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This project with Smartbox was my first project involving interior shots. I found this to be a lot easier than expected, and enjoyed it nearly as much as I enjoy shooting food!
Below are just some of the many images shot on behalf of Smartbox Guidebooks.
Bodega was my first visit where I was greeted by owner and chef, Paul Biggs. Bodega is one of Toronto's finest French cuisine restaurants.
Loire Casual Gourmet restaurant, owned by J
The Metropolitan Restaurant is based in the heart of Toronto's financial district.
Table 17 wine bar and bistro is a cute restaurant located on the East side of Toronto with a 'country-kitchen' feel interior. Or 'French country chic' as mentioned in this video by owner Erik Joyal, whom I also got to meet briefly. My husband and I dined here a couple of weeks ago for dinner and we loved it.
During my photo shoot for Smartbox, I was presented with their popular 'Hot Balls' appetizer to photograph. Each hot ball consists of a different filling with accompanying dipping sauce. There were two Arancino balls...one with spiced lamb stuffed risotto, which was served with a sweet mint sauce. The second consisted of mushroom & Fontina stuffed risotto, served with a "really cooked down tomato sauce". The third, was a goat cheese stuffed panko crusted ball served with Ontario Wildfire honey.
When I returned to Table 17 with my husband, I HAD to try the 'Hot Balls'! (I was offered to take them home with me the day of my photo shoot, but due to having more locations lined up, I had to politely decline - biggest regret!). The goat cheese 'Hot Ball' was by far our favourite! Check out this video of Table 17's executive chef John Sinopoli preparing these awesome balls!
Also check out this video of Table 17's bartender Mikey Morrow. I had the privilege of meeting and chatting to Mikey during my photo shoot - what a fun guy :)
Next on the list - Cayo Coco! A Spanish Tapas Supper Club with a great range of cocktails. Owner, William Eng and staff prepared one of their specialty seafood Paella's for me to photograph. I was drooling behind the camera. I don't know how I refrained from eating all the food I shot.
Bon Vivant offers international cuisine with a French flare. You can find them tucked away up north of Toronto, north on Avenue Road.
Segar Spice Route Cuisine is owned by Segar Kulasegarampillai from Sri Lanka. "Segar is the rich culmination of an intimate knowledge of spices grounded in the traditions of French technique. The result is Spice Route Cuisine."
Browne's Bistro, an elegant European styled bistro, is located in the heart of Rosedale.
Forte Bistro and Sushi bar was one of my favourite places to work. Their establishment is beautiful and their dishes, a work of art. Executive Chef, Greg Argent prepared for me their stunning Dungeness Crab and Avocado Salad and Thick cut Heirloom Pork Chop 'Cordon Blue'.