Tara Donne

Marcus Samuelsson + Danny Meyer

One of the perks of my work is that I get to see the back of house of some of the best restaurants out there. It’s a nostalgic love of mine too–being in a restaurant kitchen–having grown up in my family’s own. The ever-greasy, squishy mat-studded floors that I now find underfoot at work are enough to take me back to being four feet tall, admiring the smells and skills before me.

It never ceases to amaze me, a self-professed slow and messy home cook, to watch the staff do their dance–so focused and efficient. And yet, all this bustle is well hidden behind the serenity and curated interiors of the dining room. I recently photographed both Danny Meyer and Marcus Samuelsson in the art filled spaces of two of their respective restaurants: the new Union Square Café and the southern-inspired Red Rooster in Harlem. Both men are fun and gracious and fed me well (best collard greens I’ve ever had, Marcus!) It felt wonderful to connect with two of the greats in the restaurant biz, all in a month’s work.

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Barcelona Favorites

Welcome to the second installment of favorites from my fall trip to Europe with prop stylist Martha Bernabe! Check out some of our Barcelona finds–captions are below the images.




Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites


Barcelona Favorites

From left to right, top to bottom: 1. Cortados from Satan’s Coffee Corner (they also have great chia pudding if you’re in the mood for a healthy breakfast) // 2. Architecture in el Born // 3. The original tile floor in our room at Casa Bonay // 4. Catedral de Barcelona // 5. Pastries from La Colmena in el Gótico // 6. Razor clams and pimentos de padrón at Casa Ricardo in Barceloneta // 7. Treasures at the Encants flea market // 8. Snacks from el Mercat de la Boqueria // 9. Figs from a shop in Barceloneta // 10. Fruit from a shop in Barceloneta // 11. Architecture in el Gótico // 12. Tapas from El Xampanyet // 13. Interior of Gaudí’s la Sagrada Familia // 14. Detail of flowers placed over a Miró mosaic on la Rambla // 15. Gaudí architecture at Park Güell