What has kept you inspired on a daily basis for the last 20 years?

I want to see my ideas “walk and talk” on their own. It has been exciting to see the transition from when we started “pushing” Demitri’s into the market, to when the market started to “pull” us in. I also have always loved trying new things and seeing my name on new products. What has kept me engaged and looking forward to the next day above all is the amazing people and organizations with whom I have been so fortunate to work, and to whom I am grateful for believing in what we have been trying to create: The World’s Best Bloody Mary.

There is a particular group of original clients and one in particular that I would like to acknowledge, as they really gave me my start. To all the owners, operators and bartenders of the bars in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, I would like to say, Thank You! Thank you for your willingness to try something new and thank you for your continued belief and support of Demitri’s today. I would also like to thank Gaye Anderson and Jimmy Allen, co-owners of the New Orleans in Seattle for their patience, advice, and support that made Demitri’s possible. I will remain eternally grateful and a raving fan of you both.