Austin, TX Chapter
Number of Years in the Industry: 5
Where did you grow up, and what was it like there?
Spring Creek, Nevada. It is a small mining/ranching community. It is about 3 hours in any direction to the nearest town, so it was pretty isolated. Growing up there taught me how to be self-sufficient. I constantly had to learn new skills and teach myself how to make/fix things with whatever was available. It is a beautiful, wild place and it has had a huge influence on my creativity.
Favorite childhood memory?
Going on epic quests into the desert with my friends in search of some of Nevada's many ghost towns and trail rides with my mom and my pony, Missy.
Where do you work and what do you do there? What is the most rewarding part of your career?
Whisler's, Bartender. I love making people happy. Joy begets more joy. I am so grateful to be in a line of work where I can affect positive change in the lives of others.
What is your favorite bartending moment?
I was once told that unadulterated lime juice was “too sweet.” I love this memory and never imagined that there could be a sequel, until one day I was informed that my soda water (which I tasted and confirmed to be neutral fizzy h2o) was “too sweet.” Mic drop.
What do you do to relax outside of work?
I play/listen to music constantly, paint, write, and like to spend a lot of active time outdoors. Tinctures have also taken over a little bit. I love flavors and the way that they change when preserved in alcohol. I have built a substantial flavor library that has taught me volumes about how flavors work in regard to our craft.
Tell us about your dream vacation:
It is one of my life goals to go on an epic tour through Southeast Asia. Hong Kong, Singapore, Kyoto, Osaka, Seoul, Bangkok, and Hanoi. I just want to eat and explore all of the wonderful things on that side of the world.
"If all you ever do is all you've ever done, then that's all you're ever gonna get."- Pauly, an old school Vegas Bartender and Professor for Vegas’ union bar class.
Advice you could offer to others:
Always, act with kindness. You have a personal responsibility to be good to yourself in order to give goodness to others. Take your vitamins. LEARN TO FREE-POUR! During the shake, engage the whole body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes, it protects the joints and prevents tearing up your muscles. Remember that life is fleeting, so find the joy in every moment and savor it.
Who do you look up to?
Aside from all of the incredible bartenders in our industry, my Grama is my number one role model. She was the complete embodiment of hospitality and kindness. Bruce Lee is my philosophical sensei in terms of how and why I do anything behind a bar. He has taught me to constantly analyze every detail of my work so that I can function with economy, grace, and efficiency.
Tell us something unusual or unique about yourself that we might not know.
My bar makes an insane amount of old fashioneds, so much so that I have taught myself how to stir 4 drinks at a time with both hands, i.e. "octostir."
Also, I am a musician. I sing and play guitar. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SClLr3-Kn4=-SClLr3-Kn4
What does the future hold for you?
I would love to teach/consult for our industry. Mostly, I just want to travel, so I imagine my future being filled with many such adventures.