Parking Lot Grilled Pizza Battle Royale

One of the best parts of being a member of the Union Wine Co. family,  is that I get invited out to document the fun and games that happen every now and again.

A few years ago, owner, founder and paterfamilias Ryan Harms was challenged to a pizza cook off by  Head Winemaker,  J.P. Caldcleugh.    I wasn't in attendance then,   but apparently J.P. took the prize and all bragging rights.   Well,  the gauntlet was once again dropped and it was time for a new pizza maker to assume the throne...

All posturing aside,  everyone had a blast and got to chow down on some great grilled pie, kale salad, fresh watermelon and (on this rare occasion...) lunchtime canned wines. Not a bad deal for a Wednesday afternoon.

 Check out the official story right HERE.

Roseburg Roadtrippin' Pt. 1

As luck would have it,   just as I was finishing up my 5 day Cattail Creek Road trip a few months ago,  I scheduled several days in Roseburg with my favorite down south winemakers,  Dyson DeMara and Scott Kelley.

I had shot for them a few years ago,  so they had me back down for some Paul O'Brien winery shots- including a brick oven pizza party,  as well as some on location farm feasts.

Winemakers Dyson DeMara and Scott Kelley.

Roseburg Roadtrippin' Pt. 2

As mentioned,  this was my second time getting to hang with my favorite Roseburg winemakers.  In the days following the Paul O'Brien winery pizza party,  we headed out to a friends lamb farm to take in the sights and have a little impromptu roasted lamb lunch in one of their funky old barns,  paired with some of the newly bottled Oregon Territory Pinot Noir.

Small Town Revitalization

I was recently hired by Dougherty Landscape Architects to document their total redesign and revitalization of downtown Canby,  a super cute little one horse town about an hour south of Portland.

It was a great exercise to take a break from the culinary world and turn my lens on something completely different:  the modern landscape and how people fit into it.

If you are passing thru that area,   definitely stop in and have a look around.  Canby has a great farmers market on Saturdays,  and one of my favorite clients,  Ladybug Chocolates has their storefront on the main drag.