The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages Book Club featured chefs Anita M. Lo and Mareya Ibrahim, documentary filmmaker Joanna James and Spokane entrepreneur Deborah Di Bernardo at Crave Food and Drink Celebration inside CenterPlace Regional Events Center on Saturday, July 13, 2019, in Spokane Valley. The four women also attended the screening of James' film “A Fine Line,” which is about the disparity women face in the culinary industry, at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane in the evening.
As the owner of Roast House Coffee in North Spokane and First Avenue Coffee downtown, Deborah Di Bernardo is not only judging on taste, consistency and freshness. She also is looking behind the bean: Where did it come from? Is it organic? Sustainable? Did women grow it – and, if not, how can she help make sure they do?
Joanna James, Mareya Ibrahim and Anita Lo spoke before an audience at the Bing Crosby Theater on Saturday after a screening of "A Fine Line," an award-winning documentary about women in the food industry directed by James. The event was part of The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club.