I’m feeling the happy glow after a lot of hard work came together in such a fun and successful day yesterday!! My incredible and talented friend Ilse van der Merwe, The Food Fox and I hosted a fabulous group of inspiring foodie women from so many walks of life for our 2016 Food Styling workshop! We couldn’t have done it without the generous help of our venue Oldenburg wine farm (Annine you were amazing!!). WHAT a place – you won’t find more stunning accommodation ANYWHERE in the winelands! A true and exquisite piece of paradise!! The six bedroom manor house comes complete with breathtaking mountain views, a cathedral like-kitchen and it’s own butler – I’m moving in!! I wish I’d had more time to take a million photos – next time for sure :-D We were also delighted to gift our attendees with a goodie bag full of treaties from these super and supportive people: Checkers, Woolworths, Poetry Stores and Thorne and Daughters. Checkers were so wonderful to also sponsor our ingredients and Ilse cooked up a storm to style and devour!
We started off with a breakfast spread overlooking the Helshoogte mountains and then packed in a tonne of theory before getting down to styling beautiful food :-D We decided to have a bit of fun with the first two set ups (inspired by Donna Hay Magazine’s black and white edition!) and shot a white on white duck egg merginue mess with passionfruit, as well as a black on black chocolate tart with mulberry glaze. Then lunch of souvlaki pitas with greek salad, red pepper hummus and tzatziki which we styled afterwards. The class then got to it on their own with some artisanal bread set ups and a green pesto spaghetti – they aced it from the start!! We finished off the intensive day with a chocolate milk and nutella cookies shot and lots of happy chat!
THANK YOU ladies for joining us and being happy sponges for all the info we threw at you! Thank you again to our assistant Paula Smit – a little tornado of talent who is going somewhere in the food world! And of course a super special thank you (which will never be enough!!) to a force of nature and truly beautiful friend Ilse van der Merwe… Enjoy the photos.