When I go to Casa Vieja I don't arrive to an assembly line of food to shoot. I photograph people, family, interiors. I take the food around the building to try for different moods. I go in the kitchen. I set up lighting in the bar sometimes and have at Kate's creations — all because they provide me the time and the latitude, to find the images they are after, even when they might not know they were after them. Don't get me wrong. Katy knows what she wants, and she and Josh are prepared every time I go. But they aren't watching the clock, cramming as much as they can in to get their 'money's worth.' At the end of the day, I think we get far more quality images as a result.
The images below were taken in the last couple of weeks during a couple of visits to the restaurant. They show Josh's unique take on Sweetbreads, sautee-ing veggies from the Casa garden, scallops cooked to marshmallow perfection, a perfect pork loin, Josh in the kitchen, Katy on the patio and their hilarious and gorgeous daughter in the back farm and on the patio. If you are after a wonderful meal, created and prepared by passionate professionals (and real people), take my advice and visit Casa Vieja.
UPDATE: I am sorry to report that the restaurant has closed. As the name implied, this was an old building, and in late July it just gave out. We'll all have to wait and see what Kate and Josh do next.