New York, NY
TJ’s bartending career has spanned over two decades and led him everywhere from Baltimore to New York, Miami to Brazil, India to the Bahamas. His experience encompasses everything from fine dining to nightclubs and bars to opening, as executive chef and co-owner, Baltimore’s highly regarded Red Maple restaurant. Having managed at many of New York’s landmark restaurants including the Spotted Pig and Mas, TJ is not simply a bartender but a skilled professional with an understanding of the cost of business, the market and the demands that unify the two in profitable harmony. All that led him to open Mother’s Ruin, a bustling casual cocktail venue in Manhattan’s NOLITA area. As a well-respected member of the cocktail community, TJ has competed in and won numerous competitions and is frequently asked to guest judge events and to speak on panels. Using his experience, he has engaged in numerous successful consulting projects all over the world. TJ’s inexhaustible contacts within the cocktail community, the liquor industry and hospitality are some of the most important and unique elements of the success of Mother’s Ruin. Having recently opened Loverboy in the East Village, and Lowlife set to open in Charleston in March, he now finds his favorite activity to be napping. With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, his passion for food, beverages and service has landed his creations Cosmopolitan, Black Book, Imbibe, and Tasting Table – to name a few – as well as numerous appearances on The Cooking Channel and The Food Network.