FFwd: Mercato

I had the opportunity last week for a quick shoot at Mercato, an amazing gourmet Italian restaurant near 17th Avenue in Calgary. 

The assignment was for the annual Bar & Restaurant Guide, published by Fast Forward Weekly. It was for a story on the best open kitchen restaurants in the city.

Head Chef Spencer Wheaton graciously showed me some of their specialities.

I wish I could name them all off but there was just too much amazing food being prepared before my eyes to remember them all.

I’ll defintely be going back to Mercato in the future to dine, and based of what I saw, I would recommend it. It’s a very unique experience to see your food being prepared right in front of you. Not to mention they were given a Best of Calgary award for Italian food in 2009, which is always a good sign.

You can read all about Mercato and see the other open kitchen restaurants in the Bar & Restaurant Guide, which can be found in next weeks issue of FFwd Weekly, out Thursday the 29th.

In terms of the technical side of things, I set out from the beginning to utilize as much of the natural light that was streaming through as possible. Most of this ended up being shot using just my 17 - 40 f/4 and my 50mm f/1.8. For the shot at the top I had a single Paul C. Buff White Lightening x1600 head camera left kicking just a bit of light into the shot with a 7” reflector, no diffusion.