Sunday, January 11, 2009

Temptation by Chris Klugman at The Rosedale Diner

Chris Klugman

On Tuesday, I was happy to attend the opening reception for Chris Klugman's photography exhibit at The Rosedale Diner called Temptation. For this show, Chris took colour photos of female models with fruit and flowers, rendered them in black and white, coloured parts of the photos manually using an image editor, and printed them on canvas. The effect is beautiful and the colour accents are skillfully painted.

In attendance were the fun people from All the Best Fine Foods where Chris is the consulting chef. Executive Chef Olivia Bolano, Sous Chef John Danner, and COO Sue Bowman were all there helping Chris celebrate. I also got to meet Maia Filar, journalist and daughter of the owners of The Rosedale Diner. She is a trained chef and has written many pieces on food for City Bites and the Toronto Sun among many others.

I got to try All the Best's new flavours of cheese straws, beautifully packaged with product photography by Chris. In addition to the classic Sesame & Cheddar ones, there is now Lemon, Cracked Pepper, Reggiano and Herbed Chevre & Walnut. I love the Lemon, Cracked Pepper, Reggiano. Chris very generously gave me some boxes to try and I'm ashamed to admit they are now all gone.

Chris' show is on until February 1st in the front part of the restaurant, so you can enjoy a meal at this long-time Toronto institution and some beautiful photos at the same time. If you are interested in purchasing a print, you can find Chris' contact information here:

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