Our final food and garden club at Arlington K-8 has arrived. This was a very special session, as we had a guest chef and food stylist, Quelcy Kogel! Quelcy has done food styling for many companies, from Eat N' Park to TABLE Magazine.
You may ask yourself, what is a food stylist? Well, a food stylist is someone who practices the art of arranging food so that it looks tasty and fresh. This is important in a number of situations, particularly when the food is being photographed. You can check out Quelcy's blog here for recipes, services, and other recent work!
During this session of food and garden club, Quelcy prepared a carrot ginger "pesto" pasta. She began the discussion with the topic of what exactly a food stylist does. Quelcy passed around TABLE magazines so the students could view some work she has completed before we started. It was great to see her work in order to gain a better understanding of her career, as most of us had never heard of a food stylist before!
First, Quelcy reviewed our ingredients. This included avocado oil, sunflower seeds, garlic cloves, roasted carrots, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, lemon, parsley, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese, Check out our ingredients below!
The ingredients were passed around for the students to smell and examine. Students at the Neighborhood Learning Alliance enjoy the chance to utilize their five senses! Many were surprised at the strong smells of ginger and turmeric; we love seeing their reactions to new foods and spices.
Quelcy and a student volunteer added the carrots and other ingredients. The warriors in the NLA after school program jump at the chance to be an assistant in cooking!
The students and staff were surprised at the spicy flavor from the cayenne! Overall, everyone enjoyed cooking something very different from our other recipes and tasting new foods.
Thanks for checking out our final food and garden club of the school year! Special shout out to the Neighborhood Learning Alliance for their eagerness to learn and positive attitudes. Thank you Quelcy for donating your time and materials.