Martha Stewart Sounds Off on Career, Cooking, and Doughnuts

The 72-years-young media mogul appeared in Indy for the inaugural Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women and stepped aside with us for a couple minutes.

Dressed in her signature look of a poncho (in eggplant) paired with pants and heels, Martha Stewart spent the morning exploring the Circle City prior to her book signing and keynote discussion at the first annual Indiana Governor’s Conference for Women held at the JW Marriott.

After a dinner at Napolese last night, which she concluded with affogato di gelato (“It kept me up all night,” she says with a laugh), Martha sampled more of Indy’s local fare today, including a stop at longtime-favorite Long’s Bakery on Tremont Street, where she worked on a post for her own blog. “They let me go in the back and photograph the entire doughnut-making process,” she tells IM. “We ate so many of them.” As she tweeted below, she also stopped in for coffee at the Thirsty Scholar downtown:

During today’s keynote, which she co-hosted with close friend and fellow businesswoman Charlotte Beers, Martha shared a message that it’s never too late to try something new. Whether that’s yeast donuts at Long’s, or a new career path—model to stockbroker to caterer to CEO and media mogul—she has tried it all. Even so, she noted that she didn’t actually publish her first book, Entertaining, until her forties and didn’t start her magazine, Martha Stewart Living, until her fifties. “My gynecologist,” she said during her talk, “kept saying to me, you’re such a late bloomer!”

More than 80 books later, she finished today’s discussion by saying, “I have lots more to do.” And with that, she was off to lunch, which she took at another Martha Hoover eatery, downtown’s Cafe Patachou.

Included on Stewart’s to-do list is a Thanksgiving meal coming up in a few weeks. The queen of entertaining will prepare a lunch herself for a party of 18 close family members and friends: “I’m going to do the parchment-wrapped turkey from our magazine’s November-issue cover story.” She plans to use a 35-pound, fresh-killed turkey from the farm and give grandchildren Jude, 2, and Truman, 1, their first bites of the bird. “They’re being raised by a vegetarian-vegan mother,” Stewart says, “so I don’t know if they’ve had turkey yet.”

Knowing Martha, we’re sure those first bites will be nothing short of delectable.

» BONUS: Here again is her own blog post about Long’s, Indianapolis architecture, and the city at large.

Photo courtesy Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia