Sunday, October 4, 2015

Vinegar Hill House / Kings County Distillery Picnic Dinner

 All Photos © Valery Rizzo

One of the last dinners of the season in the Whiskey Garden at Kings County Distillery was a picnic dinner with Brooklyn's Vinegar Hill House paired with cocktails and wine. On the menu were deviled eggs, bourbon cured lox, moonshine, cucumber & dill cocktail, watermelon salad, smoked pork wattle pork shoulder, cucumber & cabbage slaw and heirloom tomatoes with a selection of rose and white wines along with a dessert of sweet corn flan paired with a bourbon blueberry cobbler cocktail. The garden was glorious. This was the whiskey garden's last year as the space will become part of the new Wegmans supermarket being built in the Yard, but I am sure it won't be the end of other special events at the distillery.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Kings County Distillery Whiskey Garden

All photos © Valery Rizzo

For the summer Kings County Distillery is hosting a "Whiskey in the Garden" extension of their tasting room every Friday and Saturday night with a rotating cast of food partners. Mint Julips, Moonshine Punch, whiskey flights and other specialty cocktails together with food from local chefs and restaurants. For more information and hours see

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bundle Dyeing with The Dogwood Dyer / Brooklyn Grange

All images © Valery Rizzo

Last week Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm had a Natural Dye workshop hosted by Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer. It was a class focused on Bundle Dyeing on silk using natural locally grown and foraged dye plants, most of which are dual purpose edibles and have herbal/medicinal properties as well. The farm has also started a Dye Garden where all the plants used for natural dyeing can grow and be sourced from. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Table on Ten / The Weekender

All Photos © Valery Rizzo

Last year I had the pleasure of photographing Table on Ten, a beautiful Farm to Table Inn and cafe owned by Inez Valk-Kempthorne and husband Justus Kempthorne. The couple relocated from Williamsburg, Brooklyn and offer many Brooklyn staples, such as Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie and other items that remind them of the city. 

This was a different kind of assignment for me as it was all shot on an iphone using the Hipstamatic app as part of a larger story about the Catskills for the Food Issue of Snap Magazine (published by Hisptamatic). The Weekender, a gorgeous lifestyle magazine from Germany printed this more focused story about Inez and Table on Ten in their current Summer Issue. I also included here other photos from that shoot.