DownEast Magazine: Best Restaurants

A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to take a bit of a road trip up to Maine to photograph the Best Restaurants feature for DownEast Magazine.  I spent several days traveling to Kittery, Portland and way up north to Rockland and Rockport.  After several years of running laps around Boston it was a nice change of pace to head out on the road and see what Maine's foodie scene has to offer.  

On the cover: Maine lobster gnocchi with asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland ME.

On the cover: Maine lobster gnocchi with asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland ME.

Roadtrip!

Roadtrip!

I started my trip in Kittery at Anju, a great noodle bar tucked away just over the border.  When I walked in I saw co-owner Julian Armstrong and quickly realized that I had met him before.  Julian used to work at The Black Trumpet Bistro in Portsmouth where one of my friends growing up worked for many years and that I frequented often.

Julian Armstrong at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME.

Julian Armstrong at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME.

Shoyu Ramen with slow roasted pork shoulder at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME

Shoyu Ramen with slow roasted pork shoulder at Anju Noodle Bar in Kittery ME

After a wonderful day at Anju I stopped over for the night at my Uncle's farm house in Lebanon before moving on to Portland in the morning.

The DeTour farmhouse on a snowy Maine morning.

The DeTour farmhouse on a snowy Maine morning.

First up in Portland was Blue Rooster.  To say that Blue Rooster serves hotdogs doesn't quite do it justice.  With items on the menu like the Seoul Dog topped with spicy kimchi, toasted peanuts and garlic mayo, and a side of tater tot poutine, its more than just hotdogs!

The Seoul Dog with a side of Tater Tot Poutine at Blue Rooster in Portland ME

The Seoul Dog with a side of Tater Tot Poutine at Blue Rooster in Portland ME

Next up was my favorite from the list, Outliers Eatery.  Everything about Outliers is wonderful.  Executive Chef Jonathan Dexter is warm and welcoming, the food is spectacular and the design of the place is breathtaking (the tabletops, oh the tabletops!)  Tucked away on a quiet side street in Portland it would be easy to miss, but Outliers is definitely worth searching out.

Maine Lobster Gnocchi with Asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland, ME.

Maine Lobster Gnocchi with Asparagus at Outliers Eatery in Portland, ME.

Executive Chef Jonathan Dexter of Outliers Eatery

Executive Chef Jonathan Dexter of Outliers Eatery

The last leg of the trip took me several hours north to Rockland and Rockport. Salt Water Farms, open seasonally, is a beautiful restaurant overlooking the water (although I was there on a bone chilling day so it looked over the ice!)

Jerusalem Artichoke salad with bacon, watercress, parsley, and grain-mustard-and-lemon vinaigrette at Salt Water Farms in Rockport ME

Jerusalem Artichoke salad with bacon, watercress, parsley, and grain-mustard-and-lemon vinaigrette at Salt Water Farms in Rockport ME

An icy view over the water in Rockport ME

An icy view over the water in Rockport ME

Last up was 3Crow in Rockland.  A great spot on the main drag run by Joshua Hixon.  

Sous Chef Rose Valentine preparing a dish in the kitchen of 3Crow in Rockport ME

Sous Chef Rose Valentine preparing a dish in the kitchen of 3Crow in Rockport ME

Josh Hixon of 3Crow in Rockport ME

Josh Hixon of 3Crow in Rockport ME


Yankee Magazine: Franks & Beans

Yankee Magazine recently published an article on franks and beans that I did with the very talented Molly Shuster.  Having grown up in New England, franks and beans was one of those staples that I thought had been around so long that it couldn't possibly be improved upon.  Boy was I wrong.  Molly developed some great recipes that update the old classic and opened my eyes to what the old classic can really be. We started by trekking up to Maine to meet up with bean farmer Charlie Baer of Baer's Best.  After gathering some ideas at the farm Molly went back and developed the recipes and we later met up and photographed them in an old barn in Topsfield.  It was a wonderful chance to get out of the city and remember what New England is all about!

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

Adam DeTour Yankee Magazine

(Molly and Charlie at Baer's Best Farm in South Berwick, ME)

Covet + Lou

I recently took over the e-commerce photography for Covet + Lou, which if you don't know about them you should definitely check out!  Started by Tina Burgos, Covet + Lou helps clients near and far find and define their personal styles while giving a voice to emerging designers. Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

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Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

Covet + Lou Adam DeTour

At the end of the day Maria came to the studio to check out the set and I just couldn't resist snapping this photo in the afternoon light.

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Edible Boston: Compost

Sometimes I enjoy a really challenging assignment for the surprise of how beautiful the pictures can be.  I recently shot a story for Edible Boston on the state of compost in Boston.  Massachusetts recently passed the Commercial Food Waste Ban which is a "ban on the disposal of commercial organic wastes by businesses and institutions."  It's a big step since the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that nearly 21% of waste in landfills is food waste.  The new legislation is important and exciting but how do you make it look good? I took a trip out to a commercial compost operation on the north shore and snagged a few shots of the towering hills of compost in all its smelly glory, but it just didn't seem to be eye catching enough for the article.  Luckily I came prepared with a few buckets from the hardware store, threw on my gloves, and started picking stuff out of the piles.

With a few treasures in hand I went back to the studio and worked with my good friend and very talented food stylist George Simons who had saved his unused leftovers from the week.  Together we worked out a few arrangements of compost in its various stages that were fit to hang on a wall.

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We started by combining some of the inorganic things I found in the compost piles and combined them with George's leftovers.

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I found lots of bones, rocks, and leaves in the intermediate stage of the compost, which were great for this shot.

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The final product!

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Smiling George.

Boston Magazine: 50 Best Restaurants

I recently had the good fortune to shoot Boston Magazine's 50 Best Restaurants feature with my good friend Michael Piazza.  What follows is my contribution to what was definitely one of the tastiest shoots I've done. On the cover is this tasty Pasta dish from Giulia in Porter Square

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Followed by O Ya in Chinatown.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

A special thanks goes out to Asta on Mass Ave.  After a couple of weeks of shooting I was a bit under the weather when I walked it, but they were so welcoming and warm.  They definitely carried me through.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Steel & Rye in Milton was a pleasant surprise to find over in Milton.  The rustic decor welcomes you right into such a large space.  Thanks to Bridget Tivnan for the extra food styling help!

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

It was amazing to see the inner workings of the one and only Menton in Fort Point, from the rituals of the candle lighting to the pre service stretches.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Definitely take the time to check out the Salty Pig in Back Bay

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

This dish at Clio was a work of art that narrowly missed being the cover.

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Mei Mei Street Kitchen wowed us with their hospitality, serving up three wonderful dishes.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Last but certainly not least is this artfully arranged apple pie over at Hungry Mother in Cambridge.

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

Boston Magazine 50 Best Restaurants

 

 

Improper Bostonian: Setting The Tone and Table

Check out my latest work on the Improper Bostonian's article Setting the Tone and Table  featuring the work of local wedding planners and designers. For the opening shot New England Country Rental utilized their massive warehouse space to build us an entire set, complete with a faux grass wall!  It was pretty wild to see these talented folks do what they do best.

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Setting the Tone and Table

Next I caught up with Lauren Wells of Lauren Wells Events at her home in South Boston to photograph this beautiful moody blue table setting.

Setting the Tone and Table

Setting the Tone and Table

Setting the Tone and Table

Setting the Tone and Table

One of my favorites from the shoot was this tablescape from Lo McShay at Lolo Events in Cambridge.

Setting the Tone and Table

Finally we headed up to the north shore to shoot this subtly simple table from Tangorra Wedding Planning

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Setting the Tone and Table

 

New York Times: Lois Lowry

One of my favorite assignments this summer was the Lois Lowry story I shot for New York Times Magazine.  The author of the cult classic The Giver was vacationing up in Maine, so Matt and I packed up the car and made a road trip out of it.  We spent a beautiful summer day cruising through Vacationland, listening to some tunes, and catching up on our travels.  When we arrived Lois showed us to her barn, which made for the perfect studio, and got set up.  We spent the afternoon chatting about why they took so long to turn the book into a movie, what Jeff Bridges is like in person, and what kinds of things her fans write letters about.  All in all just a great day to be a photographer! Lois Lowry Photographed for the New York Times by Adam DeTour

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Summer Adventures

It's been a while since I've updated the blog, mostly because we've been out having awesome adventures!  It's time to get back to work but first I thought I'd share some outtakes from our summer travels.  I spent some time hiking Mount Washington with my good friend Matt Baldelli, fit in a little time at the beach, and a took a trip to Scandinavia with Maria.  Enjoy! AdamDeTour_SummerAdventures_1

 

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Edible Boston: Indian Head Farm

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Indian Head Farm in Berlin, MA for a story in Edible Boston.  The farm has been in the Wheeler family for almost 200 years.  Think about that.  Two. Hundred. Years.  That's a farm founded before the Civil War.  That's seven generations of farmers on the same land.  That's a very long time. One of my favorite images from the shoot is an image of family pictures laid out on the table.  When you're standing there looking out at the fields it's difficult to understand just how much history the family has there.  The pictures provided a glimpse into that history.

It wasn't until after the shoot that we realized another way to showcase the span of time that the Wheelers have been there. When we put the images of James Wheeler and the oil painting of his great-great-great grandfather from the civil war next to each other it was striking how similar they look.

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm

Edible Boston Indian Head Farm

 

 

Improper Bostonian: Bartenders Feature

I have, over the past year, spent a lot of time in bars around Boston.  That is, I have spent a lot of time photographing in bars around Boston for an upcoming self published book.  In that time I've thought a lot about what makes a great bar, and as simple as it sounds, its a great bartender.  Give me a dive bar with a great bartender over an expensive trendy bar any day. Great bartenders know that spirits can be as complex as wine and cocktails as nuanced as a delicious meal.  They know how to borrow from the past and innovate to create something new.  For this years Bartender's feature I got to photograph a few new faces and revisit a couple old friends.  Check out some of the outtakes from the shoot and keep your eye out for our book coming soon. Tyler Wang at Kirkland Tap and Trotter

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Bartender Nicole LeClair

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Bartender Kevin Mabry

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Bartender Ezra Star

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Bartender Will Isaza

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Bartender Melinda Maddox

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Bartender Fred Yarm at the Russell House Tavern

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Improper Bostonian: Spring Arts Feature

I've always been fascinated by performers.  Actors, musicians, dancers, anyone who can get in front of a crowd and create magic before your very eyes.  However, I think it's easy to forget that behind the scenes there's a whole team of folks that help to make it happen.  I recently had the opportunity to get back stage at several of Boston's theatre companies and document the unsung heroes that keep the shows going.  Shot for the Improper Bostonian's Spring Arts feature, below are some outtakes from the shoots. Director Spiro Veloudos of the Lyric Stage Co.

Wig and Makeup Designer Jason Allen

Actress Christine Power

Wardrobe Supervisor Amanda Ostrow

Edible Cocktails

Out now is Edible Boston's first ever special edition Drink Issue with an article by Luke O'Neil about the connection between the kitchen and the bar.  For the story I was able to travel around to a wide variety of restaurants in the Boston area and photograph the drinks with their culinary counterpoints. And, of course, I may have sampled a few of the beverages. "Not too long ago bars and kitchens had an often adversarial relationship, particularly when it came to bars pilfering ingredients and not replacing them, or kitchens being stingy with the supply.  There was also a more substantial standoff at work in the bad old days of drinking, as Charles Draghi, chef and owner of Erbaluce explains. "For a chef, I was never a fan of cocktails, like a lot of chefs.  It used to mean a war between bar and customer's palate and what a chef was trying to do." Too many cocktails, before the current resurgence, were cloyingly sweet, or else overpoweringly alcoholic. You wouldn't want a diner to be drinking mudslides, say, or straight vodka martinis before a nice meal. But that all changed when bartenders and chefs realized they could work together to enhance the entire experience from first sip, on through the meal, and to the after dinner drink."

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R. Murphy Knives: Edible Boston Winter 2014

R. Murphy Knives are made in Massachusetts - and have been for 163 years. With carbon steel sourced from Ohio, blades stamped out on a press from 1890, and often-reclaimed wood carved for their handles, their small team of craftsmen creates pure, local magic.  Read more at Edible.

Jenny Dell: Improper Bostonian

NESN Red Sox reporter Jenny Dell on the cover of this week's Improper. On whether she gets sick of all that baseball: "I think anything you end up putting your all into, you love. So you eat, breathe, sleep and dream it. On my days off, I sit at home and watch the game. Once you’re a part of it, you’re all in."

Imagery & Music at the Arnold Arboretum

Sounds From the Treetops Between shoots I've had the chance to collaborate with musician Maria Finkelmeier for a unique performance at Boston's Arnold Arboretum. The Arboretum is the kind of place you go to forget the city while you're in the city...it's basically a rolling, manicured forest where city noises cease to exist. This Saturday, new compositions inspired by my images of the Arboretum will be performed by Maria and Ensemble Evolution at the Hunnewell Building.

You can purchase tickets here and get a sneak peek of featured imagery below.

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