Amaro Book Release Party / Frankies Spuntino 457 / Brooklyn, NY

Author Brad Thomas Parsons celebrates the release of his second book, Amaro at Frankies Spuntino 457 in Carroll Gardens with several bottles of Underberg, a handful of neighborhood regulars, and magnums of amari. Yes, I tasted each one.  

It was a pleasure celebrating with Brad as well as everyone else there! Living in this neighborhood and being a part of this community is great but I get to photograph it as well?! 

Chivas Masters Global Cocktail Competition, U.S. / Mr. Fong's / NYC

I photographed a cramped, yet entertaining show of bartending prowess at the U.S. finals of Chivas Masters Global Cocktail Competition at Mr. Fong’s in New York City.

Judges included Chivas Regal Global Brand Ambassador, Max Warner; 2014 Chivas Master and Bar Manager at Saxon + Parole, Masahiro Urushido; Directer of Brand Education at Pernod Ricard USA, Chris Patino; and Bar Manager at Make It Nice Hospitality, Leo Robitschek.

Competitors included Nathan O'Neil of The NoMad Bar, NYC; Jason Seele of Jack Rose Libation House, San Francisco; Ben Rojo of Angel's Share, NYC; and Jonathan Howard of Old Glory, Nashville.

In the end, bartender Ben Rojo, from NYC's Angel’s Share took the title of Chivas Master U.S. 2016.