They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words, so it’s fitting that these expressive portraits of local food and wine professionals appeared alongside long-form magazine pieces in our quarterly publication, the Long Island Wine Press.
Staff photographer Barbaraellen Koch, editor Vera Chinese and contributing shutterbugs Randee Daddona, Katharine Schroeder and David Benthal, captured these industry faces at their respective places of business. And in doing so, they created a visual representation of the subjects’ passion and dedication to their work.
Here are some of our favorite portraits from the 2015 winter, spring, summer and fall editions of the Long Island Wine Press.
Marco Pellegrini, executive chef Caci North Fork
This photo of Caci North Fork executive chef Marco Pellegrini, snapped by northforker contributing photographer Randee Daddona, captures the man’s expertise and passion for food.
I mean, who wouldn’t want to eat acquerello risotto with shrimp, clams and zucchini fioretine made by him? It’s like he is offering it up right to you.
Matt Kar, executive chef and owner Jamesport Manor Inn
Matt Kar didn’t establish the North Fork’s popular farm-to-table movement, but there’s no question he was one of its earliest proponents.
“John Ross was definitely the first,” Kar said during an April interview in the handsome foyer of his New American restaurant, the Jamesport Manor Inn. “But I was the second.”
This photo, which was featured in the summer 2015 edition, displays the chef leaning on the bar at the beautiful and stately restaurant.
The Massoud brothers, Paumanok Vineyards
This photo of brothers Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud, whose father Charles founded Paumanok Vineyards, captures the joy the family felt after receiving record-breaking scores in The Wine Advocate.
It was a big year for Paumanok, which went on to win the coveted “Winery of the Year” award at the New York Wine and Food Classic.
Robby Beaver, executive chef and owner, The Frisky Oyster
Robby Beaver once told us that the inside of his dining room, where tons of natural light flood the interior from two large windows, is a photographer’s dream. After seeing Randee Daddona’s portrait of the chef leaning on the bar, most likely thinking of new dishes to serve at the Greenport restaurant, we have to agree.
Sarah Nappa, The Winemaker Studio and Provisions and Ingredients
You can frequently find chef Sarah Nappa at Provisions and Ingredients and The Winemaker Studio, the adjacent Peconic businesses she owns with her winemaker husband Anthony Nappa.
So it’s appropriate that that is where photographer David Benthal chose to take her portrait for the summer 2015 edition.
Kristen Hand, general manager, Sherwood House Vineyards
Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport has one of the most beautiful tasting rooms on the North Fork. And the experience of visiting is only enhanced by the hospitality of general manager Kristen Hand.
Read our Q and A with Kristen, which appeared in the spring 2015 edition, here.
Roman Roth, winemaker and partner, Wölffer Estate Vineyards
Roman Roth is regarded as one of the best winemakers in the region. He’s also one of the most photogenic.
Here, contributing photographer Katharine Schroeder captures him assuming a stance of control and power at the Sagaponack winery.
Gilles Martin, winemaker
This photo of winemaker Gilles Martin, captured by Katharine Schroeder at Sparkling Pointe in Southold, appeared alongside a profile on him as featured in the summer 2015 edition.
The understated black and photo reflects Martin’s philosophical approach to winemaking.
Lenny Campanelli, chef and co-owner, Petulant Wino
Lenny Campanelli, chef and co-owner at Petulant Wino, makes some of our favorite dishes on the whole North Fork.
Here Randee Daddona captures him with some freshly made slow-roasted pork belly inside the Aquebogue restaurant. It is not to be missed.
Regan Meador, winemaker and co-owner Southold Farm + Cellar, Chris Tracy, winemaker and partner, Channing Daughters Winery
This photo is unlike most of the others in the collection for two reasons. A) It features two people instead of one and B) it didn’t actually make it into print.
But we just love how Randee Daddona captured this candid and fun moment between winemakers Regan Meador and Chris Tracy. The pair, along with our wine writer Lenn Thompson, were tasting péttilant naturel wines for a story that appeared in the spring 2015 edition.