Photography for your small business with Maria Midoes
9:00 AM09:00

Photography for your small business with Maria Midoes


With this workshop you'll come away with a vision for your brand story and the exact clarity on the content you need and the best ways to do it. 


Small business/start-ups who need to improve their tools and skills to create content for their platforms


At the end of this workshops you should be able to create content in a more fluid, confident and consistent way.  

How our day will look:

1. Know your style: define your brand, create your scrapbook, tell your story, materialize that into photography 

* Describe your brand in one sentence // sell it to someone who don’t have time to listen 

* Old school moodboard creation by cutting and pasting inspiration you find in magazines, newspapers, catalogs, bring some if you have any! This will help you define how you see it. 

* These two steps will help you finding a look & feel for your photography and make your content look consistent 

2. Hands on: techniques to photograph your products for online store, instagram content and animated formats. 

* Product shots / equipment and dyi tools you can use to have better results 

* Instagram content / posts vs stories / optimize your time creating more content at once / animated formats like gifs and stop motion 

3. Flex your creative muscle: find your “safe spots” to create content that represent your brand, know some compositions in photography 

* Look for consistency when you create - which composition is better for your product 

* Perspectives and Filters 

NOTE*  coffee and light snacks will be available all the time during the workshop. Lunch will be served, if you have any allergies or food restrictions let us know to the email

Tickets $240.00. Click here to purchase.


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Local Holiday Market + Pop Up Cafe
10:00 AM10:00

Local Holiday Market + Pop Up Cafe


Join us at our annual Holiday Market, where we gather some of the Brooklyn's (and New York's) most unique and talented makers for a local holiday market. This year, we will have pottery by Marian Bull, small goods by 7115 by Szeki, ceramics by Gisela Gueiros, sustainably sourced gifts and jewelry from Global Goods Partners, cashmere by Noelani Cashmere, macrame and plants by JoMade, wine giftpacks by Summit Street Brooklyn, christmas wreaths by Jodi Moreno, homewares by LX General Store, Brazilian baked goods by Brigadeiro Bakery and more. 

This year's market will be even more special as the Neighborhood Studio team will be holding a pop up cafe alongside the market. We will have holiday treats, sweets, salads, baked goods and mulled wine available for purchase, and Terrakaffe will be serving coffee. 

Please join us for some Neighborhood holiday spirit! Entry is free with RSVP.

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BOOK RELEASE PARTY: More with Less by Jodi Moreno
7:00 PM19:00

BOOK RELEASE PARTY: More with Less by Jodi Moreno

Come join us to celebrate the release of our co-owner Jodi's debut cookbook, More with Less: Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple! There will be bites from the book, wine, and of plenty of copies of the cookbook for purchase that you can have signed by Jodi. We hope to see you there! 

Jodi Moreno is a NYC based recipe developer, food stylist, and cookbook author. She writes a popular wellness and recipe blog called What's Cooking Good Looking that has been named twice by Saveur Magazine as best overall cooking blog. Her work has also been featured by Vogue, Bon Appétit, Jamie Oliver Magazine, and many more. 

Please register for tickets here!


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Unlocking the Secrets of a Really Good Cookbook Proposal
10:00 AM10:00

Unlocking the Secrets of a Really Good Cookbook Proposal


Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Neighborhood Studio, Brooklyn
Register here

This is a class cookbook author Lukas Volger been wanting to teach for a long time. Having worked in book publishing before he started writing cookbooks, as well as in various areas of the food and food media industry, Lukas has had the privilege of seeing how cookbooks get made from a few different perspectives. In this day-long workshop, he will go over how to write a book proposal that will make agents and editors pay attention.

If you attend, you’ll be asked to bring a specific cookbook idea, which will then be your working document for the day (and if you already have a proposal you’ve been working on, Lukas asks that you send it to him in advance so that he can read it). Attendees will be sent a selection of proposals for different types of published cookbooks to read in advance, and together, you'll work to understand what it is that makes them stand out from the crowd, and how to apply those lessons to your own projects.

In addition to reviewing all the necessary components of a proposal, central to the workshop is understanding the cookbook publishing market: you'll discuss trends in the industry and ways to capitalize on them in your proposal, as well as learn “the art of the comparative title.” The afternoon portion will feature talks with editor Camaren Subhiyah of Chronicle Books and literary agent Alison Fargis of Stonesong Literary, who’ll each share their processes for reviewing submissions and go into detail about what kinds of cookbook proposals capture their attention and excite them.

This is an intimate workshop, with plenty of time for one-on-one interaction, feedback, and Q&A. Lunch will be served.

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NORTH/SOUTH Lunar New Year Feast
11:30 AM11:30

NORTH/SOUTH Lunar New Year Feast

NORTH/SOUTH (and all that is between) are the two opposites that bring fellow cooks and writers Maggie Zhu and Hetty McKinnon together for this very special Lunar New Year Feast.

With NORTHern Chinese roots, Maggie, born and raised in Beijing, is now an Austin-based blogger, writer, recipe developer, and photographer where she writes her popular blog Omnivore’s Cookbook, a compelling collection of modern Chinese recipes. Maggie will be joined in the kitchen by Neighborhood Studio co-owner Hetty McKinnon, a first generation Australian with SOUTHern Chinese heritage, who has recently published a multicultural food magazine Peddler, with the first issue focusing upon Asian food and stories. Together, Maggie and Hetty will be cooking up an indulgent feast of Chinese classics from the NORTH and the SOUTH, to celebrate the Year of the Dog. The event will also include a dumpling wrapping instruction. 

100% vegetarian.  

Our NORTH/SOUTH Lunar New Year Feast* will feature:

Sichuan peanuts
Wonton in red oil
Noodles with Northern-style gravy
Turnip cakes
Fried lotus root
Shiitake and water chestnut dumplings
Chive and tofu dumplings
Sago pudding

$120.00 per person

All attendees will receive a gift bag of authentic premium Sichuan ingredients from The Mala Market


*The menu is subject to slight amendments based upon produce availability. 

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A Winter Harvest Dinner
7:30 PM19:30

A Winter Harvest Dinner

Lighten and brighten up your cold-season dining at our Winter Harvest Dinner, celebrating the humble everyday vegetables that nourish and nurture us during our long, cold New York winters. Discover the hearty yet healthful possibilities of our local Winter harvest, as we transform humble everyday produce like potatoes, mushrooms, squash, roots and pears into dazzling dishes. Our special four-course dinner will show how you can enjoy fresh vegetables, year round.

Our sample Four Course Winter Harvest menu*:

root vegetable broth with dumplings

crispy sweet potato with sumac chickpeas

breaded maitake mushrooms with whipped potatoes and roasted shallots

flourless hazelnut chocolate cake with pears

includes drinks

$85.00 per person

* menu subject to change based upon produce availability



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Side Show: Modern Thanksgiving Sides Cooking Class
10:00 AM10:00

Side Show: Modern Thanksgiving Sides Cooking Class


10AM - 2.00PM


On our Thanksgiving table, it is all about the sides. Every year, it is the flavor-bursting vegetable dishes that bring our holiday table to life. Deliver a sophisticated edge to your family feast with Fall’s exciting bounty, brimming with vibrant root vegetables, bold brassicas and sexy squash, vividly accented with unique flavor and textural combinations. Join us as we present our favorite vegetable-based Thanksgiving dishes that will have you venturing beyond green bean casserole and candied sweet potato.

Our Thanksgiving sides cooking demo will include recipes for:

  • Potato leek gratin with hazelnut béchamel (dairy free and gluten free)

  • Crispy Brussels sprout with a deviled eggs sauce  (gluten free)

  • Charred green beans with tahini and crispy harissa shallots (gluten free and vegan)

  • Roasted squash wedges with whipped feta and pistachios (gluten free)

  • Shawarma cauliflower, spiced freekeh, and preserved lemon (gluten free and vegan)

  • Quick pumpkin hummus (gluten free and vegan)


Attendees will help assemble the dishes and receive the recipes to take home. The class will end with a 'Friendsgiving' lunch, to kick off our Holiday season. All food and drinks included.

Tickets here.


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Publishing food stories, an intimate workshop
10:00 AM10:00

Publishing food stories, an intimate workshop

Publishing Food Stories is a day of discussion and interaction, exploring the different ways we tell food stories today, and how to get them published. From inspiration, to building a platform, recipe writing, nailing a literary agent, blogging, journals, crowd-funding, self-publishing, and traditional publishing, this is a behind-the-scenes workshop with the people who bring cookbooks and magazines to life.  This will be an honest, informed and, most importantly, inspiring exploration of food publishing right now.

Led by a panel of industry experts at Neighborhood Studio's intimate test kitchen, Publishing Food Stories is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with key industry leaders from the world of food publishing. Our event will help you understand how to tell compelling and authentic food stories in an increasingly competitive and diversified industry.

If you are a writer, food blogger, food photographer, stylist, published cookbook author, first-time author, aspiring food journalist or publisher looking for inspiration and information, this is the workshop for you. Each panelist will be on hand to provide their unique and hands-on experience in publishing, and will share advice on the steps you need to take to get published. All attendees will have time to ask questions and speak openly with the panelists - bring your ideas and questions.

This workshop will include time to mingle and enjoy a beautiful lunch in our kitchen, cooked by Jodi Moreno and Hetty McKinnon.

Our panel:

Holly La Due is a commissioning editor for food, lifestyle, and art books at Prestel Publishing in New York. She published James Beard Award winning Eat In My Kitchen by Meike Peters in 2016. Holly will talk about cookbook publishing and what publishers are looking for in book proposals.

Judy Linden is EVP Literary Agent at Stonesong, a long-standing literary agency, and formerly VP, Executive Editor at The Putnam Publishing Group (now PenguinRandomHouse). She represents adult nonfiction titles, mostly in the illustrated lifestyle genre with a special emphasis on cookbooks.  Her authors/titles include Hetty McKinnon/Neighborhood and Family; Jeanine Donofrio/The Love & Lemons Cookbook and the Love & Lemons Recipe Journal/Market List; Karen Mordechai/ Sunday Suppers and Simple Fare, Grace Bonney/ Design*Sponge and In The Company of Woman, Paul Lowe/Sweet Paul Eat & Make, among others. Judy will talk about how to attract a book agent and putting together your cookbook proposal.

Marisa Dobson is the founder & principal of Scintillate, a consulting agency that specializes in food & lifestyle clients. For over ten years, she's worked with professional creatives to turn their passions into passion projects. She's here to talk with us about building the all-important "platform" in a genuine and fruitful way.

Lukas Volger is the author of three cookbooks, including Bowl and Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, and a co-founder and the editorial director of Jarry. Lukas will talk about the process of writing a cookbook and independent publishing.

Luisa Brimble is an acclaimed photographer who has photographed over seven cookbooks. She will share the backstory on her beautiful new book Wild, successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Jodi Moreno is an award-nominated food writer and photographer, who shares healthy yet tasty recipes on her blog What’s Cooking Good Looking. Jodi’s first cookbook More With Less will be released in 2018 and she will discuss the road from blogging to traditional publishing, and recipe writing.

Hetty McKinnon is a cook and author of two cookbooks, Community and Neighborhood. She is also the (self)publisher and editor of the brand new Peddler Journal, a new multicultural food journal. Hetty will talk about her journey from cook to writer, and from self-publishing, to traditional publishing and then back again.


Publishing food stories, an intimate workshop

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Neighborhood Studio, 574 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor

Price: $250.00

What’s included: Morning tea and lunch. All attendees will be emailed a schedule of the day prior to the event.

We will also have a mini bookstore set up for the day where you can purchase books and magazines created by our panel.

Purchase tickets here.

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Photography Intensive + Stop Motion Video Workshop with Betty Liu
9:00 AM09:00

Photography Intensive + Stop Motion Video Workshop with Betty Liu

Join acclaimed photographer at Neighborhood Studio for an one-day photography intensive, hosted with Hetty and Jodi! 

Betty will share her perspective on photography and touch on the important tools that you can utilize to continue your creative journey moving forward. She’ll talk through her workflow, from considering a story to the execution, to the delivery. She’ll focus on how to see natural light and then how to manipulate it. She’ll talk about the theories in composition and how to apply it to your own work. She’ll talk about finding your voice and how to nurture that voice as it evolves through time, even across different scenes such as travel, lifestyle, food. She’ll round the day off with a primer on Lightroom and how to create presets. Together, we’ll dine on seasonal lunch cooked by Hetty and Jodi, and have chats about social media and how to utilize it to your best advantage. In this workshop you’ll find yourself challenged and pushed outside your comfort zone, so that we can progress together. 

Betty will also demonstrate how to make stop-motion videos for Instagram, or GIFs for the web (she was nominated for a Saveur Blog Award for Best Food Video!) She’ll share her set-up, the tools she uses to get stable frames, and the process of putting it all together. See her video work here:

Before the workshop you’ll be sent optional materials to familiarize yourself with the basic camera settings, and Betty will be available to answer any questions you have both before, during, and after the workshop. 

Spaces are limited. 


Saturday October 14th, 9.00am - 4.00pm

Neighborhood Studio

574 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor,

Brooklyn NY 11217

Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Equipment needed:

  • Camera with manual setting options
  • lens/lenses 
  • batteries
  • notebook for notes!
  • Computer if you’d like to follow along on Lightroom 

Due to the nature of this workshops, no refunds are available unless the space is re-sold. 


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Modern Asian Salads
7:00 PM19:00

Modern Asian Salads

The big, bold flavors of Asian cuisine provide a perfect foundation for our favorite meal, SALAD. Join us as we explore the exciting and diverse flavors of Asian cuisine, reimagined as hearty, addictive, flavor-punching salads. 

This will be a family style meal, with several courses of salad and conversations. 


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The Vegetable Series #1: Tomato
7:00 PM19:00

The Vegetable Series #1: Tomato

Welcome to Neighborhood Studio's vegetable-forward supper club, The Vegetable Series. Each month, we invite you to join us at the table to celebrate one seasonal hero vegetable. In our kitchen, vegetables are the centerpiece of our cooking, and we hope that this vegetable series will encourage our diners to think more creatively about both well-loved and lesser-known vegetables. These dinners are an unique opportunity to really experience the unique character, flavor, texture and beauty of our star vegetable.

Our first hero vegetable is Tomato. Technically a fruit, we know. But for our sake, we will treat it as a vegetable. Delicate, yet bold, tomatoes are a summer staple. Join us as we embark on a tomato-ey adventure and discover more sides to this sexy nightshade. 

Dinner is served with a special wine service, including a tomato-themed drink, poured by Sommelier Adrienne Voboril of Summit Street Brooklyn.



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