I was born in California and have lived all over the US. I went back to wine country when I turned 21 to pursue a career in winemaking. From there I moved to New Mexico to open a restaurant, where I began exploring the cocktail world. Right now I live in both New Mexico and North Dakota, where I operate a multi-venue hospitality company.
My first real “bartending” experience was at my own restaurant. My background is wine and we began with a strong wine focus. But the market was looking for fresh cocktails, so I jumped behind the stick and started playing. It was tough, as I really didn’t have anyone to teach me, but it was so rewarding.
Wining the Bols Around the World competition and being part of a global bartending community - Dubai, Tokyo, Sydney and St. Petersburg are some of the stops of my Bols Around the World tour - have been the most amazing experiences of my life.
I have always enjoyed teaching and my work at two culinary schools was very rewarding. Right now I am really enjoying work that focuses on small markets. Spreading the love of cocktails to cities and towns outside of the mainstream. There is nothing like changing the way a community drinks!
my favorite quote
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.