1 The luncheon, prepared by Chef Pierre Schaedelin, was fresh, colorful, and delicious. There were plump, juicy cherries and gorgeous blueberries from my bushes.
2 There were chicken salad sandwiches made with mustard and tarragon, and served on seven grain bread.
3 A vegetarian option was Nicoise pan bagna, made with tomato confit, celery, cucumber, olives, hard boiled egg, arugula, basil, and a red wine vinaigrette. It was served on a special home made bread called Rosetta from Pierre's friend's restaurant SD26. http://www.sd26ny.com/
4 Pierre makes fabulous salads. This one is a quinoa salad with sugar snap peas, caramelized carrots, and roasted red peppers.
5 There was also a rice salad made with corn, green beans, roasted red peppers, red beets, and tomatoes.
6 The beverages were lemonade, iced tea, and ice water.
7 For dessert there were ice cream sandwiches - double chocolate cookies with raspberry sorbet and lemon cookies with strawberry sorbet.
8 The group ate sitting at 3 long tables.
9 Katie Gast and Jesi Diab - Katy, an Arts & Design major at Savannah College, is with our Style department. She aspires to be a film costume designer. Jesi, who attends SFSU, interns in the Weddings department and would like to be an style director.
10 Leigh Needham and Ananda Eidelstein - Leigh, a hospitality major at Cornell Univ., is with our Editorial Food department and would like to be a food writer. Ananda, attends the French Culinary Inst., and interns in the test kitchen and would like to be a chef.
11 After lunch, Rochelle DiRe - SVP Human Resources and I led a lively Q & A session.
12 One intern asked, "Looking at your long career, and one that has evolved many times, if you could pinpoint the single best career decision you’ve ever made, when and what was it?"
13 My answer was that I started my magazine, Martha Stewart Living. I had already written my book, Entertaining, and I wanted to write another. However, my publisher, Clarkson Potter, pushed the idea of a magazine and I went in that direction. It was a good direction.
14 Another person asked, "Martha, if you had the opportunity to revisit your 20's, what is the one piece of advice you would give to yourself?"
15 My response was that I married when I was just 19. Looking back, I would have waited a few more years to have other experiences. I told the interns not to marry too early and certainly don't marry too late.
16 Another question, "What is your ideal summer gathering? Location/food/décor/etc.?"
17 My answer was going to Skylands, my home in Maine with about 20 friends. I don't like doing anything too fancy there, but eat good food, go hiking, horseback riding, boating, and not drink too much.
18 Another intern wanted to know who has influenced me the most.
19 My answer was that I have not been influenced by just 1 person. Rather, I'm influenced by the very best experts in their respective fields. For example, I was taught how to make sushi by Nobu, himself. I have always sought out the best teachers.
20 Question - "I've always loved this idea of the 'journeyman'—an apprentice or someone who learns a multitude of different skill-sets or philosophies. In regards to developing a career as a young adult, do you find it better to initially pursue things you know you're interested in or to step outside of your own comfort zone to learn something you may not have necessarily known?"
21 Answer - I feel it's usually good to do things out of your comfort zone. I started a modeling career at the age of 13, which was well out of my comfort zone. I never smoked nor wanted to, but I learned how to for a TV commercial.
22 Question - "While your busy schedule may not allow for much free time, when you do have it, what do you like to do for fun?"
23 My answer was that I love to travel. I recalled taking my nieces and nephews to amazing places like Egypt, the Galapagos, Peru, and the Amazon. I also love to eat great food and love to go places with my grand kids.
24 Question - "Where do you see MSLO in the next five years?"
25 I responded that we're making a big push to transition from print to digital. We're trying to figure out how the landscape will change in the next 5 years. We also want to build an online store and we want to have a greater foreign presence, as well.
26 I closed by telling the interns to really try to learn something new every day so that they can teach something new every day. Help people to learn and they will, in turn, help you.
27 Kara Otten is an intern with Research and Insights and attends Syracuse University.
28 Nicole Megale and Elke Talbot - Nicole is an intern with our legal department and attends St. John's Univ. School of Law. Elke is working in our photo department and attends Appalachian State Univ.
29 Hilari Schaefer is a grad student at Vanderbuilt Univ. She interns with retail marketing and aspires to be an public relations or marketing coordinator.
30 Claudia Scheinman, Hannah Marsh and Allie King - Claudia attends Univ. of Michigan and wants to be an interior designer. Hanna goes to Kent State Univ. and wants to be a graphic designer. Allie attends NYU and wants to create crafting projects and kits for kids.
31 Nikita Gupta and Christine Choi - Nikita attends Cornell Univ. and works in the Everyday Food Dept. and aspires to be at the helm of her own omnimedia company like mine! Christine attends School of Visual Arts has an interest in digital art development.
32 Kristen Schryver, Emily Brett, Rochelle DiRe - SVP Human Resources, and Hilari Schaefer – Kristen is interning as an Ex. Ad. Asst. and attends CA Polytechnic St. Univ., Emily interns with MSW Art and goes to Auburn Univ., and Hilari interns with Retail Marketing and attends Vanderbilt Univ.
33 Rei Ohmae attends Fashion Inst. of Technology and is a textile design major. She interns in the textile department and aspires to creating home furnishings.
34 Elke Talbot attends Appalachian University in NC and interns in the photo department. She would like, one day, to be a food photographer.
35 After lunch HR invited the interns onto the roof deck to take a group photo. They are a fun and inquisitive bunch!