Friday, March 23, 2012

Styling With 'The Hunger Games' at Weekly Open Thread

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 5:40 AM

In this week's Dining Column, Kim Green talks to Jack White (not the usual Jack White), a Middle Tennessee native who has crafted a fascinating career as a Hollywood food stylist.

White started out working as an actor in New York and Hollywood, and a cook on the side, until his talent for food-wrangling turned into a career. He's styled food for more than 75 movies and TV shows, including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network and now The Hunger Games.

Impressive food is pivotal to the movie's plot, where starving teens compete for a shot at the opulent meals of the privileged. Take note of the roasted pig with an apple in its mouth that heroine Katniss pierces with an arrow: White fixed up that pig in his brother's smoker in his hometown of Pulaski, Tenn.

White, now 55, hopes to semi-retire, he tells Kim Green. He has a catering company and a special-events space in a Victorian building in Pulaski. But he figures he'll keep doing the occasional movie shoot in North Carolina (where Hunger Games was filmed) and New Orleans.

How about you, Bites folks? Any feats of culinary derring-do to report? Share your news, musings and questions here on the Open Thread.

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