I’m so excited to introduce Rebecca Ryan of Serving Up Social, a talented food/ brand photographer and recipe developer based in the NJ and NYC area. She is a former health coach and personal chef. She started out writing a food blog back in 2013 and now focuses her work on photography. You can read more about Rebecca on her website. We recently met because we were both named as one of the 7 Best Food Photographers in the Newark and surrounding area by Peerspace. Being a part of this very talented group of individuals has given me the opportunity to meet other photographers in the area and collaborate on projects of similar interest.
Rebecca and I both wanted to collaborate on something that we felt strongly about and decided to create a pre-dinner drink and dinner inspired by some of our favorite restaurants in the area. As you all know, restaurants are struggling currently and we really need to do our best to help them stay afloat during this time. Rebecca has created a delicious Moroccan-inspired “Chicken with Chermoula Yogurt Sauce and Papadam” from her favorite restaurant Summit House and to accompany that dish, I decided to make a classic aperitif, the Negroni, infused with rose and hibiscus, my nod to some of the flavors used in Moroccan teas. The idea to infuse a flavored tisane as part of a Negroni came from Gupshup, one of my favorite Indian-inspired cocktail bars in NYC. Back in January, I dined at Gupshup to celebrate my birthday with a fabulous brunch and ordered their “Regal Cinema Negroni”, which was a classic Negroni infused with cardamom tea! I have to say that the hint of cardamom was a perfect match to the upcoming meal that afternoon. So in the same vein, I wanted to highlight Gupshup and their fabulous cocktails with a spin of my own, to go along with Rebecca’s Moroccan-themed chicken dish. Scroll down for more pictures of our Moroccan-inspired meal. To get the recipe for Rebecca’s dish, head over to her blog. While you’re there, don’t forget to check her out on Instagram and to sign up for her awesome freebie called Props to Plate: How to Improve Your DIY Food Photos with My Go To Props!
You’ll find the recipe for the Moroccan-infused Negroni at the end of this post. For a little fun, check out the stop-action movie I created. They’re just so fun! We hope you love this meal!