Spotlight: FeedFeed + Figgy Pops Stop Motion

When it comes to making videos, stop-motion animation has long been my favorite of project to work on. I grew up in a Monty Python family, and I started making my own short films inspired by Terry Gilliam's work as soon as I had access to a video camera. With so much focus on stop motion animation in the online video world these days, it's been greatly satisfying to be able to make this hobby of mine a part of my career as a food stylist. Here's one of my favorite projects so far, a lush, detailed advertorial video for FeedFeed + Figgy Pops.

New Work: Hudsonville Ice Cream Packaging

Last summer I had the great pleasure of spending some of New York City's hottest weeks in the cool (ok, downright cold) walls of Michigan's Hudsonville Ice Cream factory in the suburbs of Grand Rapids. Photographer Hadley Henry and I teamed up with local branding agency Rocket Science to shoot the images that would completely redesign the brand's look and feel by elevating it's packaging to compete with artisanal grocery store brands. The whole experience was a food stylist's dream come true  — a wonderful, trusting team which afforded us the freedom to make creative decisions as needed, not to mention the unlimited ice cream and dry ice! 

Inside the Hudsonville Ice Cream Deep Freezer

Inside the Hudsonville Ice Cream Deep Freezer

Resist Wings

Before you tune into what I'm told is a football game later today, take a minute to write or call your representatives and let them know what irks you. And then whip up these wings.

Blue Cheese Dip
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons mayonaise
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
chives, for serving

Combine in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Garnish with chopped chives.

4 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup hot sauce, such as Franks
4 pounds chicken wings
Blue cheese, for serving

In a small bowl, whisk together butter and hot sauce. Pour half over chicken wings and toss to cover. Place wings on sheet pan and broil 15-20 minutes until golden, rotating and flipping wings to cook evenly. Transfer to serving platter and drizzle with reserved sauce. Top with with blue cheese and serve with blue cheese dip.