Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Huff Post: Bartending 101

I'm digging the Huff Post's new FOOD section - always abreast of trends & topics. Check out the BARTENDING STRAIGHT UP article:

To me, bartending is like jazz: there is a basic framework, but lots of improvisation and it all happens over the bar, not behind it. A great bartender likes people and knows how to make an evening happen. They are the hosts of a party that happens nightly in their "home," the bar where they toil. In these troubled times, there is no finer solace than the confines of a well-run bar. When managing bars, I always said that I'd rather hire a personality behind the bar than a technician, because customers are always forgiving of those who have charisma and charm. You can't teach those things to anyone.


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