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Teresa Mason and Mas Tacos

Posted: April 19th, 2011 | Filed under: chef, feature, food, restaurant | 5 Comments »

Mas Tacos. See also the Imogene+Willie version.

Photographs and content © 2011 Mark Tucker. All Rights Reserved.

Lisa Donovan: Pastry Chef, Artist, Mom

Posted: April 16th, 2011 | Filed under: artist, chef, feature, great face, restaurant | 5 Comments »

I think I first met Lisa Donovan and Maggie over at Allison Murasic’s house, last year, during one of Allison’s Red Barn Roundups. Maggie was playing with Jill Earl’s son, Ollie, and they made a striking young couple. Maybe it was combination of Ollie’s crazy-wild hair, and Maggie’s vivid blue eyes, but I had to stop to photograph them.

Lisa is married to John Donovan, who has a show up at Zeitgeist right now. They also have a son, Joseph, who attends the Waldorf School, on Hillsboro Road. Lisa went to art school, but soon followed another one of her passions, into food. She worked at City House, before coming over to Margot Cafe in East Nashville, to be Pastry Chef. See the photos below, for some of her creations.

Some people just have a radiance about them. Lisa just glows. Plus that trademark laugh. Stop in to Margot Cafe one night — have a light entree, and head right for the desserts and that famous french-press coffee.

(Above image): Lisa, with her daughter Maggie, at their school in East Nashville.

(Above image): Focaccia bread, at Margot’s.

(Above image): Lisa’s rhubarb pie.

(Above image): Chocolate praline pie, in the window, at Margot’s.

(Above image): From Margot Cafe, Lisa’s lemon cornmeal cake with strawberries and cream.

(Above image): Pralines, right out of the oven.

(Video): Lisa, in the kitchen at Margot Cafe, and with her daughter at school.

All photographs and content © 2011 Mark Tucker. All rights reserved.

International Market: Bell and Kont

Posted: February 24th, 2011 | Filed under: great face, mini-feature, restaurant, retail | 3 Comments »

We had a very productive day today with this project. This morning, Jon and I photographed performance artist Tom Mason in Shelby Park (to be published later, with video), then grabbed some fine lunch at Turnip Truck in the Gulch, then made our way over to photograph Mike Grimes at Grimeys (to be published later). Then out to Trader Joes to try to convince this guy that works there to allow us to photograph him; “Please say yes, you have a great face”. Then back to International Market to buy a rice cooker for a party; while we were there, we saw Kont and Bell behind the counter, and asked if we could photograph them.

I’ve eaten a thousand meals at International Market over the years; (Tom Yum and Ka Pow). Whenever I order from the kitchen, Kont usually brings me the meal out, and we have this ritual where I thank her, and we look at each other and smile, and she says, “You’re welcome”. It’s just a nice little dance we do; so sweet and kind. I found out today that Bell is from Thailand, and Kont is from Laos. Kont doesn’t speak much English, so Bell stayed with us and translated. (Mostly, I just waved my arms, smiled, and talked louder than normal, as if that would help). We photographed them both out on the sidewalk in front, on Belmont. We got off about six or seven sheets of each one, before they had to go back in to work.

Was a very good day.

Bell grew up in Thailand.

Kont grew up in Laos.