Although my 13 mega pixel Canon 5D would have made good 5 foot prints, I wanted them Panda to be thrilled with the print quality. I purchased a 21 mega pixel Canon 5D Mark II camera right before the shoot, so I was able to deliver 60 megabyte files instead of 36 megabyte.
We did the interior photography with the camera tethered to a Macintosh laptop, so the managers from Panda were able to make instant decisions about camera angles, lighting, etc. As the trade show requiring the prints was a week after the shoot, they wanted the interior images right away, so I took the laptop next door to their corporate headquarters and delivered edited high resolution TIFF files to their in-house graphic designer, then went back to the restaurant to shoot twilight and night-time exteriors.
How the image of the food bar was done
A ProFoto compact flash mono light with a 7 inch reflector and a 20 degree grid was placed in the kitchen behind the food counter, very low, pointing at the Orange Chicken and Broccoli Beef in the foreground. This defined the food, and made it shine and look wet. A second ProFoto mono light with a medium softbox was placed to the left of the food bar, as high as it would go. A third mono light with a softbox was placed behind the camera, and high, pointing down. All images were taken using a tripod.
The lights were adjusted to minimize reflections on the Plexiglas shield, and a polarizing filter was used to remove additional reflections. The first test exposures were done without the strobes firing, so I could get a baseline exposure of existing light. As the menu was several flat screen TVs mounted above the food, the baseline exposure had to be long enough to capture the screens, or they would be black. The screens were selected and lightened in post production. Final exposure was f10, 1/6 of a second, at ISO 500. I was concerned that a longer exposure would cause the screens to change, and a higher ISO would create noise, so I felt this was a good compromise.