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A Slice of Heaven

Of all the photo shoots I do throughout the year for clients, when I get a call from a restaurant owner to come shoot their food and their restaurant I get excited. It’s really the thing I enjoy doing the most.

These are some of my favorites for a series of shoots I did for Baba Louie’s. The owners, Eileen and Paul Masiero just get it, and like any successful restauranteurs they start with fresh ingredients, and in my humble opinion make the best pizza in the area. They have set up a bakery which pre-bakes the sourdough crusts fresh everyday for the 3 area restaurants, as well as bread for the sandwiches and dinner rolls. I am a sucker for great pizza and have been striving to bake the perfect pizza at home, but I can’t hold a candle to what Baba Louie’s is doing. The crust is perfect, thin and crispy and the toppings are loaded thick with fresh toppings and cooked with a hot wood-fired oven. The sandwiches, salads, and pasta specials are just as good, but the pizza menu is all I look at when I’m there. My favorite is the “Isabella” with roasted sweet potatoes, roasted parsnips, caramelized onions, roasted garlic, fresh mozzarella and shaved fennel, drizzled with reduced balsamic vinegar and parmesan. It’s simply a slice of heaven.

If a client tells me their customers love the food photos on their website and had to come in no matter the weather outside on a dark night, then I know I’ve done my job. And I love my job.

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Georges Duboeuf 2011 Beaujolais Crus Preview

A few times each year I have the opportunity to attend and photograph wine events and meet some legendary wine makers, and this past June Georges Duboeuf and his son and co-proprietor Franck with their importer Peter Deutsch hosted a media/trade preview of the 2011 Beaujolais Crus at db Bistro Moderne in NYC.

As much as getting to try some truly fantastic wines, I was really looking forward to going to a top shelf NYC restaurant—db Bistro Moderne, owned by the renowned Daniel Boulud, with the food prepared by executive chef Laurent Kalkotour. I had the chance to sneak into the kitchen for a few shots as he and his staff plated the 4 course meal.

For more info on the wines click here: Georges Duboeuf

Sirloin Burger Filled with Braised Short Ribs, Foie Gras and Black Truffle, Served on a Parmesan Bun with a light horseradish sauce. (Quite possibly the best slider I will ever have.)

Franck Duboeuf

Legumes Du Marché: Young Garden Vegetables, Fromage Blanc Dressing, Lavender Honey Vinagrette.

Executive Chef Laurent Kalkotour

Plating the Seafood Risotto

Seafood Risotto: Black Sea Bass, Scallops, Squid, Cockles, Fennel, Tomato Confit, Fumet Emulsion.

Dou of Beef: Braised Short Ribs, Beef Tenderloin, Spring Vegetables, Sauce Bordelaise.

(left to right) Franck Duboeuf, Georges Duboeuf, Peter Deutsch