Shari’s Pick with Natasha Nicholson!

Thanks for posting these behind the scenes shots, Natasha! This image was for LCBO’s Shari’s Pick, featured in the current Fall issue of Food and Drink Magazine.


See Natasha Nicholson’s blog here to see more from our day together recently,  and for more of her amazing work on her website here.


That would be me, multi-tasking…

and the final image that was used…


Foodography Fall session! Oct 3

FoodographyPEC is being hosted by Waupoos Estates Winery, and will take over their Gazebo Restaurant for the day on Oct 3 .It’s a magical zone of Prince Edward County, especially in Fall when traffic subsides and farm stands are still oveflowing with goodness.

Visit our website for more details on the workshop  here.

With amazing natural lighting, we’ll gather with cameras and tripods to capture a delicious Fall harvest menu. Contact me if you’re interested to hear more about what our food styling, photography and design tips can offer you.

We hit the ground running at 9 am with coffee and warm muffins, some demos, and lots of assignments during the session where you’ll get direct feedback amidst a delicious day shared by a group of enthusiasts and pros in a dynamic,creative space (with lunch! and Winery tour!) See what we actually DO to make images like those used in our posters happen. Photographer extraordinaire Christopher Gentile and I shot this in my front yard one afternoon recently, and enjoyed eating and sharing the tarts. The food we shoot stands tall against the argument that I hear all the time…. that …..”it’s all fake, right?”  Not the way we do it!   Thanks Tim from Ton-up Creative for another great poster! { Click the poster image twice, to enlarge} See you in Waupoos ! or in April for our next workshop? Cheers, Ruth


Spring issue of Grapevine

Another issue of Grapevine Magazine has hit the newstands!  and is also available for free in many places here in Prince Edward County and area.

Check out the Spring 2013 issue here.

These images are from the Grapefruit story featured in this edition with recipes by Jennifer McLagen, available in the digital version you can download here.

Photo   Vince Noguchi Food Styling Ruth Gangbar    Props  Laura Branson

Grapefruit Cocktail

Pork Tenderloin with Grapefruit Glaze
Pork Tenderloin with Grapefruit Glaze
Grapefruit and Spinach Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing
Grapefruit and Spinach Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing


In addition to a fabulous Foodography workshop on March 8 at Huff Estates Winery, the week also included this astounding bit of press in The Times here in PEC (one of my favourite newspapers! from Wellington, Ontario!), written by food friend and localista Theresa Durning. Thanks again T ! We’re thrilled.

Top it off with another generous slice of limelight in the current Spring issue of  LCBO Food & Drink magazine! WOW!! ; my gratitude abounds.

Click on the image below a bunch of times to enlarge, and read the Trendspotting story about our FoodographyPEC food styling and photography workshops.  Judging from the response we’re getting, this team is onto something!  Like our facebook page here, and watch us grow.Special thanks to photographer Christopher Gentile, proving himself to be “the light wizard” and an in-cred-ible pro to work with;  Tim Snyder…appreciate your levity and constant design saavy.


bunkie joy, and news

You might have noticed there’s alot of buzz on this blog about food styling photography workshops lately.

Thank you (if you’ve been watching and reading about it here)…I’ve appreciated having a place to share updates and announcements with you.

With warmer days not too far away, I’m migrating most postings about Food●ographyPEC to our facebook page. Uber-photographer Christopher Gentile has been right onboard with posting delicious images (and details) of what foodphotos we’ve been creating together; we’re poised to announce some really fun additions to the workshop itinerary for 2013. So like us here on facebook to see regular updates & news,our photo gallery…. hear about some of our incredible clients and friends.

Meanwhile, I’ll be posting random rantings about food, off-grid cabins, and wonderful things close to my home near the Black River here in Prince Edward County. Travels beyond? sure hope so…and after all, Toronto is home too !

Today’s inspiration came from finishing up a recipe writing gig (HAIL to CHEESE!) , and seeing the Potomic Cabin featured on  Tiny House Swoon ….check it out!!….with images that inspired me to hike through the snow to visit my own little sleeping gem, the Black River Bunkie, also made of reclaimed materials and cute as a button.

These pictures are from a feature story about winter, my picnic and my bunkie… in Cottage Life Magazine (photogDerek Shapton). It even made the cover of the Winter Issue 2008 !



Are you looking for a cozy, funky place to retreat to this summer? Contact me….I’m looking to hire someone inclined to help with the garden and to rent the Bunkie for the season.It’s a cozy place for a writer or artist to hang out, and only a short walk from Vicki’s Veggies.

Stay warm ! Spring is coming…and it’s almost time for Picton’s very own “Seedy Saturday”on Sat Feb 23 ! where we shake off winter, mingle with friends, and get seedy. I, unfortunately, will be in Toronto…stuffing my face with Dim Sum and getting ready to take on a busy week of food styling there.

Food●ography March 8 menu & Summer workshop!

Excited to share Michael Hoy’s delicious menu for next Food●ography workshop on March 8, at Huff Estates Winery with Hoy @ Huff !  Bring your cameras and join me, photographer Christopher Gentile and graphic designer Tim Snyder of Ton-up Creative ,as we transform the winery’s dining room (with some help from our friends at French County) into a food photography set! Registration information (including details for booking a room at the Inn at Huff Estates Winery)is here.


Spring Green Soup with Peas, fresh Herbs and Cream

A Luscious and Velvety Intense Green Soup

Cream, fresh Herbs and Emerald Peas

Italian Style Flintshire Farms Pheasant Breast with Roasted Garlic, Chiles, Tomato & Cipollini Onions

Grilled Polenta, Rapini and Fava Beans

Tartlets – Three Ways

Sicilian Ricotta with Lemon, Honey and Toasted Pine Nuts

Poached Pear Tartlet with Hazelnut Mascarpone

Playful assorted Fruit Tartlets

Indulge in a guided dessert wine pairing (of the tartlets that you create and shoot yourself) with esteemed sommellier Brian Hanna.

A winery tour follows dessert, at the end of the workshop.

Maybe becasue it’s especially snowy and cold today….we’re delighted to announce our Summer workshop will be held at the heritage, 1830′s farmhouse home (on 40 acres) of  From the Farm Cooking School on July 11, with Cynthia Peters !

More details soon, but join us in cooking (and shooting, and eating….) a beautiful Summer Garden Picnic under the ancient shade tree in the garden, complete with pickings from Cynthia’s own herb and vegetable garden.



A gorgeous, sparkling afternoon has prompted an early toast to the good stuff of 2013 , from FoodographyPEC !  Thanks for watching what we’re up to…after the holidays we’ll share some fresh shots of what’s been cooking up.

Good things ahead?  include our next workshop on March 8 at Huff Estates with a spring menu by “Hoy at Huff” ; dessert wine pairings with sommelier Brain Hanna. Registering for the package with accomodations? contact the Inn at Huff Estates directly; open daily, 24 hr reception. 866-484-4667   toll free 613-393-1414   phone    or Wanting just the workshop? contact Ruth. French Country in Picton is providing props for the day, so don’t forget your tripod and camera capture your own dessert creations in magnificence, with photographer Christopher Gentile demonstrating his expertise. Creating beautiful food photography makes us happy, and we’re passionate about showing you how.  Tim Snyder of Ton-up Creative will be there again too, helping to put all the pieces together for samples of marketing materials that work.

Or are you looking for something sooner to spice up the winter?  Rosehall Run (613-399-1183    1-888-399-1183) is hosting a fabulous workshop package Feb 16 & 17, including a Sunday demo and tasting of something delicious for breakfast.  Elizabeth Pulker, writer of Farm to Table  Breakfasts in Prince Edward County is cooking something yummy in the morning on Feb 17; I will be there showing simple styling techniques; pouring syrup, melting butter, fruit garnishes… This package includes Saturday night accomodations at the newly renovated Angelines in Bloomfield, and a dinner and wine pairings with Chef Scott Royce and winemaker Dan Sullivan. Happy New Year all ! Cheers to the good stuff….

photo Christopher Gentile