Feb 19th, 2010

Growing Real Food Nation

in 2007, Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma” changed the way I see farming, cooking, eating. I’d been hearing phrases like “Slow Food” for years, without really absorbing what it meant. I grew up mere miles from Alice Waters’ iconic Chez Panisse – and thought this whole concept of creating cuisine from locally sourced ingredients sounded pretty […]

Jan 18th, 2010

Harry’s Roadhouse

The magic of movies is in the sense of scale – everything is bolder, brighter, bigger than in Real Life. By that measure, Harry’s Roadhouse is from a movie – it looks the part, it smells the part and tastes the part of the mythic country road neighborhood diner. Thing is: all that vivid color, […]

Jan 15th, 2010

Counter Culture

Usually when I go to Counter Culture, it’s about sitting in a warm cocoon of caffeine, insanely sweet smelling cinnamon buns… It took being there on assignment to discover the careful design details that make it such a great place to hang out.

Sep 20th, 2009

Jacona Winery

Go figure. I was born and raised in Northern California, spent countless seemingly endless summer days in tow with my Zinfandel advocate parents going from Sonoma county tasting room to tasting room…. and it took moving to Northern New Mexico to see my first harvest. A full on pinot noir harvest a half mile from my front […]

Aug 26th, 2009

Terra Encantado Wine Cellar

There was an actual wine key. I love that. The glass wine cellar at Terra Encantado with beverage director Michel Darmon. The beauty of the cellar at Terra Encantado is its the visibility of its design – usually cellars are hidden away, not displayed for the incredible collections they are.

Aug 21st, 2009

Restaurant Martin

When I photograph in restaurants, it’s usually an impeccably prepared plate of deliciousness, a room radiant with ambience, knives flashing and flames flaring in the heat of the kitchen… this was my first chef in a hard hat. For this assignment, I covered the renovation of the building that became the home of Restaurant Martin: […]

Geronimo Santa Fe

Aug 1st, 2009

Geronimo

This was one of those shoots where the smell of the dishes drove me to distraction. It’s an occupational hazard to which I’m more than willing to risk exposure… The angle for this story on Geronimo for Local Flavor was to showcase the sculptural nuance of Chef Eric di Stefano‘s platings. Part of the fun […]

Treehouse Cafe in Santa Fe

Jul 18th, 2009

Treehouse Cafe

Owner and (head elf) Maria Elena Bustamante-Bernal had a vision for an organic, vegetarian restaurant, using local ingredients fresh from the farmers market and some serious bakery alchemy. Thus, Treehouse Cafe came to be. I’ve been told by sources in high places that the best cupcakes in the whole entire world can be found there, […]

Jun 22nd, 2009

The Compound

The Compound is known chiefly for Chef Mark Kiffin’s exquisite dishes, and its secluded location on santa Fe’s iconic Canyon Road. In a unique twist on the classic “Restaurant story”, this assignment for Local Flavor was not about the fine food. Here, the focus was on the restaurant as an event destination. The patio of […]

Agapao Coffee Santa Fe

Jan 8th, 2009

Agapao Coffee

Agapao: greek for love, to love, to be filled with good intention. Agapao Coffee Dave imports fair trade coffee and tea to the thirsty and under-caffeinated at La Montanita Coop and cafes in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. With all of that coffee in one place, the  Agapao warehouse smells amazing. I think I got a contact […]