Russet, by chefs Andrew and Kristin Wood, opened last night at 16th & Spruce. Wow. I had been there twice, shooting for their website - but all my expectations were blown away, it was that good. This is no dainty, west-coast, hand-picked sprouts, why am I still hungry?, food "gallery" - this is a true farm-to-table eatery. If I didn't know better, I would assume the chef was an 85 year old matriarch of a European farm family who just got her degree from the CIA (no, not that CIA). Every dish is meant to be eaten, and eaten, and eaten - and when you take a break to wash it down with some wine - you realize just how amazing every component of the dish is. And then you eat, and eat, and eat some more.
Their menu will be changing daily, so "what to shoot" posed a bit of a challenge while brainstorming the look and feel of the website. We couldn't really shoot completed dishes, or diners would be arriving expecting to order things they'd seen. Instead, we decided to concentrate on the ingredients, and components of the final dishes - the pieces that make the restaurant what it is. I'm really proud of the imagery we created - and the website is beautiful thanks to the super-talented designer Nikki Hagedorn.
I'll be heading back there shortly to capture some interiors and exteriors, but here's some of my favorites so far: