Those of you who follow me on instagram know that I’ve been hinting about a gathering I’ve had in the works for a couple months now, and today I finally get to share it with you. Myself and Carey Nershi of Reclaiming Provincial are hosting a Food Styling & Photography Workshop in upstate New York this fall. The 2 and 1/2 day workshop takes places in a renovated 19th century barn atop a picturesque mountain surrounded by 300 acres of fall foliage (think Thomas Kincade painting.)

Participants will arrive the evening of Friday October 3rd for a local feast, followed by a photography lesson. The following day will be spent in styling and shooting lessons, with an excursion to a local farmer’s market in a historic round barn. Sunday will include more hands-on styling and shooting, with a lesson on post-processing images in Lightroom. Monday morning will begin with a farewell breakfast and we’ll bid our goodbyes as everyone departs the barn by 10 am. All meals will be provided by myself and the lovely Miss Nershi. I’d love nothing more than to share this experience with you, so please feel free to email me with any questions!  You can follow the link below to register. I also made a little video for the workshop registration, I hope you enjoy it!
October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

 

Workshop material will include adjusting internal camera settings such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and their effects on the image, lenses and their focal lengths, manipulation of natural lighting, food styling and plating, and post processing in Adobe Lightroom 5. A DLSR camera is required for the course. The barn has many bedrooms but some rooms have several beds in them and so we’ve adjusted the registration fee accordingly. The sleeping arrangements include:
  • King Bed – Shared bed in a shared room, great option for friends taking the course together. {$750}
  • Queen Bed – Bed to yourself, room to yourself. {$1,000}
  • Queen Bed – Bed to yourself, shared room. {$950}
  • Full Bed – Bed to yourself, shared room. {$900}
  • Twin Bed – Bed to yourself, shared room. {$850}

Registration closes September 20th, but there are only 10 spaces available so claim your space soon!

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

To celebrate the opening of this beautiful event, I’ve made an equally exciting icebox cake. While this sweet may look very complex and fancy, it’s actually very much the opposite of that. Icebox cake is made up of wafer cookies layered with whipped cream and sometimes fresh fruit. You then cover the cake and let it chill in the fridge for a couple hours.

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

During this process, something magical happens. The wafer cookies become soft and cake-like, and the whipped cream absorbs a bit of flavor from the fruit and cookies. Because the cookies have softened so much, you can then slices the whole thing like a cake. There is literally no baking involved (hence the name icebox cake) unless you wanted to go all-out and make your own wafer cookies.

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

It’s endlessly alterable, you can flavor the whipped cream with whatever extracts you’d like, can use whatever seasonal fruit is available, and you can even mix up the wafer layer by using chocolate or vanilla ones. If you wanted to get extra-crazy, you could even drizzle a homemade fruit compote or caramel sauce over the whole thing right before serving. I drizzled this one with a bit of raw honey, and it added just the right amount of sweetness to the whole shebang. So if you want to make something for a summer soiree that looks really impressive, but requires minimal effort (and no oven, hurray!), then this icebox cake is soon to become your best friend.

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

Gooseberry Icebox Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cooling time 4 hours
Author Eva Kosmas Flores

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 30 wafer cookies
  • 1 lb fresh fruit such as gooseberries or currants
  • 2 tablespoons honey for drizzling

Instructions

  1. First prepare the whipped cream. Beat the cream at medium high speed with a whisk attachment until it begins to thicken. Add the sugar and vanilla extract and beat until peaks form, stopping as soon as it hold peaks. Cover and refrigerate until cool.
  2. To assemble the cake, first slice any large fruits so that they are no thicker than 1/2 inch. Spread some whipped cream on the bottom of the serving plate so that it is about 1/2 inch thick. Lay 4 wafer cookies on the whipped cream so that the edges are all touching each other and they make a rough square shape. Spread 1/4 inch layer of whipped cream on top of them, then add a single even layer of berries and/or fruit slices. Spread another 1/4 inch thick layer of whipped cream on top of them. Arrange 4 more wafer cookies on top, this time rotating the arrangement 90 degrees. Repeat this layering process of wafers, whipped cream, berries, and more whipped cream until you have used up all your wafer cookies.
  3. Top with a small mound of whipped cream to provide a base for the fruit, and add the remaining fresh fruit to the top as a garnish, filling in any fruitless spots along the sides of the cake with extra fruit as well. Gently cover with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 4 hours. Remove, drizzle with the honey, and serve immediately.

 

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking
October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking
October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

 

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

 

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

 

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

 

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

 

October 2014 Styling & Photography Workshop Upstate in New York + Gooseberry Icebox Cake | Adventures in Cooking

 

 

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