Earlier this month we invited four Instagrammers on an exclusive tour of our slate quarry in upstate New York. The photographers — @danielseunglee, @ginnymae, @jungletimer, & @liz_devine — had the opportunity to explore and photograph the grounds of the quarry and mill and get a first hand look at how we source and manufacture our cheese boards. The bulk of the photos seen here were taken with mobile phones.
En route to the quarry, the Instagrammers stopped off at nearby Consider Bardwell Farm, Vermont's oldest cheesemaking co-op and producer of award winning Manchester and Dorset cheeses.
At the quarry, the Instagrammers took a trip down to the quarry pit and traced the stone's path up to the cutting mill. Founded in 1897, the quarry has been in continuous operation ever since. Our family has been operating the quarry since the 1940's.
Following the trip to the quarry, the Instagram crew enjoyed some downtime before cocktail hour and a farm to table dinner produced by Brooklyn Slate's resident chef Keiko Connor. The family style meal highlighted regional fare from Consider Bardwell Farm, Vermont Creamery, Castleton Crackers, and Vermont Salumi.
The weekend concluded the next morning with a trip to Rathbun's Maple Sugar House Restaurant, a breakfast spot and maple syrup producer nestled in the foothills of the Champlain Valley. Rathbun's has developed a reputation for incomparable staples like pancakes and french toast, complimented by their maple syrup produced right in back of the restaurant.
Daniel Seung Lee (@danielseunglee) is a portrait and travel photographer based in New York City. His perspective on everyday life & the people he interacts with is unlike anyone I know, allowing him to create work that is at once subtle and breathtaking. He also has great hair. • danielseunglee.com
Virginia Mae (@ginnymae) is a food, travel and lifestyle photographer based in New York City. An avid storyteller from an early age, her passion for photography was born when a kindly neighbor gifted her a 35mm film camera as a child. She's since travelled around the world and behind the scenes at some of the most revered kitchens in the industry • virginiamae.com