New Series : Fortunate Feast.

•  19.March.2013

I’m actually giddy with excitement to share this new series on the blog today. This new series has been an idea in the making for many many months now (over a year actually) and I can’t believe I’m actually sharing a fresh batch of images from the intro series today!

For the past year or so I’ve had a strong and overwhelming desire to bring food content onto SCOUT. One of my biggest passions in life is eating food (who’s isn’t?!) and I really wanted to share recipes and unique food inspiration through this blog. Right before Christmas last year, I realized that I didn’t want the recipes or perspectives for great food to necessarily come from myself, but rather from a person incredibly passionate about cooking and who lives a lifestyle reflective of healthy and whole eating on a regular basis. I wanted someone to be a part of this blog who finds complete and utter joy in using their hands for the purpose of creating sustenance.

With all of that considered, I also realized that one of my favorite things in the world is the collaborative process and I decided having a collaborative/collective food series would be immensely richer than just a recipe series of me lost in the kitchen. NO really, I rarely have a clue what I’m doing! That’s when the idea came to mind to create a series with my good friends Monica and Seth. Monica and Seth are a husband and wife photography team here in Seattle and their creative strengths expand far outside just photography. Seth in particular is an AMAZING chef and I’ve always been so envious of Monica’s instagram feed as she’s always sharing images of these hearty and beautiful meals Seth prepares for her. I realized that by collaborating with Monica and Seth, we could create a series reflective of all of our strengths : Monica behind the lens, Seth in the kitchen, and me the detail creator and maker.

When I considered names for our series it took me a long while to find a name that fit and felt right. I didn’t want the name to be limiting or too basic, but rather a term that rolled off the tongue and continually made me excited to create. The intention of our series is to share food reflective of season (March, April and May will reflect a spring menu, June, July and August a summer menu and so on and so forth) + our area of the country : the PNW. Seth will be sourcing all of our menu items from local farmers and growers in the PNW region (wine and cocktails included!) and each tabletop that I design will in part also be reflective of the season with which we are sharing it.

When we shot our first dinner a couple week’s back, I still hadn’t come up with a name for the series yet, as I felt the appropriate inspiration would come from the interaction and process of the collaboration – and luckily it did. On that fateful Sunday, while Seth worked his magic amongst his pots, pans and cutlery, while Monica stood on tall chairs and sought out the most appealing light sources, and while I unpacked endless pieces of pretty things, I had an overwhelmingly feeling of being fortunate. Fortunate for the blessing of friendship; fortunate for the ability to create and be inspired without limits; fortunate to be sharing in the beauty AND blessing of food with people whom I admire and love; fortunate to be eating locally sourced and grown healthy food options; and fortunate to be watching all of this come to life.

The images I’m sharing today are the initial process of any food series…sourcing and prepping. Monica was able to capture some unbelievably gorgeous images of Seth at Pike Place Market (the dreamiest place in all of Seattle for foodies) and during his initial process of preparing our first Fortunate Feast. I hope you enjoy these initial images and prepare yourself for an exciting amount of restaurant worthy recipes to come your way!! Later this week I’ll be sharing images from the tabletop design itself and then next will be our first recipe for spring!!

Also, a special thank you to my dear friend Amy for the custom graphics for this new series. Her talents always blow my mind, and I feel so lucky to have her as a part of this collaboration. How cute are those paper clips?! Thank you Amy!

FF Collective : {photography : Monica Hines | food : Seth Hines | styling and art direction : Jenn Elliott Blake | custom graphics & titles : Amy Moore}

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Jenn, these images are wonderful! So excited for FF – love how you patiently planned out and named this new series. Woohoo for new collaborations and working with people who inspire!

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19.March.2013

Beautiful yummy idea!

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19.March.2013

These photos are AMAZING. They capture the essence of Seattle, and especially the market, so beautifully and accurately. Can’t wait to see more! Thank YOU for letting me be a part of this :)

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19.March.2013

Gorgeous photos and awesome idea- I love it! My brother-in-law and wife have a very awesome farm in Seattle (well in Duval) and they sell their veggies in all the farmers markets and to the amazing Seattle foodie restaurants. You should check ‘um out if you haven’t already: Local Roots Farm. Anyhoo, great series- can’t wait for more!

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jenn

Hi Anelise!! We will certainly check them out for sure! Sounds AMAZING!!

19.March.2013

This is great! An amazing narrative about living and cooking in Seattle. Makes me want to go to the market.

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19.March.2013

Great post, great pics, and great food! I love FF Collective and am excited to see (and hopefully taste) more!

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19.March.2013

So excited to see what’s coming up. Beautiful!

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20.March.2013

WHAT a lovely series. I wanted to (and nearly did) pin every image. I love the idea and it’s such a great way to feature Seattle’s wonderful food. Love it.

Kacie

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20.March.2013

I just moved to Seattle a little over a week ago, and yesterday I fell head over heels for the market. It is less than a 10 minute walk from our apartment and I think I shall be there all the time. I am excited about this series. It looks beautiful so far! Yum! xo

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20.March.2013

So excited to see this series unfold! Bravo Fortunate Feast!

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20.March.2013

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21.March.2013

Awesome series, I look forward to following this closer!

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21.March.2013

This is such a beautiful idea. I’m so excited to see whats to come!

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22.March.2013

Yeah Fortunate Feast! Super job you guys. I got goose bumps when reading Jenn’s story behind the name of the series. Really makes me miss my uber cool and talented bro and sis even more than I already do.

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