02 June, 2010

Food Writing With Dianne Jacob

When Foodportunity organizer, Keren Brown, asked me to photograph the "Food Writing for Food Lovers" writing workshop, I was already tentatively booked by another potential client. But after reading the class summary and reading up on Dianne Jacob, I knew I had to not only shoot this class, but attend it. I was, luckily, able to switch days with my new client, and attend the all-day writing workshop.

So much of my life has been centered around food, writing, and photography. Trying to find a way to meld the three has been enjoyable, but confusing and challenging. After taking this class, and acquiring Dianne's book "Will Write for Food" -- a straight-forward, no-apologies guide to writing for the food industry -- I've now changed directions in my writing. I feel like I found a home. I'm right where I belong.

I'm not saying everyone will have this sort of epiphany taking her class, or reading her book, but I can guarantee two things: a good time and continued education. She's at times hilarious, extremely knowledgeable about the food industry, and her class provoked lively discussions. It was nothing short of both enlightening and entertaining.

Thanks to Keren Brown for setting it up, to the staff at the Fairmont Olympic Seattle (a spectacular venue), and particularly to the chef, Gavin Stevenson of the Georgian, for a most memorable lunch and a complimentary jar of preserves to each member of the class. Thanks also to the fabulous Greek Gods Yogurt and Viv Agave for their sponsorship, as well as Sur La Table for the incredible goodies. A fabulous day all around!

Keren Brown and lovely decor

Greek Gods yogurt for breakfast

Coffee, tea, and water to keep us hydrated and focused!

Keren introducing Dianne

Dianne taking the wheel

Dianne's book "Will Write for Food" and her class materials

Pondering food writing pieces

Ron Holden reading an amusing piece he wrote in class

There was an abundance of laughter and many lively discussions

Chef Gavin Stephenson of The Georgian,
and his sous chef, welcoming us for lunch

Incredible offerings not on the Georgian menu, 
made especially for us by Gavin Stephenson

What better way to serve a foodie crowd, but with Gavin's
tasty and colorful handiwork

Curried chicken salad sandwiches

A plethora of salads and sandwiches, all worthy of framing

Grapefruit salad

Chocolate ganache truffles on a stick topped with 
chocolate-flavored pop rocks!

Rebecca Mongrain of Sur La Table showing someone the
new "Eat Local" cookbook

The reading and writing process

Thanks for a truly remarkable experience, Dianne!


  1. Beautiful pics, Jackie! It was so nice to meet you!

  2. What fun to relive the whole day through these gorgeous photos, Jackie. I must say I'v never taught a class in such a classy setting.

    Thank you so much. I plan to post a few on my blog too.

  3. I agree, Dianne. The venue was lovely.

    Thanks for the compliments! I enjoyed working with you!

  4. This is definitely a class I need to take. Running out to buy the book for sure. Beautiful photos - thank you for sharing.

  5. Beautiful documentation of what sounds like a wonderful class! I wish we had as many workshops here relevant to food writing/photography as it seems like you guys do up there.

    On another note: chocolate flavored pop rocks?!? Did they make those in house, or is this something that exists in stores?

  6. The chocolate pop rocks were made in-house. He'd studied for a short time under a molecular gastronomist in Spain (can't remember his name, but a famous chef) and that was one thing he learned to make. It was truly fabulous. I'm amazed by those who can produce such interesting foods (that are still VERY tasty).

  7. Small world, Jackie. I just met Ron Holden when I jumped in on a eating tour of media visiting Vancouver a couple of weeks ago! He's a lovely, lovely man. And here he is again at this session...along with Dianne Jacob, who is speaking at my workshop in September in the Okanagan.

  8. Ron is great! I enjoy his humor. ;-)

    I'm still so bummed to miss the workshop opportunity. I am a huge fan of Dianne Jacob, but will see her end of August at the International Food Bloggers Conference, so that'll be a nice one, I'm sure.

    It IS a small world!

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