Doughnut or Donut?

Ladies and gentlemen it is time to get your doughnut on! Not for any particular reason… other than it’s National Doughnut Day! And let me clarify, I’m not talking about driving a car in tight circles in a parking lot while you become masked in a smoke screen of burnt rubber from flaming tires. (Although that sounds like a pretty rad thing to do… I’m getting off topic, haha.) I have often wondered, is it “donut” or “doughnut,” so today of all days seems appropriate for me to finally seek out the answer. Well, drumroll please… according to numerous dictionaries Doughnut is the proper, formal spelling of this irresistible treat. However (don’t you love a plot twist?!) the shorter spelling of “donut” is perfectly acceptable too. It came about in the late 1800’s as a shorthand nickname. Either way you spell this pastry icon, doughnuts or donuts always work out to a be a yummy, doughy choice to satisfy one’s sweet tooth. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Another fun fact I discovered is that National Doughnut Day was started back in the late 1930’s by The Salvation Army as a way to raise funds and help those in need during the Great Depression. The effort continued into WWI and volunteers would serve donuts to hungry soldiers on the battle front overseas. The female volunteers who traveled to the front lines of France to serve these baked goodies became affectionately dubbed by the servicemen as “Doughnut Dollies.” While I’m not sure being called a “Dollie” nowadays would pass, I’m still impressed that the humble donut served many in need and helped in lifting the spirits of hungry men in service!

In honor of this momentous day in pastry history, I’ve gathered up some glazed and decorated treats for a photo montage of sorts. Feast your eyes and why not surprise a friend with a donut to share? :)

– Emily

Donuts & Doughnuts

Photography by Kyle Dreier | Styling contributors Callie Blount, Teresa Blackburn, Courtney Whitmore, Caroline Brewer and Dreier & Company

 

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Bar-B-Que Season

There’s something about the coming of Summer, this delightfully sunny season, and the dewy humidity in the air that says one thing: BAR-B-QUE. It’s definitely the most wonderfully meaty time of year and lets be serious… meat on the spit sounds like it would be the perfect meal at almost any event. With today being National Brisket Day, how can we not have the best of bar-b-que on our minds?! Another reason to love the great city of Nashville, is its only a few hours drive from Memphis, the home of BBQ… but no need to drive out of town, we certainly know how to give West Tennessee a run for their money! Here are just a few (strong emphasis on few, there are sooo many good ones!) local barbecue eats you should seek out when in the neighborhood:

  1. Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint… An undisputed champ of pure, whole hog yum! You’ve probably seen them featured on several Food Network shows and deservingly so.
  2. Hog Heaven… Don’t let the size of the small white shack fool you, this place has a wide variety of deliciousness to choose from that won’t disappoint.
  3. Smoke Et Al… Barbecue on the move! Follow them on Twitter to cite their location. We suggest the brisket tacos and fiddler’s biscuits.
  4. Jack’s Bar-B-Que… If you have visions of dry rub and that perfect hickory smoked ring, Jack’s is a must.
  5. Peg Leg Porker… A powerhouse of passion goes into this West Tennessee style barbecue and can be found in the popular Gulch neighborhood.
  6. Jim N’ Nicks… Although these guys started in Birmingham, we forgive them for not being Tennessee natives since their low and slow style is so darn good!

Here are a few shots captured by Dreier & Company that make us all crave that smell of sweet, meaty bar-b-que smoke and sauce!

– Dreier & Company

 

BBQ Sandwich

BBQ Ribs

Bar-B-Que Brisket

Bar-B-Que Sauce

Photography by Kyle Dreier | Food Styling by Teresa Blackburn & Whitney Kemp

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“& Company”

Meet John. He’s Dreier & Company’s go to guy for digital assistance and getting any to-do list done behind the scenes. Technically, he’s our Chief Assistant & Digital Tech. Low key, easy going with a penchant for turning apple crates into bongo drums… let’s see what John had to say with his answering of our company questionnaire!

-Dreier & Company

Questionnaire John

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National Crouton Day

The old addage goes “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Well, when you have a giant box of croutons left over from a shoot, you make a stop motion video with them in the starring role. We know you’ll be “crou-ning” for some crunchy croutons after watching this (totally corny we know! hah!)… we suggest hitting the closest Ruby Tuesday to get your salad bar and crouton fix! Happy National Crouton Day!

– Dreier & Company

crouton

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Record Store Field Trip!

For Dreier & Company music is an integral part of our everyday studio life. On set we are always streaming from our seemingly endless array of Pandora stations and still finding more hidden musical gems to share as background music for photoshoots. Seriously, we’ve got it covered from Americana to Zydeco, we can inspire any mood! When it’s just our team in house, you can pretty much bet on each of us bouncing in our seats with headphones as we work away on our computers. (Erica can even be caught from time to time having herself a little sing-along session in her office, hehe!)

So, it came as no surprise when Kyle showed up to the studio recently with a record player. Kyle and John set about installing the perfect “music station” and voila! We joined the record business. Only one slight problem… we didn’t have any records. Thankfully, Nashville has several sources for quality new and used records. All this to say, the Dreier & Company crew loaded up for a field trip and headed straight to Grimey’s to pick out some records. Since this inaugural trip we’ve added more to our collection, but we encourage friends, crew, stylists and clients to bring their favorite albums and give them a spin!

Our selections?

  • Emily: Springtime Carnivore | Self-Titled
  • Erica: Shovels and Rope | O’ Be Joyful
  • John: The War on Drugs | Lost in the Dream
  • Kyle: R.E.M. | Document

– Emily

Record Store Field Trip

Record Store Field Trip

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& Food Project

Before I start here with my thoughts on this project, let me warn you, I enjoy talking about typography…maybe too much. I can thank Eric Ligon—my typography professor from art school at UNT in Denton, Texas. Eric didn’t necessarily light the flame for my love of typography, he simply had an infectious passion that fanned my flame into a bona fide wildfire. Side note, I went on to teach typography and subjected my students to the same rigors Eric put me through. I’m thankful. I hope my former students are as well.

The ampersand seems to be loved by all in and around the creative industry, whether you’re an art director, a photographer or pillow maker. We continue to see it show in advertising, brand names (eg. Crate&Barrel, Room&Board, Dean&DeLuca) and even home decor (see previous pillow reference). I suspect it’s because we all have this wanderlust with the many variations the ampersand comes in, or can be created with.

While other characters in the alphabet are typically within a standard or expected shape and expression, the ampersand takes many creative forms. The fanciful iterations can ultimately be linked to the origins of the ampersand—a ligature for “et”, the Latin word for “and”.

Well, I guess I’m like many others—my fascination and desire to play with the ampersand must be expressed. So, why not find a fun way to play with food and the ampersand shape? For this I decided to shoot foods normally ampersand-ed…like Fish & Chips, Mac & Cheese…you get the idea.

This is an ongoing series and you’ll see more here over time. For now, let me introduce you to Milk & Honey with food styling by Callie Blount. Also on set with us was our own Emily Pierce with prop wrangling and styling.

– Kyle

Kyle Dreier, Food and Beverage Photography

Kyle Dreier, Food and Beverage Photography

Kyle Dreier, Food and Beverage Photography

Kyle Dreier, Food and Beverage Photography

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