portland patisserie

Earlier this fall I had the pleasure of shooting the recently opened Portland Patisserie for Down East Magazine. It was especially fun to sample the many tasty treats I had the opportunity to photograph. My favorite was the tarragon chicken salad on croissant, but I’m anxious to get back to try one of the savory crepes!

To see more photos on Down East and read about the cafe by the delightful Grace-Yvette Gemmell, click here.

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

Portland Patisserie for Down East by Meredith Perdue

tempo dulu

I was delighted to have the chance to photograph one of Portland’s newest restaurants, Tempo Dulu, for the September issue of Down East. Owners, Raymond Brunyanszki & Oscar Verest, have created an incredible space in their Southeast Asian restaurant at the Danforth Inn. The food prepared by chef Lawrence Klang is truly wonderful, and was so much fun to shoot. Rounding out the talented team at Tempo Dulu are the inventive bar manager, Trevin Hutchins, and the wonderful general manager, Liz Totzeck.

Tempo Dulu for Down East

Tempo Dulu for Down East

Tempo Dulu Bar Portland ME

Lawrence Klang Tempo Dulu

Photos of Tempo Dulu

Tempo Dulu Dessert

Tempo Dulu Dining Room Photos

Trevin Hutchins at Tempo Dulu

Liz Totzeck Tempo Dulu Restaurant

Raymond at Tempo Dulu

Tempo Dulu Portland ME

Tempo Dulu Cocktails

Raymond Brunyanszki

Tempo Dulu Maine

Tempo Dulu Bar

Tempo Dulu Restaurant Maine

Liz Totzeck at Tempo Dulu

Tempo Dulu at Danforth Inn

Tempo Dulu Trevin Hutchins

Raymond and Gillian

Trevin at Tempo Dulu

Cocktails at Tempo Dulu

Tempo Dulu

Tempo Dulu Portland Maine

Lobster Fried Rice Tempo Dulu

chris gould for f&w

Back in January I received a phone call from Paige & Chris Gould, the owners of Central Provisions, about shooting some imagery for them to use in this spring’s People’s Best New Chef contest sponsored by Food & Wine. It was all very exciting, made even more so because I had to keep the fact that he was up for the award a complete secret and not tell a soul. Food & Wine just released the list of New England contenders last week, and I couldn’t be happier to see Chris’s name (and photo!) among the region’s most accomplished chefs.

Click here to vote for Chris and his fantastic team at Central Provisions! Voting ends April 8th and the winners will be announced on the 9th.

Chris Gould Central Provisions

Chris Gould Food and Wine People's Best New Chef

Chris Gould Central Provisions

Central Provisions Chris Gould

People's Best New Chef Chris Gould

Chris Gould for Food & Wine People's Best New Chef

Central Provisions Portland

Chris Gould Central Provisions Best New Chef

bob’s clam hut for yankee

Even though I shot this assignment on a cold Saturday in November, the photos have me itching for warmer days and fried clams! Photographing Michael Landgarten, the owner of Bob’s Clam Hut, and his family & staff for Yankee was such a treat. It was my first visit to this Kittery institution and I cannot wait to return to enjoy my own basket of clams in the sunshine!

Bob's Clam Hut for Yankee

Bob's Clam Hut Yankee Magazine Photos

Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery

Bob's Clams

Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery

Bob's Clam Hut for Yankee

Bob's Clam Hut Kittery

Bob's Clam Hut Kittery Maine

Bob's Clam Hut

Bob's Clam Hut - Michael Landgarten

2015 james beard semifinalists

Back when the 2015 James Beard Semifinalists were announced, Michael and I were traveling so it took me awhile to write this post, but I couldn’t have been happier to see Portland and Maine so well represented on the esteemed list. Among the impressive selection of the nation’s best restaurants and bars are clients & friends, Central Provisions and the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club. It was an honor of mine to play a small part in the first year of these two businesses and I know great things are in store for both.

Central Provisions Portland

Central-Provisions-Tuna

Central Provisions

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

The Portland Hunt and Alpine Club by Meredith Perdue

Through our travels, documented on Map & Menu, Michael and I have been very fortunate to experience a number of the other 2015 James Beard Semifinalists. The following are a few memorable dishes from our trips to some of the country’s best restaurants including – SoLo Farm & Table, Long Grain, The Optimist, Eventide, Miller Union, Alley Light, Buvette, Two Boroughs Larder, and Mateo.

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Long Grain Camden ME

The Optimist Atlanta

Hushpuppies at The Optimist

Eventide Lobster Roll

Miller Union Ice cream Sandwich

Alley Light Charlottesville

Buvette

 

Two Boroughs Larder

Mateo Durham

lolita for down east magazine

I was thrilled to have the opportunity shoot Lolita for Down East Magazine last fall! Michael and I loved the owners’ former restaurant, Bar Lola, and have been just as taken with Lolita, their newest venture. Everything we’ve had at this Mediterranean-inspired small plates restaurant on Portland’s Munjoy Hill has been delicious. While on my shoot, I sampled the vegetable cassoulet after photographing it, and returned the following week to order one of my very own. We’ll do a proper write-up on Map & Menu this winter, but for now here are a few favorites from last fall’s editorial assignment with a fantastic accompanying article by the talented Michaela Cavallaro.

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Lolita, Portland for Down East Magazine by Meredith Perdue

Downeast Magazine Lolita

Lolita for Downeast Magazine