Meet Your Neighbor, the Food Stylist

by ARLnow.com January 5, 2011 at 9:15 am 2,415 12 Comments

In the latest installment of the county-run Arlington Virginia Network’s “Food for Thought” segment, host Katie Greenan interviewed local resident Lisa Cherkasky, who has made a 25-year career out of preparing food to be photographed.

Cherkasky has an eclectic set of tools for making food look good, from spraying Armor All on bread to prevent it from drying out to using glycerin to make meat look juicy.

She also runs a local food blog, Lunch Encounter, which recently profiled the Waffle Shop on Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Arlandria section of Alexandria.

  • Arlwhenever

    With respect to the people involved and the show, tax dollars should absolutely not be used to fund or support the distribution of this commercial enterprise via AVN. AVN, if it exists at all, should be about straight-up announcements and disclosure — the political propaganda and commercial enterprises should go by the wayside.

    • mehoo

      Why not? It’s pro-business.

    • V Dizzle

      What is the tax burden due to AVN? I’d imagine it would be mainly grant supported, or paid by the cable monopoly in return for use of cable bandwidth. I could be wrong, but wouldn’t think there was much Arlington tax money going into programming.

    • Sunny617

      Give me a break, Arlwhenever. What’s wrong with exploring Arlington and showing people things to do and places to eat? Drumming up interest in local businesses means they make more money and therefore survive to pay more taxes. Unless we’re talking millions of dollars and unless the people who appear on there were chosen for shady reasons, what’s the big deal? Why is EVERYTHING in this town a controversy?

  • Lou

    It takes all kinds

  • Arlwhenever

    Oh, there’s never much in the way of tax dollars and fees going to anything that the collectivists, big government types want, yet taxes and county fees double over the course of a decade. It all adds up. AVN has at least two people who spend most of their time showing face and voicing over productions and God knows how many producers, scriptwriters, technicians backing it them up. If AVN kicked back to being a real government only portal it’s staffing needs could be fulfilled by students earning credit for high school course at the Career Center.

    There is nothing wrong with promotion and advertising. But government should not and need not subsidize it and absolutely should stay our of deciding what promotion and advertising should be aired.

    • mehoo

      How much money are we talking about here?

  • Go somewhere else if you don’t like it here.

    This is one of the best videos I’ve seen. AVN does a great job and helps to showcase our community, keep us connected, and is one of the many reasons that Arlington is an exceptional place to live. We get our tax dollars worth – more than our tax dollars worth I’d say.

    • Arlwhenever

      Great community? Where people tell you to ride out of town on a rail if you don’t agree with the collectivists? Sure, tell me about it.

      • mehoo

        You think it’s not a great community because people disagree with you? Get real.

        When you are literally run out on a rail (you can’t do that yourself – people have to carry the rail) then you’ll have a point.

  • YTK

    Hey Mommy — WHY is that person waxing his car with bread?
    To make it shine, silly!!!
    PS – Isn’t it the “WAFLE” (LOL) Shop on Mt Vernon Avenue????

    • JohnB

      +1 Love the WAFLE


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