What I Love Most about Sacramento
"I'm a cook. I love that everything just grows here, and it's all so available. We have things coming out of the ground twelve months out of the year. We know our farmers. We see who they are and where they're from. They eat and drink with us! They become a part of our community. I'm Irish, and in our community, the Irish Story is the most important thing; to tell stories. So finding myself somewhere with all these amazing stories to tell was just a great place to be."
My Advice for Others
"It seems to me that the most important piece to owning your own business is the ability to ignore people who tell you, 'No.' For us, it was, 'No, you can't have an open kitchen. No, you can't have a menu that changes every day.' But twelve years later, we're doing pretty good."
Best Advice I've Received
"As a chef, it's to remember the obligation. The reason that we know what we know is that someone took the time to teach us it, for no apparent reason. That is our obligation, to turn that around. To give back to those who come along after us. When you run a business, you're at the front of a boat in the middle of the ocean and there are no street signs. The obligation of being the captain of that boat is to help other people navigate the waters. I'd tell people to remember that you are where you are because people gave you time to teach you and put you in that position, so you have the obligation to give back as a small token of payment for the help you received along the way.
I think the Sacramento community is outstanding at that! It's really one of the pieces of this town that makes me proudest to live here."