My friend Julie is building a really amazing business - with the help of her whole family ;) The Purple Beet is a company built to make sure you have quick, easy and healthy food options ready to go at a moments notice. I am especially excited about her new smoothie subscription service that allows you to select your favorite smoothie flavors and have them delivered to your door. Keep them in the freezer until you are ready to go. I can’t wait to make this a part of my routine and you should definitely check it out. We’ll be working with Julie and her family again in the coming months and I can’t wait to share more!
I had the great pleasure of collaborating with Taste the Local Difference and Happy's Tacos for this year's Guide to Local Food in Northern Michigan! Happy's Tacos creates their own hot sauces using locally grown peppers when available and the rainbow of colors created such a fun set to style and shoot. Here's a look behind the scenes.
The Gather Series is one of my favorite little slices of Summer. A lavender farm in Northern Michigan, a table full of smiling people, an amazing carefully crafted multi-course meal, and of course wine. Sweetwater Lavender Farm is a magical spot and I feel so lucky every time I get to hang out there. The fantastic vendors for this meal include: Petoskey Cheese, Bear Creek Organic Farm, D&M Design Co., S2S, The Bow Tie Baker. Soak in some Summer vibes....
I've had the pleasure of working with Francesco Torre since my days at Fish. Restaurant in Sausalito. Francesco opened his restaurant, Canneti Roadhouse Italiana, in Forestville, CA with so much heart and hard work. Canneti prides itself on using the freshest local ingredients available to create a unique blend of Tuscan and Californian cuisine. Each dish is so thoughtfully crafted, delicious, and visually beautiful. This was a fantastic project to work on - in addition to photographing the restaurant, I also built Canneti's website. Check it out to learn more, and if you find yourself in Northern California make sure you stop in.
"Canneti is the name of a road I used to walk to go from my parents' house to elementary school. I had a dream for a very long time, and when I moved to California years ago, I named that dream Canneti. Here it is alive with its custom made rustic tables and stools, refinished wood counters and a Tuscan Country flair. My cucina is a mix of many experiences, from a Relais & Chateaux two Michelin starred restaurant to a simple Tuscan Trattoria, a Louisiana Church BBQ to Long Island country style. As Canneti came to life, I made the decision to offer just what I experienced myself in the first place. So you will find just Tuscan and local wines in the wine list, and you will hear a true story behind every dish and decor decision".