Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Week Ahead

I have a ton events this month and this week starts it all off:

Monday - 3pm, I'm making blueberry "mocktails" on ABC-TV's "View from the Bay" with Janelle Wang and Spenser Christian 4:30pm - I'll join our monthly USBG Meeting, featuring Right Gin and Kubler Absinthe 8pm - over to Cantina for Thad Vogler's benefit and then 9:30 off to the airport for a redeye to NYC.

Tuesday - arrival and prep for my gig pouring and teach at The Astor Center. I'll be joined by my friend and NYC Cocktail Ambassador Jonathan Pogash where we'll be pouring Square One Cocktails and I'll be teaching seminars in "Farmers Market Cocktails" and "A Cornucopia of Cucumber Cocktails" Come join me by clicking here!

Wednesday - It's off to Washington DC to make drinks at the Poste Brasserie for a Trust for Public Land benefit with Kimpton Hotels From 6pm to 8pm LATER THAT NIGHT - join me at Bar Pilar for a late night industry happy hour with Square One Cocktails (10ish on)

Thursday - 6:30pm to 8:30pm I'll be at the FRESHFARM Markets culinary and cocktail event at the United States Botanical Gardens. Get you tix here.

Friday I'm on my way home to pack and prep for Tales of the Cocktail the following week. Oh what a month! Please join me...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Radio Free Cocktails

Yesterday morning I got a phone call from KQED radio with a request for a little chat about cocktails and "the cocktail renaissance". We spoke for about 10 minutes and I thought that was the interview. I figured they'd use some of what I said in reference to some other people's perspectives on cocktails. Then I was asked to come down to the studio the next morning for the segment. I didn't think too much of it and said ok.

The last time I was on the radio (a few weeks ago), I got all prepared for this live segment on a cooking show. They told me that they wanted to talk about my career and how I got to what I am doing today (what was that again?). I called in, was introduced and was asked to describe my background and career. Since I thought that was exactly the topic, I went on a little too extensively and before I knew it, I was being cut off. I was on the phone a bit befuddled when the host came back on and said it was over. Opps. I guess I thought it was going to be longer than the 6 or 7 minutes (I was never told how long it would be, so that was my error). I left that with a lesson learned on radio shows: be brief and specific.

So when this thing got kicked off, it was apparent that I was there for a full hour show and was going to be in a conversation with a relative cocktail novice as a host and two of the most knowledgeable men in the business. It was a great set up for asking pointed questions that the wide reach audience of NPR would really get into. And they did.

The hour was thoroughly enjoyable and except for the thousands of miles between us, I felt like I was sitting in the same room with Dale and Doc, just shooting the shit with people who were honestly interested in what it is we each do. The only thing that was missing, as I said in an email to Dale and Doc later in the day...was a cocktail. But we'll be sharing some soon in New Orleans...talking to more people about the lucky lives we lead, sharing cocktails with the world. Click here to hear it. (You'll need about 55 minutes to hear the whole thing and you can download it as an mp3.)

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Busy, busy

It never stops. Right now I am scrambling with:

- Finishing the opening of Level III Restaurant and the cocktail program I did for them. See Camper English's review on June 16th at

-Consolidating two offices into one

-Planning my next bar opening (oooo, mysterious)

-scheduling my next cocktail classes (

-Planning for July Travel Marathon:
1. Indy Spirits Tasting at the Astor Centor in NYC - July 8th
2. Trust For Public Land Event at the Post Brasserie in Washington DC - July 9th 6pm
3. Square One Industry Night Cocktail Party at Bar Pilar in DC 10pmish
4. United States Botanical Gardens Party July 10th
5. Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, July 15th to 21st
6. Boston Industry Night cocktail Party July 28th (Location TBA)
7. Boston cocktail Pairing Dinner July 29th (TBA)

And more. Stay tuned. I'll get back here with links, ticket info, times, etc. Just email me for more info in the meantime. I have a little over a week to get everything caught up before I leave. In the meantime, check out the Elixir site ( as I just updated the events, cocktail club, press (a ton!) and more (oh and the June Cocktail menu)

I'll get more photos and recipes up soon. I promise.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Back in the saddle

Well, I haven't written in a long time and it's about time I took a new approach. Rather than babble on, I'm going to attempt to get short entries in here about the things I'm doing. I'm simply too busy to do more, which I guess is a good thing.

Recent happenings:
- I had a great third seminar in my series with Western Athletic Clubs. To see the rest of the schedule for the year and sign up for a class, check out my Cocktail Ambassadors site. You can see a great review of this class on Jimmy Patrick's blog, Thanks to Simon Difford for stopping by this weekend for a cocktail at Elixir. I hope you enjoyed it.
- San Francisco Cocktail Week planning is a bit behind schedule but will be getting updated this weekend. All events are on and we apologize for delays in getting info out.
- Next week starts Elixir's Latin Spirits Series for our Cocktail Club. Thanks to all who made the Whisk(e)y Series great over the last 4 months.
- Green and Tonic are hosting our third event to green another bar in the San Francisco. Wednesday, April 30th will be the fundraiser for Casanove Lounge on Valencia Street in the Mission. (The website is not updated with that info.)
- I recently spent a great week of powder days in Vail with my college buddies Joe and Chris, but it all started with three days of mixology fun with many bartender friends, old and new, from around the country for the Grand Marnier Mixology Summit. You can read about it here on Jonathan Pogash's blog(and see a photo of me and Jim Meehan from NYC's PDT).
And lastly, some of the Green Bar press I've been getting and have coming up:

Thanks to Paul Clarke for connecting me with Anita. She attended one of my recent seminars and visited Elixir and wrote this great piece: And thanks again Paul, for this piece.

I will be on NPR tomorrow talking about green bars. It should be posted here by late afternoon:

And I will be on a Restaurants and Institutions Webinar on May 7th, 10am Central: We just recorded it yesterday and will be live for Q&A that day. You can register for it here.

And look out for some serious work from Jenny Adams in July’s Bar and Nightclub Magazine, just in time for the seminar.