There are some big dates and events in the calendar that one always looks forward to in the year. You know the ones. You can count on the highlight every year: the child’s Birthday party knowing that there will be plenty of chocolate cake, summer vacation promising a few weeks of relaxation or Christmas when you look forward to the baubles, sparkles and family fun.
In my calendar I have added the Dubai Workshop to one such annual highlight .
Putting aside the fact that I am usually excited about Dubai anyway. Getting back together with my parents and brother always means a grand time, but now Dubai also means getting together with Sally Prosser and holding a fantastic food styling and photography workshop with a friend who has become a dear and cherished friend.
I am thrilled to be able to announce that we’ve put our heads, energy and passion together and are once again offering a 2 day event this Fall.
After the Superlative Workshop at Atlantis, The Palm and then a State of the Art at the Miele Gallery, the third Food Styling and Photography event promises to continue with the tradition of providing hands-on sessions, demos, many exercises and exciting field trips. It’s going to be a packed 2 days of work and fun and I hope you are ready to join us.
“Never change a winning team” was Sir Alfred Ramsey’s statement as the very successful manager of the English soccer team, taking the team to win the 1966 Word Cup. With respect to this, Sally and I have once again collaborated with the Miele Gallery, revisiting their state-of-the-art gallery with modern presentation rooms, fully equipped kitchen and lots of open, light-flooded rooms (under the guidance of the super-efficient Cynthia Farhat), perfect for styling and photographing in a private and relaxed atmosphere.
We are also bringing back the talented and very vibrant Dima Sharif of the very successful “I COOK, Specialized Culinary Courses” to join us again. This time she will create a delectable authentic Palestinian menu for our participants. Dima will guide our participants in a hands-on session giving tips, talking about the authentic presentation and the history of the Palestinian dishes.
Finally, the unbeatable Russell Impiazzi of Lafayette Gourmet is also once again part of our team, coming back to prepare a surprise finale dinner for our participants.
New to our team is the lovely Arva, who I met at last year’s workshop finale dinner and knew instantly I wanted to get her involved in our next Dubai workshop. Arva is the fantastic brain behind Frying Pan Adventures, creator of the amazing gastronomic tours of Old Dubai.
“many of the most authentic experiences are tucked away in a backstreet of Old Dubai, an alley that only 'old timers' would know of, a corner which has been long forgotten in favour of newer, shinier parts of town. We are passionate about those 'hidden gems' that communicate and preserve the culinary culture that gave birth to them. We obsessively scour out the small unassuming restaurants, local markets and all manner of authentic food establishments in Dubai, especially ones that serve up a simple but evocative meal. Whether it be a sensuous Moroccan tagine, a giant Iraqi fire-grilled carp, or a plate of Nepalese dumplings, each of them is a culinary treasure that conveys culture, history, language, tradition, and sometimes even war and politics.”
She is putting together a unique and awesome street-food tour for our Dubai workshop participants that will take us away from the glitzy and glamorous Dubai and back into the parts of Dubai that often go undiscovered or have been forgotten. Together we will experience and taste authentic Dubai! I am very excited about this.
We will work intensively together on honing your food styling and photography skills, with presentations, exercises and assignments, which I will guide and aid you to develop. We will spoil you with tantalizing and divine meals and food and excite you with a memorable street-food tour of Old Dubai.
Excited to join us? Here are the details of what we will cover, what the event costs are and where you can register.
Day one - Tuesday 29th October 2013
Meet and Greet Brunch and Introduction
Photography Fundamentals by Meeta Wolff
Mastering the camera, natural light techniques, focusing, learning the techniques etc.
Styling Fundamentals by Meeta Wolff
Composition and placement, creating a mood/atmosphere, the right props, color, texture etc.
Free-Style Photography Exercises - Group Work
Q&A and Setting the theme for the Main Assignment
Street Food Tour & Dinner by Frying Pan Adventures
Discovering Dubai with your taste buds: A delicious and unique food tour through the backstreets of Old Dubai.
Day two - Wednesday 30th October 2013
Social Media Strategy by Sally Prosser
Finding your way through the social media jungle. Tips and tricks, how to cover various channels and the dos & don'ts
Enhancing your Images with Lightroom by Meeta Wolff
Styling Demo by Meeta Wolff
Cooking Demo and An authentic Palestinian Lunch prepared by Dima Sharif
Intensive work on assignment - Group work
Evaluation, discussion & critique
Constructive feedback, discussion and critique on exercises
Honey Tasting by Balqees Honey
Finale Dinner prepared by Russell Impiazzi
Further details for the announcement:
2 day food styling and photography sessions with Meeta
Tuesday: Meet & Greet Brunch and Street Food Tour & Dinner; Wednesday: Traditional Arabic Lunch & Cooking Demo, Honey Tasting and Finale Dinner
Snacks and beverages during the workshop
Transport to and from the off-site assignment
All material/equipment is provided for the shooting /styling sessions
Location: Miele Gallery, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
To register please visit the workshop website.
Limited to max 12 participants
Please Note: The organizers reserve the rights to modify the programme should the need arise.
We will keep you updated on any new developments and interesting news over on the workshop website.
See you in Dubai this Fall!
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