Table Sharing Workshop in Tamworth, NH

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I want to begin this recap with a huge thank you. To our wonderful attendees, to our generous sponsors, to my lovely partner Meg, to the best assistant I could ask for, Summer, to the residents of Tamworth who made our stay so wonderful, and to all of you, my readers who have been with me through this process. I’m so excited to share photos from the event, and Meg and I are already planning for our next one :). If you missed out on this one, just send me an email so you can be informed first!

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The weekend was a whirl of cooking, photography, teaching, and endless styling. We learned how mix porridge sourdough bread and then divide + shape them into loaves. In fact, we even got to take the loaves we mixed and formed back home with us, along with a parting gift of sourdough starter from the lovely ladies at Sunnyfield Bakery. The day I got home, I fed the starter. It was so satisfying seeing the active starter bubble and rise. I seriously cannot wait to start my sourdough bread adventure. We also went on a mushroom foraging trip, thanks to NH Mushroom Company. If you’re in the area I highly recommend you make a trip to their farm. We first did a foraging trip by the White Lakes, where we collected whatever mushrooms we could find. The diversity of wild mushrooms in New Hampshire was astonishing. And mostly inedible!!!! The night before, our group had looked online and discovered the death angel mushroom, which can kill a person pretty immediately. And it’s in New Hampshire!!!! One of the group members actually found it, and I swear all of our eyes popped wide open and we inched away from it. Insane. We did manage to find a TON of waxy cap mushrooms, which are edible and have a characteristic slime to it. Unfortunately, that slime does not wash off. I cooked it in some miso butter, but nobody wanted to eat it. I tried one. The texture was… not appetizing….

Gosh, I could go on and on about this weekend, but I’m so bad with words. So I’ll just try to tell the story in photos. This is a pretty long post, so enjoy:)

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I was excited for this weekend workshop. Meg and I were ready. We’d planned for months, writing out our schedules to the hour and finalizing full menus for each night. We had crazy color coded google documents and lists after lists. I bored my husband to tears as I chattered on about the technical side of photography and lighting, practicing talking about the more abstract concepts of photography out loud. As pumped as I was, I can’t deny I wasn’t nervous. I’m a natural introvert – I love one-on-one conversations and intimate small group settings, but put me in a crowd and I basically clam up, so naturally I was nervous about spending an entire weekend with basically 8 strangers, with me as the host + cook + teacher. But it was wonderful!!!!! I could not have asked for a better group- Liz, Zoe, Sara, Jessica, Robin, Katie, and Stephanie were amazingly warm, open, and eager to learn. I felt instantly at ease when presenting and good, thoughtful discussion flowed without much provocation. My favorite moments of that weekend was not actually our fun activities of sourdough bread baking or mushroom foraging but the moments after the classroom presentations when we’d all sit around in the living room with the fire blazing cozily, warm our hands with mugs of tea, and discuss food and photography. So, a huge thanks to our attendees. You all truly made this weekend special.

Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingWe woke up to the sound of wild turkeys, lay awake at night listening to the calls of coyotes, and watched the sun rise over the spectacular fields of the farmhouse we stayed at. Tamworth, NH was an idyllic, beautiful, calming place.

DAY 1 -welcome, everyone!

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DAY 2 -sourdough bread baking

We started off with a styling / photography demo and allowed everyone to have liberties with the mushrooms, branches, and any props we provided.

Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingThen we immersed ourselves in the lovely, hearth of Sunnyfield Bakery, warmed by the gorgeous wood-fired brick oven.
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Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingLunch and dinner were, of course, more photography opportunities. There’s something so special about a group of like-minded individuals coming together. Creating diffused light, standing on chairs, rearranging the table – these are normal activities for food photographers.

Table Sharing Workshop Recap-27 copyOne of my concoctions for dinner was this miso-corn soup with baked lotus root chips. It was SO GOOD. I have a similar recipe coming your way next week :).
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DAY 3 -mushroom foraging, picked up our loaves, + harvest meal

We started off with an amazing meal of toasted sourdough bread and perfectly poached eggs, made for us by Summer. She’s a gem, that one <3.
Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingWe trekked to the White Lakes for our mushroom foraging trip!!! Summer and I were on the hunt for hen of the wood, but unfortunately we didn’t find any! We were treated to a delicious, decadent de-constructed mushroom soup. Yup, this is soup, not a cappuccino. So good.
Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingAnd here are the slimy waxy caps on the left and the deadly death angel mushroom on the right.
Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingWe went back to the bakery to pick up our loaves of sourdough, which rose overnight and was freshly baked in the wood-fired brick oven!
Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingWe concluded our last meal outside, made beautiful by our wonderful sponsors listed at the end of this post. We moved the table outside and set up a tablescape in an idyllic meadow, but of course, angry tumultuous clouds soon rolled in and we had to adjourn to the barn, which was a beauty in of itself!
Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingTable Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingAs the host, I couldn’t always whip out my camera to take photos of our meals, but I couldn’t resist being that rude person at the dinner table who walked away mid-meal with my camera + tripod… I had to! The moon was out, the clouds were mysteriously formed, and there were stars peeking out! We were in Tamworth, New Hampshire. None of that city light pollution clouded my night shots. Had to do it, ok?

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Table Sharing Workshop - Food Photography and StylingI would love to thank our sponsors. Without them, this workshop would not have occurred. I was amazed and taken aback by the generosity of our sponsors.

ACTIVITIES
Sunnyfield Bakery
New Hampshire Mushroom Company

WELCOME BAGS
West Elm warm throws + flatware
Staub mini cocottes
Print Club Boston custom linen toes
Hatchery tasting boxes + condiments
Boston General Store tea strainer + leather notebook
Cogworks bread boards
PF Candle Co candles
Taza Chocolate chocolate

DINNER + Other
LiWardian brush-lettered menus + name cards
Vermont Creamery goat cheeses
Farmhouse Pottery stoneware, enamelware, glass
The Modern Proper linens
Drink Maple maple water
Da Vinci Wine wine
Hermit Wood Winery mead
Pollen Floral Design florals 

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  • Magical magical magical magical. What a dreamy, picture-perfect workshop weekend! Sign me up for the next one, please! xoReplyCancel

  • What a gorgeous post!! Lover all the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Ahh I’m bummed I missed this! Hopefully I can make the next one (work-permitting!). NH looks gorgeous and all of your photography is simply stunning. love it! : )ReplyCancel

    • I would love for you to join our next one! But definitely, work schedules must be hard to shift around. <3 Thank you for comment dear!ReplyCancel

  • Betty. The beauty here is absolutely extraordinary. Every photo feels like a sumptuous meal. I’m so grateful for this gorgeous documentation so that I could have some approximation of being there with you.ReplyCancel

  • Betty, these photographs are so dreamy. So magical. As I’m reading this I felt like I was transported right there with you. I would love to know more about. and attend your next event. Dream come true! All my love, all the time, xx!!ReplyCancel

    • Oh Sherrie, big compliments coming from you!!! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have you at our next event. Wouldn’t that be just a blast??ReplyCancel

  • what a fantastic workshop that was!!!! so sad i knew about it way too late to plan a trip out :( i will definitely keep an eye on your next one.

    love love love & congrats on your success, betty :)ReplyCancel

  • good god this is magical! your photography just blows me away. i HAVE to take a workshop with you sometime! ugh, those night time shots just kill me. love love looooove.ReplyCancel

  • Betty, these photos are absolutely mind-blowing. Seriously. I could just stare at them for hours. SO SO beautiful! Oh I really wish I can attend one of your workshops one day! You are an incredibly talented lady. <3ReplyCancel

  • Perfect recap of a perfect weekend! Thank your for posting such gorgeous photos that let me re-live it all over again. You really captured the essence of it.ReplyCancel

  • This is pure magic, Betty! I can’t say how proud I am of both you and Meg; you’re doing such a wonderful job with these workshops. Yay for doing what you love and for sharing that love with others as well. xxReplyCancel

  • Every image is so gorgeous. And what a perfect time to choose to do the workshop. The landscape is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • These photos are unreal, Betty! I feel like I was just thrown into the weekend with all of you (and I love that.) Everything is so fall-y, orange, cheerful. And the night photography. I just can’t even describe how in awe I am. Love love love.ReplyCancel

    • Thank you so much Brooke!!!!! We did get a good weekend for foliage right? Although the town people told us the week prior was even more glorious!ReplyCancel

  • Yes!!! I love these photos. They’re making me super nostalgic Betty, it was the best weekend ever. I especially love all the images you captured of everyone else taking photos, such candid moments. Miss you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Katie

    These are gorgeous Betty!! Wow. Amazing. Thank you for hosting such a great workshop!!🙌👍💕ReplyCancel

  • Too beautiful. No words. Can’t. Even. **drops mic**ReplyCancel

  • Oh my goodness, Betty! These photos are simply stunning and your photography just keeps growing on me more and more…! 😀 Your perspective is unique which makes it that much more fun to look at.ReplyCancel

  • hi Betty! This looks like an amazing workshop! I love all the pictures! Would love to attend one day!ReplyCancel

  • Betty, your photos are absolutely stunning as always! What a wonderful workshop, I only wish I could attend your next one! <3 xReplyCancel

  • Paul McAllister

    Hi, who made the pots? interested to know who made the bowls and plates in the image attached to the Day 3 event. Thanks, PaulReplyCancel

  • Wow, what a gorgeous and inspiring event! I’d love to attend but I was wondering if you plan to host any vegan friendly ones for those unwilling to use products made from animals? I wasn’t sure if this one was. Vegan workshops seem impossible to find :(ReplyCancel

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