By now, most of you know about the opening of the Sacred Pepper, the fantastic restaurant that Candy DeBartolo and the DeBartolo family conceptualized and opened recently in Carrollwood. The restaurant has gotten really wonderful reviews and I will tell you that they are well deserved.
What you might not know is that in late summer, early fall of 2015 I started a documentary process of photographing the transformation of an empty shell of a building, to the final creation of the Sacred Pepper. For everyone involved it was a labor of love. The creation of the restaurant, the dedication and drive and the true sense of artistry that everyone put into it was unique.
From the initial conceptions and ideas that Candy DeBartolo had and shared with local designer Enrique Crespo, to the scores of workers that put all the puzzle pieces together to create a special restaurant and dining experience. All were on the same page, which was to create something so different and so special for the Tampa Bay area.
I’ve seen a lot of Tampa Bay in my years as a photographer and I have to say that this was a special process and this is a special place.
Thank you for those who let me be a part of this project, with special thanks to Valerie Panou for giving me free reign with my photographs and creativity during the building process.
I hope you enjoy these photos and check out more of my work on their website at www.sacredpepper.com, but even more importantly, I hope you check out this stellar restaurant, soon.