Just before the July 4th long weekend, I did a couple of photo shoots at the Metropolitan Opera. One shoot was to update their restaurant’s website with new menu items. I am posting two dishes that speak to me. The salad on the left is the reason why I own a mandolin slicer. I love those thin circles of radish, beet and cucumber. This salad inspires me, and I will be riffing on it in future salads. The dish on the right is a spring pea risotto with red-veined sorrel and fiddle-heads. Photographing these dishes beneath the 30-foot Chagall painting was definitely memorable.
A portrait I did of Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game Restaurant in Hudson, NY, for the New York Times. The story – about several chefs’ fantasy Thanksgiving Dinners – is here.
The 2014 IACP awards were just announced, and I am excited to report that The Chelsea Market Cookbook won the award in the Best Compilation Category! It is the story of a place, with 100 recipes from purveyors and restaurants including Sarabeth’s Bakery, Buddakan, and Lucy’s Whey, and includes recipes from guest chefs such as Bobby Flay and Hugh Acheson. I spent a good portion of last summer photographing the market in action, and recipes in the studio. The book is written by Michael Phillips and Rick Rodgers, and is published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang. See the cover here, and some interior images below.
Part two of the shoot for No. 6 Depot Cafe involved a day on site, photographing the vibe of the place. It was a good challenge, considering the cafe was not yet officially open. But the owners were terrific to work with, it is a beautiful place with great attention to every detail, the food and coffee are delicious, and a bunch of their friends were happy to stop by before the grand opening to sample sandwiches, cake, and coffee.
The Fourth is a new restaurant opening in mid-May 2013 on 4th Ave and 13th Street in NYC. It is attached to a new Hyatt boutique hotel, and they called me to do some promo shots for their website, publicity, and branding. We shot interiors, exteriors, food, and environment for two days. Here are some favorite images.
This week I found myself at the Glenmere Mansion, in Chester, NY. I had met co-owner Alan Stenberg several years ago when a magazine sent me to them. This time around, it was Alan calling. The mansion has a fabulous upcoming opportunity, and they needed photos asap. Here is a sample of what we photographed: appetizers, entrees, and desserts; the busy Supper Room; and cocktails in the Frogs End bar. It’s amazing what you can get done in a day with the right team.
Recently, I visited the new Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America and photographed a slide show’s worth of images for Chronogram magazine. Play the slide show on this page.