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As promised, here’s my third spread in Art Culinaire Magazine’s 108th volume. Eating Justin Woodward’s food at Castagna is a must for any Portland visit. Fresh vegetable heavy – as in grown the restaurants garden out back – Justin’s food is precise, modern, delicious and, lest we forget, absolutely gorgeous.

I hope everyone has had a lovely holiday season and I will see you all in the New Year!

Cheers!

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As promised, here’s the second installment from my spread, including a few outtakes, in Art Culinaire. Meet Gabriel Rucker, Chef of Le Pigeon.

Cheers!

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I cannot express how honored I am to have my work included in such a phenomenally beautiful magazine. If you’re not familiar with Art Culinaire, it’s an oversized, hard-bound magazine packed with gorgeous food photos, talented chefs and exquisitely written articles. Hit your local specialty bookshop and you should find it on the magazine shelf. My spread includes three of Portland’s most talented (and well-known) chefs and their wares: Naomi Pomeroy of Beast, Justin Woodward of Castagna and Gabe Rucker of Le Pigeon.

I hope to have a recipe post for you very soon. Adam and I just moved (as in I unpacked my computer about 30 minutes ago) to a larger space with lots of beautiful light. Looking forward to getting my props organized and making some photos for you. In the meantime, enjoy the first batch of some of my favorites, as well as a few outtakes, from Art Culinaire, Volume 108. Part two and three will be posted in the next day or two.

Cheers!

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One of these days I’ll cook and share a recipe for you (I promise!), but for now I thought I’d share some recent work I did for Portland’s very own Mix Magazine‘s March issue. It was my first time shooting for Mix and there were four of us working in my tiny kitchen studio, including the editor, the great Danielle Centoni, who cheerfully slaved away over steaming pots of pasta at my stove. It was a friggin’ blast. It was a delicious shoot (much nibbling on fresh pasta) that extended to my having the honor of photographing all of the chefs (who contributed the recipes) in their native environments. As we know, I absolutely love shooting portraits and the five chefs I photographed did not disappoint.

To hold you over, recipe-wise, here is the link to the online version of the Comfort Foods article complete with recipes for your cooking pleasure.

Cheers!

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I have a gloriously busy schedule of back-to-back magazine shoots this week so, in lieu of a recipe, I thought I’d share my most recently published shoot with Portland Monthly. Be sure to pick up a copy as it’s a great article. The Ocean, on the corner of NE 24th and Glisan is a little gem practically right around the corner from where we live (yes, we frequent it. a lot) and I was thrilled to be able photograph it. If you live in Portland and you haven’t been, I suggest you go soon. And trust me. You CAN eat a dozen Uno Mas tacos…

Cheers!

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Market PDX

Note the groovy barstools? Repurposed wine barrels handmade by Ian Crawford of Vinoture. I have two smaller versions in my kitchen :)

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I had the honor of being hired by Chefstable to photograph one of their newest restaurants, Market, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite images. A couple of these were on Eater PDX, as well.

Cheers!

Market PDX

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Gabi at the Grill- OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Imagine a room full of Portlanders, cocktails in hand,  the grill behind them being worked to a flaming frenzy by Chefs (and husband and wife) Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton. Sweat pouring down their faces and the smells of burning wood and charring (animal) flesh teasing our noses and causing our palates to salivate like someone just broke the dam.

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

This was Portland Food Adventures on Tuesday night. From the outside it may have looked like your typical Portland scene. Folks milling about, sipping drinks and snacking on appetizers. Inside, was electric. Folks were shoulder to shoulder in this tiny restaurant. Custom made, cleverly mixed cocktails, crafted by the great Jamal Hassan (formally of Departure), in hand. South American music thumping above our heads,  and each one of us quivering with anticipation of what these two great chefs had up their sleeves.  See, we aren’t just talking about two Portland chefs. We’re talking about Greg and Gabi Denton. Two (super huggable) Portland chefs who left the highly lauded Metrovino, in NW Portland’s Pearl District, to start their own restaurant from the ground up. And we’ve all been waiting for this moment. The moment when we could share their passion by breaking bread with them.

OX Restaurant, Portland OR

Ox Restaurant, Portland, OR

The concept of OX is simple. Home cooked Argentinian inspired food with a NW twist. Or as Greg shared with Eater PDX’s editor, Erin de Jesus, “but of course, we live in Portland, so we have to make it a little weird”. More like really really good. And we all knew it would be. This particular Portland Food Adventure series sold out in what felt like moments. Those of us of who live and breathe the food world have been talking about Greg and Gabi’s new venture since they announced their departure from Metrovino back in early December. And it all deliciously came together on Tuesday night during their first ever dinner.  Heirloom hominy with baby spring fava beans that made me weak in the knees. Ever so delicate duck rillettes wrapped in a buckwheat crêpe and topped with a dollop of grilled rhubarb jam. Grilled asparagus that snapped crisply with each bite. Grilled sweetbreads, and, oh my, sea urchin bruschetta! And it goes on and on and on.

Take a look (click on the menu for a larger view):

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

If you’re not familiar with Portland Food Adventures, it goes down like this: Sign up at portlandfoodadventures.com for an upcoming dinner. Pay $125. Eat a multi-course perfectly paired dinner at one of the city’s most sought restaurants, and go home with a full belly and a handful of gift certificates to some of the favorite haunts of the night’s chef(s). In this case, we get to explore the fare of Spints, Oven and Shaker, Olympic Provisions and Nuvrei. Doesn’t get much better than that.
OX officially opens on Tuesday, April 24. Go, eat, enjoy. You won’t be disappointed.
And be sure to hug Greg and Gabi while you’re there :)

Cheers!

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Two of my favorite Portlanders, Heather and Robert Jones celebrating 13 years together

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Asparagus Soup, Chantilly and citrus wood smoked salmon roe

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Sea Urchin Bruschetta (gasp), Salmon tartare, Dungeness Crab Ceviche

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

A little unsure about the sea urchin…it was delicious, by the way

 Imagine a room full of Portlanders, cocktails in hand,  the grill behind them being worked to a flaming frenzy by Chefs (and husband and wife) Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton. Sweat pouring of their faces and the smells of burning wood and charring flesh teasing our noses and causing our palates to salivate like someone just broke the dam.    This was Portland Food Adventures on Tuesday night. From the outside it may have looked like your typical Portland scene. Folks milling about, sipping drinks and snacking on appetizers. Inside, was electric. Folks were shoulder to shoulder in this tiny restaurant. Custom made cleverly mixed cocktails in hand crafted by the great Jamal Hassan formerly of Departure, South American music thumping above our heads,  and each one of us quivering with anticipation of what these two great chefs had up their sleeves.  See, we aren't just talking about two Portland chefs. We're talking about Greg and Gabi Denton. Two (super huggable) Portland chefs who left the highly lauded Metrovino in NW Portland to start their own restaurant from the ground up. And we've all been waiting for this moment. The moment when we could share their passion by breaking bread with them.      The concept of Ox is simple. Home cooked Argentinian inspired food with a NW twist. Or as Greg said to Eater PDX's editor, Erin de Jesus, "but of course, we live in Portland, so we have to make it a little weird". More like really really good. And we all knew it would be. This particular Portland Food Adventure series sold out in what felt like moments. Those of us of who live and breath the food world have been talking about Greg and Gabi's new venture since they announced their departure from Metrovino back in early December. And it all deliciously came together on Tuesday night during their first ever dinner.  Heirloom hominy with baby spring fava beans that made me weak in the knees. Ever so delicate duck rillettes wrapped in a buckwheat crepe and topped with a dollop of grilled rhubarb jam. Grilled asparagus that snapped crisply with each bite. Grilled sweetbreads, oh my. And it goes on and on and on. Take a look (click on the menu for a larger view):          Two of my favorite Portlanders, Heather and Robert Jones celebrating 13 years together        Asparagus Soup, chantilly and citrus wood smoked salmon roe        Salmon tartare, Dungeness Crab Ceviche Sea Urchin Bruschetta    A little unsure about the sea urchin...

Sunchoke, broccoli, black truffle and fontina empanada

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Jamal pouring El Bulli’s Ferran Adrià’s Damm Estrella InEdit

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Ox Restaurant, Portland, OR

La Incomparable Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Greg working the grill

Ox Restaurant, Portland, OR

Grilled asparagus, sesame salsa verde, radish. Alaskan halibut with skin and bone, toasted garlic, lemon, olive oil

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Grilled radicchio, lentil-dijon vinaigrette, fourme d’ambert, saba

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Greg and Gabi addressing the room amid much celebratory hooting and hollering

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Greg slicing up some skirt steak. Fried potato, horseradish aioli, dill

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OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Gabi whipped up a different dessert than what you see on the menu. Coconut sorbet with grilled pineapple

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

Chris Angelus presenting Greg and Gabi with their first two dollars

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

OX Restaurant, Portland, OR

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