deca with Chef Martin

Steelhead trout  Whisky cured, smoked crème fraiche, wild greens, lemon confit

Steelhead trout  Whisky cured, smoked crème fraiche, wild greens, lemon confit

Foie gras  Pan seared and spiced torchon, grits with matsutake, candied lemon, watercress

Foie gras  Pan seared and spiced torchon, grits with matsutake, candied lemon, watercress

When my friend Kit from The Kittchen asked me to join her at deca for a chef's dinner, I immediately said yes. Who would pass up an opportunity like that? Not only was it a chef's dinner for us to taste some of the newest menu items, but the chef's table was actually set up inside the kitchen. It took an 'open kitchen' to a completely different level.

Chef Martin put careful thought into his newest menu as well as the details of the evening including the table setup, the new plates that arrived earlier that day, the wine parings and the 'wall of fame' that we were the first to sign. All of his ideas came together to make the experience unforgettable. From the menu, we were able to taste the steelhead trout, creamy mushroom soup, charred asparagus with a poached egg, chicken tagine and choucroute garni au mer which consisted of his grandma's sauerkraut recipe, a variety of seafood and lobster sausage. Yes, I said lobster sausage. Since seafood and I frequently hang out together, it was especially fun to try something I had never even heard of before. And yes, it was delicious.

Being a food photographer, you can imagine the frustration I felt when I realized I had forgotten my camera. Rather than seeing it as a missed opportunity, I remembered something I read on Cannelle et Vanille, "They say the best camera is the one you carry with you." Since I had my iPhone, I decided to put it to work. All of the images from this post were taken with my iPhone. Missed opportunity? I think not.

Thank you, Chef Martin... it was a truly delicious experience!

xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on October 18, 2014 .

Oysters on the Half Shell

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Wow, September was a whirlwind of a month...will you forgive me for my lack of posts the last three weeks? 

Mike and I are heading out west tomorrow! I can almost smell the coast and taste the seafood. I am excited to say that I'm lucky enough be attending a food photography workshop in Seattle with food writer, stylist and photographer, Aran Goyoaga and food and lifestyle photographer, Luisa Brimble. Their work is absolutely gorgeous & their use of light is inspiring. I can't wait to meet them, listen to their insight and visit Seattle, a new city for both Mike and me. After the workshop is over, we're sneaking down to Oregon for a couple days to explore wine country. We went there for our honeymoon 4 years ago and we've been so excited to go back. 

One of our favorite things to do before we travel is talk about what types of food we are going to eat and what restaurants we're going to try. For this trip, I'm really excited for the oysters. West coast oysters and I have been having a love affair for years (don't tell Mike). We decided to shuck a few so I could post a shoot before we leave. I've included a very simple mignonette recipe that pairs really well with oysters on the half shell. Don't forget the lemon!

Stay tuned for blog posts covering our adventures out west! Follow more of the day-to-day while we're there on my Instagram. And, if you have any Seattle recommendations, definitely let me know!

xo

Classic Mignonette

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on October 2, 2014 .