New Work: Ashley Shelton and Bess Kretsinger for Wine Enthusiast

A couple months ago I had a fun shoot with Chef Ashley Shelton and Bess Kretsinger Heffernan, the GM, from Sardella, one of the newer Gerard Craft joints here in St. Louis. One of the things that Ashley and Bess focus on is a environment in their shop that breaks the mold of most kitchens. These two were a lot of fun to work with – I had a blast at this shoot. Hey, this is for Wine Enthusiast, so why not swig from a bottle in a paper bag like a bodega forty? Nailed it. 

The restaurant Sardella is named after an ancient dish made from sardines, so Ashley and Bess also wanted to work in some Swedish fish into one of the shots as well. I’m a little sad this one didn’t get chosen by the editor, but I’m pleased with her final choice.

Ashley Shelton and Bess Kretsinger Heffernan

Ashley Shelton, Chef, and Bess Kretsinger, General Manager at Sardella in St. Louis for Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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