Food Truck Friday – BBQ

Today’s food truck Friday is all about the southern food that so many love… barbecue. In the south BBQ is king. You cannot go 10 minutes between Texas and the Carolinas without seeing a BBQ joint that probably sells “The Best BBQ in the Country.” While the love of BBQ does span most of the country do not think that that makes all BBQ equal. Even though it all goes by the same name, its styles are regional and loyalties run deep. Brisket or pulled pork? Is the sauce vinegar, ketchup, mustard, or even molasses based? Wet (sauced) ribs or dry rubbed ribs? Preferences and recipes change as you move around the country and depending on the region you are in, the BBQ can be quite different. Here’s where the food trucks come in.

Food trucks make regional BBQ a thing of the past. You have options… loyalties are given a chance to soften. With all sorts of BBQ food trucks roaming around you are sure to find the type of BBQ you grew up eating and then some. Food trucks, like the Love Bus, even put a spin on traditional BBQ by making BBQ egg rolls. If more traditional ‘cue is for you, then there is no shortage of options. Below we’re showing 3 of around 12 BBQ trucks that we have photographed. 12 trucks devoted to BBQ and that’s just the ones we have captured on camera. Don’t buy a plane ticket back home to Texas just so you can have some brisket; go out on a nice day and find a food truck. Spring is here and summer is just around the corner, so walk outside and follow your nose. I’m sure the smell of BBQ will be in the air.

– John
music city bbq
love bus bbq
new hickory bbq

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Bacon & Eggs

I’ve lost count, but this is another “& food” from the series we started several months ago. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s foods that are “&”…you know, fish & chips, peaches & cream, spaghetti & meatballs, etc. The series kind of has a life of its own…and we’re fine with that. We don’t see any end in sight at this point. So, here it is…Bacon & Eggs. If you blur your eyes, you might be able to see the ampersand.

– Kyle

ampersand out of eggs and bacon

Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  |  Food Stylist • Hannah Messinger | Prop Stylist • Emily Pierce

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Steakhouse – BOH

The term “back-of-house” (BOH) is commonly thrown around in the restaurant industry. It’s basically what happens behind the doors to the kitchen…food storage, prep, cooking, dish washing, etc. (There’s also “front-of-house” which is where the guest experience happens.) I thought I’d share some back-of-house photography we did for a steakhouse in Phoenix, Arizona. Naturally, we focused on the food prep (that’s where the excitement is) rather than the dish washing. I enjoy spending time photographing chefs and their teams in action. It’s neat seeing everyone working together to create a great front-of-house dining experience.

– Kyle

veggie prep

vegetable steamer

steak prep

lamb chops

shrimp prep / steak on grill

steak on grill

Food Photography by Kyle Dreier

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Shades of Yellow

For the most part, anyone who knows me, knows that yellow is one of my favorite colors. Things in my office are usually of the yellow variety: sharpies, electrical tape, sticky notes, tissue box, file folders, etc. My cup at the studio is yellow.

I’m sure if I could reasonably incorporate a pop of yellow into every room of my house, I would.

I feel like it is such a fun and versatile color (from mustard to sunshine yellow, to highlighter to school bus yellow), and it’s often underused. The varying shades of it make it perfect for any season of the year (in my humble opinion, haha). Sometimes I will advocate for yellow around the studio as well… the pillows on the client couch or even in our photos. Last week, we had a mac & cheese themed shoot, and we actually got everyone on board with creating some entirely yellow scenes (from the surface to the plateware to the food). Hopefully we’ll be able to share those with y’all soon!

In the meantime though, I decided to go through our archive and pull some “yellow” shots, if you will. Typically one does not think of yellow-colored food as appetizing, but we have some pretty inventive clients and talented food stylists who create wonderful yellow masterpieces sometimes. All of these pictures make me smile. 🙂

– Erica

grilled fruit

yellow duo

saffron cauliflower

yellow peeps

yellow duo

Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  |  Food Styling Contributors • Teresa Blackburn, Whitney Kemp

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Food Truck Friday – March

Today is going to be a short, but oh-so-sweet Food Truck Friday… because it’s all about the desserts. Most food trucks provide food to satisfy your savory side, but there are also some four wheeled, sweet shops rolling around to calm that sweet tooth. Dessert trucks are in a class of their own because you don’t have to commit to eating a full meal. It’s easy to talk yourself into a dessert, even if you’re already pretty full. It’s not as easy to talk yourself into trying that cuban sandwich after eating a whole pizza, hah. With dessert trucks, like all food trucks, variety is the name of the game. You can go with a delicious classic like cupcakes or ice cream or you can branch out and get something a little different like a s’more. (Who would have thought that you could eat those without being in the woods around a campfire?) So with warm weather just around the corner get ready to go outside and spoil your dinner.

– John







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Salt & Pepper

Well, the series continues. Not much to say about this other than we got inspired by our ever growing collection of salt and pepper shakers. What we actually used for the photo shows how good we are at exercising restraint…our complete collection of shakers could be construed as hoarding. Guilty as charged.

See our other “& Food” here:

– Kyle

salt and pepper

Food Photographer • Kyle Dreier  | Prop Stylist • Emily Pierce

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