Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Are you a home cook with a real passion for food or simply a foodie that loves dining out and grabbing shots of food on your travels?
If you are either I am sure you are tuning into reality cooking shows like MKR and following the many food lovers on Instagram. At least two years ago I stumbled upon an Instagram page that I really loved called ‘Homemade Foodie’ working in the food industry for many years and now with Hospitality Products providing products to Chef’s, Restaurants, Bars and Home Cooks, I was intrigued. I also have a love of good nutrition and enjoying cooking at home myself, so I started to follow who I now know as Emma Lamberth.
A wife to Troy and mum to Ava and awaiting the birth of their second child, this soon to be a family of four is very fortunate to have the talented Emma as their ‘home cook’… Scrolling through this feed, I have moments of drooling at my desk or regret for the simple tuna salad or soup I have for my lunch. Visually Emma’s food is always so well presented, which makes it understandable that Channel Seven tracked her down in recent days to assist in a Queensland marketing campaign for the most recent My Kitchen Rules season that is underway.
Having an Italian background yet born here in Sydney, majority of Emma’s cooking is European inspired however with the occasional Asian dish creeping in from time to time. I guess having grown up swapping her ham and cheese sandwiches at school for her friends Lebanese cuisine was a hint to Emma’s love of food and flavours.
‘My favourite cuisine to eat would be Japanese – Specifically Tonkotsu Pork Ramen and Kingfish Sashimi.
I really appreciate the effort that goes into making that Tonkotsu soup broth and also the general simple
flavours the Japanese use. However I do love all foods and am always happy to try new and exotic foods.’
Offering a ‘realness’ to home cooks, Emma is able to showcase home cooked food, plated well but still achievable. Whilst we all love watching reality tv shows, at times I it can feel that the dishes served are more restaurant style than home cooking, the talent might be there to pull it off (sometimes, not always) but I am not sure if all dishes are always suited to the home and the ability of many. So I love that following Emma ‘homemade foodie’ via Instagram shows that everyone can achieve these nutritional dishes in their homes for their families. Presentation can still be achieved with the right products and a little creativity, it isn't always the case of having to have truffleson the menu or and fancy technique to debone a whole fish.. Simple cooking using quality ingrediants and the right products can sometime be all you need to enjoy what you do and what you create in the kitchen.
We’ve partnered up to offer some of our tableware to Emma to showcase her creations.
We just had to share some of these images with you all and hope that if you too cook good food for people to enjoy and have a true love of all things in the kitchen then join me in following Emma in the kitchen.
Instagram :- https://www.instagram.com/homemadefoodie_/
Facebook :- https://www.facebook.com/Homemadefoodie92/
For any of these products or anything else for your kitchen, home, restaurant, café etc our website link is below. Don't forget any aspects of the kitchen we are here to help.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
I have always loved Food and Photography and whilst I am no professional when I stumbled upon the work of Two Loves Studio I just had to reach out and find out more.
I personally would love to get better at photography, learn skills that can be put to good use and simply have more of an understanding of how images are created to look so damn good... trust me check out their instagram page (link below) and you'll see what I mean, so it made sense to me to look further into all that Two Love Studio offers.
Here is a little more information and I hope you too find this helpful. Over to you Rachel :-
I’m Rachel Korinek, an Aussie food photographer currently living in Vancouver. I love capturing visual stories and adore bright, clean and uplifting imagery that emphasises the beauty of real food. When I take photographs, I focus on the honest details and intricacies that connects us emotionally to food.
I’ve been lucky enough to shoot for a range of commercial and editorial clients both in Australia and internationally.
My background in education led me to start sharing my love of food photography through my online masterclasses and in-person workshops.
I kinda fell into food photography. In 2012, my (now) husband and I were travelling around Australia in a camper van. He came across a book about food photography in a little bookshop in Launceston. From then on, I was hooked. I taught myself every aspect of this niche and I practised for hours, every day. Eventually, I started freelancing and now it’s my full-time gig.
My biggest tip when it comes to food photography would be composition and lighting.
In still life photography composition, there is a concept called ‘layering’. It’s the simplest and most powerful way to make your photos appealing and interesting. Layering involves adding ‘layers’ of interest with both food and props to your scene. I recommend having 3-4 layers.
When it comes to photography, light is everything! It can make or break an image. Light can be tricky to understand at first. The two most flattering directions of light for food photography are ‘back light’ and ‘side light’.
They are exactly as they sound, so that’s light coming from the back of your set-up OR light coming from the side of your set-up.
If you would like to learn more about how to create beautiful images every time with natural light, check out Rachel's e-book Art of Light.
Use the code ‘YOUROCK’ to get $10 off.
All other links are noted below to access additional information.
For all your cutlery, glassware, porcelain and general tableware props and kitchenware requirements in general go to http://www.hospitalitywholesale.com.au
Food Photography School: https://two-loves-studio.teachable.com
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Robert Welch studied at the Royal College of Arts as the only silversmith in his year in 1952.
The Robert Welch creations all began over 60 years ago and still to this day the creations are being designed in the same building he started out in all those many years ago. A camp bed and drawing board was all that was needed in this English Cotswold Hills Silk Mill and the creating began. Roberts’s main drive was his passion to create affordable products that were elegant, and he certainly did this by introducing the UK market to stainless steel cutlery.
The Robert Welch name became known by many with a steady customer base in 1969 and a studio shop was opened. From royalty and celebrities to general domestic trade. Robert was clear that he needed to meet people to really find out what they liked and wanted when it came to his creations.
In the years to follow Robert was fortunate to have other designers work with him allowing his business to grow. An artist John Limbrey who studies silver smithing was so taken by the studio workshop he offered his services and began making most of the domestic silverware at this time, remaining part of the team well into the 21st century. This allowed Robert to extend his business across a full level of the Silk Mill and open another studio further down the road.
Roberts’s creations were inspired by a mix of architecture and sculptors. Once quoted
‘Where does one draw one’s inspiration from? There is no one source, one just sort of reacts to life rather like a light meter you can see things under any condition in any circumstance. Of course consciously one can keep one’s mind alert, I like to spend a great deal of time in museums, I like to carefully study all sorts of things, I enjoy looking and browsing through books and old silver. Inspiration can come from anywhere, from bubbles, a beehive, a birds next, anything can happen. Its just one of these things that cannot be really pinpointed, you are just alert and aware and receptive and somehow things just happen.’
Robert went on to receive honors from 1962 – 1979 one in particular was awarded - A Member of the Most Excellent order of the British Empire. London Museum of Modern Art and Kode Art Museum in Norway now house particular Welch designs among other museums throughout the UK and USA.
To view a little of this history, click below for a Robert Welch video taking you to where it all began and the many designs that followed, some you may even recognise.
In the early 90’s the business became a family affair with daughter and son coming on board – Alice and Rupert Welch. Sadly Robert passed away in 2000, leaving two of his three children to continue to run the family business.
To this day each new design is still created the Robert Welch Way, in the Chipping Campden building where Robert began his career over half a century ago and that to me is just so very special. Their philosophy is much the same as their fathers to produce highly functional, affordable products that hold a timeless elegance and beauty. To be able to keep this legacy alive is truly something special.
To view and/or purchase the Robert Welch range go to :-
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
It seems every year there are some new trends when it comes to Christmas…
So what do you have planned ? A new colour scheme ? A new tree ? or are you sticking to your family traditions and getting all the ornaments out of storage, that you’ve collected over the years.
I decided to take a look at what is new this year in the way of trends, not that I plan on keeping up with the Jones’s, but I like to stay informed and add just a couple of new pieces.
Minimalist seems to be the main trend this year for Christmas. Using black and white, and neutral colouring's in your decorations with a real emphasis on the dark bottle green tree. Also white trees seem to making more of an appearance and the use of green decorations against the white. I love this idea swapping the green in the tree to the decorations. Tinsel seems to have disappeared a little, or at least kept to a real minimum, and I must say I am OK with that, I love that we are focusing more on individual decorations and not just covering our trees in shinny glitz…
Photo Cred : Little Green Leaf Design
Separate from this we are seeing lots of pastel colouring, pink is not my cup of tea – I personally don’t think it belongs near Christmas, but hey everyone can choose the décor and colouring that works for them. It seems that pastels are in, pink, lilac, green and blues together making an almost Rainbow Tree seems to be on trend for 2018.
Although Christmas to me is a time for Family Tradition I also get that us Aussies like to modernise things and put our own little spin on how we want to decorate and celebrate what is important to us…
But a BLUE CHRISTMAS tree, I don’t mean blue baubles and tinsel I mean the actual tree… I am not sure where this trend has come from but I can't do it... For me Green or White are the colours of the Christmas tree and WHITE only because of the concept of a ‘White Christmas’ we all love pretending it’s a snowy white tree … If you haven’t seen the ‘blue tree’ search it you just have to see it for yourself - ‘blue Christmas tree in google and hit images – It’s just too much for me, every shade you can imagine in a tree.
Naturally, snow flakes are on trend too with the white colouring's being so popular this year and who doesn't love a snowflake, the bigger the better I say. Gold is forever a Christmas favourite, it hasn’t gone anywhere in fact this year if you have gold you need a lot of gold.
Last but not least a favourite little trend I stumbled upon for your tree, is adding the chunky knit blankets we all know and loved over the cooler months this year to the base of your tree as a tree skirting to cover the legs. Very clever – loving this idea.
If all of this has overwhelmed you, and between, work, school functions, Christmas shopping and the rest of your day to day chaos, you have no idea how you will ever find the time to pull together a tree this year. An alternative tree, may be just what you need, it’s a trend that may just save the day. You know the felt tree stuck to the wall with stick on decorations the kids can do - it will also entertain them for weeks. The cardboard cut out tree made arty, a tree created by lighting twisted into a tree shape on the wall… think outside the box and just tell others it’s a new trend… keep things simple use the minimalist approach !!
Alternate Tree - Photo Cred : Fresh Design
So this Christmas keep things simple, it all comes down to personal taste and suitability for your décor at the end of the day. If your home is modern with neutral colouring's adding a bright blue tree might not suit. You may love the idea of a pastel rainbow tree or a simple traditional green tree with white, grey and black decorations may suit best. If you have kids and your all for a traditional tinsel tree with red, green and gold – go for it, tradition is always in when it comes to Christmas. Do what is right for your home and family and keep it as chilled and relaxed as you can.
Have a very Merry Christmas from all of us at Hospitality Products and enjoy your Christmas planning it really can be a lot of fun. For more tips and sneak peaks into our Christmas - follow us on Instagram or Facebook while we continue to look at different ways to incorporate Christmas decorations into our table settings and more this season.
Allison - Hospitality Products