wait to see what Dana Cowin does in her new gig at Chef’s Club! 

Next up was cookbook author/chef/owner of Hot Chocolate Mindy Segal bringing to life her cookbook Cookie Love. Mindy has had an amazing year where not only did her cookbook make everyone’s “best of” list, she announced that she would be the first James Beard Award winning chef to reinvent the marijuana-infused edible industry.

At both Cookbook Author/Chef Series events we were proud to welcome sponsors Terlato with their wines, artisan spirits and hand-crafted Terlato Kitchen products and are especially thankful for our underwriting sponsors William Blair and Stifel.

And then it was fall. Off to the Big Apple to ambitiously kick off THE NEW YORK PROJECT, where we held a bake the book class at the Milk Bar Commissary in Brooklyn hosted by Gail Simmons and taught by the inimitable Christina Tosi. Everyone baked their own version legendary birthday cake and then became extremely popular by bringing it home.

December and we traveled south for The Miami Project during Art Basel, where the intersection of food and art was mesmerizing. Michelle Bernstein’s Pop-Up Garden Cafe nestled in the Miami Beach Botanical Garden gave everyone a reason to walk across the street from the Convention Center. Jennifer Rubell hosted her twelfth large-scale, food-based installation “Devotion” at the Rubell Family Collection which involved piles of bread, a huge mound of butter and a couple engaged to be married who were cutting the bread (him) and buttering it for the crowd in the breadline (her). Thought-provoking to say the least. The whole experience was particularly COOKGIRL since the exhibition at Rubell was titled “No Man’s Land” and featured women artists from the family’s extensive collection.

The year ended with a hugely successful HOLIDAY MARKET with partners Molly Flavin Floral and Recreo San Miguel the CHEF TAKE-OVER DINNER with the super cool Christine Cikowski and business partner/co-chef Josh Kulp and their Sunday Dinner Club at MH Fish House (next CHEF TAKE-OVER event to be announced shortly). 

A special thanks for the incredible - and edible - support that COOKGIRL received from our friends at Kerrygold (butter! cheese!) and Garrett Brands (Gingerbread CaramelCrisp and Peppermint White Chocolate CaramelCrisp popcorn in the same tin. Not kidding.). And to our partner INSPIRATO, who through their Inspired Giving program gave a 7-day trip that raised a significant sum for the COOKGIRL FOUNDATION. Our signage was brilliantly produced by graphic designer Stacy Wilcox and we became the coolest newsstand ever with issues from the brilliant team at Cherry Bombe Magazine. Other brands that we love and thoroughly enjoyed: Helliemae’s, Goodie Girl Cookies, Hedley & Bennett aprons, Sqirl preserves, Cocoa Santé hot chocolate, Sommer House LA granola, Gullah Girl Tea, RUMI Spice, Nourishing Notes towels & notecards, Zen of Slow Cooking spice blends, beans, recipes wrapped up in a zen quote, Terlato Kitchen, Hewn artisan bread, Fiona zucchini bread, Three Tarts everything.

Thank you to all of our partners, sponsors, friends, supporters, donors for making the launch year of COOKGIRL such a success.

Stay tuned as we Cook On in 2016…..and remember to keep sending us your favorites for THE LIST

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