The Humble Garnish represents a philosophy of excellence, balance, and humility. Simplify something to its core components so that you can analyze and understand them. Realizing those seemingly insignificant details are the foundation of the larger picture.
Why the garnish? It’s is an underappreciated element, but it alone is the one tasked to make the first impression. It is the embassador signifying that a meal or drink is ready for consumption. Mediocre food and drink cannot hide behind a garnish, but excellent food and drink is enhanced by one.
Above all, The Humble Garnish philosophy is that if something is worth your attention, it is worth a full investment of both time and effort. When your best is not good enough, admit then improve. Once you attain mastery, add the garnish, but maintain humility throughout the entire process.
- Liquor.com DrinkWire Contributor
- Philbrook MIX Cocktail Judge 2016 (Judged with Paul Clarke)
- The Tulsa Voice Contributing Writer
- Philbrook MIX Cocktail Judge 2017 (Judged with Noah Rothbaum)
- Mahón Gin Experience Cocktail Finalist 2017
- Philbrook Wine Experience Food Judge 2018
- Ponyboy Bartender Throwdown Judge 2018
- Philbrook MIX Cocktail Judge 2018 (Judged with David Wondrich)
- Hosted Q&A Panel with Robert Simonson, regarding the release of his book, The Martini
- Philbrook MIX Cocktail Judge 2021 (Judged with Jen Choi)
- Philbrook MIX Cocktail Judge 2022 (Judged with Camper English)
That describes what the site is about, but what about me as a person?
I’m a food and cocktail enthusiast, avid reader, photographer, and cinematographer.
I have experience writing for both print and web publications. I was a finalist in the 2017 Mahón Gin Cocktail Competition. I’ve judged cocktail competitions alongside David Wondrich, Paul Clarke (Imbibe Magazine), and interviewed Noah Rothbaum (The Daily Beast) – I won’t get into having a few too many pours of rum with Ed Hamilton (Ministry of Rum). I’ve also interviewed New York Times cocktail writer and 2019 Best Cocktail and Spirits Writer, Robert Simonson.
Those interviews can be found below.
I’m available for hire, providing a variety of services which aren’t exclusively in the cocktail and drink realm. This is often working on commercial film sets as an AC or photography with a specialty in food, beverage, and product. I’m currently a freelancer, providing these services to a variety of clients.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. You can check out more of my product, food, and drink photography here.