Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2011: Meet Guest Blogger Chuck Dorris

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With profs as a photographer and graphic designer, Dorris shot “American Vineyards” for Stewart, Tabori and Chang in the late 80’s and now, twenty years later, runs a two-person e-consultancy that provides cuisine photography, email, websites, social media and Googlethingees for restaurants. In the past six years, he’s worked for over a hundred places of all sizes in CT and New York.

He presently manages 16 websites representing 30 plus restaurants, and he’s created, written, photographed, designed and fussed over all of them, but guarantees NONE of these will be covered, promoted, glorified or touted for LoHud.

“I spend a LOT of time in restaurants shooting, tasting, listening to chefs and trying to learn the best ways to make their vision come to life online. I’ve got tons of funny stories about the food biz, but NO time for a blog, so this will be a busman’s holiday for myself and my jam-maker wife, Margery Schiffman, to try places we’ve never been and speak our minds. We live in New York, but mostly work in Fairfield County and New Haven, and some of them are in our own little town and we’ve never, ever been. This is really exciting!”

Dorris has great memories of fantastic meals, but his favorite is celebrating his 40th birthday in Puligny Montrachet in a tiny bistro that was full of German tourist on summer vacation.

“My wife speaks a touch of French and asked the manager if there was ANY way he could fit us in. Turns out that he had gone to her alma mater, Cornell, had majored in hotel and restaurant management (of course) and proudly set us up a card table in the middle of the floor and served us duck and rabbit dishes from heaven. Apparently, a little Ithaca and good old New York State goes a long way in the food world!”

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