I am so excited to finally share a project I worked on last spring! As you know Portland is known for their food carts. It's not an exaggeration when I say they are infiltrating every neighborhood at this point and I am not complaining! One of the most acclaimed food carts is The Sugar Cube, operated by Kir Jensen. This cart is devoted to sweets only. From delicious ginger drinks to salty chocolate brownies, The Sugar Cube will have you breaking all your diet rules in seconds. Kir has been writing a cookbook (with Danielle Centoni) for the last couple of years and last spring, my favorite photographer on the block, Lisa Warninger, was hired to photograph it. Lisa asked if I'd come along and provide some set and prop styling.
We spent three busy days shooting the cookbook and additional days and weeks, prepping of course! Big thanks to the lovely Lauren Willhite for being my right-hand girl! It was one of the most intense shoots I've worked on, but definitely the most rewarding. I claim to love mostly savory food, but Kir's treats changed me. She's a master at mixing the sweet and savory and I love her for that. I probably gained 10 pounds on the shoot! The honey truffle popcorn recipe, pictured above, is my absolute favorite treat from the book, but I can attest that everything is amazing.
I'd love to invite you to the book signing on Sunday at The Ace from 3-5 hosted by Powell's. Come pick up a book and meet Kir! If you don't live in Portland, I encourage you to pick up a book, and bring a little Portland food cart love to your own kitchen! You can buy it over at Powell's: The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Food Cart on the Planet.
Photos by Lisa Warninger for Chronicle Books. Used with permission from Chronicle. Food styling, baking, and recipes by Kir Jensen. Prop and Set Styling: Chelsea Fuss. Styling assistant: Lauren Willhite. Photography assistant: Lauren Hartmann. Food Styling Assistant: Julia Langston.
Beautiful! Congrats on the release- I can’t wait to check it out.
Wow Chelsea, I love your work more and more with each new project 🙂 I want to Beeeeee you.
beautiful work, my friend!
The photos (and food, of course) look amazing!! Go Chelsea and Lisa! That’s so amazing you guys worked on a book for Chronicle, they always turn out some of the prettiest books around.
fantastic. everything looks not only delicious to munch on, but delightful to behold. expert job.
wow! the styling is really beautiful, chelsea!
Really nice! beautiful pictures too.
Those photos look deliciously delightful. Way to go Lisa and Chelsea! And I rarely see the need to turn down anything sweet, so I think I might just need to check out the book signing on Sunday.
Absolutely gorgeous!!! It’s a candyland for grown-ups.
this looks beautiful!
Wow that food looks amazing! The caramel in that second picture is so yummy looking!
Wow! Wish I was in portland, a sweet cart mmmmmmmm
this looks beautiful~~
it looks amazing! you and lisa are so good at what you do, and make such a good team. i just bookmarked it under “wish list”!