The Food Demo from last weekend was so much fun. I learned more than I thought I would, and had some challenges at the site. But I overcame the obstacles pretty quickly to be able to both entertain and inform the audience.
I demonstrated how to make Portabello Steak Fajitas and Citrus Coleslaw. I ran out of mushroom fajitas before I did people, but I still had coleslaw and chili sauce left.
The challenges involved staging issues for my food. If I had read the email closely that said bring tables and chairs, I would have done that…but instead, I assumed there would be some room. Because of the promotional material people seemed to think that “free food” meant a free lunch, and the lines were long as Loving Hut passed out samples. They were however excited at the teeny tiny vegan tortillas that I had.
It was a great learning experience, and I got to be a rock star chef for a day! Can’t wait for the video. As soon as I receive it, I’ll share. Meanwhile, here’s some photos of the event.
Today was photo shoot day. The photographer I had lined up became ill, and my friend the greatest pinch hitter that I can think of responded with “sure I’ll bring my camera over and we can take some pictures. ” She was coming over to help anyway, so it worked out.
I added the photos to corresponding posts. So take a look around, I’m sure you’ll find it adds a bit more pizazz to the recipes. We hope to keep up with the picture taking in the future, but the digital camera I had died, and we haven’t been able to invest in one of those great new phones that does everything for you.
Recently I reacquainted myself with Matt Freedman Photography. He’s been working with Chef Tiberio Simone, originally from Italy, now based in Seattle, on a project that marries food and photography, two of my greatest loves.
Freedman has done extensive work on The Burning Man project, and photographs many subjects. Chef Simone is based in Seattle, and is a James Beard Award Winner. The combining of these two talents has resulted in the book titled La Figa: Visions of food and form, due out sometime this year. They will be showing and performing in the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, May 1st-3d. That’s this coming weekend.
If you miss the performance, wait for the book to come out, it promises to satisfy any foodie or professional’s interest in food as erotic art.