Eating Well Locally

Kristin and Scott, owners of Breezy's Cafe The best business ideas are born from realizing that there is something you yourself want and there is no one out there providing it yet. My friends, Kristin Wolak and Scott Harnish, were frustrated with the food choices in their neighborhood and decided to do something about it.

Kristin and Scott were also looking to make a career change, so it made sense to bring the kind of food they wanted to eat to Point Breeze, Philadelphia. And it seems to be a hit with their neighbors, the cafe has already moved to a much larger and better location a few blocks from its original spot!

Fred Muser, cook at Breezy's Cafe

Breezy's Cafe serves up local and all natural ingredients in responsible, biodegradable packaging, all in a colorful and quirky setting -- my personally favorite touch are the board game table tops.

Breezy's Cafe is located at 1200 Point Breeze Ave in Philadelphia. Check them out on their website, and on Facebook.

A Swell Day to be Outdoors

Fred Ritter from SWELL taking the opportunity of a cooler day to work outdoors. Right now in Philadelphia we are "enjoying" an Excessive Heat Warning, but a few weeks ago the weather was much more comfortable and I was able to meet Fred Ritter, of SWELL, for a short portrait shoot outdoors in University City.

We wanted to match the feel of photographs I had done earlier of SWELL's Principal, Greg O'Loughlin.

Greg O'Loughlin, SWELL.

The images needed to feel relaxed and speak to the fact that both Greg and Fred spend much of their time out of the office meeting and working with their clients. In the interest of keeping with that theme but not being too strictly tied to it, we decided to avoid coffee shops and shoot outdoors.

A relaxed outdoor portrait is a great choice for a website's bio page.

Taking advantage of open shade to control the light falling on Fred, I was able to find three distinct locations within one block of each other and work efficiently with a minimal amount of equipment.

Props can give a photograph a feeling of purpose.

SWELL is working on a new website slated to launch later this summer. I am looking forward to seeing the new site's design and their use of my images.

Dinner and a Show

Alfio and his Caesar salad. Is it common for most people to think their Dad as a rock star? Mine definitely has earned that status in his industry.

My father's restaurant career spans five decades and two separate countries. When he first set foot in a Philadelphia dining room he didn't speak the language and was starting again at the very bottom, as a bus boy. By the time he officially retired and closed the doors of the restaurant in Glenside that bore his name, there were a lot of regulars and friends that knew they would miss his table-side showmanship.

But my father is part of a generation that doesn't seem to know the meaning of retirement.

I can't be sure whose idea it was. Maybe it was my sister who asked, maybe it was my father who offered, but I can be very sure that he signed on more than willingly to appear at my sister's shop twice a month and bring his Caesar salad show.

The Caesar salad experience includes Alfio's show.

Alfio's Caesar salad was the winner of the Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly award for years not just because my father was one of a few that continued making the salad following the original recipe, but because of his table-side showmanship. His routine always included lots of playful banter, a bit of pepper mill juggling, sleight of hand, jokes, lots of charm. . . and an exceedingly large custom made wooden salad bowl.

I brought Dad into the studio to make some promotional photographs for my sister's store, and had him make his salad while I photographed some of the steps. There are lots of image options she can use for social media.

It's definitely worth short ride for anyone living in the Philadelphia area to come get some Caesar salad, meet the man, and taste what a Caesar salad should be.

Alfio is at Ana's Corner Shop on the last Friday and Saturday of every month from 11AM to 7PM. 3310 North Wales Road , East Norriton, Pennsylvania 19403