I first encountered The Plant when eating at the San Francisco airport. I thought their menu seemed fresh and hip, with all organic ingredients. My wife encouraged me to get their signature Plant burger. Though I had no idea what exactly was in it, it was darn good and I was pretty impressed.
A few months ago I was contacted by a friend of mine from Burlingame High School, Jennifer Wade. Jen works in PR at an agency in San Francisco that specializes in representing fine hotels and restaurants. She mentioned that one of her clients, a growing restaurant called The Plant, was planning to open in Burlingame, and would I be able to help out with featuring them on Burlingame Buzz. I liked what they were all about and agreed to produce a video for the Buzz, my web series of documentary style short films. Jen invited us to come to the press day along with Edible Magazine, 7x7, and a few others. I was particularly excited as we wanted to get some new type of shots using the glidecam (which stabilizes the camera when walking) and the jib (a crane with a four foot arm that lets us take cinematic, sweeping shots). We returned several times to get the perfect shots of people, capture The Plant's ambiance, and showcase their tasty, colorful fare. After meeting the owners, Mark Lewis and Matthew Guelke, a couple times, I was impressed with their commitment to producing not only high quality food, but to using the freshest and healthiest ingredients possible.
Having grown up in Burlingame, and then living in San Francisco for a good part of my twenties and enjoying many of our world class restaurants (it's hard not to when your sister is a huge foodie!), I'm thrilled to see popular San Francisco places making their way down the peninsula; glad we have Blue Line Pizza (unreal deep dish!), and looking forward to Delfina opening soon.
I hope you enjoy the video as much as we did making it!