Super stoked to get these amazing women up on the blog tonight. For the past month, I've been working closely with the talented Suzanne Long, editor of Lancaster County Magazine. She reached out to me back in July about a project involving several of our local city chefs and I couldn't be more thrilled. Each one of these women were just overflowing with spirit. It was easy to see why they had come so far in their careers.
Athena Fournaris, The Stockyard Inn
Athena has got to be one of the most kind-hearted souls. Her warm presence and soft tone immediately made me feel like I had known her for years. While setting up, we spoke about how we both gravitated more towards the simplicity in photography.
As we wrapped up, Athena insisted that Sue and I stay for lunch, on her. Seriously VIP treatment. We started with a summer fresh salad, the most mouth-watering lump crab cake, and then finished with a decadent slice of cheesecake. You could tell that this was her forte, as she seemed to almost float to and from the kitchen.
Stephanie Samuel, Sugar Whipped Bakery
I can't say enough about this gal. Steph is seriously as sweet as her cupcakes. Maybe sweeter. She had actually catered a wedding I was in back in May and killed it with the most spectacular spread of sugar-kissed creations. Steph relies on age old recipes passed down from her grandmother and mother. She isn't too heavy on the sugar; really letting the natural flavors of the desserts come through. Stephanie and her family operate the business out of a brightly colored food truck that you can find traveling from Lititz Farmer's Market to Musser Park.
Kristen Hottenstein, The Greenfield Restaurant
If you haven't been to the Greenfield lately you're in for a real treat. Kristin leads the wine program at the family-owned business has been quite busy revamping the restaurant into a gorgeous, contemporary dining space.
Corinna Killian, The Belvedere Inn
This little spitfire. I have to appreciate the blatant honesty going into these shoots. Upon meeting, Corinna was sure to tell me that she wasn't the serious-faced-photograph type. Right on.
Do you like beer?
How about kickin' back on the patio with one?
Sounds about right to me.
Hilary Mace, The Scarlet Runner
This had to be up there with one of my favorite shoots. We met Hilary and her family at Sugar Mountain Farms in Washington Borough. When arriving, Sue and I were greeted with the most bountiful harvest of summer vegetables you ever saw. From multi-colored heirloom tomatoes, spring onions, gourds, and violet potatoes, the assortment was beyond impressive. If you're thinking about catering, be sure to check these guys out!