Cherry Bombe was grounded in community from the very beginning. A Kickstarter campaign helped fund the inaugural print issue. And as it evolved, they continued to rally collaboration among its band of followers. Readers can become card-carrying members of the “Bombesquad,” with access to exclusive perks like monthly members-only events, partner discounts, and spotlight opportunities to boot.
After reading in a 2013 Eater article that women were being left out of food conferences around the world, Kerry launched Cherry Bombe’s annual conference, Jubilee, in 2014 to give women an opportunity to network with people across the industry, hear from acclaimed speakers, and eat and imbibe great food and drink. What started as a small gathering of about 200 people grew to one of the largest gatherings in the US for women in the food space. In 2022, they hosted 750 attendees in New York City for their 9th in-person Jubilee.
With the launch of their podcast, Radio Cherry Bombe, the media company expanded their content offerings beyond just print to give more of a voice to “the most interesting people in the world of food.” When someone pitched the idea to start a podcast to Kerry, she didn’t even know what that was. Now, more than 400 episodes later, Radio Cherry Bombe has built a name for its thoughtful, approachable interviews with some of the biggest names in food.
Cherry Bombe has also involved readers in creating content, and the response has been tremendous: Kerry says the number of submissions has increased around 2-fold each time they’ve made open calls. Noting the hunger for women to have a voice in this industry, Kerry asked, “How do we facilitate that many people wanting to tell their stories?”