This month’s installation of Perfectly Strong Women – our series featuring women who work with their hands, meant to inspire women to fulfill their dreams – definitely has us craving two of the best things in life – pastries and wine! We recently met with Chef & Sommelier, Sara Lehman in New York City.
What is your definition of a Perfectly Strong Woman?
A strong woman knows who she is, and what she wants. She is honest about herself, honest to herself, and although she may have fears, she chooses to show courage and strength through even the toughest situations. She is compassionate and optimistic.
Who is one woman who has been influential in pursuing your craft?
The one woman who influenced me and my dreams is my mother, who is single and has always started her own businesses while also taking care of a family and being a CEO of a surgery center. She is the hardest working woman I know and I strive to be even half the woman she is. She has a real estate business too, and her entrepreneurship fuels me to pursue my dreams.
Tell us about your business.
I started off as a Pastry Chef and Restaurant Manager with the intention to own my own restaurant one day. That dream is still alive however I find as a Sommelier, and Private Chef i have the opportunities to work with many brands and focus on recipe development, events, and education. I own and operate SommInTheCity.com also where you will see a lot of the brands I work with and recipes.
What is one piece of advice that you would give a young woman aspiring to fulfill her dream?
Follow your passion, let go of your money blocks, and co-create with the universe! Go for it and don’t let anyone tell you it’s too hard, you’ll make no money doing that, or just choose something that will give you a steady job and paycheck. People will enjoy and thrive placing you in their circle. Jump out and enjoy your life. The more you play and have fun with your passions the more successful you will be mentally and monetarily.
As a busy woman, what is one time-saving technique or life hack that you would share?
In the pastry world, when rolling out pie dough… if you don’t have a rolling pin. Use a chilled wine bottle! It will keep the butter cold and also makes a great rolling pin alternative. P
lus you can drink it after the pie is in the oven…haha! =)
What is your one guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is writing and planning out my monthly calendar (I am a planner) while eating cayenne pepper sprinkled popcorn and watching The Devil Wears Prada!