The June edition of WestJet Magazine features a story about 'Northern Soul Food', which targets several restaurants in Newfoundland. The Merchant Tavern and Chinched Bistro were my two assignments to photograph.
Scroll through the slideshow below to read the article, written by Valerie Howes. Then check out more photos from my visit to each restaurant...
The Merchant Tavern
My restaurant visits have been few and far between, since my life with twins began almost two years ago. It was long overdue for me to try out The Merchant Tavern, so I was lucky to finally get an assignment to take me in there.
I had worked with Jeremy Charles before, but this was my first time meeting Nick Walters, executive chef, and Celeste Mah, pastry chef. The food prepared by all three was perfect for shooting, and delicious to eat (you can't serve photo food to customers, and its a sin to throw out... so I do what I must).
The high ceilings, large windows, and open kitchen make for an excellent shooting space. I had taken photos in there before, once with a married couple, and once with an engaged couple, because of these attributes. But this time it was all about the food, and the people making it.
Chinched Bistro has a place in many people's hearts. It could be the subtle styling influence of everyone's favourite domestic omnivore, or it could be the relaxed, intimate atmosphere. It most certainly has something to do with well made food. In the heart of downtown, Shaun Hussey and Michelle LeBlanc have created something special, and they deserve the international recognition they have garnered. As an amateur food critic and well experienced food lover, I highly recommend spending an evening at Chinched. Chances are, you already have :)
Visit ChinchedBistro.com to learn more.