ELIZABETH FRASER is more than just a foxy red head who knows how to pick a ripe tomato - she’s cornered the market on freelance private cooking in NYC, bringing all those restaurant worthy farm fresh favorite’s to life in your own kitchen.
Her clients needs range from curated sit down dinners, to cocktail parties, and summer bbq’s for a special occasion. But while the format may vary, her focus remains the same - creating customized menu’s from the best locally sourced, seasonally appropriate ingredients she can find.
Her aesthetic is rustic, and unfettered by pretension or flash. Lending itself well to communal dining, bringing people together, and keeping the focus on the flavors of the food itself.
I recently had the chance to spend a morning with her while she wandered the Union Square Green Market, chatting with her favorite farmers, & buying up all the goodness they had in stock.
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FIRST LOOK at the latest shoot I did for David Burke’s Culinary Magazine. The issue, all about Summer features several unique and delicious summer salads, satiating new cocktails and my favorite (featured on the cover) a Strawberry Rubarb Cream Pie worth dreaming about.
All shot were taken on location at the bright and beautiful patio at The David Burke Kitchen in NYC.
This was the fourth issue I’ve shot for the DB team, and every time proves to be more fun than the last. Stop by one of his many restaurant’s to pick up a copy today!
When music icons Russell Simmons (Def Jam Records, Steve Rifkind (Loud and SRC Records), and Film/Music producer Brian Robbins, decide to team up with Samsung to release 52 single’s in a year in an effort to expose and develop emerging new musicians - people best take notice.
Utilizing the power and accessibility of the internet ADD52 (All Def Digital) is designed to cull unsigned talent through web submissions, and expose them to the public through a platform on Milk Music, an ad-free radio service powered by Slacker.
The ultimate goal is to find those hidden gems that so far have only had the chance to perform for their shower curtains, their parents friends, or in some cases their many YouTube fans. They don’t expect to have 52 hit singles - but if a genuine star or two if born out of the mix the project will have succeeded.
I had the pleasure of shooting last night’s launch party at Cine Magic Riverfront Studio’s on the Williamsburg waterfront where taste makers and industry insiders enjoyed intimate performances by Passion Pit, Miguel, Pusha T and Q-Tip, as well as “Music’s Next Big Things” aka ADD artist’s Niykee Heaton, Love Dollhouse, 3d Na’tee & Tayyib Ali. Take a peak…
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While traipsing my way around the Bay Area on a recent trek to the West, I had the pleasure of spending an evening at The Restaurant, Napa Valley’s three Michelin starred gem nestled on the grounds of the pristine Meadowood resort.
With Chef Christopher Kostow confidently at the helm, The Restaurant has claimed it’s place for three consecutive years as one of the most distinguished in it’s class. Kostow’s focus, is said to be centered on developing a deep connection to his trusted network of local purveyors, the unique community in Napa Valley and the bountiful land which surrounds him. Hoping to provide an experience that reflects these relationships, he has embraced their influence as a force that actively shapes the direction of the restaurant and his food.
(sea cucumber, wild onions, whipped bean, brown butter, seaweed)
Guised in shades of gray distressed wood, The Restaurant’s bar provides a sleek, yet tranquil prelude to the elegant ambiance in the dining room. It set the stage for my meal, with cocktail craftsman Sam Levy there to educate and entertain me every step of the way.
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PRETTY STREETS BOTANICALS - www.PrettyStreetsBotanicals.com
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THE FREMONT DINER - SONOMA CALIFORNIA
Around 2am sometime this spring, we were slouched around a chipped formica table, gorging on dirty Chinese food in San Francisco’s North Beach, when my friends informed me that if I was going to be heading North towards Napa it was imperative that I stopped at Fremont Diner. Under the cast of the florescent pink lights they emphatically declared that it was “Probably the best Diner in the country.” “…maybe even ever.” Obviously a proclamation like that from two seasoned professionals in the culinary industry, who pride themselves on their ability to cure all ailments with food, can’t go ignored. So the next day I made my way up Highway 12 in search of this mythical Hash House.
The white washed one story building that greeted me brought back fond memories of BBQ shacks I’d visited on road trips down South. Hand painted signs reading “Whole Hog”, and “Cold Beer” hung precariously from the awning above a row of faded red leather and chrome stools. Off to the side was a white tent dotted with Christmas lights housing three rows of teal picnic tables.
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This April I had the honor of photographing one of the culinary industries greatest charity events, the 27th annual Taste of The Nation NYC. Over 1,300 New Yorkers came out to indulge in cuisine and spirits provided by over 75 of NYC’s finest chefs & bartenders.
Thanks to their help, and that of honorary event chairs Danny Meyer, Dana Cowin and John DeLucie the event raised $240,000 towards supporting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, working diligently to end childhood hunger.
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