Thistle and Mint: Denver's Personal Chef Experience by Jimena Peck

If you sit down for a meal and start to ponder the origin of its ingredients, it can become a convoluted web that is nearly impossible to untangle.

Fortunately, more and more people are becoming conscious of where their food comes from, and taking the time to understand native foods in their area. Thistle and Mind Food is a company dedicated to doing just that: They are a Rocky Mountain personal chef and catering service. They host everything from secret dinners to weddings, all the while showcasing Colorado’s exquisite foraged foods. I was so excited when the young couple contacted me about this shoot. I knew bringing their personalised chef experience to life would be a special project.

Based in Denver, Jarod and Olivia, the chef couple cooks exclusively with Colorado-based ingredients.

Imagine hosting a private dinner party, with a menu item such as: Rocky mountain oyster pâté with buttermilk green chile, mustard greens and sumac on an oyster mushroom cracker! Their dishes and combinations completely blew me away. The level of creativity and care put into each item was unmistakable.

I am grateful for the intention behind Thistle and Mint. The more people interested in local farms, sustainable agriculture, and farm to table preparation, the better off our communities will be.

Thank you to the Thistle and Mint family for letting me capture your magic at work! I know it is hard working creating something so unique and eco-friendly. We have already taken more photos of their upcoming fall menu and rebranding.

The up-and-coming couple can be hard to track down. Their events tend to be exclusive, so stay tuned for the awesome new menu!

Fish N Beer, Food Photography Denver by Jimena Peck

In an ordinary land-locked city you would be hard pressed to find decent seafood. But Denver isn’t an ordinary city, and Fish N Beer has become an enticing exception. Fish N Beer is a seafood restaurant in the RiNo district, and serves up amazing wood fired fish, shellfish, and has several craft beers on tap. They imports fresh fish daily from both sides of the coast, and proudly prepare it in a way that allows the freshness speak for itself.

If the incredible seafood and beer selection weren’t enough, the entire staff is an eclectic group of some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. The pictures reflect the bright and energetic people, food, and atmosphere at this hip new eatery. The photoshoot felt a bit like hanging out with a big group of old pals…and there is nothing better than work that feels like play.

It is always my pleasure to shoot and work with restaurants to help showcase their incredible dishes in an authentic and unique way. As a foodie, I feel spoiled when I meet people who care so much about where their food comes from, and how to artfully prepare it.

Cornejo & Firfina - Traditional Shoe Makers in Buenos Aires | Jimena Peck

The art of Shoemaking in Argentina. 

 

Leather is an icon in Argentina. The leather industry is said to be older than the foundation of the country itself (its first exports to Europe were made in 1790). What is the secret behind Argentina's incredible leather? It's the perfect combination of ideal natural conditions, deeply rooted traditions in the treatment/tanning methods, and a substantial basis of people dedicated to the design and manufacturing process.

The vast grasslands and weather conditions of Argentina have enabled excellent conditions to raise cattle. While many people enjoy the meat delicacies, I find the leather component a fascinating art form. In years past, people sought to find the trendiest styles for the cheapest price. Recently, more people seem to value creating their own unique style, and purchasing well-made or hand-crafted products. 

Firfina is a traditional shoemaker in Buenos Aires. They are one of many Argentinian upcoming startup companies that uses high quality materials and customary techniques to make leather-goods.

Their shoes are hand-crafted in every sense of the word. The leather is sourced from suppliers who traditionally tan the leather. The creativity, attention to detail, and craftsmanship make the products authentic and totally unique. 

It is reassuring to know that art forms such as shoemaking and leatherwork will not be lost in the industrial age. Getting a hands-on perspective to everything that goes into creating such products was humbling and captivating. I hope you enjoy the pictures of Firfina in her element.

 

This is the Argentina I know, believe in and love with all my heart.

Cheers,