This is a selfie. With a baby bun top knot. Better picture coming soon. I hope.

Hi. I'm Emily Farris. In the fifth grade, I won the D.A.R.E. essay contest.

Since then, I've written for Bon Appetit, Food 52, The Cut, The Kitchn, Food & Wine, Gourmet, BuzzFeed, Country Living, ELLE Decor, BUST, Women’s Wear Daily, CNN, The Daily Beast, and many websites and publications you’ve probably never heard of (and, yes, I know one shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition, but it sounds so snooty any other way).

I've created sponsored content for The Food Network,, the Washington Post Brand Studio, Coca Cola, Starbucks, Frigidaire, Kingsford, Nestea, ALDI, Sub Zero-Wolf, French's and others. My first cookbook, Casserole Crazy: Hot Stuff for Your Oven!, was published by Penguin in 2008 and one of my essays appears in The BUST DIY Guide to Life.

Whether you need someone who can quickly turn around an article on classic cocktails or your company’s communications could use some oomph, I can help. While I specialize in food and lifestyle writing and photography (with styling!), I’ve helped many businesses — from huge glass fabricators to independently-owned shoe stores and coffee shops — do a better job of getting their message across to current and potential customers.

These days, you can find me in Kansas City, MO where I live with my husband Kyle, our son Teddy, and two dogs (Jack and Willie).

Oh, and I make cocktails and potty-mouth greeting cards, too. For more of that stuff, visit my blog Festive AF or follow me on Instagram.

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About the Name

In the restaurant world, “sidework” refers to the tasks servers must do in addition to waiting tables: Rolling silverware, stocking service stations, setting tables, etc. So when it came time to pick a name for my content studio it seemed a natural fit — most of my clients are in the culinary world, and I’d been doing this type of work on the side for years before going out on my own full time. And I really do build websites that are a lot prettier than this one. I promise.