Here’s another restaurant/food story … (With much thanks to Chef/Owners Kathy Cary of Lilly’s and La Peche, Anoosh Shariat and Paula Barmore of anoosh Bistro and Noosh Nosh and Louvino’s owner Chad Coulter for allowing me into their kitchens and dining rooms for photos.)
On the stands today: “Lonely in the kitchen: Restaurant worker shortage hits Louisville,” a LEO Weekly feature by Susan Riegler about how the locally-owned restaurants we enjoy in Louisville are dealing with hiring new staff.
For some restaurants, it has led to signing bonuses. (Go read the story for more about that.) For me, it was about blur, yet with something in focus.
For this assignment, I spent time shooting during breakfast at Noosh Nosh and anoosh Bistro, during lunch and dinner in Lilly’s kitchen and then during dinner at Louvino. Probably more time than I needed to at Lilly’s, but I was directed to “shoot something artsy” by Keith Stone, managing editor at the LEO, for their square cover. So I was there dragging the shutter and panning the motion of server Rosalie Guthrie as she expedited food, walking backward in front of her to the dining room. Generally, getting in her way. I tried rear curtain synch on Allen Grimm, Chef de Cuisine, while he prepared dishes. Blur, baby, blur! Lilly’s Chef/Owner Kathy Cary walked past the camera, rendered as a ghost passing the in-focus staff in the background.
After all that, they choose a great portrait of Cary for the cover, standing still and looking at the camera.
Here’s a gallery of more images from the assignment:
Beautiful food, as plated by chef Scott Darnell
A restaurant review food shoot for The Courier-Journal at Somewhere restaurant at 1135 Bardstown Road, next to Nowhere bar.
Many thanks to manager Taylor Hart for hanging with me through the shoot and to Scott Darnell, executive chef, for his artful styling of the plates coming out of the kitchen!
See the story by restaurant critic Nancy Miller, special to The Courier-Journal, ‘Somewhere chef has bettered perfect’ online Wednesday, Aug. 3, and in the Aug. 4, 2016 print edition.
A gallery of all photos submitted can be seen here: Simple isn’t boring at Somewhere Louisville
Check out Somewhere Louisville restaurant online: Somewhere Louisville
Shot food for a restaurant review for The Courier-Journal, “Proof on Main decadent, despite blunders | Review” that published Wednesday, May 18.
Many thanks to Chef Mike Wajda for his patience – I couldn’t keep up with the pace of dishes being brought out to photograph!
Sunday I shot the “A Taste of Independents” Apron, Inc. fundraiser at The Olmsted for The Courier-Journal. It appeared in Monday’s print edition on the Metro section cover.
Normally, I don’t taste – I’m there to shoot, and it’s not easy. I’m looking for candid situations in a crowded, visually cluttered space in a limited amount of time. I don’t have hands free to carry food and drink around.
But I broke my rule! I tried Varanese’s Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop Topped with Apple-Bacon Chutney. It was so good. And, I was just standing there by the table for Ward 426, so I tried their Bacon Wrapped Chorizo-stuffed Dates in a Tomato Barbecue Sauce with Judy Schad Goat Cheese. My God. I had to get out of there! On my way out, I passed Chef Dean Corbett, owner of Corbett’s and Equus & Jack’s Lounge, talking with award-winning photographer Dan Dry. They were about to part, but seeing that I was about to photograph them, it seemed that Dan paused just long enough for me to frame and shoot … Candid enough!
See my photos and text at The Courier-Journal.com: Foodies enjoy fundraiser for independent eateries