Friday, September 19, 2014

Food Plays the Lead



We watched Jon Favreau's Chef last night through On Demand.....   A film that I've been wanting to see since its release back in May. The story line entails a once rising star in the culinary world, Carl Casper (played by Favreau), now burned out and in need of rejuvenation & reinterpretation for his passion of cooking. By getting back to basics with preparing a handful of dishes that sing with flavor out of a fixed up food truck, Casper reconnects to his love of cooking while also strengthening his relationships with friends & family.

It got me thinking while watching the food prep and selection of ingredients cooked throughout the movie, how the food takes center stage alongside the actors. This was no accident....  Favreau turned to LA based Chef Roy Choi as a culinary adviser for the film, who has enjoyed massive success with his Korean & Mexican fusion food truck, Kogi BBQ.

Some additional films that have left my mouth watering and taken us straight from the theater to the grocery are Tortilla Soup and Julie & Julia. Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, founders of Border Grill and hosts of one of the original Food Network shows, Too Hot Tamales, were tapped as Food and Menu Designers for Tortilla Soup. Director Nora Ephron turned to noted food stylist Susan Spungen when in need of creating French culinary masterpieces to light up the screen in Julie & Julia.

*photos & trailers from all 3 films below.....


Jon Favreau and Roy Choi


   








Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger










Susan Spungen on set with Amy Adams in Julie & Julia


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

At Auction

Rachel Lambert Mellon


Friday's "New York Times" featured interior images of Oak Spring Farms, the Virginia estate of Rachel Lambert Mellon, known as Bunny. Its contents as well additional pieces from her other residences (read more from my previous posts here & here), make up the more than 2000 lots offered by Sotheby's in their upcoming auction to be held in November. Proceeds from the sale will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, established by Bunny Mellon in memory of her father. Highlighted lots included below followed by images from Oak Spring Farms.












Images NYT / Darren Higgins Photography

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

News Flash.....



I've got a Duchess Fare News Flash that I am thrilled to share.....   As I mentioned early this Summer, I've partnered with Chairish in selling my hand-selected vintage items through their curated home decor website. In an effort to promote vintage finds sold by their various vendors throughout the country, Chairish cleverly co-launched with Domaine an Insider's City Shopping Guide. Brooklyn, Chicago and the Hamptons have been targeted, and Atlanta is next on their list, with Duchess Fare included as an Insider!

The official launch of the "Atlanta City Guide: Giving the Insider's Scoop to Shopping Vintage Furniture in Atlanta" is happening in 2 days....   Until then, included above is a sneak-peak photo to be featured, shot by Sarah Dorio, of my house. My style is one that is ever evolving, layered by period and design aesthetic, with every item having a story. The 3 items below (and pictured in the photo) are currently available through Chairish.....



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Monday, September 8, 2014

"The Longest Week"

Jason Bateman & Olivia Wilde


One of the On Demand features I tend to make the most of are renting films that have just opened in theaters....  Friday night, we watched "The Longest Week", which was released that day. The film is written and directed by Peter Glanz, and shot within the backdrop of NYC in the late Fall. The style of the film - story & scenery - is reminiscent of the work of Wes Anderson and Woody Allen, with Glanz layering in notes of Parisian flair. A happenstance love triangle forms amid the newly found life circumstances of the lead character Conrad Valmont, played by Jason Bateman. Additional cast credits include Olivia Wilde, Jenny Slate, and Billy Crudup. Stills from the movie included below followed by the trailer.... Highly recommended!






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