Giving Thanks to Saveur

Once upon a time, Big Leo food stylist Mariana Velasquez was a fresh faced 21 year old culinary student interning at Saveur Magazine. Today, her food styling talents are showcased across several stories in the current November issue of Saveur Magazine. For Mariana, this is a dream come true. She shares with us her Saveur memories and […]


In case you missed it, we wanted to share this wonderful chocolate project styled by Mariana Velasquez and photographed by Beth Galton. The project focuses on desserts, incorporating the deconstructed yet beautiful aesthetic we love about Mariana’s styling. Take a look at all the beautiful images below.

The Art of Setting the Table

Brilliant food stylist and tastemaker, Mariana Velasquez, was recently featured in Saveur Magazine. She was interviewed as part of a larger story titled, The Art of Setting the Table. Mariana is not only an expert when it comes to cooking delicious food, but she also has an immense talent for table setting and design. Saveur asked Mariana about her philosophy on […]

#TBT Deconstructed

#Throwback Thursday to this beautiful project that was impressively styled by Mariana Velasquez. The project is aptly named Deconstructed, and features a series of dark and gritty, yet beautiful images. Mariana’s food styling of the photographs is exquisite; she strikes a delicate balance between messy and highly stylized food. Take a look below: Photography by Jennifer Davick, Creative Direction by James Dunlinson

June Runner’s World

We really dig Runner’s World Magazine’s approach to mindful and healthy eating and always look forward to reading the latest issue! In the newest copy, Mariana Velasquez has beautifully food styled a number of features, specifically a couple of really great dessert stories, which you can peruse below. We can’t wait to try some of these delicious (and guilt-free) dessert recipes! Photography […]

Endless Summer Cookbook

We’re thrilled to share the release of Katie Lee’s–co-host of Food Network’s The Kitchen–new cookbook, Endless Summer. Katie is a huge devotee of summer parties and gatherings, and she shares some of her seasonal party recipes in the new book. Beautifully food styled by Mariana Velasquez, Big Leo alumnus Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul fame, and photographed by Lucy […]

Picnicking Through Provence

Of course you know Mariana Velesquez for her beautiful food styling. But did you also know she’s a gifted prop stylist as well? In this new French feature for Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Mariana shows off her impressive style and aesthetic by food and prop styling the story. Photographed by the very talented Beth Galton, this story showcases some special […]

Family Style Feast

Planning a spring dinner party? Take a look at this festive story from the newest issue of Cooking Light for some ideas! The story features some delicious, creative, and elegant recipes that will really wow your guests. Also, all of these recipes are family style, which is a great way to create a casual and inviting […]

Wake Up to Wow

It’s not often that we see such a special food feature in Instyle Magazine, so we’re thrilled to share this brunch story from the January issue–food styled by Mariana Velasquez and photographed by Marcus Nilsson. The story showcases four delicious recipes from some very notable chefs, including: Aimee Olexy of Talula’s Daily, Jody Williams of Buvette, […]

Cooking Light’s Annual Holiday Cookbook

Thanksgiving is one week away, so start brining that turkey, peeling those sweet potatoes, and uncorking that wine! Well–maybe we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. But preparing a Thanksgiving meal always feels a bit overwhelming! Fortunately, we’ve got Cooking Light’s annual holiday cookbook to provide a helping hand. Food styled by the brilliant Mariana Velasquez, photographed by […]

James Beard on Your Smart Phone

We’re always looking to cook restaurant-worthy meals at home, because let’s face it, boring salads are – well – boring! Thankfully, The James Beard Foundation has come to our rescue by introducing a pretty amazing new app for smart phones. James Beard Foundation Vegetables: Recipes by Award-Winning Chefs (JBF Vegetables for short) provides us culinary […]