Throwback Thursday: Food Styling Field Trip

Back in February, BiteUnite hosted a field trip on Food Styling 101 and the global theme of SYMMETRY. Here’s what you missed:

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BiteUnite was founded by Patta Arkaresvimun as a co-working, commercial kitchen and cafe. As a native of Thailand living in big cities like Hong Kong and San Francisco, Patta realized the need for authentic Thai food like she grew up with, and started teaching classes as an amateur chef. Three years later, BiteUnite is a space built to offer the basic necessities chefs need to kick off their own business, including a fully equipped, licensed commercial kitchen, business support, and a neighborhood cafe to engage with the community.

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Patta is entirely self taught both in cooking and photography, but her tips and tricks to food styling and foodstagram photos are universal. She emphasized the importance of balance in photography, both a physical symmetrical balance in the composition, and a balance between active and passive subjects (for example, a hand with chopsticks reaching into the frame).

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She then invited the class to put her tips into action by playing with and photographing food in creative ways, before ultimately enjoying breakfast together. Rule #1 of foodstagram: camera eats first.

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Huge thanks to Patta and the BiteUnite team for hosting, teaching, and (most importantly) feeding this workshop. You can learn more about their space and cooking classes at 600 S Van Ness. Photos taken by Ben Conde. See more on Flickr.