Drake on Cake Demo with Joy the Baker

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Two weeks ago, I attended a Black Food Bloggers Retreat in New Orleans that still has me in awe. Everything from the fine cuisine, eclectic decor, and vibrant fashion has kept my creative drive in overload since I left. Recording my epic weekend has proven difficult because it’s so hard to put the experience into words, but a post is coming soon that will truly do the trip justice in my eyes.

During the education sessions for the retreat, our small but mighty group spent time in ideation sessions around our blog strategy, learning tips and tools to help us expand our brands, and getting to discuss all of the kick ass and groundbreaking work we are doing in our respective communities. Outside of the sessions, our lovely host and leader, Jasmine Lukuku (The Blenderist) planned some phenomenal food-centered experiences that I truly enjoyed. Of all of the events throughout the weekend, my favorite was time spent with the infamous Joy the Baker.

Joy is a legend in the blogging world, who has been chronicling her adventures in baking and cooking for nearly a decade. Welcoming us into her home (a meticulous marvel of interior artistry), she shared a little bit about her trials and tribulations as she built her career as a blogger.

From self-taught baker to the author of multiple cookbooks, Joy bestowed infinite wisdom about how we needed to trust in our talents, identify the things we truly care about, and how the best tools are the ones we have right at our fingertips. Charming and witty, with a great sense of humor, she achieved all of this while putting her foot in some savory beignets.

In the grand finale of our time together, Joy let us get up close and personal with one of her passion projects, Drake on Cake. The gallery of cakes with Drake lyrics is one of my guilty pleasures of instagram, and the experience of watching her take a blank cake and create whimsy and wonder was second to none. We watched as she took the cake from simple to stunning, adding notes of confetti, candles, and mini champagne bottles.

Following the cake decoration, we watched her build the photo scene for her final shot. Using a photo-board placed in front of her patio door for perfect lighting, she scoured her home for props that represented the essence of the Drake lyric. As we watched her add paper flowers, rosary beads, and fresh cut slices of cake for depth, she shared that her end goal is to create a story centered around the cake.

Reflecting on my time there, the lyric, “I’m blessed, I just checked,” is the embodiment of our time together in NoLa, and is now a mainstay mantra as I look toward the future of Geo’s Table.

To follow Joy, her awesomeness, and to view the latest photoshoots from Drake on Cake check out her instagram accounts and websites:

Website: joythebaker.com

Instagram Accounts: @joythebaker | @drakeoncake | @thebakehousenola

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Dîner en Blanc 2018

Photo by   Joe McFetridge at  Joe Mac Creative

Photo by Joe McFetridge at Joe Mac Creative

Thursday, August 16th, Philadelphia’s 7th Dîner en Blanc commenced with fashion and flare. This year’s surprise location Dilworth Park, created a vibrant and chic scene as over 5000 guests donned in their white outfits to dine in the heart of the city.

This being my second time in attendance I became more enthralled as the evening unraveled. Boasting an international theme, the event featured a variety of world's fare and decor and offered performances from over 75 entertainers, truly showcasing the diversity of talent our city offers.

Some of my top moments included dancing to throwback tunes  and salsa music, partaking in macaroons and champagne courtesy of Delice et Chocolat and witnessing the artistic talents of Alloyius Mcilwaine, who painted a mural that will be displayed at Broad Street Ministry!

Although the night flew by, I am happy to have another year of this amazing event under my belt and look forward to attending another in the future. Check out some of my favorite moments from Dîner en Blanc below!

Special thanks to Philly PR Girl for having me!

Dîner en Blanc 2018 - Philadelphia



2016 Bucket List!

Welcome to 2016! I am delighted to embrace this new year with new adventures in cooking, eating and leading a more healthier and fulfilling life. In the last part of 2015, I took a chance and launched the Geo's Table blog as a creative outlet for myself. During this "soft launch" period, I have expanded my horizons tremendously, and have learned a great deal about blogging as well as food photography and writing.

Now that 2016 has graced us with her presence, I am ready to take Geo's Table to the next level. Honoring my philosophy of: "Eat well. Share experiences. Cultivate Community." this year I seek to fold a more personal touch into my posts. This will include features on the people, places and cuisine that influence and uplift this philosophy and whom make up my personal community.

To kick-start this new adventure, I've developed a bucket-list as my guide. Follow me as I chronicle my quests in conquering each items on this short (but possibly growing) list! If you have items on your bucket list that you want to accomplish leave them in the comments below!

The 2016 Bucket List

#2

Get my passport and finally travel and EAT abroad

#3

Launch the "Instagrammer of the Week" feature

#4

Complete the  Couch to 5K Program  and eat healthier

#5

Get my food writing featured in more magazines

#6

Host my first "Geo's Table" pop-up dinner party!