Friday, July 24, 2015

Kings County Distillery Whiskey Garden

All photos © Valery Rizzo

For the summer Kings County Distillery is hosting a "Whiskey in the Garden" extension of their tasting room every Friday and Saturday night with a rotating cast of food partners. Mint Julips, Moonshine Punch, whiskey flights and other specialty cocktails together with food from local chefs and restaurants. For more information and hours see

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bundle Dyeing with The Dogwood Dyer / Brooklyn Grange

All images © Valery Rizzo

Last week Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm had a Natural Dye workshop hosted by Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer. It was a class focused on Bundle Dyeing on silk using natural locally grown and foraged dye plants, most of which are dual purpose edibles and have herbal/medicinal properties as well. The farm has also started a Dye Garden where all the plants used for natural dyeing can grow and be sourced from. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Table on Ten / The Weekender

All Photos © Valery Rizzo

Last year I had the pleasure of photographing Table on Ten, a beautiful Farm to Table Inn and cafe owned by Inez Valk-Kempthorne and husband Justus Kempthorne. The couple relocated from Williamsburg, Brooklyn and offer many Brooklyn staples, such as Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie and other items that remind them of the city. 

This was a different kind of assignment for me as it was all shot on an iphone using the Hipstamatic app as part of a larger story about the Catskills for the Food Issue of Snap Magazine (published by Hisptamatic). The Weekender, a gorgeous lifestyle magazine from Germany printed this more focused story about Inez and Table on Ten in their current Summer Issue. I also included here other photos from that shoot.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Whiskey Garden / Kings County Distillery

All photos © Valery Rizzo

What could be better then moonshine punch and mint juleps partnered with fantastic food prepared by visiting chefs and a chance to enjoy it all inside the walls of The Brooklyn Navy Yard surrounded by The King County Distillery's garden. It's happening starting May there.

Where I Have Been Lately

It has been a while since I have posted but I have been around. This time if year is the garden prep and I am trying something different this year. I am having fun with perennials, flowers and herbs in pots while planning to build a raised bed in the fall for vegetables next year. Lonny Magazine featured some of my instagram photos I took in the garden last year along with an interview with me about Easy Small-Space Vegetable Gardening Tips.

I took over Edible Brooklyn's Instagram Feed several weeks ago...

1. Homemade Dark Cioccolata and a Sbrisolona, a typical sweet from the city of Mantua in Lombardy made with brittle, crunchy almonds and rice flour at Albero dei Gelati, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
2. In the studio with maker Helen Levi and her beautiful pottery, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
3. Handmade Pumpkin Seed Truffles at Raaka Virgin Chocolate, Red Hook, Brooklyn.
4. Specialty Whiskeys at Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn Navy Yard.
5. Sea Scallops from Cape Cod with Basket Island Oysters from Maine at Mermaid's Garden, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

I have been busy photographing a rooftop garden project, and a few other assignments which can not revealed yet as well as really working hard on my Brooklyn Book Project, so to make a long story short you can find me on instagram most of the time, so please follow me there as well @valrizzo

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Urban Farm Fresh Caprese Salad / Design Sponge

Photo © Valery Rizzo

Last month I worked on a story with Kristina Gill for the In The Kitchen With Series on Design Sponge. As you know I am all about eating locally and from the land so to have us all thinking about warmer days ahead we thought a sunny Caprese salad was in order. Be sure to check out the recipe as well as a bit more about why I like this recipe. Happy Spring!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Cheese and The Park Slope Food Coop

All Photos © Valery Rizzo / Park Slope Food Coop

One of my latest projects has been working on the new Photo Team at the Park Slope Food Coop, which is part of a larger Web Team, focused on designing the coop's new website. While shopping for things to bring to a New Year's Eve dinner party with friends I was in awe at the selection of great cheese the coop offers. I will always cherish the sense of community that the coop retains for Park Slope as well as the opportunity to eat healthy and organically at an affordable price. This is just a small selection of my favorite photos taken so far while working on the Team. Happy New Year!