Molly Broder, president of Molly's Incorporated
Molly will share her experience building three renowned Italian restaurants in South Minneapolis while raising a family and, now, engaging her adult sons in the business.
Molly established Broders' Cucina Italiana in 1982 along with her husband, Tom. Broders’ began as a pastificio (pasta factory) specializing in homemade pasta and imported ingredients for authentic Italian home cooking. It gradually expanded into a full service Italian delicatessen, a source for the best Italy has to offer and for many homemade specialties. Because of her dedication to pasta cooked as in Italy, the way it is meant to be, she and Tom opened Broders Pasta Bar across the street from the 'Cucina' in 1994. The Pasta Bar menu features over 21 fresh pasta and risotto dishes on its constantly changing menu and is dedicated to using artisanal methods and products. The restaurant wine list is focused solely on Italian wine from most regions of Italy. Both businesses receive frequent awards for their quality from many local publications and are considered institutions in the region.
In 2013, she guided her sons in the opening of Terzo VinoBar, Broders’ third in their community of family businesses and the first opening where the boys took charge of the cuisine and wine list. Terzo has received a number of accolades since it opened from MSP magazine, the Star Tribune, Eater.com, and Thrillist.com among others.
Molly, a native of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, graduated from the school of journalism at the University of Minnesota in the 70's. She worked as a photographer and assistant to the press secretary for Governor Rudy Perpich and was a Chicago-based regional communications manager for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States before pursuing her passion for Italian cuisine. That passion began with education from Marcella Hazan in Bologna, Italy and continued with travel to most regions of Italy in pursuit of the best regional products and recipes. In 2000 Molly embarked on her sommelier certification and received a diploma from the International Sommelier Guild. In 2014, Molly completed studies with the Emerging Leaders program of the Small Business Association.
Molly has three grown sons who are all involved in the family business. Her co-founder and husband of 37 years, Tom, died in 2008. She serves on the board of the Southwest Business Association and is a member of Slow Food MN, Women Who Really Cook, Sustainable Farming Association of MN and a supporter of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).f
Your ticket includes Molly's talk, lunch and social time with other women entrepreneurs.