His interest in food and drink began as he was finishing a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Washington. A friend introduced him to the Zig Zag Café, a classic Seattle cocktail haunt. Nick was immediately fascinated with the history and art of the drink, and began exploring cocktail hot-spots around Seattle, San Francisco and New York.
Check out a collection of his favorite far-flung bars here.
By graduation from UW, Nick's professional vision had shifted from music to hospitality. He promptly began setting foundations behind the bar at Lowell’s and The Ruins. Following a first year of experience, a terrific opportunity came in early 2012 to join the team at Canlis Restaurant. Starting as a food runner, Nick grew in hospitality and service skills, eventually working up to bartender and lead server. With mentorship from the Canlis beverage team, Nick developed a passion for wine, and ventured down the demanding path toward Sommelier.
In the fall of 2014, Nick decided to spend more time refining skills behind the bar, moving on from Canlis to , a cocktail gem in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood, and , the Mina Group's Burgundy-inspired hotspot in downtown Seattle.
He participated in the 2014 USBG World Class event, sponsored by Diageo. With 50 countries participating globally, World Class is the premier bartending competition in the world. Advancing to the US national competition, Nick earned 1st place in the "Spirit Through the Ages" category, ranking him amongst the top five competitors in the country.
His wine studies are based through the Court of Master Sommeliers. In November 2012, Nick earned the Certified Sommelier award, and is now preparing for the Advanced Sommelier exam. In 2014, he competed in the Guild of Sommeliers Ruinart Challenge, and was on the sommelier team at the Seattle Wine Awards.
To see the latest wines Nick is tasting, follow him on the Delectable mobile app, where he is a designated Wine Pro.
In his free time, Nick loves to travel. Having visited all 50 states and four continents, he uses Couchsurfing.org to make incredible new stories and friends.
He also enjoys Olympic lifting, salsa dance, and epicurean destinations near and far.