Ladies Who Lunch

Women who wear multiple hats rarely take a seat, which is why yesterday was miraculous. We invited those featured in our Women in Business section of the July issue of Utah Valley Magazine to put on their lunch hat and dine at Chef’s Table in Orem. We casually and deliciously visited with the various women, including the mother-daughter combo from Graf Orthodontics (daughter Calee Creer is standing in the photo below and the beautiful blonde on her left, Mitzi Creer, is her mother).The “mom” half of the duo won the teeth whitening package from Lone Peak Dental! (See her holding the lucky chocolate apple below.) Thank you, Ardice, for bringing the caramel apples every year. Lone Peak Dental’s apple marketing campaign is one of the best in the valley!When I stood up to welcome the women, I mentioned that when we started the magazine I was a young mother of two who hadn’t seen many examples of balancing business and diapers. My mother and mother-in-law had been loving and lemonade-fixing homemakers. I turned to the women in our community to see what it looks like to wear both hats. Two of my favorite mentors are MaryLyn Linge and Mary Crafts (seen below).Mary (right) writes our dining reviews, and her company — Culinary Crafts — was featured in this last issue. She raised three children and a catering company while still having the best laugh in the valley. Love her. MaryLyn Linge (left) is a photographer extraordinaire along with her husband, Kenneth. They have photographed most of our magazine covers in the past nine years. The first photo shoot I did with them was a two-day adventure in Malibu that bonded us for life. I’ve been on an 11-year adventure with Roxanne Bennett (below). She’s our ad manager and my sister-in-law and apparently a hand-talker. I wrote more about this talented women here.In true hat-changing fashion, I rushed out of the restaurant when the luncheon ended to head straight to Hale Center Theater to see my daughter perform in “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”Hailey has already got the hat-changing trait down!