The Secret Garden

A few weeks ago I was asked to shoot some interior/exterior photos of a new concept restaurant expansion in west Orange County. I had never been to Park Ave Restaurant and as soon as I spotted it, it struck me as an old classic steakhouse. I knew they were having me shoot their new italian expansion called Il Garage, but I couldn’t imagine where it could be. Well, after heading through the classically beautiful main dining room, and a second 60′s modern dining room, I was led outside through a gorgeous tree covered courtyard and through a opening in an ivy covered wall to Il Garage, truly a secret garden! Part of what makes this spot so special is the garden itself, where they grow their own veggies which are incorporated into the daily changing menu, that is complimented with live music every evening. I was completely charmed to say the least, and couldn’t believe this little treasure was hiding right off Beach Blvd!

The garden at Il Garage

Ravioli, prepared from scratch in the Il Garage kitchen

LOVE the tractor in the dining area!

Executive Chef David Slay cooking up something magical

60′s mod room

Park Ave’s main dining room & David Slay’s private label wine made in the Temecula Wine Country¬†

Thanks again to the staff at Park Ave & Il Garage for making the shoot easy breezy, and to Chef David Slay for sending me home with a bottle of his David Slay Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sage Ranch EVOO! To die for!

Click Here to inquire about holding your next shower/wine tasting/reception/party at Park Ave or Il Garage!



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One Response to The Secret Garden

  1. David Slay says:


    Thank you, very nice