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Aug 29 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Kennys Farmhouse Cheese

By Sheri Oneal

Kennys Farmhouse Cheese, Farm, Cheese Making

Almost everyone loves cheese…right? While working on the “Nashville Loves Food” project I had the opportunity to visit Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese located about 85 miles from Nashville in  Kentucky and owned by the Mattingly family.

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, milk farming, cows, cheese

My assistant, Erik Lara and I arrived around 5:30 AM hoping to catch some great sunrise pictures of the farm but the weather didn’t cooperate. The guys had already rounded up some cows (above photo) and were running them through the milking area (below photo). It was my first time seeing cows being milked with machines and I found it very interesting to watch the whole process. I couldn’t believe how big these dairy cows were!

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, milking cows

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, cows, milk, farm

From there we moved inside after an elaborate shoe cleaning and hair net preperation. The fresh milk was being pumped into a large stainless tub (still warm) and the process began. Making cheese is a very scientific process, I did not understand a lot of what I was being told but I really enjoyed the experience! Over the course of a few hours we watched, we learned and best of all…we tasted.

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, cutting the cheese

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, making cheese

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, making cheese With the belief that cheese is only as good as the milk Kenny Senior started by crossbreeding specific pure bred cows (American Holstein, Brown Swiss, Australian Red and Jersey) and by doing so he has been able to keep the flavor of the milk consistent. They are pastured, GMO free, fed a supplemental grain diet and reside on the family owned 200-acre farm. Kenny studied Old World handmade cheese making techniques and has developed his own signature flavors sold locally and abroad. They have a wide variety of cheese available including Cheddar, Colby, Jack, Asiago, Swiss, Havarti, Blue and other special, signature flavors created by Kenny himself. They also allow tours so if you want to see it first hand check out their website!

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, cows

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, cows

Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, speciality cheese, farms, dairy, cows

With Labor Day weekend ahead what cookout wouldn’t be that much better with some rich, tasty cheese…the Asiago is one of my favorites! I can taste that chargrilled cheese burger now!

-Thank you Melissa Corbin for capturing the behind the scenes photos!

Nashville Photographer, Sheri Oneal, photos of cheese

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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Jul 31 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

By Sheri Oneal

Smoke Et Al, Ribs, Foodtruck, Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

We are in the heart of BBQ season and in the South we love our barbecue! Have you heard of Smoke Et Al, if not you are missing out on some great food! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet owner Shane Autry, for the Nashville Loves Food project I worked on last year. This year he was the 2014 Golden Skillet winner of $10,000 on the Chow Master tv show on the Travel Channel! The day we shot these images it was HOT outside but the smell coming from the smoker helped motivate me to press on.

Smoke Et Al, Shane Autry, BBQ, Foodtruck, Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

This is not an average food truck, they go way beyond BBQ, they are a smokin boutique on wheels. Their menu items include hot ribs, brisket tacos, friend pickled okra, fiddlers biscuits, smoked veggie tacos among other tasty items. They use local food source providers, offer seasonal items and recycle what they can. Their catering is off the hook! And if you want to know what won him the Chow Master Golden Skilit…try this on: “Les Trois Petits Cochons” sandwich of Yazoo mustard, buttermilk slaw, pork belly, head cheese and chicharonnes. YUM!!!

Smoke Et Al, Shane Autry, BBQ, Foodtruck, Nashville Loves Food: Smoke Et Al

It’s lunch time….I think it is time for you to go get some BBQ!

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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Jun 26 2014

Nashville Loves Food: KLD Farm

By Sheri Oneal

KLD Farm, Angus beef, cattle

Last year around this time I had the opportunity to visit Ken Drinnon’s KLD Farm in Ashland City, Tennessee for the Nashville Loves Food series. This 82 acre family owned farm allows plenty room for his Angus cattle to roam, with lots of natural grass, hay and clean water.  Ken doesn’t use steroids, growth hormones or antibiotics of any kind with his cattle. His beef is USDA inspected and 100% chemical free, it is healthier and has a much richer taste than what you get at the grocery store. 

Ken and his wife Lucy greeted my team when we arrived at his farm. He first drove us out to a stream where we could see the cattle up close. Then we got a tour around the farm and met the family. Ken is extremely passionate about what he does and about preserving his family farm. Before leaving he gave us all some ground beef and ribeye samples to take home. I was extremely impressed with the tender, rich, juicy flavor, it was my first grass fed beef and I am sold!

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Ken and Lucy Drinnon

KLD Farms, hay barn, Ken Drinnon

KLD Farm, cattle

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Ken Drinnon

KLD Farms, Angus Beef, Drinnon Family

Soon we will all most likely be sitting around a grill celebrating Independence Day with friends. If your looking for something really special you should consider getting some KLD beef for your celebration. KLD farm beef can be found at locally owned restaurants, farmers markets and butcher shops. I love supporting our local farmers and it really is a healthier choice.

KLD Farm, Angus Beef

This assignment was shot for the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

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May 30 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Delvin Farms

By Sheri Oneal

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Strawberries

It is strawberry season and for my Nashville Loves Food series I wanted to introduce you to Delvin Farms, the best local farm around for the juiciest strawberries you will ever put in your mouth! Upon my early morning arrival, I was given a tour of Delvin Farms by Amy, daughter of Hank Sr. and Cindy Delvin. We started with a picture of the family (below) members that were around that morning, Amy, Cindy, Hank Sr. and Hank Jr. Hank Jr.’s two kids were so cute I wanted to grab a photo of him with the munchkins as well.

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Delvin Farms Family

I caught Hank Sr. (below) later with the tractor and I got a tour of the kale, asparagus and other areas around the farm. 

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Hank Delvin Sr.

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, kale, Amy Delvin Tavalin

Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms, Kale

Asparagus, Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms

Organic vegetables, Nashville Loves Food, Delvin Farms

Delvin Farms is a 140-acre family farm located in College Grove, TN and offers 100% certified organic produce. Through out the season they offer over 80 varieties of heirloom and traditional farm grown vegi’s. The farm started in 1972 while growing primarily  kale for the restaurant chain Shoney’s. In 1998 they became USDA Certified Organic and their produce is sold in farmers markets, grocery stores, schools and restaurants.

At the end of my visit Amy set me up with a goodie box and handpicked me the best strawberries I have ever tasted! What a wonderful opportunity to meet some local people who make a difference in the community through the “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. If you are out at one of the local farmers markets this weekend look for the Delvin Farms sign, tell them I sent you and taste the strawberries…the best you will ever put in your mouth I promise!

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May 2 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Local Farmers Markets

By Sheri Oneal

My favorite thing to do on a Saturday morning in the summer (other than hitting garage sales) is head to a local farmers market and get my fresh vegetables for the week. After the long winter we have had I can’t wait to get outside and going to the farmers market is a perfect way to start a weekend! While working on the “Nashville Loves Food” project last year with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith I was introduced to “Hip Donelson Farmers Market” and “12 South Farmers Market”. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of both and the items their vendors had to offer.

The 12 South Farmers Market located over in Sevier Park came to be after folks from a book club were reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” in 2010. They felt the area would be great for a farmers market because of the sustainable, local business landscape. Most of the folks in that community shop at Whole Foods and expect high standards, owner Mary Crimmins makes sure that need is met by doing business with over 30 farmers and artisan. Here are some photos I shot as I walked around…

Ramble Hill Farms, 12 South Farmers Market

Oatmeal blend, Haulin Oats, 12th South Farmers Market

Mary Crimmins, owner of 12th South Farmers Market

Bountiful Blessings Farm Scallions, 12th South Farmers Market

Mushrooms, Whispering Creek, 12th South Farmers Market

Kids, 12th South Farmers Market, Nashville, TN

Bountiful Blessings Farm farm eggs and beets, 12 South Farmers Market

 

The Hip Donelson Farmers Market has more than forty vendors and offer kids activities, non-profit booths and other fun things to make it feel more like a festival. Manager Frank Trew tells the story of how the market came to be after the Hip Donelson Facebook group held a meeting in June of 2012. With people in the room who wanted a farmers market and others who wanted a community garden they decided to create the Hip Donelson Farmers Market two months later. They wanted people to know the farmers and understand exactly where the food was coming from so they created a producers only market. The Hip Donelson Farmers Market averages $10,000 plus in weekly sales! Below are some of my favorite photos from my shoot…

Frank Trew, Hip Donelson Farmers Market, Strawberry vendor

Hummus, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Local vendor at Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Live Music, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Local Vendor, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Cherries, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Hummus Chick, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Donelson Farmers Market

Local vendor at the Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Food presentation, Hip Donelson Farmers Market

I live on the West side of Nashville so I usually go to the West Nashville Farmers Market or to the Nashville Farmers Market near downtown. I was surprised to run into people at both of the farmers markets I photographed in this blog even though they are not close to where I live!  Where ever you live there are small farmers markets around the area catering to specific neighborhoods making it easy to get great locally farmed items. Most of the smaller markets are opening back up for the summer in the next week or so and are a great place for all kinds of fresh food as well as meeting people in your community. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be great so why not get out and do a little shopping while supporting your local farmers and artisans!

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Apr 18 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Holland House Bar and Refuge

By Sheri Oneal

Last year I was introduced to executive chef Kristin Beringson, of the Holland House Bar and Refuge for part of our “Nashville Loves Food” project with Lithographics, Inc.Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. She introduced me to the kitchen, the staff and created one of her fabulous menu items for us to photograph.

Chef Beringson, Holland House Bar and Refuge

Appitizer, Holland House Bar and Refuge

Meat from a local farm is prepared by Sous Chef Ben Hauk.

Sous Chef Ben Hauk prepares food at Holland House Bar and Refuge

Appitiser, Holland House Bar and Refuge

I was pleasantly surprised by the show bartender Graham “Guice” Fuze gave me with his mixology while making this Jack Daniels speciality drink!

Graham "Guice" Fuze, Holland House Bar and Refuge

The Holland House (HHB&R) is located in East Nashville and offer seasonal dining in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. They utilizing fresh culinary artistry combining new and traditional flavors characterized by a French and Mediterranean palate. They have been featured in Food & Wine Magazine and Entrepreneur Magazine. I have yet to eat there but I have friends on the East side who love going. It is supposed to be a beautiful weekend ahead and they have a patio…  it may be time for a visit!

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Mar 7 2014

Nashville Loves Food: Porter Road Butcher

By Sheri Oneal

If you are a vegetarian you might want to stop reading now and cover your eyes but I have to say I am excited that us folks on the West side of Nashville now have our very own Porter Road Butcher shop! While working on the Nashville Loves Food project I was introduced to PRB’s owners, Chris Carter and James Peisker while shooting for the Lithographics, Inc. marketing piece “Nashville Loves Food” with Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith.

Owners James Peisker and Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher

Over the past few years in my quest to be healthier I have found that I enjoy fresh quality grass fed meat best (there is a huge difference in flavor). As an independent small business owner I also see the importance of buying from other small local businesses. PRB offers hand cut pork, beef, lamb and chicken meat (among other speciality items), their meat is by far the tastiest and healthiest in Nashville!

GM Tim George Porter Road Butcher

Dorian Richardson of Porter Road Butcher

Porter Road Butcher’s original location opened in 2011 on the East side of town on Gallatin Road. We did our photoshoot at this location in June of last year and at the time they had not announced the new location that was to open in my neighborhood on the West side of town last August. Along with their hand cut artisan meats the west side offers some great but limited sandwich and breakfast items and has a drive thru! If you are looking for quality meat that is  locally sourced, pasture raised with no antibiotics or hormones PRB is the place to shop!

Sausage at Porter Road Butcher

Owners James Peisker and Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher

The Bloomy Rind is also located inside PRB, cheesemoger Kathleen Cotter sells American artisan cheese she finds from cheesemakers who pasture raise their animals. She makes sure they don’t use antibiotics to produce their products and chooses only the rich and tastiest cheeses. She picks cheese produced from around the country, 8-12 varieties at the West location and 40-50 variations cut-to-order at the East location.

Bloomy Rind owner Kathleen Cotter

Bloomy Rind Cheese

Cheesemonger Kathleen Cotter-the bloomy rind

If your looking to prepare some great food in the kitchen or for a cookout, get over to Porter Road Butcher and The Bloomy Rind now to kick your weekend off to a great start! Have a great weekend!!!!

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Feb 24 2014

Nashville Loves Food: The Frothy Monkey

By Sheri Oneal

I love the choices we have for food in Nashville and I also love coffee! One of my favorite places to go is the Frothy Monkey, they have great coffee and food! I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing restaurateur Ryan Pruitt and the chef Chase Ingalls last year for the “Nashville Loves Food” marketing piece I did for Lithographics, Inc. with Melissa Corbin and Joe Smith. I had a great visit as always and enjoyed the experience, boy do I love my job!

Nashville Loves Food: Frothy Monkey

 These are two great guys, and the Frothy Monkey is an awesome place to have business meetings. They have several locations throughout Nashville but I always go over to the 12 South location (I believe was their first location). The photo below is one of their signature dishes for dinner, corn crusted Bob White Springs trout with kale. If you make it by for lunch my personal fav is the turkey royale with a white monkey mocha.

Corn crusted Bob White Springs trout with kale at Frothy Monkey, Nashville

Happy Monday everyone now go get you some!!!!!

 

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Feb 7 2014

The power of an elevator pitch!

By Sheri Oneal

I am getting a late start in the new year but I have some great things lined up for 2014! Last year while attending a morning Chamber event I was caught off guard when the host asked that we go around the room and give our 30 second – 1 minute elevator pitch. I have been teaching a business course at Nossi College of Art to young budding professional photographers for several years. The elevator pitch is what I have my students master because I do believe it is the most important part of a business so seemingly this would be a very easy task for me. That being said we don’t always practice what we preach and I was a bit caught off guard. As the people around the room began speaking one by one I became extremely nervous the closer it got to my turn. Honestly I can hardly remember what I said when I spoke but I remember my last few words being “I am a Visual Storyteller.” As they finished up and allowed the guest speaker to talk my nervousness subsided and I quickly forgot about the experience.

At the end of the event as I was headed to the door several people came up and introduced themselves asking for my business card they mentioned that my pitch intrigued them. From that one experience I was able to arranged two coffee meetings just because of my elevator pitch. Jeff Halliburton (printing sales consultant) at Lithographics, Inc. was one of the people I was able to meet with and he offered me the opportunity to develop an imagery series of my choice for Lithographics to use in a print promotion. This would eventually become a trade collaboration called “Nashville Loves Food” with Lithographics, Inc., art director Joe Smith (Art Dude Creative) and social media consultant Melissa Corbin (Corbin In The Dell).

In my original meeting with Joe and Jeff we brainstormed ideas of what we could do, as a creative I wanted to do something interesting where I could meet new people and capture interesting personalities in unique locations with my photography. We wanted to center around what Nashville was really good at outside of music. FOOD was the definitive choice! With all the press Nashville is receiving from media sources like CNN,  The Food Network, The New York Times and Food & Wine Magazine we felt that showcasing local farms and artisans was a perfect fit. From farm to table became our plan and over the course of several months our project grew wings!

This year I will continue my “Made in America” series but it will be linked to the “Nashville Loves Food” project. I will introduce you to the local farmers and chefs I had the opportunity to work with and share the imagery from those visits. Soon I will kick off with the first story and I look forward to your comments!!!

Nashville Loves Food

Nashville Loves Food

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Sep 18 2013

Made in America: The Hermitage

By Sheri Oneal

Earlier this year I was asked to shoot some photos of The Hermitage in Nashville Tennessee for an editorial assignment in American Spirit Magazine. This historical landmark is perfect for my “Made in America” blog series so I wanted to share it with you all. The Hermitage is a plantation and a museum that attracts tourist from all over the country. It was owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death in 1845. The magazine article centered around Andrew Jacksons historical home, what inspired him to build this beautiful living space and the history behind his historical mansion. A copy of the article can be found here!

As a photographer I love the opportunity to shoot in new places and the challenge of figuring out the best method for creating beautiful photos. Often, dealing with composition challenges, mixing different light elements and balancing color all while on a time constraint makes for a stressful photo shoot. I always do as much research in advance so that I can be prepared when I show up. This shoot proved to be very challenging because the rooms in the mansion were climate controlled and closed off to the public with a solid piece of plexi-glass on each door entrance of every room. I was also on a time constraint and had to shoot while they were giving tours to visitors (bus loads full of people). In order to try and flag out reflections I had the photo editor and the VP of marketing & sales at the Hermitage help by holding up a black cloth behind me covering the plexi while I shot each room with the camera on a tripod. Because I had to shoot right up against the plexi I had to use a wide lens and get the best angle possible within my parameters. I was unable to use any photo lights and had to rely on long and multiple exposures to capture each location. We had to move fast and work in between the guided tours so not to interfere and in order to keep people out of some of the shots. I used NIK software and photoshop to edit some of the reflections in post as well as fixing some of the angle perspectives due to using a wide angle lens. Although I can see some of the imperfections from the plexi-glass reflections, in the end I was able to create some beautiful images regardless of the limitations.

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

Made in America: The Hermitage

If you live in Nashville and you haven’t visited The Hermitage you should check it out! The mansion is located on a large area of land offering beautiful scenery as well as the well known garden that Andrew Jackson created for his wife Rachel. The Hermitage is located at 4580 Rachels Lane Nashville, TN 37076  (615) 889-2941.

I continue to look for interesting story ideas in the Nashville area and need help finding unique small business individuals. If you are a small business owner with a story, offer a unique product and/or service or know of someone please let me know!  Message me with your suggestion and your phone number so I can review it and contact you if I feel it will work with this new blog series. If chosen I will schedule a photoshoot, write up a story line with your approval, post it within my blog and social media space and market it across the web. I will also allow you to use the blog link for your own promotion. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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