deca RESTAURANT

Whole Roasted Wild Mushrooms Ancient Grains, Asparagus, Chermoula Dressing, Baby Greens

Whole Roasted Wild Mushrooms Ancient Grains, Asparagus, Chermoula Dressing, Baby Greens

Creamy Mushroom Soup Sauteed Mushrooms, Creme Fraiche

Creamy Mushroom Soup Sauteed Mushrooms, Creme Fraiche

Chocolate Ganache Peanut Caramel, Slated Pretzel Crust, Banana

Chocolate Ganache Peanut Caramel, Slated Pretzel Crust, Banana

Sable Fish Roasted with Cilantro, Cumin Garlic "Chermoula Style", Cucumber Mache Salad, Yogurt Dressing

Sable Fish Roasted with Cilantro, Cumin Garlic "Chermoula Style", Cucumber Mache Salad, Yogurt Dressing

Lemon Curd Beignet Naval Orange Sorbet, Chantilly Cream

Lemon Curd Beignet Naval Orange Sorbet, Chantilly Cream

Pine Barrens Tito's Vodka, Green Chartreuse, Cranberries, Rosemary

Pine Barrens Tito's Vodka, Green Chartreuse, Cranberries, Rosemary

When deca RESTAURANT from the Ritz-Carlton (a Four Season Hotel) asked me to come back and shoot for them after the Chef's dinner, I was ecstatic! 

I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the shoot with you to tease your senses and give you a glimpse into deca's new menu. It was so much fun to work with Chef Martin. Not only does he bring years of expertise to the kitchen, but he also brings a passion that stems from his world travels and love for his family. The menu features several other dishes including Jimmy's Burger, Rack of Lamb and a full or half 'Chicken Tagine' that is sure to warm you up this winter. deca is open everyday and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also serve brunch on Sundays from 10:30am-5:00pm. In the warmer months, there is a gorgeous outdoor space called The dec Rooftop Bar with really beautiful views of downtown Chicago. Due to the popularity of the restaurant, reservations are definitely recommended. 

I think back to when I launched the blog just over a year ago and how I went into this without any expectations. I started this blog for myself so I would have a place to post my work. Now, here I am posting this shoot from deca. I had no idea people would really take an interest in my photography and it's so unbelievably encouraging, flattering and honestly, I'm still in disbelief at times. From all the comments on the blog to the social media love and now being asked to shoot at restaurants, all I can say is thank you... and keep 'em coming!  

xo

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.
This is not a sponsored post.

Posted on November 19, 2014 .

Margherita Pizza

It was a perfect Sunday. Mike and I spent most of the morning in the kitchen prepping food for the week. Later, I bought a bunch of beautiful tomatoes to roast so I could do a shoot. I wasn't sure what I'd make with them, but then it hit me to make a margherita pizza - home style. It's super simple to make and turned out oh-so-good. I have a feeling we'll be making it again soon to comfort ourselves as winter gets closer.

I loved this shoot because I played with different angles of light and captured the story of the roasted tomatoes inspiring us to make a pizza at home. Delicious.

xo

Margherita Pizza

All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on November 2, 2014 .

Leek & Potato Soup

We grew leeks in our garden this summer and we were finally able to harvest them this weekend! <happy dance> Four beautiful leeks were ready to go and I decided to make a soup out of them. I hadn't made a potato and leek soup before, so I decided to go for it. 

The soup is so easy to put together and the ingredients compliment each other really well. Some recipes call for heavy cream, but my version turned out thick and creamy without any added dairy. For garnish, I used a mixture of roasted bacon and fresh thyme from our garden which tasted like savory meets autumn. You're going to love it.

Enjoy!
xo

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All Images © Regan Baroni 2014.

Posted on October 27, 2014 .