This afternoon, I was lucky enough to attended the 25th Amelia Earhart Award Luncheon honoring Boston’s own Barbara Lynch, one of America’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. Her success epitomizes the pioneering spirit and barrier-breaking career of Amelia Earhart.
Here I am with “chef” Amelia Earhart!
In 1926, Amelia Earhart came to The Women’s Union for employment assistance and was placed as a social worker in a Boston immigrant settlement house. At the same time she continued to pursue her interest in flying, and in 1928, this former Union client became the first woman to cross the Atlantic in an airplane.
The Amelia Earhart Award was established in 1982 to recognize a woman who continues the pioneering spirit of Amelia Earhart. Each year, the award honors a woman who has significantly contributed to the expansion of opportunities for women.
Past Honorees include:
- Suze Orman (2008)
- Marian Wright Edelman (2003)
- Ruth Simmons (2002)
- Liz Walker (2001)
- Julia Child (1999)
- Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith (1987)
About Crittenton Women’s Union:
Crittenton Women’s Union (CWU), a Boston-based nonprofit organization, combines direct service programs, independent research and public policy advocacy in its mission to transform the course of low-income women’s lives so that they can attain economic independence and create better futures for themselves and their families. Each year CWU helps more than 1,600 people through its safe housing, education and training programs, and family support services. For more information, visit www.liveworkthrive.org.
After registering for the event and receiving our table assignment, my sister and I headed into an enormous ballroom where the event was to be held.
There were 74 tables at the event! According to my calculations, approximately 740 people attended the luncheon this afternoon. I actually overheard someone say that almost 1,000 people were in attendance! It was quite the event!
The people at our table included a number of women from various public health organizations around the city. There was also another food blogger at the table! I chatted with the Finance Foodie before the event started.
The lunch served was baked salmon, green beans, and potatoes on a bed of greens. All of it was delicious. I liked that the meal was simply prepared without all of the extras (sauces, seasoning, etc.). I ate about half of the food on my plate because I was saving room for dessert! 😉
The highlight of lunch was the strawberry-rhubarb crumble. It was basically a fruit crisp, but portioned into a single serving. The shape reminded me of a tart.
On top was half of a fresh strawberry dusted with confectionary sugar.
Inside was a sweet, chunky strawberry and rhubarb filling. Holy yum!
With dessert, I enjoyed a cup of coffee with cream and sugar.
About Barbara Lynch:
One of the country’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, James Beard Award-winner Barbara Lynch first gained fame with her highly acclaimed restaurant No. 9 Park,named one of America’s top 50 restaurants in 2006 by Gourmet. Over the last ten years, she has expanded her Boston-based Barbara Lynch Gruppo to include B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Plum Produce, Stir, 9 at Home, Drink, and Sportello. In fall 2009, Houghton Mifflin will publish Barbara’s first cookbook.
Before Barbara Lynch graciously accepted her award, we watched a brief video about how she overcame poverty and social stigma in a male-dominated industry to become one of the top chefs and restaurateurs in the nation. Her story is one of true optimism and hope.
My favorite piece of wisdom from her acceptance speech: “If you want something bad enough, you can talk yourself out of being scared.”
In addition to being an amazing cook and entrepreneur, Barbara Lynch also has a great sense of humor! The CWU presented her with an authentic Amelia Earhart flight cap and goggles, and just for kicks, she put them on for the audience to see! It was actually pretty hilarious!
My sister and I had a wonderful time at the luncheon this afternoon! I truly enjoyed being part of this event and learning more about the organization that hosted it. Thank you, Lucy and the Crittenton Women’s Union, for inviting us!