Photography: Nino Franco Photo Contest

... and the winner is ...

Photography: Heather Gill

A Chef, A Photographer. A Storyteller.

Comfort Food Contest Winner

A Comforting Italian Trifle

Photography: Stuart Ovenden

"It's all about the details!"

Welcome Back Bord Bia - Irish Food Bord

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Welcome to From Plate to Page

Are you:

  • a food blogger who has been blogging for a while and feels stuck in a creative rut?

  • happy with your writing but feel your photography needs work - or vice versa?

  • tired of attending traditional format conferences where you are one of dozens of bloggers simply listening and taking notes ?

If so, then From Plate to Page is what you need!

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Welcome to our new look

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay."

So said Harold Wilson, former British Prime Minister.  Wise words, but not always easy advice to follow.  All change comes at a cost: disruption, time, effort, frustration, upheaval - but more often than not after all the dust has settled we look back in satisfaction at the changes we have made, whether this be in our relationships, our homes... or our websites.

They say a change is as good as a holiday, and if that is the case, our From Plate to Page website looks as if it has just come back from two weeks in the Bahamas.  Because, you see, the Plate to Page team have been quietly working behind the scenes and we are now proud to welcome you to the completely revamped From Plate to Page website and unveil our gorgeous new logo!

As you can see, we have been busy bees, putting together a website that we think will better serve your needs and make things easier to find that they were previously.  On the site, you will find everything you need to know about Plate to Page:  from who we are, to what our past workshops were like, to details about our forthcoming workshop in Ireland.  For your viewing pleasure, we have added a section of quotes by previous participants to help you decide whether Plate to Page is for you, and we are still going to have regular guest posts from talented writers and photographers that we admire.* 

We have also been hard at work on the Ireland workshop coming up in Spring 2013 and soon we'll be introducing our new sponsors. Although we have not yet officially opened registrations, you can fill out a pre-registration form for free which entitles you to advance notice before registrations officially open.  In the meantime, have a look at the wonderful accommodation and programme that we have arranged for the Ireland workshop, or read about how much fun we had at the Somerset workshop in Spring 2012 to get an idea of whether you might want to attend a future Plate to Page workshop.  

So do feel free to have a look around the site and to keep up to date with all the latest Plate to Page news, remember to subscribe to our RSS feed, "Like" our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next From Plate to Page workshop in Ireland!

Please note that we are in the process of redirecting our address from the old website to this one, but it may take a couple of days.  If you have bookmarked the .com address you can leave it as it is - but to be sure of finding our new site rather than the old one during the transition period, please use instead.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Plate to Page Ireland May 2013

From Plate to Page is the original food writing and photography workshop, combining a small group size with multiple presenters to give participants a truly hands-on learning experience, both in writing and photography.  We have already presented three hugely successful workshops in Weimar (Germany); Tuscany (Italy); and Somerset (England) - and now it is time for Irish eyes to start smiling... because between 10 and 13 May 2013, the fourth From Plate to Page workshop will be taking  place in the beautiful rolling green hills of County Meath, Ireland. Our home for the duration of the workshop will be charming Decoy Country Cottages, located in the historic Boyne Valley. Although only 30 miles from Dublin, the stone cottages offer the perfect balance between a tranquil countryside haven and beautifully appointed modern accommodation arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

Hill of Tara  © Jason Calvert

Meath is a beautiful county on the east coast of Ireland.  The surrounding area is rich in history and offers plenty to see and do in the form of abbeys, castles (including Trim Castel above that was used in the filming of Braveheart), stately homes, and even prehistoric sites such as the Hill of Tara with its Iron Age structures and association with the ancient kings or Ireland. Ireland is also increasingly becoming known as a foodie destination with excellent fresh produce and outstanding artisanal producers such as brewers, dairies, and smokehouses. .

Trim Castle © T Mitchell

Our exclusive 2.5-day residential programme will cover basic and advanced food styling and photography as well as writing skills and will include presentations, hands-on workshops, individual guidance and critique from the presenters, as well as communal cooking and living. By limiting attendance to no more than 12 participants, we are able to present topics in a practical and collective way, with group participation at every step. Over the course of the weekend we will work individually or in teams to complete assignments in both writing and photography. This will include plenty of one-on-one contact with the workshop leaders in a relaxed and social atmosphere where it will be possible to ask questions, share ideas and practical experience far more freely than in a large auditorium. The workshop will once again be led by four of Europe's most popular and respected food bloggers, freelance writers and photographers, each an experienced teacher and speaker (click here for speaker bios). We also have a treat in store for applicants in the form of a visit to a local market or artisanal producer (to be confirmed), either of which will provide participants with a unique a wonderful writing and photo opportunity.

 The total cost of the workshop per person is €750 and will include:
  • shared accommodation in double rooms for three nights in beautiful country cottages close to the city of Dublin, 
  • all meals 
  • all drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)  
  • transport to and from the venue of the field trip
Only participants' travel from home to and from the workshop venue will be an extra expense. You can see a more detailed programme here.

Click here to register.  We look forward to welcoming you to Ireland! 

Photo credit for slider image:
Trim Castle, Co.Meath.
Photo by Andrew Parnell, 2007.
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