Spirits and Sake Portfolio Manager
David Bowler Wine & Spirits
Tom has journeyed his way across this entire country working in fine bars and restaurants, finally landing in New York City in 1994.
He most proudly worked hand in hand with Sasha Petraske as part of the opening bar staff at The John Dory Oyster Bar at the Ace Hotel in NYC and also with Sasha at Milk and Honey NYC.
He was honored to be the Head Bartender of the Beagle, during its all to brief - but epic - life on Avenue A.
Tom had the fortune of working with Julie Reiner as her head bartender in the opening of bar 54 in 2014 at the Hyatt Times Square, and he helped open Dear Irving - NYC, where he had the joy of working closely with Meaghan Dorman for three years as her head bartender.
Tom is now the Spirits and Sake Portfolio Manager for David Bowler Wine & Spirits.
He was featured in the Fall 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine, as the "expert" for cocktail design for weddings, where three of his original cocktails are featured.
Tom has also consulted on numerous cocktail programs around the country, and continues to judge competitions including:
Lustau Solera Standout cocktail competition in both 2016 and 2017, Viejo Indecente bartending competition for Oaxaca bartenders - 2017, Nickle City Drink bartending competition - 2016 Bols around the World 2014 - Australia and USA semi-finals.
In Tom's quest for fresh and delicious, he created a handcrafted quinine tonic – Tomr’s Tonic – that has taken off like wild fire. He started a new beverage category (tonic syrups) and a company, and is now in numerous watering holes and retail outlets throughout the United States, with distribution worldwide including Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, and Canada. Tomr’s Tonic was also named one of the top 10 new products in the world for Tales of the Cocktail 2012, and ranked number 2 in the top 5 new food products of 2011 in Food and Wine Magazine (number one was butter... awesome).
Tomr’s Tonic has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Chicago Tribune, Bon Appetite, Saveur, Imbibe, Difford's Guide, Eater, Star Chefs, and myriad other online blogs.
For more info and where to try Tomr’s Tonic, check out www.tomrstonic.com.
His Professional Certifications include:
WSET Level 3 Sake Certification-2017
Armagnac Academy Certification, with honors 2017
Beverage Alcohol Rescource, Bar ready-2010