I had the incredible opportunity in 2018 to work with the Southern Foodways Alliance to create a film about the life and work of Louis Osteen, a chef who redefined Lowcountry cuisine in the South by way of his restaurant at Pawley’s Island. Louis died on May 19, 2019. Hope you’ll take the time to watch our film and read The New York Times obituary about his life.
Proud to lead the content creation documenting farmers for Applegate’s 2019 launch of The New Food Collective. I spent several days on farms in Kentucky, Missouri, and Georgia, capturing stories of pasture-raised hog production and regenerative farming practives for video storytelling and still photography marketing purposes. The New Food Collective is a new premium brand of Applegate featuring a line of fresh sausages made with certified grass-fed pork.
Follow The New Food Collective on Instagram to see more of these stories: https://www.instagram.com/thenewfoodcollective
This fall, we proudly partnered with the nation’s first 100% Certified Organic fast-food restaurant - the San Francisco-based The Organic Coup - in a video-heavy storytelling rebrand and website overhaul. The Organic Coup launched just two years ago and now boasts 16 restaurants on the West Coast, with a focus on bringing sustainable ingredients and transparency to the fast food industry.
My pal and colleague Emily Wallace and I spent some time in the radio studio talking molded foods with Christopher Kimball. Emily recounted an aspic bringing someone to tears. I recited Durham Mayor Steve Schewel’s original moldy limericks. Take a listen on NPR’s Milk Street Radio.
We got to know the incredible activism of John Salter, Jr. (later known as Hunter Gray) while creating a 2014 documentary about the Jackson, Mississippi, Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in of 1963. The Washington Post published an obituary about his life here. Jackson documentary viewable above; entire lunch counter film series viewable at counterhistories.com.
Excited to announce that a Paradies Lagardère proposal for which I created the video storytelling is the winning bid to bring award-winning Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub concept to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Congrats Paradies Lagardère!
I first met Will Harris and his daughters Jenni and Jodi eleven years ago, on my inaugural photo shoot for Whole Foods Market. They have become like family.
I’m proud to have collaborated with the Harris’s this year on a website redesign for White Oak Pastures, which launches today. Woo hoo! In addition to leading the above video effort, I had the opportunity to contribute on copywriting and food photography fronts.
Check out the full website here: https://www.whiteoakpastures.com
I was commissioned by The Guardian to photograph a listening tour of Confederate flag supporters across the state of Mississippi for this story written by Donna Ladd: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/06/pride-and-prejudice-the-americans-who-fly-the-confederate-flag
Commissioned by Chef Dan Barber's incredible new company, Row 7 Seeds, to do their product photography. (Best excuse to haul potting soil into the studio!) Row 7 connects the country's leading organic seed breeders with the country's best chefs, in an effort to create innovative new seed varieties.
“It started as a joke,” says Emily Wallace, “and then we were like, ‘Actually, that’s not a bad idea.’”
The idea was a pop-up event celebrating the art of sculpted foods, particularly gelatin foods in all their elaborate, multi-colored glory. (Whether they be savory aspics or fruit-filled Jell-Os.) The name, chosen by Emily with her friends Kate Elia and Kate Medley, was “O Moldy Night,” a riff on the iconic Christmas carol “O Holy Night” referring to the many molds used to shape Jell-O and aspics. So one night in Durham, North Carolina, home cooks and professional chefs displayed their creative concoctions in a hotel lobby. Beyond Jell-O, most anything made with a mold was welcome.
The three main organizers, Medley, Wallace, and Elia, work as artists and professionals in the local culinary scene and have an interest in blurring the line between art and food.
“Molded foods are so visually stunning and weird,” says Medley, a photographer and filmmaker. “Why not elevate them on a pedestal?”
Read more here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/jello-art
Organized and curated by Kate Medley, Emily Wallace, and Kate Elia, 'O Moldy Night' was a pop-up museum at The Durham Hotel, celebrating all types of sculpted foods, with contributions from professional chefs, confectioners, home cooks, grandmothers, performance artists, and more. Forty works of art were exhibited, and then devoured.
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Behold the Jell-O shot, the last surviving member of one of the weirder culinary traditions: sculpted food.
Something about the foods that wiggle and jiggle took them out of food fashion decades ago.
But molds, aspics and Jell-Os – all actively forgotten in the annals of culinary history – will have their retrospective, their moment in the, well, not sun exactly because they might melt, but a kind of spotlight for sure.
This Sunday, the Durham Hotel is hosting an edible art show called “O Moldy Night,”reviving and celebrating the wonders and curiosities of sculpted foods, prepared by some of the area’s best chefs.
The fine folks at The Bitter Southerner sent me down to Robeson County to report on the controverial 594-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Read Adina Solomon's great story here: http://bittersoutherner.com/a-pipeline-in-the-sand-atlantic-coast-lumbee-tribe/
Had the pleasure of photographing the band Superchunk for the Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times. Grateful to Alex Boerner for the assist! https://www.newsobserver.com/living/food-drink/article203197894.html#storylink=cpy
Excited to launch a short film I created with Jesse Paddock featuring North Carolina chef Karen Barker for the Southern Foodways Alliance. https://www.southernfoodways.org/theres-no-such-thing-as-bad-pie/
In 2005, I spent the two weeks leading up to Edgar Ray Killen’s trial in his Neshoba County home doing an oral history and portraits with him. It was my first real lesson in the complexity of class, race, and most of all, the South. Today Killen died.