Hello, my name is Ian Wickman. I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and now call Santa Barbara home. I am a cocktail creator and cook, a student of flavor, a seeker of stories, a lover of beautiful ingredients. I adore how food and drink connect us and bring us closer together.
I want to encourage and inspire people to enjoy themselves, sipping and savoring, connecting with friends, drinking exquisite cocktails, having an intimate shared experience. Filling their cup with small moments of wonder, flavor, and beauty.
I think food has the power to bring people closer together, to create and foster connections between each other, the food we eat, the land it comes from, and the people who produce it.
I have an amazing wife and two incredible daughters (ages 9 and 13). I cook as much for them as for myself. I believe in eating healthy… ish.
I have always had a garden (yes, I’m counting several years of container herbs in the city). I get inspired when I see amazing ingredients and start to think about how I can best express the essence of what they are and who I can share it with.
This blog is part dinner party or cocktail hour inspiration, part ingredient exploration, and part just things I love related to food and drink.
I hope it makes people thirsty, inspired, connected, and maybe laugh a little. I would LOVE iF this is a conversation, not just a monologue. So, mix up a cocktail or pour yourself a glass of wine and have a flip through and let me know what inspires you, what do you love about food?