10 / 2014

The Lee Brothers | Namu Gaji | for Food & Wine

I had been instagram stalking chef Dennis Lee and the Namu farm for over a year like a crazed fan, drooling over posts of whole roasted pigs and exotic produce grown on their farm, so when Food and Wine Magazine asked if I’d be interested in spending the day with these guys at their farm and in their kitchen I said YES PLEASE!

Since starting my own home kitchen garden, I’ve become pretty obsessed with growing edibles so it was particularly awesome to have the opportunity to visit the namu farm and pick Dennis’s brain about how and what they grow up in Sunol. Of corse hanging out with these boys in the kitchen and sampling the Namu menu was also treat to say the least. I tried beef tongue for the firs time and loved it.

Chef Dennis Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

David Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Daniel Lee  | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography

Each week Namu farm harvests and delivers creates of fresh organic and unusual asian veggies right to the large communal table at the center of the restaurant where chef samples it all. I’m dying to grow these purple beans (a few photos down).. they were so sweet and crisp and just stunningly beautiful.

Chef Dennis Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

David Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Eggplant and Tomato from the Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Lee Brothers | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Lee Brothers | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Chef Dennis Lee | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography
Dennis Lee, Chef of Namu SF

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

It was so cool seeing this working organic farm first hand. At the farm they use a lot of really old school farming techniques like this companion planting method known as the Three sisters developed by the native americans (shown below). Corn, beans, and squash are all planted together, each plant providing benefits to it’s sister plants. The corn stalk becomes a pole for the beans, the beans add the nitrogen to the soil the corn needs, and the squash provides a natural live mulch that helps the soil retain moisture.

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

The Namu farm | Namu gaji | Eva Kolenko Photography

Big thanks to the Namu fellas for having me along for the day. I had a blast and came away with so much inspiration for my garden and kitchen!

10 / 2014

AS OF LATE

July & August

Summer is officially over and it was a fun one. Here are some of my favorite moments.

Wooden Spoons | Props by Glenn Jenkins | Behind the Scenes for 10 Speed Press recipe book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
wood spoon props from Glenn Jenkins on set for Ten Speed Press

Recipe Book Shoot for 10 Speed Press | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
a pretty little window scene for a Ten Speed recipe book

Recipe Book Shoot for 10 Speed Press | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
the talented hands of food stylist George Dolese

Parker at Kids Discovery Museum | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
took a few fun trips to the Kids Discovery Museum

My Kitchen Garden | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
the garden grows and grows.. zucchini outgrowing it’s container as beans and cucumbers work up the trellis, had so much fun with my new obsessive gardening hobby

Giant Zucchini | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
moster zucchini.. I don’t know how the hell these guys go unnoticed, but through the season this happened often, they are so stealthy and before you know they are the size of your leg

Bounty | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
nothing like harvesting food from your own yard.. we ate well this summer and so heathy, all the planning and labor paid off big time.

Oysters | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
thank goodness.. Off the Grid makes it to Novato and finally we have some food worth instagramming up here!

Home Made Framented Dills from my garden cucumbers | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
This is me trying to keep up with the cucumbers that are going crazy.. next year I’m planing 4 vines instead of 10! Pickling every week!

Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
my fav summer outfit… all print

Parker's Play House | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Parker’s summer hide out

Behind the Scenes | Food and Wine Magazine | Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Sunflowers at the Namu farm

Behind the Scenes | Food and Wine Magazine | Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
sunset shoot at the namu farm for Food and Wine magazine

Behind the Scenes | Food and Wine Magazine | Namu Farm | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

BlackBerry Picking | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
the first step to making wild blackberry jam.. try not to eat them all wile collecting wild blackberries

Wild Blackberry | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
buckets of wild blackberries.. a new late summer tradition is born

Cucumber Vines | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
garden update… raised beds no longer visible

Carrot Harvest | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
what is it about purple veggies that wins my heart? must be all those extra anti oxidants

Carrot Harvest | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
pulled up all my carrots for pickling

Carrot Harvest | My Kitchen Garden | | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
eat the rainbow

Oxbow Market | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
shooting at the oxbow market for SF magazine.. full post about that shoot here

Parker June | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
…and hello fall!

10 / 2014

The Crush

Last month I headed up to Napa for an editorial shoot revolving around the grape harvest and crush season. Here is where I went:

The Crush | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

Cadet, Napa | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Cadet Wine & Beer, an impeccably designed space tucked back in an alley in downtown Napa

Fatted Calf  | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog\
The Fatted Calf at the OxBow market

The Crush | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

Oxbow Market | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Hog Island Oyster Co at the OxBow market

The Crush | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

10 / 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES

On Set with Agency/Rx

Sometimes life is pretty dreamy. When I get the opportunity to shoot jobs like this at crazy fun locations with the most amazing clients and a tight knit crew that knows how to work super hard and play even harder while having my back the whole way… well, I just simply feel lucky. Not every moment was a waking dream of corse. Big productions with a million moving pieces always require a little problem solving on the fly. There is always an element of stress (usually the good kind.. the kind that motivates one to kick ass), and on this shoot we endured crazy long 20 hr days (because the photographer insisted on shooting at sunset.. haha) resulting in a fair amount of sleep depravation, but thanks to my amazing producer Carmel Cottingham everything came together 100% and we even had a little chill time to get our nails done. Here a little taste of what went down…

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
location scout day #1 – learned Amber is less than thrilled about being licked by a butterfly

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography BlogProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
butterfly snacks

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
at the track scouting our race location, couldn’t help getting a shot with the Terrordactyl!

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Amber’s truck hat

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
around the black from our hotel, Russ & Daughters.. a new favorite without question and amazing menu design by Kelli Anderson

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
making ugly faces with these beautiful models

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
montauk beers for lunch after an early call time in montauk

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
a round of crab rolls for this kick ass team

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
roof top celebrations

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
bubbly and mani petis pool side for my hard working ladies

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
meet up with my very dear friend and Annika Vogt with her man (on left) and Carmel and I (on right)

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
mud warrior

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Jazzy our sassy wardrobe stylist

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
anything for the shot…

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
war paint!

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
post mud wresting hose down

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
last night in NY had the pleasure of my first home made meal in a week.. I brought the booze

Search hashtag #kolenkorx on instagram to see more BTS adventures from the rest of the crew.