Food & Wine

Drone surveillance meets homemade food Sept. 29

A culinary artist is launching a drone in the name of food history Sunday (Sept. 29) and she's calling on the community to join the project.

Andrea Blum's "My American Pantry" project has traveled the country shooting aerial photos of regional artisan producers with the fruit of their labors. This weekend, she turns the project over to the community, inviting the public to bring dishes to share prepared from family recipes. At 1:30 p.m. a giant picnic, and the stories behind it, will become art at Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Rd, Saratoga.

"Part of the aim of my project is to celevrate the rich local traditions around the preparation and sharing of food," Blum said. "Asking participants to share family recipes seemed like the natural evolution of the project."

As her remote-controlled flying camera zooms overhead, participants and food artisans are scheduled to sprawl on the lawn at Montalvo, sharing a picnic and a part in the art. Participants need to sign up here to coordinate the shoot.

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