The long-awaited Selland’s Market Cafe opened its doors in El Dorado Hills this week. For the foodies in Northern California, Chef Randy Selland is known for his original market cafe on H Street in Sacramento, Ella’s Dining Room, and of course, the renown $135 per person demonstration dinner known as “The Kitchen”.
This photograph was taken in the evening after closing time. I had taken 3 bracketed exposures, intended to create an HDR photo, but ended up using the just the middle exposure and making small adjustments in post processing.
I had hoped to have some time to snap photographs inside on Monday when they opened their doors for the first time, but I was a bit busy at work during the lunch hour. Fortunately, Selland’s is 3 blocks away from where I work. Besides the great food, what I love about this new Selland’s is the decor. They call it French Country Bistro, I call it earth tone shabby chic. Either way, it’s high end but functional.
A couple of co-workers and I finally made our way over for lunch on Thursday. The place was packed. While waiting for our orders, I had noticed one of the runners bringing food to the tables and remarked to my coworkers that he resembled Chef Selland. Dressed in jeans, tennis shoes, and a Selland’s t-shirt, I just wasn’t sure it was him. Lo and behold, he was the one that brought our to-go sandwiches to us. He thanked us for stopping in. I made a quick comment on how beautiful the place looked. He then asked for my named and replied back “I’m Randy Selland and please come back again.” Maybe I’m a sucker for celebrity chefs, but that was pretty cool.
Now if I can just find someone to take to “The Kitchen” one of these days…
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 200, 0.8 sec, f/7.1
Selland’s Storefront, Lamp, Night. El Dorado Hills, California. February 02, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.