Resources to Assist the Oklahoma Service Industry During COVID-19

bartender before COVID-19 shutdown

As we all know, this situation is developing quickly and there is a lot of misinformation and anxiety surrounding the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Most significantly for Tulsa, the executive order in which Mayor GT Bynum declared a civil emergency, leading to the immediate closure of bars. This order also required restaurants, coffee houses, and more to close by 11:59 p.m. on March 17. (Full list of closures here.)

For accurate information on COVID-19, please refer to the CDC’s official page. John Hopkins also has an excellent dashboard if you’re into tracking cases, recoveries, and such. The state of Oklahoma has also set up a resource page with links to unemployment aid, small business aid, etc..

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Distinctly Deco – DecoDrinks Combines Local Sources with Global Inspiration

Alex Coffey making tea

From the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church to the Philcade, Tulsans are familiar with the influence of Art Deco on the architecture downtown. The design movement’s popularity intersected with an oil industry boom in the early 1900s, resulting in Tulsa’s high concentration of Art Deco-inspired architecture. What’s perhaps lesser known is that the Art Deco movement borrowed inspiration from a variety of aesthetics and cultures with the intent of creating a modern unified theme.

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It’s just me, and I’m like you.

Andrew Saliga

Since launching this site 5 years ago, it has continually evolved and the focus has been refined. Now I need your input.

The articles I write are a reflection of my interests at that particular time. I constantly turn down opportunities from brands offering free products because I only want to share articles about the people and products that I truly care about. Don’t worry–I don’t need money from you to continue writing. I write because I enjoy it. (However, I do make a small commission when you make purchases through Amazon links on this site.)

In addition to the content being a reflection of my interests, it’s also a reflection of how much available time I have. My main gig is commercial video production and photography, and this year has been a whirlwind of projects with clients including NASA, The Pioneer Woman, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, to name a few.    As a freelancer, this often leaves little time to focus on creating quality content for The Humble Garnish, but I’m back at it!

Here is what you can expect from The Humble Garnish moving forward. 

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Museums and martinis (A conversation Robert Simonson)

Robert Simonson by Lizzie Munro

This is a conversation that I recently had with award-winning cocktail writer Robert Simonson. Simonson was in Tulsa to judge the annual MIX cocktail competition. I also had the honor of hosting a live Q&A with him at Magic City Books as part of his book tour. Though some of this content is specific to Tulsa or MIX, there are other noteworthy bits.


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Bigger than Beer – Exploring the Finer Points of Oklahoma’s New Liquor Laws

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We’re now just over a month into the implementation of Oklahoma’s modernized liquor laws. These much-needed changes represent a significant milestone in catching us up to the national norm, allowing us to be more competitive, and encouraging new business growth. While most people are aware they can now buy “strong beer” and wine at grocery and convenience stores, there are several other changes that are just as exciting but less commonly known.

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The Cocktail Historian Who Shaped the Future: A Conversation with David Wondrich (Interview)

David Wondrich and Andrew Saliga Judging MIX

This article is the extended version of an interview I conducted with David Wondrich. I judged a cocktail competition with him in Tulsa, Oklahoma and called him the week prior to the event to discuss his backstory, the cocktail revolution, and his approach to judging cocktails.

While some of the content may be specific to Philbrook’s MIX cocktail event, I have opted to leave it because I figured it would be insightful and interesting for fellow enthusiasts. We discuss everything from him playing in a punk band, his martini preferences, and his research methods for his books. I hope you find it both informative and interesting.

Also, I’m giving away two signed copies of his books. I have one signed copy of Imbibe! and one signed copy of Punch. The giveaway launches Monday—unless I get a bit restless and launch it early. Be sure to sign up for the email list so you don’t miss out!

This giveaway is live, and you can enter here or at the end of this article!


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MIX 2018 Ticket Giveaway

Philbrook MIX Contest

Philbrook’s annual MIX cocktail competition is this weekend, and I’ve teamed up with them to give away two tickets to the event!

I’ll be judging the event alongside renown cocktail writer and historian, David Wondrich (check out my Q&A with him here), and the executive chef of the Summit Club, William Lyle.

Enter for your chance to win two tickets to attend this incredible night of cocktails and more!

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