Vistro

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There are some restaurants you walk into and immediately feel at home, Vistro is one of them. Located in Hinsdale, IL this bistro-style space feels rustic and spacious with big windows that welcome you from the outside and shower you with relaxed, natural light on the inside. There was an incredible amount of love put into the space. From the exposed brick and the black and white tiling, to the cozy bar stools and what I like to call 'the chef's table' right next to the Italian wood fired oven where you can watch all the action happen... Vistro offers a comfortable spot for everyone. 

This is Chef Paul Virant's third restaurant that he has opened in the Chicagoland area. It has quickly become known for bringing fine dining to the whole family. If you've been to Vie in Western Springs or Perennial Virant in Lincoln Park, you can imagine the excitement I had for the upcoming menu at Vistro. When I came in for the shoot, Chef Vinny was happy to provide a delicious variety of food for me. 

The shot list included: the Seasonal Pizza with house pepperoni, giardiniera, tomato, mozzarella and parmesan, the Harvest Salad with massaged kale, pumpkin, shaved carrots, sweet onions, crispy wheat berries, cranberry vinaigrette and honey crisp apples, the Roasted Pumpkin Soup with maple créme fraiche and amaretti and last, but definitely not least, their Dry Aged Griddled Burger with bacon, roasted onions, pimento cheese, fries and of course, pickles.

Each dish that came out had my mouth watering and I even got to take the gorgeous Seasonal Pizza home with me, a lucky perk of being a food photographer. Who knows, maybe if I'm really lucky, I'll be asked to come shoot again.  

xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on December 13, 2014 .

What to Bring to a Holiday Party

The talented Kit Graham from The Kittchen has done it again. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we've been doing some collaborating together where she brainstorms the recipes and preps the food and I take the pictures. It has been a lot of fun for us and also quite delicious.

With all the holiday parties this month, she has come up with some easy recipes to bring with you that are sure-to-impress your friends and family. This is part 2 of our collaboration. If you missed part 1, you can view it here

The recipes featured in this post are the Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark and Raspberry White Chocolate Cupcakes with Mascarpone Frosting. 

Let us know what you think!  Enjoy!

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on December 9, 2014 .

Pearl Tavern

Oysters on the Half Shell

Oysters on the Half Shell

Lobster Roll Connecticut Style with Celeriac Slaw & Tarragon Aioli

Lobster Roll Connecticut Style with Celeriac Slaw & Tarragon Aioli

Ceviche Halibut, Scallops, Shrimp & Cherry Peppers

Ceviche Halibut, Scallops, Shrimp & Cherry Peppers

Another restaurant feature is here! 

This one happens to be one of my favorite oyster bars in the city of Chicago. For those of you who know me and my love of oysters, you can imagine my excitement to come in and shoot for Pearl Tavern

Executive Chef Carlos and Sous Chef Matt know exactly what they're doing. They offer a variety of east and west coast oysters to suit your mood and if you get time to go on a Monday or Tuesday, you'll get to imbibe in one dozen oysters for the price of six! I love it! If oysters aren't your thing, they have a lot of other tempting options on their menu as well. This post features oysters on the half shell, ceviche that's made with halibut, scallops, shrimp and a nice kick of cherry peppers and last but not least, their Connecticut-style lobster roll which is generously stuffed with fresh chunks of lobster. 

Pearl Tavern is one of my favorite oyster bars because I always enjoy the food and the casual, 1950's-style decor and overall energy makes me feel like I'm stepping into a sweet, briny and salty-smooth world far away from the day-to-day routine. It's always a good decision to go here and it's conveniently located on the riverfront at 180 North Upper Wacker Drive in Chicago.

Be sure to check this place out!  I'll probably see you there!

xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on December 1, 2014 .