Be Our Guest – A Recipe for Fun (Part 3)

A Recipe for Fun… Costumes? Beauty and the Beast at Batavia Studios was a 5 week commitment in the summer of 2018.  If you are following along, you will already know that I had worked fast and furious to create all of the inanimate object costumes. Most of the costumes were heavy on sewing and building. …

Be Our Guest – Setting the Table (Part 2)

Let’s Set the Table…of Costumes If you are following this story, you will know the challenges I faced as costume designer for the recent Batavia Studios’ production of “Beauty and the Beast”.  In this installment, we are going to look at some of the costumes that required actual construction.  Specifically, I will discuss the plates…

Solving the Puzzle of Celebrations and Food Allergies

Food allergies were barely on my radar as a child growing up in Philadelphia. I knew certain families with a shellfish allergy, but shrimp and lobster were foods reserved for big celebrations, not everyday fare. As a newlywed, I distinctly remember the first time a friend spread the word that her young daughter had been…