A Weekend of Food and Photography In Seattle

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 6 comments | share this

I recently spent the weekend in Seattle. As you might guess it was a weekend all about food and photography. It was a classic Spring weekend in the Pacific Northwest. Torrential downpours, beautiful sunshine and some cool wind thrown in for good measure. It felt very much like Vancouver in many ways but distinctly Seattle in others.

The reason for the trip was to assist at a food photography and styling workshop with food stylist and photographer Aran of Cannelle et Vanille and prop stylist Chelsea of Frolic in Aran’s studio in Seattle. I had seen many photos of Aran’s studio on her blog and Instagram but it was so fun to spend time in the studio. It is simple and simply beautiful. Props artfully arranged in the kitchen, pretty photos on the walls and of course lovely, lovely light.

It is always a pleasure to be in Aran’s presence and see her work with ease and grace. She creates such beauty with food. There is always more to learn from her. It was also fun to meet Chelsea and learn about prop styling and her creative process.

I was happily busy in the kitchen in the morning with Ally getting food ready for lunch and and the styling portion of the workshop and had time to snap a few photos in the afternoon. These first ones are from a pretty Spring scene that Aran and Chelsea styled.

It was interesting to see all the different vignettes that the students created. To see where others find inspiration and beauty.

Another beauty of a plate styled by Aran. Fiddle heads with black rice and roasted carrots.

The rest of the weekend was spent eating and exploring Seattle with Mike. Lots of good food. Lots of fun.

We had heard so many good things about Sitka and Spruce but never eaten there. It certainly lived up to expectations. Such an incredible space and the food was beautifully prepared. We were still talking about the bread and whipped butter the next morning.

These couple of images were taken in The London Plane. I wish this was in Vancouver. Even better I wish I could move in. A perfect combination of bakery, deli, florist and restaurant. This is the source of the outstanding bread they serve at Sitka and Spruce.

Some other food highlights were: dinner at Ba Bar, a late afternoon drink and snacks at Oddfellows, the perfect cortado at Anchored Ship Coffee, molten chocolate cake at Hot Cakes, all the shops in Melrose Market and a stroll through the Sunday Ballard Farmer’s Market looking at all the cute dogs and fresh produce and flowers. Oh and some time in the food section at The Elliot Bay Book Company.

All and all it was a short but fun weekend in Seattle. I hope we make it down more often. While it is only a short distance from Vancouver, there is something about crossing over that border that creates a bit of a mental block but it is certainly worth the trip down.

Thank you to Aran for having me in your studio, for the continued inspiration and for all the great food suggestions. I look forward to my next visit to Seattle.


  • Thank you so much Melissa for such a lovely post! Hope to see you again soon. x

  • Thank you Aran. Such a fun weekend and a pleasure to spend time with you and in your studio. So excited for what’s to come for you. xo

  • It’s a lovely city and we are so lucky to be just a few hours away. Well, with the border crossing we can be 2 1/2 – 4 hours away, right?

    I took the January workshop at Aran’s studio with Ashley and Gabe Rodriguez (she of Not Without Salt fame). It’s such a great space.

    I get down there 3 times a year at least – a perfect weekend getaway.

    We should grab a coffee sometime in Vancouver!

  • Hi Sandra,

    It really is a fun city. A lot like Vancouver but with more grit which I like. Would love to grab coffee sometime!

  • This is a beautiful capture of the day! I can’t wait to try out London Plane next time I’m up in Seattle.

  • Thanks Erica! Yes, certainly worth a visit the next time you are in Seattle. Lovely to meet you.

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