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Empellón Al Pastor

This isn't news to my close friends anyone who's met me, but there are few things that get me more excited than the promise of good tacos. I was spoiled on the west coast; Central California boasts an abundant selection of trucks, carts and home kitchens selling heaven in a tortilla for $1.25. $1.50 on the [...]

By | October 25th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Empellón Al Pastor

The Swimming Hole

There's a camp for sale near Booneville, in California's Anderson Valley. The locals say it used to be a gathering spot for...ahem, kids who eat a lot. (At least that would explain why the kitchen isn't equipped with a commercial fryer.) If true, that's at least a little ironic, since the camp was home to [...]

By | July 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Swimming Hole

Goat “Tuade” at Wyebrook Farm

A small crowd forms a circle in the sunlight just outside of a large, open-air shed at Wyebrook Farm. Bryan Mayer, a butcher and soon-to-be shop owner in Philly outlines the process that's about to take place: He and fellow butcher Heather will enter a trailer—where a mature goat has been kept for the last [...]

By | May 14th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Goat “Tuade” at Wyebrook Farm

Almond Harvest

Vincenzo Ricchiuti first set foot in the United States in 1914, planting grapes and figs on the first family acreage. His son, Pat, expanded the business in 1956, forming P-R Farms, which now grows a variety of crops through the Central Valley under the leadership of Pat's son Patrick, and Patrick's son Vincent. Last year, [...]

By | March 17th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Almond Harvest

Five Years

In the summer of 2007, I filed paperwork to form a business. I had no idea what I was doing (evidenced by the fact that I later had to hire an attorney to correct said paperwork), but I wanted to formalize my freelance work, and to legitimize some of the projects I had been working [...]

By | February 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Five Years

P-R Farms / ENZO Olive Oil

The Ricchiuti family, long-time growers of olives, almonds and tree fruit, recently began pressing and bottling their own line of olive oil under the ENZO brand. They commissioned me to document this year's crop—both the mechanical and hand harvests—and to follow the fruit from the trees to the bottle. The entire process takes place in [...]

By | December 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on P-R Farms / ENZO Olive Oil