I love this place. What can I say? I'm hooked. I am a restaurant veteran. A long time server and bartender (now retired behind my camera), but I am so comfortable in a restaurant setting... especially when I believe in the business. And customshop.. I believe. OHHH I believe. From the delicious and carefully selected wines and cocktails to the architecturally assembled charcuteries to every single plate that comes out of the kitchen. The name of the game is passion.
People probably overuse the word "passion."
He's passionate. She's passionate. They're passionate. I'm passionate. Passion Passion Passion. Are you sick of it now?
But passion is the only all encompassing word I can think of. It means intensity with a devotion to your craft, it brings to mind that the heart is very much involved. It's the non-blinking ardor and admiration that you see in a Chef's face as he or she carefully plate their selections for restaurant guests... perfectly composing the melody that is your meal. Each element has a purpose and a place and must be the perfect execution of the Chef's vision.
Passion is love for what you do. A level of care and commitment that reveals the artist within. Instead of a paint brush, it's your hand and a potato ricer. Instead of chiaroscuro (particular attention to light and dark in renaissance realism) , it's a balance of temperature. The plate is your canvas. The restaurant, your gallery. Patrons are patrons and customshop your patrons have been converted to believers; just like me. I believe in Customshop... and luckily they don't ask you to drink the kool aid--but you should probably try a cocktail or two.
Special thank you to Trey Wilson (owner & Chef), Dre Pico (Chef) & Chip Townsend (sommelier, bar & FOH manager) for putting together some lovely cocktails and meals! Also thank you to Amy Herman from Vintage Charlotte , Corria Smith (Customshop's Social Media Manager) and my hand models: Roey Haviv, Diane Ritz and Mac Jones. bisou bisou xoxo