John Shields & Karen Urie Shields: Restaurant Project

I became an instant fan of chefs John Shields and Karen Urie Shields as soon as I read the New York Times article about their work at Town House restaurant in the rural hamlet of Chilhowie, VA. I was smitten with the accompanying photos of their food – the ingredients, composition, color and texture all [...]

Ideas In Food; Space Concept

In 2011 I was asked to come up with ideas for great chefs that might be interested in doing a restaurant in the commercial spaces of a loft building development project in Philadelphia. Immediately I thought of the amazing duo Alex and Aki of Ideas In Food.

Alex and Aki are not only chefs but also [...]

Esquire Magazine Cover Design

Esquire Magazine has a tradition of featuring inventive cover design (where did George Lois find a soup can big enough to hold Warhol?) In 2011, invited by an editor at Esquire to submit a cover proposal or two, I jumped at the chance and came up with a few ideas.

I started with the question of [...]

Menu Development Project: The Wayne Bar

In April of 2013 I was hired by the team behind the new Wayne Donut and Ice Cream Bar in Wayne, PA to develop a menu for their first retail venture.
The space that was selected was very tight, restricting not only the layout of the store but also the potential of what could be produced [...]

Warhol With an iPhone?

The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album cover by Andy Warhol is a genius piece of art.  Straight forward yet clever, engaging, provocative, tactile… never mind that the zipper can scratch the heck out of the vinyl.  I was messing around with some photography of my own recently and it struck me that a phone in [...]

Apple iPad 2 Distribution Design – Ridiculous Line Hurts Brand Identity

That day was the fourth day that I arrived at the Apple Store at 6AM to stand in line to buy an iPad (Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd, Sat 23rd & Mon 25th). On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, after waiting for between 20 minutes – 1 hour, we were told there were no iPads that day. [...]

OpenIDEO Jamie Oliver Challenge Winning Concepts Announced!

As you can see from this page of my website, I have contributed some creative juice to a couple of the challenges posted on OpenIDEO.  One such challenge has been chef Jamie Oliver’s ‘How can we raise kid’s awareness of the benefits of fresh food so they can make better choices?’ As a cook, a [...]

Recipe Sketchbook: Tomatoes, Duck Confit

Dinner and lunch guests scheduled for the weekend.  The dinner fell through because of illness.  Not a big deal.  Just had to use the ingredients on hand while they were fresh.
Summer Spheres: Salad of Baby Heirloom Tomatoes and Mozzarella
Peel baby heirloom tomatoes and marinate in olive oil, salt and red wine vinegar.  Dress baby arugula [...]

Recipe Sketchbook: Corn, Leek, Tomatoes, Arugula

Summer Corn & Leek Soup with caramelized corn, basil, olive oil, chili oil
Corn sauteed with leeks, garlic, green onions, white onion.  Simmered in cream and chicken stock with corn cobbs, leek greens, bay leaf, thyme sprigs, salt and white and black pepper.  Strained.  Served with caramelized sauteed corn, basil chiffonade, olive oil and chili oil.

Recipe Sketchbook: Barbecue Pork Banh Mi Sandwich

Hosting a picnic for about twenty people, I needed to come up with a few sandwich ideas.  Sandwiches that would be big taste ‘bang’ for the buck, that people would like and, most importantly, that I was interested in making.  Immediately I thought of the Vietnamese Banh Mi.  One of my all-time favorite foods.  but [...]