Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Did you hear? We got snow in Seattle.

Monday, December 22, 2008

I am nominated for an award!! (and need your vote)

I wanted to let you know that I have been nominated for a very cool, (and pretty darn prestigious) award!!!! (And I need your help, so please keep reading...)

This past September, my business was written about in the Seattle edition of DailyCandy, a daily newsletter with huge readership. Every day of the year, the editors at DailyCandy write about one great "thing" they think people should know about. It could be a new restaurant or a local clothing designer or the best place to get a massage. The point is, DailyCandy is strictly editorial- you cannot pay to have your business mentioned, which is why I was so thrilled when my business, (and, even more specifically, my website) was featured in September.

About a month ago, I received an email letting me know that my business was one of only 15 from Seattle that had been nominated by the DailyCandy editors for the "Sweetest Things of 2008."

I think I am still in shock.

Being nominated for this award is SUCH an honor, and will greatly increase the traffic to my website and my blog because, (and here is where you come in) the DailyCandy readers will be choosing the winners by visiting the sites of the nominees and voting for their favorites.

That means that I am soliciting your vote, (and, ideally, the vote of everyone you know. No pressure.)

Here is the link to the voting. My business is in the "advice" category, (It'll make sense when you see the categories.)

I would be SO incredibly appreciative if you would take a few minutes and pass on this link to people you know. The more traffic I get to my site, the better. And, of course, the more votes, the better, too. :)

The winners will be announced at the end of January.

Thank you so much, and Happy Holidays to you ALL!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The TASTE story

Get ready for a big post, ladies and gentlemen.

Over the past year, my business has shifted its focus quite a bit. A lot of people have asked about the direction things have taken and I have done my best to explain what's been happening but, hey, I am a photographer, and I think images speak louder than words.
As a photographer, I tell stories. In fact, I think that being a storyteller is my primary job, above all else. And I am blessed to work with amazing people who have incredible stories to tell.

One of my clients is TASTE at the Seattle Art Museum.

When the museum was remodeled a few years ago, TASTE Restaurant opened on First Avenue, boasting a menu focused on seasonal, organic, and local ingredients. These days, you hear those terms a lot, but TASTE really walks their talk. In fact, 89% of their food is purchased from local businesses. All of the beef and many of their pork products come from Skagit River Ranch, one of only a few Washington farms providing organic, grass fed beef, pork, and chicken.
If you haven't had an opportunity to check out the restaurant, I highly recommend that you find the time. They have a GREAT happy hour, (and I would know!)

Over the past few months, I have photographed most of the restaurant's menu items, as well as a lot of their specialty cocktails. I had the opportunity to spend a day with the general manager, Danielle, and the chefs, Craig, Paul, Daniel, and Zack at Skagit River Ranch, touring the beautiful land, and chatting with the owners, George and Eiko. On another day, I accompanied Danielle, Craig, Paul, Daniel, and the new pastry chef, Lucy, while they foraged for mushrooms, (a beautiful and muddy adventure) and then spent yet another day with the chefs in the kitchen, watching as they incorporated the lovely chanterelles into some mouth-watering dishes for diners at the restaurant.

I have had long talks with Danielle about her food philosophy, and have witnessed her passion for supporting local farmers and bridging the gap between the food on the table and the farmer who grows it.
I feel like I know this business, and I like what they stand for. It has been my privilege and pleasure to work with them, and I look forward to documenting more of them in the future.

Hopefully, these photos will give you a little glimpse into the world of TASTE.
(For news about TASTE, check out their blog.)

Fieldtrip to Skagit River Ranch:

Mushroom foraging:

A Day in the Kitchen:

Taste Restaurant:

Cafe at the Olympic Sculpture Park:

Coffee stand at the Asian Art Museum:

One of TASTE's catered events in SAM:

Antonio, a year later

Just had to post a few shots of this little cutie. You can see how much he's changed in the past year by going here.
Happy Holidays, Barge family!