So I didn’t win the fall photo shoot challenge put on by City Cradle Design. But I am so proud of how it turned out and I want to share more details from the shoot with you. First off, location. As I started to figure out what I wanted to do for Vicky’s fall challenge my biggest question was where would I do the photo shoot. My friend, Carole started talking about how we needed to go back to dinner at Park Ave. with our husbands. And it totally hit me – Park Ave. restaurant in Stanton, CA would be the perfect place. So I contacted the owner, David Slay and he said yes. Not only did he say yes, he gave me full reign of the gardens to complete the shoot. His hospitality was overwhelming.
Look past the table and you can see these amazing dinner guests. How cool is that!?! This is the perfect place to share dinner with friends. Casual, secluded, rustic but still with an amazing fine dining menu and service. It would be perfect for so many different occasions.
The vegetable garden is basically split in two sections. The first section you come to as you walk to this hidden part of the property is these raised beds full of all kinds of veggies. I think I heard that they grow at least 7 different kinds of basil back there. These gardens are completely available for guests to explore before, during or after their dining experience (although the later you go, be sure to prop a door open. I once got locked out and had to wait patiently for restaurant staff to notice us). I loved watching people stroll back there the day of the photo shoot. People are genuinely excited by the concept and I want everyone to know about it. Talk about eating locally.
Here is a wider shot of this part of the garden. Remember the cool wine barrel ice bucket from my photo shoot? That was actually theirs. It is a working sink they had made to rinse the lettuce after harvest before taking it in to the restaurant to use.
This is David Slay, chef and owner and Kathy Agresto. Kathy is the gardener (I don’t know what her actual professional title is, but I can tell she is much more then a gardener) and manages and maintains the garden based on menu direction by David. Kathy was beyond gracious as well and supportive of what we were doing which was basically coming in to her home and moving things raising a reckus. And I accidentally stepped in one of her newly seeded beds! I thought I was going to die. And she’s totally gorgeous as you can see from her photo.