Cindy’s Waterfront Restaurant at Monterey Bay Aquarium


Copyright Caren Alpert Photography

This week is the soft opening of the new Cindy’s Waterfront Restaurant at Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The culinary partner in this restaurant is Cindy Pawlcyn,  who is a pioneer in sustainable gastronomy and author of numerous cookbooks.

I know readers enjoy behind-the-scene photos from time to time, so thought I would share some on a blog post.  If you haven’t checked out my Facebook page, you can view it here, which also has some other behind-the-scene photos.

The photo shoot for Cindy’s Waterfront restaurant was actually a two-part shoot, with the first food shots taking place at Cindy’s much beloved Napa Valley restaurant Cindy Pawlcyn's Wood Grill & Wine Bar, while the kitchen at the aquarium was completing it’s final construction phase.  The second part of the shoot occurred the next week and was fun because I got a sneak peek at the restaurant before it opened.

I was fortunate to be able to tap into the talent of food stylist extraordinaire Pouké, and her artistry brought out the beauty in the dishes Cindy prepared.  I always love working with Pouké because she has a great eye for detail, as seen in the images below.  Here she is in the process of getting that perfect gloss on the melted cheese for the final hamburger/french fries image.  Here’s some quick and dirty grab shots of her hard at work!


Copyright Caren Alpert Photography


Behind the scenes-Caren Alpert

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Behind the scene-Pouke

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