Monday, July 29, 2013

In and Around Brooklyn / Summer 2013

All images © Valery Rizzo

Since I have been busy with assignments over the past few months, this was a long one, but you get to see some of my summer through my iphone and hopefully learn about new things and places in Brooklyn all in one spot.

1. Local Organic Raw Honey, from Bristol Hills Apiaries (found at Fairway in Red Hook).
2. Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm at The Brooklyn Navy Yard.
3. Herbs from my garden, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
4. Steel Skeleton of Building 128, The Brooklyn Navy Yard.
5. Pratt Institute, where I studied Illustration.
6. Double decker bicycle, Clinton HIll, Brooklyn.
7. The kitchen at Bakeri, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
8. Salted Honey Pie at Four &Twenty Blackbirds.
9. The kitchen at Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Gowanus, Brooklyn.
10. Bikes of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
11. Backyard shrimpboil, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
12. Bean Salad at the shrimp boil.
13. Mother and daughter, backyard, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
14. Digging into the boil.
15. Shrimp boil served in wheelbarrow lined with newspaper.
16. The boil cooking with celery, chili peppers and spices.
14. Pregnant with tattoos.
15. Assorted cherry tomatoes from my garden.
16. Park Slope, Brooklyn.
17. Cherry Blossoms, Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
18. Fava Beans from the Park Slope Coop.
19. Red Lentils from the Coop.
21. Friend and great photographer Katie Quinn Davies (What Katie Ate), not in Brooklyn, but loved this shot I took of her shooting after we lunched at Buvette.
22. Dodge Dart, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
23. Chicken Coop at The Brownsville Farm.
24. Copy of Modern Farmer from The Food Book Fair at the Wythe Hotel.
25. My first pepper harvested from my garden.
26. Exploring Brooklyn, a United Photo Industries exhibition I had work in, Dumbo, Bklyn.
27. Willy and his 1932 Black Phantom Schwinn, Bushwick, Brooklyn.
28. Vintage cars, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
29. 61 Local, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
30. Marlow & Daughters, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
31. Mexican items from a specialty shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
32. La Fresca and Pernil Aprepas, Caracas Arepa Bar, from Brooklyn at Rockaway Beach.

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm / Blossom Zine

It's that time of year again at Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, where the harvesting of peppers and the making of hot sauce begins. So I thought it only appropriate that a story I shot about the farm's sauces was published in the Summer Issue of the Italian online garden magazine Blossom Zine. Fear not, parts of it are written in English! or you can teach yourself some Italian. 

To read Blossom Zine click here.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Guide To Urban Moonshining

Pleased to have a few photographs included inside this wonderful book by Kings County Distillery founders Colin Spoelman and David Haskell. Colin is a former rooftop moonshiner from Kentucky and David is the great-grandson of a Prohibition-era bootlegger from New York. 

The book will be available in October but you can find out more about the book and pre-order a copy now on Amazon by clicking here. Congrats guys!!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Brooklyn Slate Company / Slate Cheese Boards and Other Goods

All images © Valery Rizzo

Brooklyn Slate Company in Red Hook, Brooklyn is the third story in my three part series shot for Nona Brooklyn about makers of food related products in Brooklyn. 

I have wanted to do a story about Brooklyn Slate Company since I purchased one of their beautiful Slate Cheese Boards over a year ago. Husband and wife team Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka live and work in Red Hook Brooklyn and source the black, red and green slate from Kristy's family quarry in Upstate New York. Pieces are carefully handpicked and transported to their studio for additional cutting and cleaning to make them food safe. After giving each one its signature rough edges they are then packaged in small batches using materials that can later be repurposed. They have also cut custom boards for Williams-Sonoma and many fine establishments in Brooklyn use their boards such as Mast Brothers Chocolate, Baked, Stinky Bklyn, Beer Table, Fort Defiance, home/made and Parish Hall.

The Company has since expanded enormously and now produces a whole line of slate products and accessories including slate beverage coasters, placemats, garden markers and their popular terrarium rocks. Additionally they produce wooden cheese knives, mineral oil and soapstones for the life of your cheese board and have most recently added a showroom which is open to the public, in Red Hook, where they feature other specialty items for gatherings and the home.

Visit their showroom at 305 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn or you can find more information or order from their website here

Click here to view the other parts one (Cut Brooklyn) and two (CLAM LAB) in the series.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

CLAM LAB / Handmade Ceramics

All images © Valery Rizzo

This is the second of a three part series shot for Nona Brooklyn, about makers of food-related products in Brooklyn. (part one)

CLAM LAB is a line of small batch ceramics, handmade in Brooklyn, from designer and maker Clair Catillaz. Clair crafts each of her beautiful pieces by hand using a manual kick wheel in her Bushwick Loft Space. The line is sparked by her obsession with 20th century dishware, featuring elegant form-focused objects which are meant to be touched and used. Her palette is mostly neutrals and whites with other pieces glazed using subtle tints of color and then there is the surprisingly different darker clay collection which is gorgeous as well.

Looking at her designs, you seriously want to buy everything! To me I could live happily with only her pieces surrounding me in my home. You can find CLAM LAB in Tribeca at the beautiful Steven Alan Home Shop, online at Madesmith or for more information and to view the collection see the CLAM LAB website.

Food Photograph:
Photographer Valery Rizzo
Food Stylist Camille Becerra
Ceramics CLAM LAB