If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of food — Eating it, cooking it, photographing it. Whatever.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that I took to my assignment to photograph Theo Friedman, a recent Tufts graduate who’s been making a name for himself with various pop-up dinners around town, with much enthusiasm.
Theo had graduated just a few days before I stopped by his apartment two blocks off campus in Somerville, and had unfortunately packed up most of his things. That didn’t stop him from whipping up a small plate for me to photograph for a profile the Tufts College of Arts and Sciences was writing about him. Theo doesn’t have any formal training in the culinary arts, but his creativity was on full display with notes for the tasting menu from his most recent pop-up taped to his walls.
It was a delight to pick his brain a little bit while he was working to see if I couldn’t leave with a few tricks for myself.
05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. – Theo Friedman, A15, poses for a portrait in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015. As an undergraduate, Friedman would prepare a variety of dinners for his friends and other guests. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)
05/20/2015- Somerville, Mass. – Theo Friedman, A15, prepares a beet salad in his apartment kitchen on May 20, 2015.
(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)
I had another “Diners Dining” assignment for the Boston Herald last week at a new restaurant across the street from Fenway Park. “Hip” is only the beginning when describing the decor of Basho Japanese Brasserie — What the heck is a “Brasserie” anyway? The interior made for some interesting pictures, and of course, the food looked delicious. Can’t ask for a better combination than that!
Here’s a few from the assignment.
7.11.2010 — BOSTON — Sushi chefs prepare some sushi rolls in front of an elaborately lit backdrop at Basho Japanese Brasserie on Boylston Street on July 11, 2010.
7.11.2010 — BOSTON — Freshly prepared sushi rolls wait to be served at Basho Japanese Brasserie on Boylston Street on July 11, 2010.
7.11.2010 — BOSTON — Cook Mike Carletti prepares a meal at a robata grill, the first of its kind in Boston, at Basho Japanese Brasserie on Boylston Street on July 11, 2010. The grill uses traditional Japanese high-density charcoal in a specially ventilated room to keep patrons from grill fumes.
I did some work for my Uncle Bill last week, producing some images for the new sushi menu that is now being offered at his restaurant, Great Chow in Quincy, Mass. My aunt and uncle have been in the restaurant biz basically my entire life, so I pretty much grew up on their food — Eat the chicken wings!
Great Chow is easily their crown jewel, with a branch in Abington as well. The Quincy location recently underwent a major expansion and renovation, and my Uncle Bill was eager to start getting some customers through the door with what else? The new food menu.
Here’s some pictures of the finest sushi you’ll find in Greater Boston, in my opinion (full disclosure: this restaurant is, after all, in the family. But I did eat it and can vouch for its deliciousness).
5.13.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Great Chow Quincy's Lobster Salad Roll.
5.13.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Great Chow Quincy's Caterpillar Roll.
5.13.2010 — QUINCY, Mass. — Great Chow Quincy's Snow Mountain Roll.
Hungry yet? Head on over to Great Chow and tell them my photos got you there!