As promised, here at the photographs from this Saturday’s Food and Drink writer meet up at R2L restaurant. The restaurant itself is located on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place on 16th between Market and Chestnut streets. A truly hidden gem, the luxury of your dining experience begins as soon as you board the single hidden elevator at the back of a corridor that takes you to the restaurant lobby. A unique experience in that way, but also a special one because of the endless views of the city that are at your disposal from any table in the place.
We were seated in one of their private rooms for the duration of the food photography chat.
The natural light was ideal for photographs. I could only dream of having great exposure like that every day!
After Chef Stern spoke to us, and photographer Eric Mencher gave us a few tips and told us about his experience in the the food photography industry, out came the stars of the day.
(From Top to Bottom: Several photos of the plated entrees & Donut Ice cream sandwich, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Smoked Salmon Brunch pizza, Steak Tartare, Sushi sampler, and Roasted Rabbit)
And there was dessert … like I have never seen dessert before. Wheeled out before us was a cart full of gorgeously plated individual bites, from gingerbread with ginger marshmallows, to pumpkin cupcakes, blueberry lemon tarts with lavender marshmallows, oatmeal cookie sandwiches, and chocolate peanut butter cups in a glass.
Creativity to take your breath away. From the petite lavender marshmallows to the mini pumpkins nestled into buttercream frosting, I was told that the pastry chef keepps a Willy Wonkaesque mindset as he works. Very apparent, and very appreciated. My camera clearly fell in love.
Thank you again to R2L for this lovely opportunity, to La Phemme Phoodie for putting the whole event together, and to Visit Philly and Philly Homegrown for creating such a neat support system for Philadelphia foodies.