I have a deep respect for the industry that is hospitality. From the wait staff, to the bartenders, managers and chefs, these people truly are the backbone to the maintenance of happiness in my life.
Food and beverage have always played a major role growing up, whether it was family dinners at home, trial-and-errors of cooking for myself, and the eventual profound appreciation of creating cocktails for my loved ones (and of course, myself). Having bartended and worked in the industry my whole life, I would have to say I am well versed in the life of this amazing industry.
Due to my embedded presence in this world, I was very fortunate to photograph many amazing bars and restaurants throughout Vancouver; big players such as L'abattoir, Cin Cin, Chambar and Tacofino to name a few. I have also had the joy of shooting on numerous occasions for "The Alchemist" magazine, providing content, meeting distillers and barfolk from all around Greater Vancouver.
Here are a few snaps from some of my favourite restaurants and bars.
Italian love affair
In Trebisacce, a small coastal town in Southern Italy, my new found friend Emi and I were getting familiar with Aperol Spritzes. We were blushing as old men tried to buy us drinks, and we couldn't help but fall in love with the Italian culture.
Scents of lemon replaced my familiar Vancouver smells. Marble graced every walkway, literally marbled like the prosciutto that we got accustomed to eating every morning. Fresh gelato was our dessert, and wine for lunch... why not? Viva Italia!
Everyone connects to music some way or another. I was lucky enough to be brought up on a variety of influences (thanks Mom & Dad). I have always enjoyed going to live shows, whether it was a small garage band, or a huge festival in the middle of nowhere. Just get me to a place where I can tap my foot and nod my head.