Women of Virtue: Katie Brodie, Farm to Table Specialist

In honor of Women’s History Month this March, we are featuring some of the women who make up Virtue Cider. These women work in production, commercial, and farming operations; all are a part of every glass of Virtue Cider. Take a moment to learn a bit about what they all do, and if you see any of them at Virtue, please say hello! Here is Katie Brodie, our farm to table specialist.

Katie Brodie, Farm to Table Specialist

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How long have you been at Virtue Cider and what is your role?

I started at Virtue September 2018 and am currently the farm to table specialist, mostly tackling the food program here.

What is your background?

I’ve always worked in hospitality with a few exceptions. My culinary background comes from Tampa, FL, where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management and worked my way through the ranks of  James Beard-nominated kitchens to hold a Sous Chef position before leaving Florida to come home to Michigan.

What do you like about working at Virtue Cider?

I love working for a company that prides itself on local resources. Beyond that, the culture at Virtue is one that I can vibe with. Everyone is hard working and focused on the same goal yet we all have our individual roles to play. The dance that takes place at the cidery is magical. Plus coming to work on a beautiful farm every day ain’t bad either. And have you ever smelled the smell of apples being pressed? It’s intoxicating.

About being a woman in your industry:

Working my way through kitchens as a woman came with its struggles. I think the landscape is changing but when I was coming up it was still heavily male-dominated. The only female chefs I had to hold as role models were pastry chefs. Nothing wrong with being a pastry chef, but working the savory kitchen is a different beast, and not having a female lead was challenging. However, I’ve always known that food is my passion, and I had that drive to push me through the tough spots. I’m proud of the fact that I am in a position of leadership in the culinary industry and hope to, some day, provide myself as a role model to others who may need some inspiration!

What’s your favorite cider?

Lapinette all day!

Fun fact:

I once took second place in a tattooed beauty pageant in Ybor City, FL. Also I spent two weeks hiking the Canadian Rockies and am versed in ice camping and climbing.

Stay tuned for our next installment of Women of Virtue! International Women’s Day is March 8.