I wanted to share an update on the breakfast book and our current progress with it. We started photography in early March of this year, and have visited over 30 restaurants so far. Typically, we’ve gone out every Friday, visiting two restaurants each morning. At this point there’s only one more spot to photograph, and then our excursions are complete!
Doing the photoshoots have been both hard work and incredibly rewarding. We’ve learned and perfected the art of staging and arranging food (not that most of dishes need help). The challenge is handling such a variety of styles: one moment we’re photographing gorgeous tea and scones (see above), the next we’re shooting greasy eggs and bacon, and then we’re arranging mounds of donuts.
Our team consists of myself, my wife Beth, and Robin Oatts of Genre Creative. Beth does a lot of the organization, marketing, and helps Robin with photos. Robin handles the photography and will do the full design of the book. Me, I do interviews, writing, research, and establish contact with our featured restaurants.
I’m aiming to finish the writing stage by the end of August. At that time, my wife is due to have our second child, so August 20th has become the due date for both our new baby boy and the content of the book. Pressure’s on!
There’s still plenty of “research” and exploration to do. Restaurants open and close. They change locations, they change hours, they change menus. Some stop doing breakfast, some begin a weekend brunch. We’ll be editing details right up until we send the book to print this fall.
You can mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5, 2011. That is our release date! That night we’ll have a big release party, with food, books for sale, and other fun breakfasty goodness. Until then, look for a revamped website (I’m moving Breakfast With Nick to WordPress in the next few weeks – yay for better layout and editing!), a video preview of the book, and a pre-sale special.
I want to say a HUGE thank you already to the friends, family, and Columbus community who have served as models, offered babysitting, helped us track down contacts, and gone exploring with us. An especially big thanks is due to all the incredible restaurant owners, managers, and staff that we’ve visited. Everyone has been truly hospitable and encouraging. It’s been fun to learn and tell their stories. I’m hoping that the book introduces many more people to the hidden gems of Columbus.