Thursday, November 21, 2013

Behind The Scenes: A Very Relay Foods Thanksgiving

Since we're just a week away from Turkey day, we thought it would be fitting to share some of the preparations that have been going on in our kitchen. Back in September, I had the opportunity to help plan and cook the entire Thanksgiving menu for Relay Foods this holiday season. All of the ingredients for the meal came directly from Relay Foods and were sourced locally and organically where possible. Find the full meal, with all recipes and more photos from the day over on the Relay Foods Thanksgiving menu page.

For a special occasion like this, I called in the big guns, my mom, to help be my sous chef for the day. Hey, I learned from the best! She is also the Chief Pie Maker around here:

I was beyond honored to get a chance to work with and cook for the Relay Foods Thanksgiving meal; if that weren't enough to be excited about, they sent John M. Robinson, the Relay Foods Photography Manager all the way down from DC to our RVA kitchen to photograph the entire process. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite behind-the-scenes shots from the day. Both Mary and I loved getting the chance to see our kitchen and dining room from a different point of view (sometimes it's hard to step outside of yourself and see what others do).

So without further ado, here are the shots:

Are you getting hungry yet?

It was also a little surreal to see some of the shots where I'm snapping photos of the food for our own blogs:

Even this guy was hoping for a little piece of the action:

A huge thanks goes out again to John M. Robinson for capturing the day so beautifully in each of the photos above. It's such a special gift for us to have these shots.

And for those interested, here are the real behind-the-scenes of the behind-the-scenes shots that Mary snapped while John was working his photo magic. How's that for ya?

As you've probably already gathered, it was an exciting day for us. We even got to sit down and enjoy a Thanksgiving meal a little early this year. Next week we'll be heading down to the same river house where we spent Thanksgiving last year and are looking forward to relaxing with family and watching Basil run around in the open field.

For all the Thanksgiving recipes and more shots from the day, check out the Thanksgiving menu page over on Relay Foods.

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  1. all of the food looks absolutely awesome. and i love the table set up - especially the color of your dishes! it all just looks so happy & festive. :)

  2. Oh my goodness, you and your mom in the kitchen together are just too cute! I'm totally making your sweet potato pie.

    1. Aww thanks Mollee! Hope your pie turned out beautifully!

  3. Hi Tim and Mary, beautiful photos and a lovely, festive table.

    It's a pleasure to browse your colorful blog. Lots of inspiration.

    Looking forward to following more great posts in the new year.

    Happy holidays,


    1. Thank you Lisa! Happy New Year to you and yours!