Thomas Máthé is the son of Hungarian immigrants to the United States. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and though he was raised in southern New Hampshire, he feels most at home in Beverly, Massachusetts. He currently lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn with his partner, the painter Beatrice Modisett.
He started crafting stories by making comic books out of 8 1/2" x 11" pieces of paper at the age of six, graduated to a word processor at the age of 10, and wrote a terrible novel in middle school. Writing and starring in a short film directed by high school video production classmate, friend, and Emmy Award Winner Erik Angra called "Bridges," and writing a short story cycle alongside the band Caspian to accompany their 2007 album The Four Trees got him through his undergraduate years on the North Shore of Massachusetts, and in 2011 he completed an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont in their low-residency program. He is currently writing the manuscript for Six Souls, the first novel of three in a series. The novel is about a dying woman who believes that she has discovered proof of an afterlife while reviewing two novels for a reputable publication.
Tom started bartending in 2009 at a dive bar and music venue in New Hampshire where he poured beers, made mixed drinks, ran the sound board, and hosted a trivia night. He then worked at a craft beer focused pizzeria in Kittery, Maine where he collaborated with the owner in selecting the 20 rotating beers on tap and taught "Beer School," a monthly event he co-created with chef Ben Hasty that drew upwards of 100 people a night into the restaurant where he led them on a voyage through craft beer and food pairings. He soon graduated to making his own beverages and flavor combinations, and quickly became Head Bartender at a craft cocktail bar in Salem, Massachusetts, where he became a fixture and developed his style on a team of passionate and driven collaborators. He moved to New York in December, 2015, and has run beloved and successful craft cocktail programs in Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side. He currently serves as Head Bartender at DaDong in Bryant Park, and he continues to create custom cocktails for events at WNYC's Greene Space inspired by the station's impressive podcast lineup.
As a result of his literary passion, Tom is able to weave intricate narratives subtly into his drinks, making connections with ingredients that imbue their already delicious qualities with irreverent intellectualism. As a result of his bartending, he is perpetually immersed in story, and is able to complement the solitude of a writing life with an inherently social career, leaving Tom feeling as well-balanced as a Daiquiri.