A.P.E.X. Events Presents Tara Bench, Reluctant Entrepreneur

Published: March 02, 2020 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Tara BenchA.P.E.X. Events is proud to continue the spring season by bringing the entrepreneurial spirit of Tara Bench of the Tara Teaspoon company to Southern Utah University. Join A.P.E.X. Events on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Hunter Conference Center at SUU. 

Bench has spent more than 20 years in the food publishing industry creating recipes and articles, and food styling for various magazines, books, television, and advertising. Most recently she has been the food and entertaining Director of Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. Prior to the Journal, Tara was a food editor at Martha Stewart Living, Kids and Weddings magazines. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart television show, the Today Show and as a judge on The Food Network Thanksgiving Challenge. 

"So many of our students have their own businesses and are looking for ways to maximize their success,” said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events. “What Tara has accomplished is so inspiring and her advice and experience will help make everyone’s business dreams more clear!” 

From experimenting with cooking in her childhood, using her mom’s leftover cake batter and baking mini biscuits in her Easy Bake Oven, Bench would later be assisting on the set of the Martha Stewart television show on occasion. 

“I do feel confident in what I do,” said Bench. “I was essentially creating and publishing recipes that would influence the entire country and how they cooked and what they thought was trendy — because that’s where people looked for their food trends.”

Bench was doing a lot of food styling for companies and brands and books, and also creating recipes for different brands. She realized that she still wanted to share her cooking and her recipes with more people and created a website called tarabench.com, and later transitioned into tarateaspoon.com. The clever name comes from a past roommate who told the 5 foot 2 inch Bench that she would call her “Tara Teaspoon” since she’s not quite tall enough to be a tablespoon. 

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world, featuring a diverse range of topics and disciplines. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the free series. 

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