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August Meeting: Food Truck Rally

The Chow Down Uptown Food Truck Rally has really grown since its humble initial gathering. It’s stopped meeting every week and more food trucks have joined, resulting in bigger crowds at each event. Charlotte Food Bloggers decided to descend upon the rally and let the food trucks do all of our prep work for our August meeting. Someone else can cook for a change! We’ll just mingle. And eat. And critique. And snap photos and stuff.

Like this.

Vanessa‘s photographing a root beer float cupcake.

Mary picked blueberry instead. This shot was taken right before a Fox News EDGE reporter started bugging her to take a bite on camera. Who wants to do that?!

She did end up in a cute news clip — no on-camera masticating involved, thankfully. Her 15 seconds of fame are at the 0:55 mark.

But back to those cupcakes . . .

That’s a flippin’ ELVIS CUPCAKE on the left, y’all, from Cupcake Delirium. Peanut butter, banana, and candied flippin’ BACON. And Jamie nabbed a S’mores cupcake. I kind of want to stick my face in that toasted marshmallow frosting. Heck yes!

I notice, by the way, we don’t have shots of any food other than cupcakes. You can tell we prioritize. And by ‘we’ I mean Taylor.

L-R: Jamie, VanessaTaylor, Mary, Julie

Anyhow, fun times were had by all (aren’t we cute?) at our low-prep meeting. We enjoyed the easy breezy nature of the meetup so much that we’re doing it again! Here’s what you need to know if you missed us:

Some important notes:

– Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 22  at 5 pm at the CHOW DOWN Uptown Food Truck Rally (at the NC Music Factory behind the Fillmore). Bring cash, since most trucks don’t take cards.

– We’d love suggestions for conversation topics, field trips, group challenges, pot luck themes, etc. Record your field trip suggestions here.

-Taylor just created a new website for all his tailgating info! Go check out his new digs at Taylor Tailgates! All of his photography posts will stay on Taylor Takes a Taste.

A Rally For Food Trucks! 8/18

Hey everyone! I have an exciting announcement! Our next meet up will be at the Chow Down Uptown Food Truck event. I am sure most of you have heard of this event that has been occurring in Uptown Charlotte, and I know a lot of you have been, and if you haven’t it will be a great event  to check out!

There will be plenty of fun and food. So let’s go and support our local Food Truck Community.

The event is

Charlotte Chow Down Uptown

Thursday August 18th from 5-9

In the parking lot next to Dixie’s Tavern and across from 7th Street Station.

Plan on getting there early in past events the trucks have sold out as early as 7pm.

Look for the group of people with cameras and are taking pictures of their food! We shouldn’t be too hard to pick out.

If you follow is on twitter, we will be tweeting where and what we are eating!

If you will be attending leave a comment and let us know! Look forward to seeing everyone out!



Plate To Pixel Book Signing

Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling is Helene Dujardin’s gorgeous new book that the entire interwebs was — justifiably, I assure you — immediately in love with. The book covers everything from photography basics and technical details to natural and artificial lighting, composition, and the art of food styling.

Dujardin herself (who authors the blog Tartelette) ventured into food photography as a practical means to an end. She was a pastry chef determined to visually communicate the plating of her desserts with the night staff at the restaurant where she worked.

Having started as a novice, taught herself the craft, and reached stunning professional and artistic success, she’s the perfect person to relate to food photographers at all skill levels.  Her accessibility and ingenuity is communicated on every page of Plate to Pixel.

And turns out, y’all, that she’s also super sweet. And funny! And genuine, and down-to-earth, and  — all the things you hope a rockstar-chef, photography-genius, and bestselling-author will turn out to be.

The book signing was held at Amelie’s French Bakery in NoDa, where we bought goodies to eat and congregated in a back room exquisitely appointed with French artifacts (perfect for Helene, who hails from France).  In addition to book signing, there was lots of laughter and chatter about food and photography (some of our favorite things, of course).

The person who wins the award for farthest distance traveled to meet Helene is Kit, who drove in from Raleigh.  There were also several Charlotte food bloggers there: Brooke, Vanessa, Taylor, and Julie.

We missed you CFBers who had to work or were otherwise occupied and couldn’t make it!  But we ate pastries in your honor.

It was tough, but we did it for you.  What can I say? We love you guys.

So many thanks to Helene Dujardin for making the trip up to Charlotte to spend the day with us (and to her husband, who we’re told did the driving)!  It’s an understatement to say it was a pleasure to meet you, and we’ll continue reaping the benefits of your work in Plate to Pixel.

Some important notes:

– Our next meeting will be Wednesday, June 29 (note the date change) — our first weeknight meetup! We’ll meet at the TCBY in Montford Abbey Shopping Center (1730 Abbey Place, Charlotte, NC 28209) at 7pm for some frozen yogurt and fun
– We’d love suggestions for conversation topics, field trips, group challenges, pot luck themes, etc. Record your field trip suggestions here.

Second Meeting: The Fruits of Our Labor

After gallivanting around the strawberry fields, the Charlotte Food Bloggers got together on May 21 to enjoy the fruits of our labor — and creativity! Who knew you could do so much with a strawberry? Well, these guys did:

Just like last month, there was another fantastic spread. Lots of camera clicking, lots of bloggy chat. Topics around the table this time ranged from the current plight of food trucks in Charlotte to what our newest member, Crosby, should name his fledgling blog (he settled on Crosby Stills and Flash — go check it out!)

Thankfully, even with all of the chatter, we managed to eat plenty.

-Kelly from Foodie Fresh, brought fresh, cool Asian Nappa Cabbage Slaw.

-Alison from Wish Upon a Chef brought an amazing sweet and spicy Strawberry Salsa with cinnamon sugar chips.

-Julie from Willow Bird Baking brought a Strawberry Cream Pie based on an old family recipe.

-Julia from No Face Plate brought a rockin’ Strawberry Caprese Tart.

-Katie from Sweet Tater Blog brought both strawberry jam and some amazing raw figgy brownies with a layer of strawberry jam on top.

-Diana from The Chic Life brought some bright, fresh tabbouleh — that we missed a photo of 😦

-Ensley from The Preppy Vegan brought some satisfying vegan artichoke dip. Not long after the meeting, she headed off to Teach for America’s training institute — best wishes for that new beginning, Ensley!

-Taylor from Taylor Takes a Taste brought a delicious bowl of roasted sweet potato salad.

-Crosby, of the aforementioned Crosby Stills and Flash, brought another bright red fruit to the strawberry party: fresh cherries!

-Finally, Emma, the lovely Southern Cake Queen swooped in with some pretty pink strawberry cupcakes.

Some important notes if you missed this meeting:

– Be sure to come to Amelie’s on June 17 to meet Helene Dujardin, food photographer extraordinaire, who will be in town signing her new book Plate to Pixel.
– Our next meeting will be Tuesday, June 28 — our first weeknight meetup! Details will follow.
– We’d love suggestions for conversation topics, field trips, group challenges, pot luck themes, etc. Record your field trip suggestions here.

Plate to Pixel Book Signing!

I am excited to announce that we will be hosting a book signing for Helene Dujardin the incredibly talented food photographer/stylist, voice of the award winning food blog Tartelette, and author of the amazing food photography book “Plate to Pixel”

The signing will take place at Amelie’s in Noda on Friday June 17th at 1:30pm and last until around 3pm

There will not be any copies to purchase, you may purchase a copies through amazon or at Barnes and Noble.

If you want to learn more about the book, here is a trailer for it.

Plate to Pixel Promo Video HD from Taylor Mathis on Vimeo.


Hope to see you there !

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