Editor's Letter: Introducing The Cherry Bombe 100

The Cherry Bombe 100 is more than a list. It’s a celebration of the women who inspire us every day with their creativity, energy, humanity, and hard work.

When we launched Cherry Bombe five years ago, women in this industry were underrepresented in so many ways— in kitchens, at events, on best-of lists, and in the media. Today, things have changed dramatically. Women have a very real seat at the table—in many cases because they set their own table!—and they are pushing this industry to be a better, more welcoming place for all.

We felt that given the state of the world—and the food world—it was the right time to celebrate those who try hard to do the right thing, every day. These are women we’ve had the privilege of getting to know over the past five years. We admire them deeply and value their contributions to our community.

As we worked on the list, we realized that there was a group of women whose achievements were so extraordinary, they deserved special recognition. So we also created the very first Cherry Bombe Hall of Fame. I hope you recognize the trailblazers on this list who made so much possible for all of us.

I’d like to thank the team at Contadina for supporting The Cherry Bombe 100. The renowned brand turns 100 this year, and has a fascinating history. Back in 1918, Italian immigrant women couldn’t find tomatoes in this country, so the founders, who also hailed from Italy, decided to create a canned product that would recreate that taste of home. They christened the brand “Contadina,” which means women in the field, and put their sister’s likeness on the label. I’m especially thrilled by this partnership because Contadina is a brand my mother and grandmother introduced me to. I don’t come from an Italian family, but we made “sauce,” as we called it, every week. I vividly remember the Contadina cans lined up on the counter and the smell of meatballs simmering in all that tomato-y goodness. I still make tomato sauce today and it’s virtually identical to my family recipe, except I use way more garlic. My Irish-Scottish-German family loved tomatoes, but garlic wasn’t something they were ready to embrace back then!

Lastly, thank you to the women on The Cherry Bombe 100. You nourish so many through what you cook and create. It’s an honor to celebrate you and your accomplishments.

You’re the bombe!

Kerry Diamond

Editor, Cherry Bombe

Lauren Goldstein