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Sean Brock and Matt Lightner

Sean Brock and Matt Lightner

If any of you have the Portland food scene in your orbit, as I do, then you know about, or attended Feast. Four days, food, wine, beer, coffee, chefs, food writers, you name it, and all for a good cause (net proceeds go to two Oregon food charities). Four days of gluttony and schmoozing and it was a blast. Since I’ve been MIA for a while (busy!) I thought I’d share some of the photos from the events I photographed for Team Feast. Night Market, which is a Southeast Asian inspired food market, and was likely the most hopping event of the weekend, and a dinner with two of the countries most rocking chefs, Matt Lightner, Food and Wine’s Best New Chef,  and Sean Brock, chef of Husk in Charleston and southern comfort at it’s finest. These two are masters and Molecular Gastronomy and a helluva lot of fun in the kitchen. Especially when the bourbon and gangsta rap comes out.

You can check out a couple of fantastic recaps with slide shows featuring my photos at Eater. Also, at NY Magazine’s Grub Street. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my favorites from the event on leek soup.

Cheers!

Pig's Blood Crackers

Pig’s Blood Crackers

Sean Brock and Bourbon

Awkward Moment

BBQ Salmon and Burnt Leek

Sean Brock, favorite veggies tattoo, and sorrel

Dried Fruit with Raw Ice Cream

Paul Qui, Jeffery Steingarten, Sean Brock

Night Market

Steve Jones of Cheese Bar

Gregory Gourdet of Departure

Duff Goldman, Ace of Cakes!

Two of my faves, Earl of Paa Dee and Nong of Nong’s Khao Man Gai

Bon Appetit Editor-in-Chief, Adam Rapoport

All photos © Dina Avila 2012

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Thought I’d (finally) share a few images, here and there, of our trip to Hawaii this summer. These three are of my niece, Eliana…more to come…

Hawaii

Hawaii

Hawaii

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Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

Siri and Sons

 All Images © Dina Avila 2012

Just thought I’d share a handful of my favorites from a shoot I did for Organically Grown Company a couple of weeks ago. The setting is a bell pepper and cucumber farm in Aurora, Oregon, the folks are Siri and Sons (and wives), four generations of proud, beautiful, very hardworking farmers. Including wildly adorable 2 1/2-year-old twins. It was such an honor and a privilege to be invited into their world to document the work the defines their lives…and fills our bellies.

Cheers!

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Photograph of the Day

Walnuts…

Walnuts© Dina Avila 2012

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