A couple weeks ago I got a call about a project from Rachel Sherwood, my favorite food stylist. As often happens, it was a last-minute need for an image. Unlike most, though, the call came at 9:00AM on a Saturday. The shot needed to happen the next day.
But when duty calls and leaves you a message, you call back. And as it turned out, it led to a couple of firsts for me.
The client was Giggles Campfire Grill, one of my favorite food vendors at the Minnesota State Fair, and they have a new dish for this year’s Great Get Together: Northwoods Salad on a Stick. Here it is, in all its glory:
Giggles wanted to make a splash, following up on the splash they already made this spring, when they were featured on The View; they wanted Salad on a Stick on billboards and bus shelters surrounding the fairgrounds. An unheard of marketing coup for a State Fair food vendor.
Now, like many many Minnesotans, I’m nuts for our State Fair: until recently, with the influx of food trucks in Mpls and St. Paul, the fair was about the only place to stroll and stuff yourself on simple portable foods (one of my favorite food categories). So any opportunity to work in connection with the fair. . . I’m there. Plus, I’d never shot anything for outdoor use. Two birds, one dish on a stick!
Which is how I came to meet Rachel at Gabe’s in the Park (another fine property owned by the Giggles folks) at 9AM on a Sunday. We set up in their game room, Sunday morning gospel on the sound system, beautiful salad on our minds. Here are a couple behind the scenes snaps of the glamour:
If you’re on the University of Minnesota campus, or driving south on Snelling in the vicinity of the fair, keep your eyes peeled for the billboard and bus shelters. And it goes without saying that you should get yourself a nice, healthy salad on a stick this year at the fair!