Just like you, my mom is a woman. Thing is, though, I don't have a sister. Or a brother for that matter. Pretty typical only child currently typing this. You know, whats mine is mine and whats yours is mine too.
No, I'm kidding.
Unless you own a deli, then, yes...what yours is now mine too.
Do you own a deli? Rad.
Wow, way to get off the subject here.
But, man, or woman (yeah, sorry), when Tucson Foodie hosted the recent 'Vida/Celebrating Women' event, coordinated alongside International Women's Day, an afternoon dedicated to the ladies behind Tucson's thriving culinary and art scene, I was more than stoked to be a part of it. The turnout was a sold out crowd. The best part being, among other aspects of the perfectly pleasant afternoon, was that the food, and beverages, were really, really tasty.
Although, honestly, when I walked in I did so with casually high expectations. Through the years of being a food writer and blogger here in Tucson, I have been exceptionally fortunate to enjoy the cuisine and even befriend some of the chefs featured, including Wendy Gauthier of Chef Chic, Maria Mezon of BOCA Tacos y Tequila and Janet Jones from Tanque Verde Ranch. Included among the delicious food was a bevvy of crafts and goods, such as stickers, fashion, essential oils, soaps and henna tattoos, all provided by and handmade by some of Tucson's most talented sisters. Plus the female DJ kept the mood going with an eclectic funk and pop mix.
You know, as I step back from this writing, the fact that I am identifying all of the above mentioned badasses as "female" or "ladies" or whatever, kind of bores and bothers me. The chefs cook incredible food, no matter the gender; same relation goes to the artists, designers and DJ. Having a day dedicated to women is a definite step forward toward further acceptance that no matter who, or what, you are, as long as you do good stuff and are totally cool, it shouldn't matter if you got that X or Y chromosome.
In a progressive town such as Tucson, for my observance anyway, being a chick or dude has little effect on the response to whomever made your duck confit dish or latte or macrame jacket or who fixed your transmission or threw you in the poky for disorderly conduct in an Arby's bathroom. The overall factor though, within the confines of stilted expectations and antiquated beliefs, which still permeates a gobsmackingly large populace of this tightly packed world of ours, needs a reminder that women can, easily, do what their male counterparts can do. And still have children on top of it.
Can your dad or brother or roommate Carl do that? Yeah. No.
And that's what the Vida / Celebrating Women get together was all about. To me anyway. A memento that women are a force to be reckoned with, in any capacity of hustle or inclusion. Some of whom do so in heels and dealing with a monthly inconvenience from time to time.
Let's see your roommate Carl try that one.
Cheers ladies! And thank you Tucson Foodie for the invite.
So without further ado, let's check out what went down...
Vida / Celebrating Women
If you want something said, ask a man; if
you want something done, ask a woman.
|HUB Ice Cream chef Dominic Stoller and her tally of supporters|
We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.
|Dom's ice cream tacos were a definite highlight of the event|
Women are the real architects of society.
|Strike a pose|
Women are leaders everywhere you look -- from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.
|Dammit, Janet, I love you|
Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magic and delicious power of reflecting the figure of a man at twice its natural size.
|So much awesomeness happening...that it's time for a nap|
Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants.
|Rica infusing the goods with lavender smoke...wow|
I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say 'yes, women can'.
The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.
|Gluten free, sure, but still packed with flavor|
Women are not the problem. They're the solution.
|Greens, greens and, yes, more greens|
Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.
|Fame has obviously (not) gone to chef Maria's head - werk gurl!|
Don't just stand for the success of other women - insist on it.
|I wanted a henna tattoo that said "Cumquats!" but it didn't go over well|
I'm tough, I'm ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.
|Its always nice that the Tucson Foodie kids put up with me...cheers!|
I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back
|I know her....I know her!|
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
Camera, Typing and Eating of the Foods
"Metal" Mark Whittaker
International Women's Day, 2019