Shooting for City Eats, the Food Network’s restaurant reservation and food interest website, continues to satisy me on so many levels. They send me off to shoot some the DC area’s best restaurants—high-energy shooting with a lot of creative inspiration and wonderful people. The food is always visually beautiful and tastes great. I shared some of my first shots for City Eats in a blog post a few months ago. Here are some of my favorite shots from recent City Eats assignments. The colorful plate above is Maine Lobster Pappardelle with Baby Carrots, English Peas and Lobster Cognac Essence at Marcel’s.
I try to contain myself, but I really do feel like jumping up and down with joy when they bring out the food. The chefs just keep getting better and better. The dish above is Restaurant Eve’s Agnolotti with Almond, Carrot Butter, Ricotta and Tamarind.
Ideally, I like to get to these restaurants between shifts to allow enough quiet time for shooting several composed plates–then, when possible, I love to segue into shooting the start of lunch or dinner service as the tension and pace build. Above is the bustling dining room of The Majestic.
Above is The Majestic’s Chesapeake Bay Seafood Stew.
At Vidalia Restaurant, I got into the kitchen for close-up shots of cooking and service, below.
I grabbed a quick shot of Vidalia’s Caramel Layer Cake with Buttermilk Ice Cream…as it whisked out of the kitchen.
I’ll share more favorite shots from City Eats assignments again soon. Meanwhile, check out their excellent website to reserve a table and to read some excellent DC food writers’ articles on restaurant news.