2021 Dining Guides

I designed the online and print designs for Tom Sietsema's biannual dining guides. For the spring version, he spotlighted 22 restaurants in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area that somehow managed to open during the pandemic — and to debut great work during such a challenging time. I art directed the special topper image as well: wapo.st/springdining2021.

The topper image depicts seven restaurateurs, all women and people of color, who are behind some of Tom’s favorite new places. In print, the illustration ran as the cover and the two connected pages that immediately follow.

I coordinated with a photo editor to arrange portraits of the seven restauranteurs in a timely manner. I then sent those along to an illustrator, Kat Chadwick, who is based in Australia. I picked Kat especially for her line style, and she agreed to draw a lined background combining the portraits for this project. She and I also had the idea to put specific dishes from their respective restaurants in front of each portrait.

Credits: Art direction, design, and development by Clare Ramirez. Illustrations by Kat Chadwick. Portraits by André Chung. Production and photo editing by Jennifer Beeson Gregory. Additional development by Madison Walls.


“These Six Pandemic Pivots Should Become Permanent”

Tom Sietsema also writes sidebars to accompany his biannual dinng guides. For Spring 2021, he listed the things he'd like restaurants to keep doing after the pandemic is over. I worked with Italian artist Virginia Gabrielli to produce three illustrations for the piece, which you can read here.


“Tom Sietsema’s 10 favorite restaurant dishes in the D.C. area”

I also worked on Tom Sietsema's fall 2021 dining guide. I decided to have more fun with the approach for the sidebar by hiring paper artist Kristen Sgalambro. She created 10 paper illustrations based on photos of Tom's favorite dishes from the Washington, DC area.


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