Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Pelletier-Vella Family Portrait

This past summer we visited my husband's family in upstate New York. One priority was to take a portrait since this was the first time four generations were able to convene. New additions to the family included our son, Maxwell, and our niece, Jada. And we couldn't leave out our new dog-niece, Hannah. Darling, aren't they?

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The 2008 Taste of Terroir

The evening's winner of the People's Choice and Outstanding Dish Awards, as well as one of my personal favorites, was the Duck Bratwurst on House-Made Caraway Bun with Cranberry and Stone Ground Mustard Glaze (below).

Chefs: John Jackson and Alex Olson, Palm Event Center
Winemaker: Mitchell Katz, Mitchell Katz Winery

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

St. Helena Farmers' Market

One of my favorite treasures in the Napa Valley can be found on Friday mornings in the St. Helena High School parking lot. Chefs, locals, and foodies flock there early to get their fresh-baked chocolate pastries and just-picked heirloom tomatoes. It is truly a food lover's paradise.

The dessert image below earned an honorable mention from Food & Wine Magazine's online food photography contest. Don't they look delicious? With my focus on getting the right angle for the shot, I never got around to tasting one!