How did I not blog this yet?? Yikes! / Taste Magazine, a new local website + quarterly themed magazine (first theme being food, obviously), launched on the 16th! DCPG worked extremely hard on this first issue – we photographed and edited shots of food, chefs, details and interiors for 21 local restaurants all in about 5 days.  We were exhausted beyond belief, but seeing our photos in gorgeous print and covering a good 90% of the magazine was amazing.  It was also really cool to experience all these restaurants that we’d either not heard of or never thought to try out.  Big big thanks to Hannah and Allison, the editors/owners of SevenCities and all the restaurants/chefs/owners who graciously welcomed us! Definitely check out the website, but please, also pick up a copy of Taste – it’s beautiful!

The launch at Big Easy was packed, but fun.   Here’s DCPG enjoying the fru-its of our labor:

Also, be sure to check out Restaurant Week!! Our personal faves (from being heffers and eating most of the food we shot) were the Boot, Rajput, Imperio Inca, Shula’s, and Eurasia.

Here’s our cover image, shot by Lester.  This yummy looking steak was from the ultra luxurious Byrd & Baldwin Bros.  in downtown Norfolk:


A few outtakes and faves —

Some delicious looking steak also from Byrd & Baldwin:


The beautiful dining and bar area of Terrapin, near the Oceanfront.   This was my favorite restaurant interior design.  Very simple, but well done:


Chef Willie Moats of the Big Easy on Tazwell:


Bar area at the Big Easy.  How awesome is that floor? Also, note the cameo appearance of SevenCities editor, Allison Hurwitz, working hard in the background:


Taste’s preview/advertising guide making a guest appearance at the Terrapin staff line-up:


Josh and Dave (formerly of Relative Theory Records), who own and run the Boot – great restaurant and great venue:


All this restaurant work plus the hotels that Mendell shoots has inspired me to start plans for a new DCPG website devoted to our commercial work.   Keep an eye out for that!  Speaking of new websites, if you haven’t visited our glam/boudoir/makeover division at, please check it out!

Cheers to a new magazine, new president and a new year!

– Cies