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Not to toot my own horn, but I am in lust with this photo right now…I’d say it makes me want to eat those chocolates right off the page, but I already have…

in the order of which they appear (l-r): dark chocolate/espresso, dark chocolate/basil-lemon, dark chocolate/saffron-almond, dark chocolate, dark chocolate/chestnut.

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As you may remember, I was a part of a food photography workshop that went on this past Friday, called FoodSnap.

I had a great time hanging out with all of the contributing photographers – a wonderful bunch of people!  My favorite part of the whole event was not actually at the event, but the night before, wining and dining with the photo crew at Olivar.  Yummy food + a couple bottles of fine wine = happy food photographers.

Well, I didn’t take any photos of us enjoying ourselves at dinner, but I did take some shots during the event.  There were lots of great vendors, who donated their time and products for the event.  And we were lucky to have Tyler Rebman (a food/prop stylist) there to help design and set up the tables for the attendees to shoot and become inspired.

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Here is Tyler and Jonathan Schmidt (in the background) working on the Frost doughnut table.

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The space was beautiful, and a big hit – Georgetown Studios aka Kathryn Barnard‘s photo space.

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more Frost doughnuts, they were quite tasty…and they had some interesting flavors – I didn’t try these myself, but I heard that the Tang doughnut was good, as was the doughnut with bacon, yup, bacon.

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the Wink cupcakes were absolutely delightful!  To look at and to eat…

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Kathy Casey’s gelee’s were impressively flavorful and almost had me drunk with two!  Talk about jello shot cocktail – can’t go back to the old-school recipe after trying these.

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In Bloom Design from Bellingham, Wa arranged some lovely vases for us – they were great, very colorful and unique.

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Teaosophy and Emily’s Chocolates had a great selection of yumminess too!

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Red Ticking offered a different flare to the set ups – I ‘helped’ Tyler organize this table…and when I say ‘helped’, I mean that I started it…and realized that it was a mess, and asked for ‘help’ – Tyler made it pretty 🙂

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Thanks to everyone who participated!  It was a great exercise, and I hope those that attended now have a better grasp of what goes into food photography, and can achieve more successful pictures because of it!  Have fun!

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The story of a homemade huckleberry pie…

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The huckleberries were hand-picked by the baker herself.

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A letter “J” for the birthday girl – Janea – and a healthy sprinkle of sugar completes the crust.

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Nothing like a perfectly sweet/perfectly tart huckleberry pie with a flaky/buttery crust.
I normally need a heaping scoop of ice cream to go with a piece of pie, but this was perfect just by itself.

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…those last two bites were gone soon after that picture was taken.

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Yesterday afternoon, Janea’s sister Erinn, whom is visiting from Eastern Oregon, made a lovely huckleberry pie from scratch for Janea’s birthday (which was also yesterday). She was gracious enough to let me document her as she baked, which I’ll hopefully get to post about here soon. But for now, I’m going to show you what we made with the left over scraps of the pie crust.
There was just enough for something small and sweet, and that is when Janea and I remembered that we had a bag full of fresh figs in the fridge…that were quickly becoming less and less fresh as the days pass (the green ones especially).
So, we went with it. We got out two little ramekins to mold the pie crust into, and filled them to the brim with figs cut in half.

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We added some yummy raw chestnut honey from Spain to the figs, along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar – just to see.

And plopped them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350F.

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et voila’…

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It was a fairly successful experiment…it was kind of like eating an oversized fig newton.

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After having a lovely happy hour meal at Pesos Kitchen on lower Queen Anne, Janea and I waddled our little stuffed and tipsy behinds to Metropolitan market with the grand idea of buying ingredients to create fresh tequila bliss at home. All we needed were the limes! (the rest of the necessities were conveniently in our cupboard at home – including a choice of tequila)

Janea made the simple syrup (sugar and water), and I was in charge of squeezing the limes. Giada from the Food Network (love her!) taught me this trick where you roll the limes with some light force on the counter before cutting them open – I believe it is to help loosen them up a bit inside, to get the juices flowing – it worked pretty well. We only needed about a lime each for our drinks, and quite honestly, we had some ingredients left over…no complaints here, just means more for later 🙂

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Now, in my humble opinion, the margarita is all about two ingredients: limes and salt. Tequila, yes…but if it is not tart and salty, then I’m not impressed.  I always ask for LOTS of salt when I order a margarita.

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Quite refreshing on a warm summer evening in a west facing window apartment!  I used up the left over ingredients the next day, except that time it was enjoyed out of a mug…I hope that is not too weird.

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I was given a very unique and privileged opportunity earlier this week that I said ‘yes’ to without even an ounce of hesitation.

Keren Brown, creator of FoodPortunity, and known around the blogosphere as “FranticFoodie”, has out done herself yet again with a Food Photography Workshop in Seattle, called “FoodSnap!”.  It is the first of its kind in these parts, and I’m proud to say that I was asked to be a part of it.  I will be standing along side Lou Manna (man of the hour), Lara Ferroni, and Rina Jordan, in Kathryn Barnard’s studio!  It will be a true honor.

I can not wait to spend a day in the studio filled with food photographers and stylists, sharing our skills and techniques with one another!  What a treat!

Here is the Press Release:

Keren Brown Media and Foodista Present

FoodSnap!

SEATTLE, WA  (August 29, 2009) – Seattle’s first of it’s kind all-day workshop for food photography, titled FoodSnap! will take place September 18th at the historic Georgetown Ballroom (inside the former Rainier Brewery) at 5890 Airport Way S.

The event, organized by Keren Brown Media and Foodista.com, will feature New York food photographer Lou Manna, (LouTheMan.com), the Olympus Visionary and New York Times photojournalist, commercial photographer, educator and author of Digital Food Photography. Lou is an associate professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and a consultant in the Food Studies Program at New York University. He also teaches digital food photography workshops in his studio, and accepts students for private, hands-on classes.

Lou will lead the workshop with the assistance of food photographer and blogger Lara Ferroni (platesandpacks.com) as well as Seattle’s top food photographers and stylists, Rina Jordan (rinajordanphotography.com), Charity Burggraaf (charitylynne.com )and others.

The location, known as Georgetown Studios, is an ideal venue for photography and is often rented for commercials and advertising shoots. It is owned by Kathryn Barnard (kathrynbarnardphoto.com), a professional photographer whose work has been featured in top publications such as Seattle Magazine, NW Home and Garden and Ladies Home Journal.

FoodSnap! is open to anyone interested in food photography. The target audience of FoodSnap! is food bloggers, food-related social media, food companies and food photographers. Cost is $159 which includes all fees for registration before September 4st. (Price will be $180 thereafter.) Attendance is limited to 75 participants.

Tickets can be purchased at BrownPaperTickets

The sponsors, whose products will be used in the displays to be photographed, include Emily’s Chocolates, Frost Doughnuts, Fooducopia, Wink Cupcakes Teaosophy and Red Ticking.

Kathy Casey will be serving a Foodsnap Gelee signature cocktail that will be used as photo inspiration as well.

The organizers will host a photography contest immediately after the event, providing participants with the incentive to upload pictures taken at the event and further enhancing the visibility of the photos and food products.

Please check website periodically for details on contest and where to upload pictures to be reviewed.

The Mayflower Park Hotel is offering a special rate for out-of-town participants, $139 plus tax for a classic guest room.

Media: To request an interview with Lou Manna, please email :kerenlovestocook@gmail.com

SCHEDULE for FoodSnap!

No Experience Required
http://www.foodista.com/foodsnap



GeorgetownStudios

5890 Airport Way S.

Hours: 10 am -5 pm

MORNING

Lou Manna will review and critique each participant’s food blog or photographs. He will show his own blog, Digitalfoodphotos , and social network site DigitalFoodPhotography .

Following that he will use a Power Point presentation to provide an overview of the basics of digital food photography and tricks of the trade. He will review the different features found on most digital cameras, highlighting how they can be used correctly to photograph in any situation.

LUNCH BREAK- lunch will be provided

AFTERNOON

The afternoon will be dedicated to hands-on practice.

Groups of participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at food photography with the help of Lou Manna and Washington State’s own food photographers and stylists.

Lou will demonstrate how to work with each specific light source, how to use mirrors, diffusers and small white cards to create mouth-watering photographs with a simple point and shoot camera.

Participants will utilize new skills learned in the workshop to shoot each set up while Lou and his associates offer individual guidance to optimize each participant’s photographic techniques.

I’m not sure if tickets are still available – they went on sale yesterday afternoon, and from what I understand they were looking pretty slim this morning.  But if you are reading this, and are interested, go to http://foodista.com/foodsnap and see if you can snag a ticket before they are gone!


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My mother turned 50 last week.  And as a part of her birthday celebration, my mom’s best friend, Janea and I put together a menu fit for a queen.

It started with a molten chocolate cake, and quickly turned into a conversation about lobster tails, beets, and barbecued peaches.

To make matters far more decadent, we then became inspired after watching “Julie and Julia” to make Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon (‘one of the best dishes concocted by man’, is I believe how she put it?!)

Our menu was mouth watering.

On a personal note, this wasn’t just a celebration about turning 50 (at least not in my eyes).  Even though turning the big 5-0 does generally call for a big to-do.

My mother was diagnosed with type 2B breast cancer back in November of last year.  She weathered through surgery, chemo therapy and radiation all within the last 10 months – and she is doing great now!  Her hair is growing back, her energy and sense of adventure is thriving (possibly more than it ever has been before – don’t even get me started on what she did with her friends on her birthday!), and there is a sense of strength within her that is hard to ignore – she was always a strong woman in my eyes, but now, I think she knows it too.

This wasn’t just a birthday celebration – this was a celebration of life, a celebration of sticking to your guns and staying strong through all of the battles and all of the hardships that life can throw our way, this was a celebration of my mom, Laurie Leigh Wilson-Smith.

So, nothing was too good for this dinner – we wanted epic – we wanted “my mouth is doing a happy dance x 10 100″.

The meuu for the evening:

Raw oyster shooter in a lemon cucumber cup with shallot and champagne-vinegar mignonette

Chili-lime crab salad with fresh garden grape tomatoes and avocado

Roasted rainbow beet salad with frisee, candied maracona almonds, and a hard nutty cheese (never can remember the name!) with a Dijon/vinegar dressing

Lobster tail bolognese pasta

Lobster tail with a decadent butter sauce (it has such a long list of ingredients, I won’t even try to remember it all – but it was gooooooood)

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and as a palette cleanser aka taste explosion…

Date filled with chorizo wrapped in bacon accompanied with an oven broiled peach coated in cinnamon and rum sauce paired with fresh mint.

for dessert…

a dark chocolate raspberry fallen souffle‘.

And everything had a pairing of wine/champagne – it was fantastic!

and of course, I took a few pictures…

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Janea went to Pike Place Market to retrieve the lobster tails, and asked the guy there “which one of these says ‘I LOVE YOU!’?”  This is the one he chose:

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Oh yes, and it didn’t stop there.

For breakfast (!) we made smoked salmon deviled eggs (I will never use Mayonnaise again – this was a recipe from the Herbal Kitchen cookbook that called for sour cream and it was AMAZING!), raspberry and strawberry fruit cups with honey, cinnamon, and fresh mint, freshly peeled shrimp paired with lemon cucumbers, and a lovely vidalia onion tart served with Fran’s hot chocolate.  Once you get us started…we just can’t stop 🙂

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It was a very nice weekend.  All about food, family, and celebration.

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