Sometimes you walk into a scene that you didn't even know was there. Good night streetcars.
Matthew Noel blogs about food, food photography, photography, and the
food scenes and culture across south Louisiana including Houma, New Orleans, the
surrounding areas, and travel across the world.
As you may or may not know, I am a graduate of the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at Nicholls State University. I received my Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts in 2007. Life as a food photographer in Louisiana and around the world has been crazy ever since.
Today marks a very special day. The new Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Arts Building is officially open. While important, I don't want to focus on the new building. Yes, it brings the CJFCI campus to the technological forefront of the culinary industry. Yes, it will draw in new students from around the country. But the thing that I am most excited for is that it provides an exceptional staff of chefs and professors the tools to teach at their highest potential.
Most of my teachers are still there and many of the images hanging on the wall were photos I took during one class or another. Walking through for the first time was such a surreal experience. Echos of praise for the new facility was heard every time I ran into a fellow alumnus. One day the old small kitchens of Geaux Hall will be just a faint memory, but with people like the late instructor Chef George Kaslow, the soul of a chef will be passed on to many generations to come. Photos follow...Read More
For those of you who don't know, this year I started as Edible New Orleans magazine's creative director and photographer. It has been an amazing experience to visually connect readers to culinary stories through my photography and direction. I am proud to announce that our third issue , Edible New Orleans winter 2014, is hitting shelves this weekend.Read More
Life has been going so fast and I figured my birthday would be a great time to stop and reflect back on an epic year. Most importantly I have been blessed with an incredible family. My son is now eleven and funnier than ever! My wife not only is an amazing wife, but an incredible work partner.
Many years ago my family and I started celebrating the day I karate kicked my way into the world by holding Mattober Fest during the month of October. More than just a birthday celebration, it is a revelry of all things awesome! So without delay, here are some of the most memorable moments of my life this year while holding a camera.Read More
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In many resort towns, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the over hyped attractions and restaurants. Gatlinburg, Tennessee is no different. I think a fair description of it's close neighbor, Pigeon Forge, is Las Vegas for the Bible Belt. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised when I visited this haven of pancake deliciousness on my family vacay during Mardi Gras. Not only was I pleasantly surprised by this 1960 pancake powerhouse, but everyone at my table instantly became converts. Below are the photographs that convey my experience at this everything from scratch institution. You can see their menu and get directions at pancakepantry.com .
This year my family's paths have strayed from the usual sit down feast of thanks. We won't be holding hands and praying over a turkey feast, but the appreciation for life and each other will remain. My parents, my brother and his wife, my grandmother and Mr. Jimmy, and my wife and kid will be out in different parts of the globe for various reasons. Knowing this was in the cards, my mother rounded up the troops and created an early Thanksgiving gathering culminating in a delightful non-traditional Alabama sunset dinner. It's a blessing to have those who love you close, but even more important is to have them close in your heart.
A while back I went on a mission trip with my church to El Salvador. Over the course of a week I found joy, sadness, and most importantly hope in a people and culture that opened up their hearts to our group. I was forever changed by the people there and wanted to share these photographs that feature the culture, food, and people of El Salvador.
CLICK HERE or the photo below to view the El Salvador Gallery. You can also view the gallery under the +PHOTOGRAPHY page.
Tomorrow night I will be giving a lecture on Food Photography and Adobe Lightroom 5 Work Flow. If you have a love food and photography, (let's face it, if you are from South Louisiana, we love our food to taste and look good), come visit me tomorrow night at the Jefferson Parish Regional Library from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. I will talk about Food is Art- Creating Great Food Photography, 5 Tips for better Food Photography, Lightroom Work Flow, and much more. BE THERE!
Oct 1, 2013 (Tue), 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Jefferson Parish Regional Library
2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, LA 70058
Kicking off with a bang, the New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company pop the top on their new Tap Room. This isn't just a tasting room for their current line-up of delicious libations, but the beginning of one-off brews like the "Girl Stout Cookie". That is their Irish Channel Stout rum barrel aged with cacao nibs and peppermint. They are also bringing in food trucks every night of the week from 6 pm - till. Pair that with great bands on the weekends and this will surely be a destination not to miss. Find out more at www.nolabrewing.com or www.facebook.com/nolabrewing
Today I raise a snowball to the warm nights and cool treats of summer. As far back as I can remember, this time of year has meant lazy days and day dreaming. For me it is a time that represents growth and fun. This summer has felt especially amazing across all of my adventures in food and beyond. Below is one of those summer days for three kids I meet in Lockport, LA.
Speaking of kids, I went on tour across Louisiana this June to perform juggling, yoyoing, and magic for thousands. Visit themagicyoyo.com or Facebook.com/themagicyoyo to find out more. Likes and comments are appreciated!
Fresh produce is always the best way to start off preparing for a delicious meal. You now hear lots of chefs talking about a "farm to table" approach. Look around in your neighborhoods and cities to find local farmers and farmers markets where you can meet the person who planted and picked what you will eat.
This video was a personal project shot one afternoon in New Orleans. The video was shot with a Nikon D800 and 24mm f 2.8 lens on a merlin steadycam. I used this simple setup to constrain my storytelling options and force creativity with specific cinematic tools.
Produced by Matthew Noel and www.FindingFlavors.com .
Special thanks to David Gallent.
Music by Gillicuddy - Springish
It is a great time to pay homage to those who have come before us in all disciplines of the culinary world. Below is one of many of the now deceased drive ins that led the way into the culinary future.