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Behind The Scenes - Portico

Recently I had the opportunity to document the conception, resource gathering and production of Portico, a new restaurant by Fabio Viviani. A truly farm to table restaurant, taking advantage of the rich resources in the finger lakes region of upper New York. The restaurant is set to open in February 2017 inside Del Lago Resort and Casino, and we are documenting the whole process for a short documentary brand film.

Our first tier of shooting was with the farmers in late August, sourcing the ingredients for the menu locally. This isn't a food trend or ploy, this is real farm to table food. Reflective of Fabio's Italian heritage. We the crew, and you the viewer, will be experiencing the discovery of the ingredients for the first time along with Fabio through the footage.

Thanks to all the wonderful farmers and cheese/winemakers in the area for opening our doors to us. These include the folks at Glenora Wines, Muranda Cheese, Pedersen Farms, Birds Hollow Beef & Big Mamou Organic Farms. Beautiful locations and fantastic people.

Special thanks to James Mills for all his camera work on this piece. I have my friend Tim Schmalz making some americana based music that will perfectly compliment the imagery. 

Below you will find some straight off camera stills. I'll keep you posted here on the blog as we release more behind the scenes imagery, the teasers and final pieces. Stay tuned!

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