Women Entrepreneurs Festival 2012

logo cookiesThis week we baked lots and lots of cookies for a very special event held here in NYC: The Women Entrepreneurs Festival at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. It was fun to be able to go not just as a caterer/vendor, but also as an entrepreneur/attendee.

One of the panels was called “Tastemakers” and featured women who run companies that are geared toward helping people live their best lives, whether by offering an insiders’ look at Paris or by renting designer dresses for special occasions.

I was less familiar with two of the founders who spoke, but I’m really excited to learn about their sites. Katie Armour is the co-founder and editorial director of Matchbook Magazine, a gorgeous online magazine that features design, fashion, travel, culture, and more, and “seeks to inspire women around the globe to design a life they adore.” The monthly magazine is entirely free and entirely available online here. You can also follow them on tumblr to see little bits of lovely throughout the day in between issues.

The second founder I was glad to learn about was Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan of the website theKitchn. I’m a little embarrassed to say I wasn’t familiar with theKitchn before yesterday, being in the food world and all, but I’m quite familiar with its partner site, Apartment Therapy, which has been helping people organize and beautify their homes practically since blogging began. I love theKitchn’s site. While it does feature recipes (very delicious-looking ones), it’s not your usual food blog. Its mission is to get readers into the kitchen more frequently, and to have them enjoy their time while they’re there. They post about 20 times per day, but it’s not just recipe after recipe; posts might range from ways to organize your kitchen to 10 variations on a bowl of oatmeal to podcasts to listen to while you’re cooking. Apologies if I stop keeping up with my own blog because I spend too much time on theirs!

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