In her personal time, Francesca enjoys styling and photographing food and props and posts her work on “The Garnished Palate” an Instagram account and blog used as her portfolio. She is always looking for an excuse to write and photograph her experiences in the kitchen at home or school, traveling (currently in Italy), and dining out. 

 She previously created and edited a food media focused digital magazine to inspire students about the field of food media (see link above). The magazine was published as a special edition project with the help of the CIA's Media Relations. Francesca has also produced some published work for her school's newspaper La Papillote and the Digital Media club where she held a position as vice president. She has assisted stylists like Sarah Copeland, Kersti Bowser, and Victoria Granof with photo shoots for special projects and worked on the set of Patti Labelle's cooking series by Power House Productions.

 Francesca is very passionate about food print and video media and hopes to one day work with a prestigious food publication or production company where she can learn a multitude of skills under professional chefs, stylists, and producers.

Julia Child Foundation for writing scholarship- 2016