MarthaWatch: Inside the Test Kitchens at Martha Stewart’s Studio
by Chris PhillipsUpdated Sep 6, 2018
Take a look at the . The studio covers 75,000 square feet in the Starrett-Lehigh Building on 26th Street in far west Chelsea NYC. I snapped these pictures on a behind-the-scenes Halloween tour I took on Tuesday night.
The story goes that the first time Martha toured the space, she rode her SUV up the truck elevator and did a drive-through inspection of the place.
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The company leased the space in 1999 and filled in the vast loft space with offices, kitchens, and editing suites. The tour guide said six to ten editors and assistants work in this kitchen testing recipes. Each recipe is tested about ten times before it makes it into a magazine or TV show.
bottles for water pitchers. Anyone know where we can get these thick industrial-looking coasters?
This is the main door to Martha Stewart Living’s offices. This paint can art showed up often in Martha’s Apprentice. The office coves 75,000 square feet in the Starrett-Lehigh Building on 26th Street between 11th Avenue and the West Side Highway.
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A fall table setting . . .
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with tableware from the Martha Stewart prop room.
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The old-fashioned water bottle sitting on a thick round coaster was my favorite image of the night. I save Lorima Lemonade bottles for this, but where can I get this coaster?
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A small metal pie plate sat at each place setting, but I couldn’t figure out what function it was supposed to serve.
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Magnolia leaves painted gold are usually used as Christmas decorations, but they are a fun surprise in this wooden bowl for Halloween and Thanksgiving harvest tables.
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At this Martha party, the bar tender didn’t make the drinks. Instead she showed the guests how to make the drinks themselves.
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These Pink Bermudas were made with light rum, pink grape fruit juice, lime juice and coconut cream.
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Grapefruit in the flower arangement was a nice touch, tying the cocktails and the flowers together.
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Martha’s team calls this the “clearstory.”
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Guests were invited to carve pumpkins.
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A smiling pumpkin carved by a party attendee.
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Quesadillas are an interesting way to serve squash. Here’s the recipe: www.marthastewart.com/page.jhtml?type=content&id=channel4790054&site=msl
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The Mediterranean Crostini were my fave: hummus and green olives with parsley on toasts.
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The light switches are labled with P-touches, one of Martha’s favorite tools.
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The tour took us into the test kitchens and other “restricted” areas.
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Some wreaths Martha’s team must be working on
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Lots of candles under consideration
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A messy work table full of interesting spring items.
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This board is labled “Kitchen Rugs.”
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Our tour guide explained that this is one of the main test kitchens at Martha. Six to ten people work in here ever day, testing each recipe multiple times.
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Salad spinners behind glass in the test kitchen.
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Cakes in Martha’s Weddings magazines are often made of foam and iced only on three sides.
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Cases of food color paste and other cake making tools.
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We we’re allowed into the prop room, but some of the props spilled out into the hallway.
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This color wall at the end of the clearstory was often seen on the Martha Stewart Apprentice too.
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Some Martha porch furniture.
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Are they working on a new Martha logo? Maybe for the Macy’s line?
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A test kitchen chef gave us peppery green pumpkin seeds to much on during the tour.
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Huge arrangements of branches with red leaves filled the clearstory space.