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Behind the Scenes of FOOD54 (Plus the blooper reel!)

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We're thrilled that so many of you loved FOOD54, our April Fools' Day prank. Now we'd like to take you behind the scenes of our (hilarious) shoot day!

While Amanda & Merrill got into costume (more on that in a second), the kitchen was set-dressed: a rotary dial telephone (it was Amanda's when she was a kid!), a red boa in the cabinet, a loaf of Wonder bread by the stove, and White Castle french fries splayed on the counter.


A&M did all their own costume and makeup work -- didn't they look amazing? Merrill's husband Jonathan claimed that he couldn't recognize her!

Merrill's wig cap helped. And as we learned throughout the course of the day, glitter gets everywhere.


Our intrepid videographer Alex Lisowski kept us in high spirits throughout the shoot in Amanda's kitchen (Kristy pitched in to help with sound while Alex did some close ups):

And then we went to the disco! Or rather, FOOD52er Peter Steinberg's basement. (Why does it have a disco ball installed? Long story.) Peter's adorable baby Charlie fell in love with the disco ball as we danced the afternoon away -- and despite our blaring 70s music, it eventually put him to asleep!

At the end of the day, Walker and Addie wanted in on the disco action too -- do you recognize my glitter shoes and Amanda's silver leggings?

And now...the official FOOD54 bloopers reel, as edited into hilarity by Kyle Orosz. Do NOT miss Amanda crawling up onto her stove!

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