sometimes i really love my job. i think the title of the blog says it all...
I happen to be on hand for the big dinner at Plaza del Toro, the final evening event of the La Ruta Festival. Here is a little explanation from the website:
Chefs from Spain collaborate for the festival’s paramount dinner at Portland’s PLAZA DEL TORO gastronomic society. Manuel Alonso of Casa Manolo (Valencia), Jordi Parra (Barcelona), Mikel de Luis (Bilbao/NYC), and Juanjo Canals of Con Amor (Madrid) will each present a course at this seated dinner with dessert by Luis Moyano (Madrid/Portland) and winemaker Albert Jane of Bodegas Acústic Cellar.
As much fun as the diners were having, i spent most of my time in the kitchen, documenting the chefs. This was really the culminating event of the whole festival, and its pretty obvious from these shots that all the chefs really had as much fun as the folks they are feeding.
The skill, strength, concentration and perseverance of line cooks will never cease to amaze me.
The last two months, i have been doing a whole series of shoots for Andina, another one of Portland's truly classic old school family restaurants. Its been really great to work with all the people, front and back of the house, to create a whole new library of images for them. I think they now have over 200 new shots, and we still have a little more shooting to do!
Last Saturday night, i went down to document various aspects of a busy night. I have hidden in the corners of many kitchens to capture the action, but this one was extra intense. With about 200 seats and a nonstop flow, it was really amazing to see how mellifluously the whole operation ran.
These dudes are pros!
As most of you know, i have been documenting the rise of Union Wine Co for the past few years, and have had a great time getting to know everyone involved. Just last week I finally achieved the Herculean task of getting the owner and founder of Union, Ryan Harms, together with his brother Eric in the same place at the same time for a quick portrait shoot for another of their labels, Christopher Michael.
I heard that their mom loved the shots, so thats good enough for me! Here are some of my favorites...
My wife Meredith has done an amazing job of getting our garden set for the upcoming summer months. I have always been fascinated by successful gardens, having never really been able to grow one of my own, so i am really lucky to be able to bare witness to and participate in the process. She makes its all happen, and then its up to me to then take the veggies and turn them into delicious meals.... a job i am much more suited to.
The other evening, the light quality was really beautiful, so i decided to capture the garlic scapes before we harvested them. Visually, they are elegant but mysterious at the same time.