Martha Stewart’s Dreamers In To Doers Day 2

If you missed it, you should go read my Day 1 post here.  Day 2 was a late start day.  Since we got to see the Martha Stewart show taping the day before, today we went directly to the offices for breakfast and few speakers.

Breakfast was adorable.  You can’t really tell but the oatmeal was served in mini bowls.  Cuteness is always in direct proportion to its miniature size.  The speaker the first day was Darcy Miller!!! (I would have traded my most prized possessions for a chance to hear what she had to say!- Of course, that is an exaggeration but she is an inspiration for sure!).  Our group heard from Emily of Whole Living about her career at the Martha Stewart Company.  Next up we heard from a few staffers about how the various magazines handled the huge task of creating digital versions to be accessed by all different kinds of smart phones, ipads, etc.  Often we don’t event think about all that, we just read the issues.  But there is a ton of work that goes in to it, behind the scenes, to make it all happen.  And Martha and her team were on the forefront, setting precedents.  As usual, duh.

Lunch was a sandwich buffet accompanied by several salads and again tiered servers of mini desserts.  I had to fight the urge to carry one back to my table.  And you know you were all curious about what lunch would look like at Martha Stewart’s offices.  To me, the food and its presentation was just as important as the speakers.  Crazy?  Maybe.

Super surprise guest star!!!  Sarah Carey!  of Everyday Food!  Obviously, if I’ve posted this many photos of food in my wrap up, I might also enjoy a food personality.  And I do.  She was sharing her new video series which is really cool.  Each video is 4 minutes long and takes you through a recipe that is simple and delicious.  She walks you through the steps in a very casual manner, as if you were in the kitchen with her.  And hands out tips to make recreating the recipe a breeze.  The video we watched was for mac and cheese and I immediately wanted to run over to the test kitchen to make it.  You can sign up to get them right in your inbox here.

And then.  We got.  To hear.  Jodi Levine.  Of the CRAFTS DEPARTMENT!!!! What?!  Can you tell how excited I was?!?  She demonstrated how to use use freezer paper as a stencil.  She realized that using the Martha Stewarts Crafts punches on freezer paper could make some extra special designs.

Here is Abigail pretending to start the demonstration for me.  Abigail was the best.  She was always up for a silly picture or chit chatting with in between sessions.  I’m so glad I got to experience this with her.

And after we got our photo taken with Jodi.  She was simply delightful.  She answered MANY questions about how to get things submitted to the magazine and was charming and gracious.  The crafting segment was a definite highlight of the Dreamers In To Doers event.

After the craft demo we got a quick tour of some of the Martha Stewart for Avery labels and products.  And the Dreamers In To Doers event was done. :(

We took a few more minutes to take photos and say our goodbyes.  Here I am trying to jump on Michele of Cakewalk Baking so she wouldn’t go and catch her plane.

Then we were off to explore the city a bit.  We may or may not have gone back to get another Crack Pie.  And after being in the low 40’s the whole time we were there, this day decided to warm up to just about 70!  It was glorious.  We walked around mid town, once again pretending we were really staying at The Peninsula since it was on the same street as our hotel and just enjoyed the city.

Later that night we met up with some friends of Abigail’s and I got to eat at Spice Market!  INSANE!  (I’m a total wannabe foodie so the fact that I got to eat at a Jean-Georges restaruant blew my mind)  She touted a chicken dish as tear inducing.  She wasn’t wrong (it was Chargrilled Chicken with a Kumquat Lemongrass Dressing).  We also shared some other items on the menu, each even more palette pleasing than the last.  And the passion fruit sangria didn’t suck either.  Then we walked around the Meatpacking District with our tour guides sharing interesting facts.  We passed the AllSaints store where I wished I still had my 24 year old legs so I could wear their sequined mini skirts.  And then they put us in a cab and we returned to the hotel.  I had SO much fun on this trip.  Met some great people.  Learned some helpful business advice.  And just got to be in a really fun city.  And then I pretty much got up in the middle of the night to go catch my plane home.  I missed my boys but I really could have extended that trip.  By like, weeks.















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