If you missed the Boston University International Food Styling & Photography conference back in June, you missed a great talk by the food stylists and photographers from Gourmet Magazine. Luckily, you have another chance to catch at least some of this team in action, at the 5th Annual Gourmet Institute in October. Your $1,394 buys you 4 cooking demonstrations or talks on both Saturday and Sunday, and a few meals and galas along the way. Talks and demos will be by some of the big names in food... Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Ed Levine, Thomas Keller, and Ruth Reichl to name just a few. Seminars and tasting are starting to sell out, so if you are going, best to book right away. On the last minute note, if you happen to live in Manilla, there is a rumor that there is a food lighting workshop going on tomorrow, July 21st, at Cafe Ysabel in Greenhills by Ricky Ladia. Adorama is now offering photography workshops. Unfortunately, the food photography workshop with Lou Manna was back in March. But, keep your eye out on their website for new classes if you are in the New York area. Focal Point Visual Learning Center in Vancouver, BC is currently holding an ongoing class on food styling and photography on Thursdays from 2 to 5pm. The workshop started on July 12th, but continues on through August 23rd, so it may not be too late to join. See the Focal Point website for contact info and more information. For those planning further ahead, check out the Travel & Food Photography Workshop in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas in February of 2008 offered by Marilyn Tausend. The 6-day trip looks like a beautiful combination of culture, cooking and photography for a cost of $2,850 (plus some transportation expenses). The group size will be from 8 to 12 people. Please see Marilyn's website for more information. For those of you in Chicago, it looks like there is a small class forming the weekend of Nov 2-4 2007, on food photography tips & tricks by a Shutterstock photographer. The class is limited to 5 people, so it may be full... but perhaps you'll be able to convince the photographer to try a repeat class? (update) Oh, and I almost forgot. This year's BlogHer conference in Chicago next weekend will be host to a little panel on Food Photography featuring the wonderful Beatrice of La Tartine Gourmande as well as the Photoshop Guru Jan Kabili. Oh, right, and likely a very stage-fright ridden me. Do make sure you stop by and introduce yourself after the talk once my heartrate has calmed back down to the two-digits.