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Caren Alpert
San Francisco, CA
Commercial and fine art food photographer
Interests: Art,Traveling, Cooking, Snowboarding, Reading, Hiking
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The tradition of egg dying began eons ago in Mesopotamia. The idea of millions of people coming together in a short span of time on an artistic endeavor is the ultimate in group art projects! With a graphics background, the ways in which everyday people express themselves in this annual... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Caren Alpert Photography
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My monthly infographic blog post is usually “industry” related, with a focus on food or technology or food photography. This month I’m veering away from that a bit into something that is close to my heart. I sit on the board for Young Audiences of Northern California (YANC), which is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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While chocolate has long held a big piece of my heart, there's proof that I’m not the only one. The flavor of chocolate continues to keep an entire world mesmerized. In fact, we even find researchers trying to scientifically justify our love of the cocoa delight, touting its health benefits.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Umino Hiroyuki is carrying on the legacy his grandfather started when he founded Umino Seaweed Shop. Under his leadership, Umino Seaweed Shop has come up with a unique way of trying to entice eaters to increase their consumption of seaweed (nori) in Japan—which has been declining in recent years—largely in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
Here’s an exciting news bit to share with you folks. I am one of the 120 photographers that is represented by Gallery Stock, which is a “boutique” stock photo agency, based in NYC. Recently, image licensing agency Truck Archive, founded in 2005, purchased Gallery Stock, along with Bernstein & Andriulli... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Partstown has culled the craziest dining experiences in the world, and put together this infographic for the daring globetrotter. For instance, if vertigo doesn’t bother you, head on over to the Arab Emirates to partake of haut cuisine at a mere 1350 feet up. Purportedly, it feels as if you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Aha! Caught your attention, did I? Well, the folks at Bolthouse Farms caught mine too. They put together this food/technology post about the photos we take of our food…or food porn. Bolthouse Farms, with the help of creative shop Tiny Rebellion, is trying to change the balance of food lust... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Last month, I wrote an article on Ferran Adria’s exhibition: Notes on Creativity at the Drawing Center. Adria, chef of the now closed El Bulli on the Costa Brava near Rosas, Spain, is often associated with “molecular gastronomy” cuisine--although he prefers to call it “deconstructivist” cuisine. Perhaps knowing that Adria’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
When I think of the Olympics, my mind usually goes to the athletes: the high level of commitment, the location…but I haven’t ever given much thought about how the athletes are fed. A recent article in the New York Times caught my eye that made me see this world-wide event... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Billions of servings of ramen are eaten each year, and we can all thank Momofuku Ando for his invention of the instant noodle. To say that this food stuff is popular is an understatement, with the leading manufacturer Nissan located in 11 countries with 29 different plants and tens of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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In Person Portfolio Review Back in 2011, armed with my first set of terra cibus prints, I attended the PhotoLucida Portfolio Review in Portland, OR. This bi-annual event is designed to bring together photographers with “gallery owners, curators, critics, collectors and publishers representing small, mid-sized, and major venues from all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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A couple of weeks ago, I posted an infographic on the food truck. In it, I explored the long history of the food truck as a channel to its current widespread popularity. It seems that after hundreds of years, the food truck has become avant garde. Now, the food truck... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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One of the most well-known trailblazers in molecular gastronomy is chef Ferran Adrià. Chef Adriá is the genius behind ElBulli, which earned 3 Michelin stars and was one of the best restaurants in the world before it closed in 2011. Interestingly, it will reopen in 2015 as a creativity center.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Food trucks have become a convenient alternative for chefs wanting to provide quality food in a mobile and less costly venue. However, they are not a new idea—just one that is changing in popularity! Around 350 years ago, New York (then called New Amsterdam) began regulating food sold on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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My goal over the holiday was to purge things in my office that I haven’t looked at in two years, let alone touched…sort of like a spring cleaning, but in the middle of winter (as such, in sunny Northern California). A very real, very serious clean up to start 2014.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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While I have lived in many places: New York, Orange County, and San Francisco….Tucson, AZ is the pueblo I call my hometown. With deep connections to family and friends, I still travel back to this gem in the desert often. While there are many things I love about Tucson…the endless... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Back in March, I wrote a blog post about the New York Public Library’s endeavor to archive menus in their Rare Books Division. San Francisco, the city I call home, has a similar project in the works via Cool Culinaria. Cool Culinaria’s mission statement is to “rescue vintage menu art... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
Great British Chefs has put together this infographic for the winter holiday season to highlight Christmas foods enjoyed across the world. According to them, a golden roast turkey is the choice of consumption for the blokes in Britain. One of the most interesting special foods can be found in Greenland.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
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© Timur Civan Many in the marketing industry know George Lois as a pioneer in advertising, with claims such as having a hand in creating the New York magazine, 92 Esquire magazine cover designs, the slogan “I want my MTV”, and naming Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine line. However, many might not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Cover of brochure Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I was lucky enough to attend the (RED) Auction at Sotheby’s in NYC, which was a collection of wonderfully curated design pieces (thanks to Jony Ive and Marc Dawson). I have always wanted to attend an art auction, especially after reading “The $12... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
What does a two-Michelin-starred chef from Britain and a discount grocery store based in Sweden have in common? A posh pop-up restaurant called Dill. The grocery chain pulled off a creative and very successful marketing stunt. They hired Michael Wignall as a visiting chef for a 3 week long restaurant... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
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There’s been some heated coverage lately in sources such as the New York Times that question the lack of press coverage for female chefs. The hot topic has arisen due to Time Magazine's recent story, which appears to be male-centric. Chefs David Chang (Momofuku), Alex Atala (D.O.M.), and René Redzepi... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
Soda Head asked over 1,000 people what their favorite part of the holiday is, and spending time with family topped the list. Although in all fairness, for women—“eating” actually surpassed spending time with their loved ones by a full 5%! As a photographer who has a slight preoccupation with food…this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
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Tent seminars are a week long workshops across the US and Canada to help bridge the connection between modern culture and “Jewishness”. There is an upcoming workshop in L.A. that is free and targeted to anyone 21 to 30 who is curious about the ethical practices in the food industry.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography
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The Truman Brewery in London is hosting an Experimental Food Spectacular 2013 in early November. As a food photographer, an entire event focused on our perceptions of food is exciting to me. Especially when thinking about how my terra cibus fine art line does just that. According to their e-release,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2013 at Caren Alpert Photography