This project contains a few of my favorite things: food, talented chefs, and did I mention food?
I was excited to get the call asking if I could shoot portraits for the Idaho Potato Commission for their 2016 calendar. For many years the Idaho Potato Commission has produced beautiful calendars that feature notable chefs from around the country and a recipe from each chef highlighting the use of Idaho potatoes. Though I have previously worked with chefs on food shoots as an art director, this was my first time working behind the camera as a photographer.
Maritza and Reyna Vasquez are the chef-owners of Veracruz All Natural Tacos in Austin, Texas. The women are sisters and best friends and were born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico. Reyna grew up helping in their family restaurant near the beautiful Veracruzana beach in Mexico. She learned to cook beside her mother and grandmother and is passionate about using both organic and fresh ingredients in her cooking. After graduating from high school the sisters moved with their family to Austin.
I’ve seldom met a taco I didn’t like. I really love tacos. Among the items I ordered were the fish taco with cabbage, mango pico de gallo and cheese on a homemade corn tortilla. It was so fresh and delicious. The horchata aqua fresca I ordered was a great compliment. It was the perfect lunch.
Though street tacos are by no means a new culinary trend, you should absolutely check out Veracruz if you live in Austin or the next time you are visiting. The service, quality of food and taste were all fantastic. I ate at their original location downtown on East Cesar Chavez but they have several convenient locations around town.
Veracruz All Natural Tacos / Austin, Texas