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Hilton West Palm Beach - these people do it right

 

When the Hilton West Palm Beach opened about 18 months ago, guess who got to do their food photos. (I’ll give you a clue, she drinks too much coffee and is addicted to pottery.) This girl. Since then, I’ve been known to frequent their Saturday pool parties and had a few drinks at the fancy bourbon bar and might even have gone to a fateful tennis table tournament.

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Salmon

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Avocado Toast

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton octopus

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Poke Bowl

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Hamburger

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Tomahawk

 

In a word, the Hilton is a local’s place. It’s a $10 uber ride from my house. While it’s a magnificent hotel (MAGNIFICENT) it also does something that I don’t see a lot of other hotels doing. It caters to locals. Like, rolls out the red-carpet and ushers you to your own beach cabana while your favorite DJ plays a ridiculously awesome pool party on Saturday during the summer – MADE FOR LOCALS because who else spends summer in Florida except us? I appreciate that so much. During season, we can’t get a table at our favorite restaurants and the roads become clogged with New York license plates. It’s cool. It funds our roads and our schools. But a destination that LOVES us? Wins my hears every damn time.

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Nutella French Toast

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Nutella French Toast

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Waffles

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Cuba Libre cocktail

So of course I was giddy when the Hilton called up again and asked me to come back for another photo shoot. There menu’s changed a bit in those 18 months. They’re already renovating Manor. They’ve got adorable new chefs for me to do a portrait shoot.

Speaking of chefs, I want to talk about the camaraderie here. I love chefs, I don’t try to hide that. But watching these guys I had this overwhelming feeling of La Familia. Undeniable. I like seeing that.

We photographed mostly food, a few cocktails (including the Prosecco Popsicle made with Mom’s Pops!) and then did the coolest portraits of Ricky the Chef. Again – I LOVE creative chef portraiture. And finally finished with a group portrait of the chefs.

Good stuff. And they kept me fed both days of the shoot with GIANT bowls of raw tuna for my gluten-free tuna-ravaging self during my Hilton West Palm Beach photo shoot. These people do it right…

 

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