This past Sunday I was treated to watching the Lee Brothers prepare a meal as an audience watched them at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts in New Albany. The brothers Matt and Ted Lee talked about their lives growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, starting a business while in college in the Northeast, and the stories they gathered along their journey to being authors and culinary celebrities.
The audience seemed to enjoy the brother's stories, and I enjoyed hearing that even they have a few screw ups in the kitchen. They have a book out titled "Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor" which features meals for the average person with a busy lifestyle and features recipies with ingredients that are not from a can or difficult to prepare.
These two aren't what I would call celebrity chefs. They are more of down-to-earth, regular guys who would be great to have over for a grill out with some steaks and beer. I don't know if they are like it in person but they seem to be able to talk off your ear while cooking a some great food.
Wow what a wonderful day. I had the pleasure of photographing the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day in New Albany, Ohio. It was the 13th year for the classic and I think this is the second time I've photographed it. It seemed like it grew from the last time I photographed it.
It's been about seven or eight years since I last went. For the past few years it has been on a day I wasn't scheduled to work. As a freelance photographer though, I was thrilled to get the chance to photograph it. It is a classy and fun get together for families to enjoy a day out, and the event benefits the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence.
The event is held at the homes of Les and Abigail Wexner and includes rides, a petting zoo, inflatable games, musical performances by nationally known performers and a horsey jumping contest as Angela Pace who helps welcome guests to the New Albany Classic Invitational Gran Prix has called it. The event includes internationally known riders, and this year's musical performances were by a band from New Albany called New Hollow and American Idol Star David Archuleta.
I photographed the members of New Hollow a few months ago for the newspaper in one of the members basements where they rehearsed. It was nice to see them perform. Here are some of the photos from the event.