about sarah // sweetsonian


Hi there!

Name: Sarah Marie Gerrity
Location: Washington, D.C.
In sum: Art director & food pornographer at @CavaGrill, freelance photographer/designer, future spin instructor and CatPaint extraordinaire. Icing > cake.

I started writing Sweetsonian in November of 2009, just a month after starting my first big-girl job, and just two months after dropping everything and moving to DC. Back in the day, I was working for the Department of Labor — a job I landed quickly and luckily — more or less in foreign and domestic trade analysis. Sweetsonian was my desperately-needed creative outlet, and emerged from a series of casual dinner parties, hot dates, and positive reinforcement from friends urging me to start a food blog.

After a couple of stints in DC, I essentially found my way into my first dream job, designing infographics and visuals, all day, err’ day, for the Energy Department. Like many people in Washington, I’m a workaholic. The advantage to loving your job is that work doesn’t always feel like work– so sometimes, I’ll be freelancing logos or killer infographics for Google.

After about a year of freelancing food and restaurant photography to Cava Grill, a fantastic fast casual concept based here in DC, I started full time as their art director in February 2015.

You can find me running and cycling to and from projects all over DC, cooking brunch in my kitchen, or petting all of the dogs that are tied up outside of the 17th Street Safeway while their owners shop. Yes, I know most of them by name. No, I’m not sorry. At the moment, I’m not taking any new freelance clients, but I do consider exceptions to that rule on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, just comment below, or contact me through the link to my portfolio above!


  • Noah


    You’ve got a great blog. What kind of camera are you currently using for your blog photography. My friend and I are looking at starting a blog and your photos are great.


    • sarah

      Thanks, Noah! Hearing that means the world to me :)

      I go back and forth between a Nikon D80 with a macro lens, and a Canon 5D Mark ii with a 24-70 mm lens (the camera of my dreams). Please keep me posted when you start your blog!

  • Evangelia

    Is it possible for you to give me an e-mail address so that I can message you privately? Thanks!

  • June G.

    We are planning a trip to DC in August for a family reunion. Do you have any recommendations? We’ll be staying around Georgetown. Hope it’s not weird, asking you;)

    • sarah

      Hi June! Would you mind dropping me an email at sarahgerrity (at) gmail (dot) com?

      I’d be happy to send you a few favorite spots in DC. Are you traveling with kids?

  • Steen

    Just read your interview on the “figuring it out” series on cupcakes for breakfast blog. You are amazing! Love your blog and will definitely subscribe.

    • sarah

      Thanks, Steen! Don’t you just love Cupcakes for Breakfast (the blog, and the meal plan)? Looking forward to hearing more from you!

  • tiffany

    hi sarah!

    just wanted to let you know i adore you work + blog! i also found your site over at cupcakes for breakfast blog. i’m looking forward to making the strawberries + cream ice box bars!

  • nicole

    hey sarah,

    made the strawberries and cream bars by way of emily at cupcakes and cashmere. DELICIOUS! looking forward to whipping up some more of your treats! xo

  • Emily @ The Pig & Quill

    Hi Sarah! So glad to have stumbled on your blog (via your lovely photos on Foodgawker, in case you’re wondering — I know I always wonder…). I’m a CA girl, myself, and recall falling in love with DC when we visited a few years ago. I think I even said something along the lines of, “I can actually see myself loving it here! Let’s move.” To which my husband said, “Babe, we live in California…” as if that means something. Anyhoo, your blog is absolutely charming and your cooking style is right up my alley. Adding you to my reader right this very sec. :)

    • sarah

      Emily — you have a gorgeous blog as well! Thank you for reading! I’m definitely adding you to my Bloglovin right now :)

      And yeah, I fell in love with DC in just a weekend, so I know how you feel!

  • Savannah Stauss


    I don’t know how to say this, but I have a crush on your whole life. What you appear to do is what I’d always wanted to do but didn’t know how, does that make sense? At any rate, I guess I’m wondering what you studied (assuming you went to college) and if it’s directly led to where you’re at now. Keep livin’ the dream, sugar!

    xo, S

    • sarah

      Oh man, thank you SO. MUCH.

      I’m working on a post about my job and how I got here — I was planning to put it up around my one-year anniversary at the Dept. of Energy (weird, so soon). I studied IR and Arabic, but did little design projects here and there… so I’m self-taught!

      Thanks so much for reading and reaching out. This made my day! xo.

  • Katie

    Just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! Very cute and fun. Your honey and almond granola caught my eye.. I will definitely be trying that first!

  • Lindsay Tiffany

    I found your blog because of your awesome interview over on Cupcakes for Breakfast and just got lost in your amazing portfolio! You are super talented, keep up the good work.

  • Mai-Lis @ A Sunshiny Day

    Hi Sarah, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. I’ve always really enjoyed reading your blog and love to read about a fellow graphic designer & food lover! If you’re interested in participating, just visit my post and read the rules, I look forward to reading your post!! :) http://asunshinyday.com/inspiring-blogger-award/

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