If you've spent any time at all in Austin odds are you've sipped a cocktail in the courtyard at the dreamy Hotel San José. This is how we first came to know sweet Tyna of Mission Collective: behind the bar of the San José. Turns out slinging cocktails if far from her greatest talent. Mission Collective - a full-service food enterprise with an keen eye for aesthetics - is quickly making a name for itself as the go-to for food that is not only delicious, but incredibly gorgeous. Happily, we'll have custom cocktails from Mission Collective at the Sunday's sale!
Tell us a little about your self! How did you find yourself working with food?
Hello! My name is Tyna, I am a food stylist and I run Mission Collective. Growing up, I was surrounded by food and cooking. My family owned a bakery so I was always helping out there or at home in the kitchen. I remember thinking (to myself) as a kid that I never want to grow up and work with food, ever. I'm still growing up but some time in the past years, I realized that it came natural to me and I found excitement and comfort in working with food.
There’s an old adage about eating with your eyes first. Your really seem to take that to heart in your work. Every dish you create has such a visual presence!
It's funny to hear that saying because my dad used to scold me for "eating with my eyes." I would get really greedy when tasty things are on the table and fill my plate up. So, I believe in that old adage completely. Maybe I enjoy the process of eating a little too much, but to me, the experience is best when all senses are stimulated and starting with visuals. A good looking dish should get you salivating without even knowing what's in it. That's what I try to capture.
What’s your favorite place to source ingredients?
I really enjoy farmer's market especially for produce. There is absolutely nothing better than fresh seasonal fruit and veggies.
How about visual inspiration? Who do you look to?
So many: Karen Mordechai//@sundaysuppers, Beth Kirby//@local_milk, Molly Cranna//@mollycranna, Sophia Macks//@beyondthemag, Adam Vorhees, James Tolic to name a few. Who doesn't love a classic beauty shot? You know, the over head, things arranged intentionally casual, maybe with a hand reaching for something shot...I appreciate good lighting and styling. The photos that get me really excited are the weird, out of it's element almost pop art ones. I love the idea of taking food off the conventional table setting.
It’s 11p, you just wrapped up a double shift, you’re wiped: what do you whip up for yourself?
Hmm...I always have eggs so prob. something like an omelet or scramble. Besides, breakfast is good all the time.
All images via Mission Collective.