While most of our time in Arizona is occupied with creating digital photography and cinematography, there isn't much we enjoy more than holding something we've made by hand.
We recently has the pleasure of working on this menu for a collaborative jazz dinner between local (Tempe) multimedia outlet, The Paper Knife, Crêpe Bar's Chef Kraus, and neighborhood Phoenix music venue, Crescent Ballroom. The objective was to construct a simple food menu for the dishes that would be prepared and served to guests during live music performances at Jazz & Snacks, held August 3, 2015.
In the usual Royal & Design way, we took what could have been a simple, paper menu, a few steps further. We wanted to ensure that the menu would be something all contributing parties would be proud of; something tangible worth taking home rather than being used as a drink coaster. Inspired by the mid-twentieth-century jazz style, we meticulously combed through our collection of accompanying vinyl covers in effort to emulate the same type of originality that was used by the artists behind them. We created art inspired by one of our favorite photographs from our culture series with Crêpe Bar, and decorated it with era-typefaces to depict the event's information. We created a physical 8" vinyl sleeve from 80 lb stock, and with the help of Chris, (@cwgalli) scored, adhered, assembled and stuffed each of the thirty menus prior to the event. The food items were then hand-written by Ryan, per chef's request, and completed as doors opened.
The success of the evening was carried with music by The Reid Riddiough Quintet and Dick Nixon and The Crooks, on Crescent's stage, as Chef Kraus's food kept a salivating crowd, asking for more.
Photography by Ryan Neal Cordwell, 2015