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Behind the Scenes at Our Latest Styling Event

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We partnered with Blurb, a self-publishing platform for creating your own books, to share behind-the-scenes stories on Food52 photography and styling. 

We spend our days thinking and writing about food, and styling or photographing it. (There may also be some snacking going on, too.) We're lucky to be surrounded by artistic and visionary colleagues—and sharing our inspiration is important to who we are. Which is why we recently teamed up with Blurb to host a styling workshop at our New York City office, where we invited guests into our space to fuss with food, props, and surfaces, all in the name of the ideal photo.


There were vintage forks, twigs, cheese, rosé cocktails, and a whole lot of Instagramming (all things we covet, not in order of favorites). So check out some photos from the event below and get inspired to do some styling on your own:  

Our Art Director Alexis Anthony sets and styles a table. 

Two tables, two different settings: A great pear (and gourd).

Centerpieces don't have to have flowers—look to nature and what's in season for inspiration.

Cheese plate prep (figs and grapes are always in style). 

The finished cheese plate (left) and Heidi Swanson's genius pan-fried white beans with kale that also make for a genius crostini (right). 

The Instagram-worthy finished table (and snacks).  

Our Creative Director Kristen Miglore got in on the action.

Even when our Art Director, Alexis, is busy laying out scene after scene (like in the photos above), she regularly gives us (and you!) tips and tricks to use in our everyday lives to perk things up—just take a peek below at her magic: 

Alexis has taught us how to style our shelves (left), spruce up our book nooks (right), and hang our walls with non-art (below). 


Photo of bookshelves and nook by Mark Weinberg, wall art by Rocky Luten, and all other photos by Rachel Orlow 

In partnership with Blurb, a self-publishing platform for creatng your own books, we're sharing behind-the-scenes stories on Food52 photography and styling. Check out all of Blurb's book options here