Sometimes a production needs food on the table. Not necessarily edible food – just prop food to fill the space and make the audience aware that the characters are about to partake in a meal. Whether it’s Fezziwig’s feast in A Christmas Carol, “Be Our Guest” in The Beauty and The Beast or the Capulets’ feast in Romeo & Juliet – props artisans are often called to make a tableful of fake food.
Karestin Harrison poses with a cornucopia of her prop food projects at USITT
One such props artisan is Karestin Harrison who is currently co-writing a book on the subject with scenic designer/artist Tammy Honesty. They shared with us two simple recipes for whipping up a couple of prop dishes to serve to your audience.
If you’d like to see more fake food recipes, explore Harrison and Honesty’s book, The Fake Food Cookbook: Props You Can’t Eat for Theatre, Film, and TV! Inside, you’ll find more than fifty recipes for inedible food and a dozen edible beverages. The book is available for sale now – click here to order your copy today!