Behind the Scenes

Our Big Spoon: Suzy Ingraham

Kickstart supporters were able to buy the naming rights for one of our spaces and will be honored with a Big Spoon. Here is a message from one of The Commissary's Big Spoons:


"I’m making my Big Spoon donation as a tribute to the memory of my mom, Judy. Mom came from a blue-collar family and was a second-generation immigrant. Food and food traditions were big in her house growing up. She was the first in her family to go to college, studying food science and nutrition. She became a licensed dietician and, through her work, met my father, a pharmacist.

She gave up her career to raise a family, as women of her generation did. She became a mom, a home cook (relying heavily on copies of “The Betty Crocker Cookbook” and “Better Homes & Gardens”), and eventually a semi-professional baker whose kitchen never seemed quite big enough for her dreams. She was also ever-mindful of those around her, and a community builder in her own modest way. So The Commissary’s “food + community” ethos just seemed to click.

Mom taught me to love and respect food. I love small, independent local businesses, too. I love seeing community in action. I love Columbus’ “foodie scene” and want to see it continue to grow and develop in exciting new directions — especially ones that don’t involve big corporations. I want to find opportunities to interact in new and interesting ways with the people behind the food I eat. I want a place I can go and bake or mix or fry or whatever if I ever decide it’s time to follow a new dream, and I want others to have that place too. I believe in what you're trying to build, both physically and philosophically. 

Mom ALWAYS let me lick the spoon. So I decided to claim a big beautiful engraved wooden spoon on your recognition wall, and one of your kitchens will be my mom’s kitchen. She’ll help keep your dream safe."

--Susy Ingraham

Susy as a baby in her mom, Judy’s, lap. Also pictured are her sister Janet, and her dad Sam, Susy’s frequent dinner date out and about in Columbus.

Susy as a baby in her mom, Judy’s, lap. Also pictured are her sister Janet, and her dad Sam, Susy’s frequent dinner date out and about in Columbus.

All of my words in end in gratitude.