9.13.2010

Project Food Blog Challenge #1: Food and Art

We interrupt our regular scheduled programming for my Challenge One submission to the Project Food Blog competition. The goal...to find the next food blog star! To learn more about this fabulous competition visit Foodbuzz.

The first challenge to is to answer this question:

What defines you as a food blogger and why should you be the next food blog star?

The combination of food and art define me as a food blogger. My love of art drove me to blogging and my love of food provided the focus. The result is a fresh perspective of food through whimsical illustrations at “The Lunch Box Project”.

My blogging adventures focus on four food dimensions:

1. Personal food stories. My blog is a way to share my relationship with food, good or bad, big or small, serious or funny.



2. My simple recipes. Okay, I am an amateur in the food world, but that seems to work for me. I think my readers enjoy the naivety and simple approach.



3. Highlighting fellow food blogger’s recipes. I LOVE illustrating food posts from other blogs. It gives me a chance to learn something new, offers some fun recipes to my readers, exposes other food bloggers to a new audience, plus allows others to see their food on an art level. I especially love grouping recipes around themes (cupcakes, pancakes, etc.). This approach is a nice way to collect the best from several sites into an illustrated, focused “menu” of sorts.


4. Food in popular culture. I often pick monthly themes to encourage a new look at what we eat. It’s a great way to view food in an innovative way. Themes include (honestly): gnomes, The Beatles, strawberry circus, ABC breakfast, The Tomato Chronicles, Ice, and many others. To add a fun twist, I often ask for feedback from my readers through Facebook and Twitter.



I should be the next food blog star because of my creative and novel approach to eating. I’m definitely not the best chef, but I value a fun and unique way to communicate food idiosyncrasies.

Imagine a blog that changes themes monthly, highlights fabulous recipes with an amusing twist, demonstrates the basics, and includes quirky, personal foodie stories. All of this pulled together by fresh, whimsical illustrations. Good news…that blog is “The Lunch Box Project”!


{oh, and did you know most of my illustrations are painted on playing cards?}

56 comments:

Jason Phelps said...

Definitely a unique voice in the Foodbuzz landscape. I am loving each new PFB story I read!!

Jason

Kristen said...

It's so much fun to read everyone's entries. Your art is so much fun!!

Lisa Orgler said...

Thanks Jason and Kristen! I've been having fun reading all of these too! So many unique perspectives!

Eileen said...

Lisa,

Great entry! You know I love your work. Best wishes!

Lisa Orgler said...

Thanks Eileen...just looking at your "sweet" site and wanted to tell you I'll be drawing cupcakes next month. Look for submission guidelines towards the end of September.

Casey Angelova said...

Your blog is quite unique as you are a talent artist and share that with your readers. Good luck!!!

Lizzy said...

I love seeing your version of my mascarpone cheesecake again!! You do such lovely work :)

Evan @swEEts said...

I love your blog and what you do here- You know that though :) All these great posts are making me nervous to finally post mine!

Deborah Dowd said...

What a cool approach to food blogging- great to get to know you and look forward to seeing more of your food and art!

Rosemary said...

Great post! I've enjoyed reading (and looking at!) your blog since I started following a few months ago! Keep up the wonderful work!

FOODalogue said...

One picture is worth a thousand words...congratulations on your innovative voice in the community and good luck in the challenge.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I'm really looking forward to reading everyone's blog in PFB!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

You are so unique in the food blogging world, I hope the judges recognize this and that you go far! You know I am one of your biggest fans!

Lisa Orgler said...

Thanks Mardi - I also think you're fabulous!! It was so much fun reading your PFB post!

JillyAn said...

Your art is such a pleasure. Wonderful post and best of luck with the competition.

Lisa Orgler said...

Thanks to all of you!! You are very kind!

Magic of Spice said...

A very nice entry...your art is just beautiful, fun and lively :) Good luck you you in the contest :)

Torviewtoronto said...

Good wishes

Lindsay said...

Thanks! And good look to you as well! I love your art so so much! I framed my Blueberry Buckle print for the kitchen!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Definitely a unique edge on your blog. How great you can combine 2 passions, art and food (or is it the same) in one place. Good luck!

Leslie Uhl said...

LOVE your entry blog! (As well as your usuals!)
Best wishes for success!
Leslie

May Ling Wu said...

You have such a beautiful website!

Carolyn said...

I love your illustrations. It will be interesting to watch how you approach the challenges. Hmmm, with that in mind, I think I know who I need to vote for, for the first one!

Lisa Orgler said...

I hope I get to do some more challenges. I've already been thinking about how I can do a "lunch box" spin on them. :)

Butter said...

Great post and love your site and artwork. In the about section you asked, " I've been told that my illustrations make people happy (is that possible?). "

YES it is, they make me smile. Thanks for sharing and good luck in the competition.

-Butter

Noelle said...

I love your post! You are so talented. Great job on your first entry. Good luck!

Vero of MyOwnWorld said...

Your life seems interesting! Good luck on PFB2010

Maya@Foodivas Kitchen said...

Your art always makes ME happy! I'm don't really know why I waited this long to say that. The very best of luck with PFB!

Jan @ I Love. Therefore, I Cook. said...

Lisa, your drawings are all beautiful :) thanks for sharing this part of you with us. good luck in the competition!

mummy's kitchen said...

Love this, your pictures are beautiful and it's really refreshing to see a different approach. Good luck

Becky said...

Your blog provides and artistic eye towards the food and recipes that we blog about. Thank you for that artistic prospective and your art.
Good luck in the competition.

macrofashion said...

thanks for finding me, lisa. you have such adorable illustrations!

ashandlewplus2.com said...

Thank you for sharing your life. I look forward to reading more. I will be posting my project food buzz entry tomorrow. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Ashlee
www.ashandlewplus2.com

doggybloggy said...

I love everyones unique slant on this and yous is one o the most unique...good luck.

Jean said...

Lisa, your illustrations are wonderful, so unique in the food blogging world to express your love for food this way. I appreciate it and I'm sure others do too. Much luck with PFB. :-)

Skylar Wolfe said...

You have a really unique voice, it's great to see this in the competition!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

This is the most unique and fun PFB post I've seen thus far! I love how all the drawings have such an air of whimsy! You definitely have my vote :)

Nate @ House of Annie said...

You got my vote! Cheers and aloha.

danasfoodforthought said...

Voted for you!! Such a unique idea :)

Renee at Applegate said...

We love your art, good luck! Renee and the Applegate Farms Crew

Jeanne said...

Great entry and I love your art! Playing cards - how original!

Christy said...

i think your point of view is fantastic...i voted for you!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Lisa, I'm loving this post! I love art too. Good Luck!
-Gina-

Anna said...

How cute! I love your style and the food looks adorable, you definitely get a vote :D

Oh, and if you'd like, stop by my blog and see if you like it too :)
http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/197

Marija said...

I love your blog so much! Good luck!

Lori Lynn said...

You got my vote Lisa! Your work is just darling!
LL

Amelia PS said...

wonderful illustrations

Peter said...

I love the art and the approach! So novel!

You got our vote!

http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/495

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Great post! Love learning more about everyone. Your illustrations are beautiful and so unique! Best of luck in the contest!!!

KarmaFree Cooking said...

i've always been a fan... hope we can both advance to the next round of PFB.

Check out my post and hopefully you'll like it enough to vote for me.

http://www.foodbuzz.com/project_food_blog/challenges/1/view/250

riceandwheat said...

I love your drawings and can't wait to see more! Get ready to another vote heading your way and good luck in the competition!

Kim @ Simply Starving said...

I am excited you decided to enter this contest! It is a really nice change of pace to see someone do something different! Good luck! I will be voting for you.

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) said...

Fun post! I like to keep things simple as well!

Best of luck with PFB!

Megan said...

Love your art.. and love what you do! One of these days... when I have more cashola... I would like to fire you for design work... you are VERY talented! - Foodie love from one state over... Megan@foodalution.com

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

Charm. This post is just dripping with it. I love that you don't take yourself too seriously!

Lena said...

Do you have an etsy store? I think your art is delightful! Good luck on the blog competition.