Events

  • Amaro Power Hour: Book Release Party

    October 11, 2016
    6:00PM - 8:00PM

    Maialino
    Gramercy Hotel
    2 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY 10010

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party, Bocce & Bonfire

    October 17, 2016
    6:30PM - 9:30PM

    Porcellino's Craft Butcher
    711 West Brookhaven Circle
    Memphis, TN 38117

  • Whole Hog Barbecue & Amaro Party

    October 18, 2016
    6:00PM - 10:00PM

    The 404 Kitchen
    404 12th Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37203

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    October 20, 2016
    Time TK

    High Wire Distilling Co.
    652 King Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party & Book Signing

    October 20, 2016
    Time TK

    Edmund's Oast
    1081 Morrison Drive
    Charleston, SC 29403

  • Amaro After Dark: Talk & Tasting

    October 21, 2016
    8:00PM - 10:00PM

    The Crunkleton
    320 West Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    October 22, 2016
    4:00PM - 5:00PM

    Fox Liquor Bar
    237 South Wilmington Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party & Book Signing

    October 22, 2016
    5:00PM - 8:00PM

    Fox Liquor Bar
    237 South Wilmington Street
    Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    October 25, 2016
    7:00PM - 8:30PM

    Eataly
    200 5th Avenue
    New York, NY 10010

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  • Amaro Talk & Book Signing (with Fernet Francisco)

    October 28, 2016
    6:30PM - 7:30PM

    Omnivore Books
    3885 Cesar Chavez Street
    San Francisco, CA 94131

  • "Haunted Hangover" Bitter Boozy Brunch Party

    October 30, 2016
    Time TK

    The Carlile Room
    820 Pine Street
    Seattle, WA 98101

  • Amaro Talk & Cocktails

    November 1, 2016
    6:00PM - 7:00PM

    Barnacle
    4743 Ballard Avenue NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktail Party & Book Signing

    November 1, 2016
    7:00PM - 9:00PM

    Barnacle
    4743 Ballard Avenue NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting

    November 2, 2016
    6:00PM - 7:30PM

    Hot Stove Society
    Hotel Andra
    2000 Fourth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98121

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  • Amaro Talk & Book Signing

    November 3, 2016
    6:30PM - 7:30PM

    Book Larder
    4252 Fremont Avenue North
    Seattle, WA 98103

  • Amaro Power Hour: Cocktails, Pizza & Bowling Party

    November 5, 2016
    12:00PM - 3:00PM

    Highland Park Bowl
    5621 North Figueroa Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90042

  • "Taste the Book Cover" Vintage Amaro Tasting

    November 13, 2016
    3:00PM - 5:00PM

    Billy Sunday
    3143 West Logan Boulevard
    Chicago, IL 60647

  • Amaro Talk & Tasting with Paul McGee

    November 13, 2016
    7:00PM - 9:00PM

    The Milk Room
    Chicago Athletic Association
    12 South Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603

  • Book Release Party: Cocktails & Book Signing

    November 14, 2016
    7:00PM - 10:00PM

    Billy Sunday
    3143 West Logan Boulevard
    Chicago, IL 60647

  • Book Release Party: Cocktails & Book Signing (with Don Ciccio & Figli)

    November 19, 2016
    4:00PM - 6:00PM

    Masseria
    1340 4th Street NE
    Washington, DC 20002

  • Amuse with Amaro: Cocktails, Tasting & Book Signing

    December 3, 2016
    2:00PM - 4:00PM

    Abe Fisher
    1623 Sansom Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

Another Bitter, Boozy, Food-Filled Year Under My Belt

Photo: Brad Thomas Parsons

Photo: Brad Thomas Parsons

All is quiet on New Year’s Day, making it the perfect occasion for a look back at 2013.

On the book front, I’ve been fortunate that interest in Bitters is still going strong.  Just over two-years-old it’s currently in its sixth printing, sales continue to be strong and steady, and I’m still doing classes and events and fielding regular media requests. I’m so very  grateful to all of the booksellers, readers, bartenders, and cocktail enthusiasts for their continued support.

Aside from adventures in Brooklyn and Manhattan this year I returned to some of my favorite cities like Seattle, Oxford, Memphis, and Austin. I made multiple trips to San Francisco and Napa Valley throughout the year and had an unforgettable weekend in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Triangle along with some quick trips to Boston and Philadelphia.

And so I present a super-sized, spirited look back at 2013, pausing on some of my favorite moments, most of which involved delicious food or a cocktail. And remember, you can keep up with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Cheers, and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!

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My Happy Place

Momofuku John McEnroe Shrine

Photo: Brad Thomas Parsons

Like my father before me, I am a creature of habit. Especially when it comes to dining out. I prefer to keep a handful of haunts in heavy rotation rather than race to have my ticket punched at the latest, must-try spot. And if it’s Friday night you’re likely to find me at Momofuku Ssäm Bar. If you’re friends with me on Facebook you probably already know this as I have a (surely annoying) habit of checking in with a choice lyric from whatever song might be be blasting from the speakers as I settle in. Sometimes it’s utterly random but, being a sentimental sort, you can’t discount synchronicity. Pull up a stool and you might hear the Pixies’ “Debaser,” the Stones’ “Shattered,” Bowie’s “Queen Bitch,” the Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll,” or Pulp’s “Common People.” And since this is a David Chang restaurant you can count on at least one Pavement song per half-hour. So if I’m on a date or feeling particularly wistful when “Spit on a Stranger” comes on, I hope you’ll cut me some slack if Stephen Malkmus singing “Honey I’m a prize and you’re a catch / and we’re a perfect match” makes it seem like the movie of my life is being backed by a killer soundtrack. (more…)