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.
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Some people have jobs. Others have careers. And then there are those who have callings. Having dinner with Joanna James, Mareya Ibrahim and Deborah Di Bernardo makes that point. Great food tastes even better when the secret ingredient is engaging conversation seasoned perfectly with inspiration.
Documentary filmmaker Joanna James will be discussing her film “A Fine Line,” which she began working on in 2014 and is about the disparity women face in the culinary industry. She’ll be on the Main Stage at 2 p.m. Saturday, then takes part in a free full screening of “A Fine Line” and question-and-answer session at the Bing Crosby Theater at 7 p.m.
This year’s Crave Main Stage is focused on women in the culinary industry, and Michigan native chef Anita Lo is a perfect choice. Lo, who has a degree in French literature from Columbia and requested to go fishing while in town for Crave, was named by Food & Wine Magazine in 2001 as one of the 10 Best New Chefs in America.