With all the fun I’ve been having doing house tours, it seemed that the next likely step was to start doing Kitchen tours for Apartment Therapy’s sister site, TheKitchn. Which, BT-dubs, I highly recommend checking out for foodie inspiration (and that’s not just because I work with them). This gives me the opportunity to explore my other big interest. FOOD! But as I’ve come to learn in my few years here in Austin, it’s not just the food that’s important but the people behind the food that really make it happen (oh, and my puns? always intended). So without further ado, I present my first Kitchen Tour…

The subject of my first kitchen tour, is someone I’ve worked with a bit the past month during events for The Well Gro Co. I got the chance to meet her the first time as mentioned in my post for the REAL. FOOD. SOCIAL. (I like to capitalize that) and then again for a Food Revolution Day event held at the SFC Farmer’s Market in Austin (I unjustifiably don’t go there enough). Jess loves Austin, loves to cook, and has a notable blog (ForgivingMartha), so why not get a kitchen tour organized? We did just that, and I showed up bright and early one Sunday afternoon with Batman and Robin in tow.

It was great that I knew Jess previously, so I could be open with her about my intimidation with the new camera (I’m the worst at hiding nerves). This kitchen tour actually turned out to be the perfect platform to give the Bat a trial run. Since it was focused on one room it allowed me to shoot her kitchen with both cameras to get things tuned in (and thanks for being patient with me on that, Jess). When it came time for edits though, most of the shots from the Canon were simply a cut above – especially for all the portraits.

I remember Jess providing a few disclaimers before I showed up…my kitchen is tiny, it has no light, and it’s an apartment! Despite all her concerns, I think we managed to make things work and our readers usually appreciate seeing great food come from humble beginnings. Jess’ unique joy for cooking means she not only cooks gluten-free and dairy-free fare to accommodate her dietary restrictions, but also regular fare for friends and family to enjoy. As a bonus, I got to take home the batch of non-gluten-free Italian Cream Cheese cupcakes Jess prepared for the tour. They were crumbly, delicious, and I don’t know how she can make something so well without being able to taste it herself. All I know is that If cupcakes and treats are going to be a regular part of this gig I’m going to get real used to more of these kitchen tours. Any suggestions Austin?

You can read the full post of her Kitchen Tour with gallery here on TheKitchn, and for outtakes from the photo shoot all you gotta do is scroll on down…

Thanks again Jess!



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