Our day started with a light breakfast, followed by a tour of the Stonewall Kitchen facilities. We also got to hear the story behind how Stonewall Kitchen got started, which was definitely an interesting tale!
|Where the magic happens.|
Over the years, the Stonewall Kitchen staff has collected hundreds of photo props from yard sales, antique stores, etc. The amount of props they had in this rather small room was more than impressive.
One of the key takeaways from this course, for me: You don't need fancy, expensive equipment to get a good food shot. As long as you have the right props, an interesting backdrop, and some natural daylight, you can almost always get a professional-looking photo.
Throughout the day, I also attended courses on writing restaurant reviews, recipe development and photo editing. The courses were taught by professionals in the business, and/or employees of Stonewall Kitchen. A full list of the speakers from that day can be viewed here.
In the middle of the day, we took a break for lunch. Our lunch was held in the Cooking School, where Patty Roche cooked each course in front of us before serving.
On the menu: Acorn Squash Soup with ginger...
Cheesy polenta with seasonal vegetables (chicken was also served with this)...
And an addictive Pear and Fig Cobbler with homemade vanilla ice cream.
Patty was hilarious, and her energy was contagious. Her food was also incredibly delicious, and we were all lucky enough to walk away with each of the recipes.
After lunch, we also got to sample some Stonewall Kitchen goodies. Despite how full I was, I was able to sample a few of the jams and mustards!
As we were leaving, we were also given quite the generous gift bag, as well as an KitchenAid Immersion Blender, courtesy of Wayfair (one of the conference’s sponsors).
Overall, this was hands down of the best conferences I have been to. Not only was it held at Stonewall Kitchen – one of my favorite food products on the market – but it was also a more intimate conference, which resulted in being able to meet more people, and have more interactive class sessions. The speakers at the conference were also wildly impressive, and I learned a lot from each session I attended. Now I just need to get through all of my notes to make sense of it all!
What's your favorite Stonewall Kitchen product? I love their Wild Maine Blueberry jam!