January 9, 2024

‘The Recipe’ Exhibition Now on View in the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Art Gallery

The Virginia Beach Restaurant Association (VBRA) partnered with internationally known photographer Nathan W. Beck for the latest Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Art Gallery exhibition, “The Recipe,” an artistic journey through the Virginia Beach restaurant scene.

The exhibition features photography of various Virginia Beach restaurant-related themes, including culinary careers, farming, seafood, and food distributors, restaurant guests, behind the scenes in the kitchen, menu items and a “Last Call” section.

“Embark on a visual odyssey through the artistry of culinary craftsmanship, as we showcase the soul of flavors, the dance of the kitchen, the origins of ingredients, the dedication of culinary students and instructors, and the unwavering commitment of restaurant owners and staff,” said Beck and the VBRA in a joint statement. “These captivating photographs, featuring members of the VBRA, serve as a guide, a family tradition, and a shared experience – a connection that transcends the boundaries of the dining table.”

Artwork in this exhibition will be on display to the public until the end of March 2024 and can be viewed when the Sandler Center box office is open as well as during Sandler Center events. Learn more about the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Art Gallery, including opportunities to potentially exhibit in the space, online.

The Recipe Gallery


The Virginia Beach Restaurant Association unites members of the restaurant community by serving as a collective voice for the success of the Virginia Beach restaurant industry through marketing, education, legislative services, industry resources and social opportunities. 


Mr. Beck is the artist who successfully captured it all! Knowing where and when to look is Nathan's hallmark, and explains why these candid shots on location and with subjects in motion entice us to take a closer look. Mr. Beck is an internationally renowned commercial and editorial photographer residing in Virginia. His images have appeared on ABC News’ 20/20 and in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times Style Magazine, New York Post, Washington Times, Associated Press, Asian American Times, and many others.

Mr. Beck’s prominent reputation is highlighted by his celebrity expertise across the political, sports and film arenas. His clients have included 13 U.S. Governors, three U.S. Presidents and three Vice Presidents, as well as familiar names like Charlton Heston, Jodie Foster, Jackie Chan, Jeff Gordon, and Tiger Woods. Over the last 35 years, Mr. Beck’s extensive commercial photography services have extended across the restaurant, sports, travel, leisure, non‐profit and various corporate industries.


The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the City's Public Art Program, oversees the Virginia Beach History Museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the liaison with Virginia MOCA, the ViBe Creative District and Virginia African American Cultural Center, and serves as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.

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