What's Shakin' October 30, 2012

New Bartender Survey
For all those bartenders who want to help steer the industry the right way, why not take a stab at it - Technomic is launching a survey of bartenders, with questions centering on how business is trending in your establishment, as well as what’s hot and what’s not in terms of trends. Technomic says, “Your input is important in expanding suppliers’ knowledge of the on-premise business. A few minutes of your time can help them be better partners. In addition, you can join the Technomic BarTrender panel and give your two cents each quarter.” Take the survey HERE.

SpeedRacks is back for Year Two and Searching for America's Fastest Female Bartender
Like the city’s mayor who liked his job so much he took it on two more times, New York City will become, on November 4th, a third time host for the nationally renowned all-female speed bartending charity competition, Speed Rack. Speed Rack is the first nationwide competition designed to highlight up and coming women in the spirits industry, and build a stronger sense of community while giving back to those impacted by breast cancer. MORE>>


Murry Stenson is One-of-a-Kind
Murray Stenson has been serving people for over three decades (36 years to be exact) from behind Seattle's most esteemed bars. Now, he has a heart ailment that prevents him from working in the profession to which he has given so much. This online fund, MurrayAid, has been established to raise money for his medical expenses. Go to the MurrayAid Facebook Page for up-to-date information on progress, photos, and Murray anecdotes (everybody has at least one), and watch this page for a comprehensive list of upcoming events and ways to help our friend who has brought so much joy and laughter to so many people. MORE>>

Bartender Reels in $22,000 in Kimberling City for Breast Cancer Foundation
No lie:  Fish Tales Tavern is a place where everybody knows Gemma Goodwin's name.  Here’s the hook for this story, however:  everybody also knows Goodwin as a bartender with the right mix for generosity. When you think of someone raising more than $20,000 for breast cancer research and prevention, you probably think of a corporation.  Here next to Table Rock Lake, however, in a town of 2,000, Goodwin has raised more than anyone thought possible and the town touts her success. MORE>>

Stage 48 Presents Premiere Live Entertainment Venue to Hell’s Kitchen
New York City sets the bar for an ever-changing nightlife scene. Newcomer Stage 48 rises to the occasion as it introduces a unique live entertainment experience to Hell’s Kitchen in late November. Complete with a fully equipped stage, adjustable dance floor, VIP seating, four large bars for optimal beverage service, a state of the art sound & lighting system, wrap-around balcony and TVs, Stage 48 is not limited in its event capabilities – the 30,000 square foot space is equipped to handle live acts, private events, cocktail parties and club nights. MORE>>

Las Vegas Bartenders Agree: It’s All in the Shake
Every drink may have an exact recipe, but if there’s one thing that every bartender does just a little differently, it’s the way he or she handles their cocktail shaker. Some put a little panache into it, some just get the job done, some profess a scientific method, while others shrug their shoulders. As a professional bar fly I couldn’t help pondering if all the shaking is just for show, or does it show us something more about the shaker? I figured it was high time I put my minor in psychology to practice, and see what they said. MORE>>

Revolutionary Cocktail Lounges
Although evidence of the cocktail as we know it today was not recorded in America until the early 1800s, bar ambiances and menus during the Revolutionary War (1775–1783) and other pre-Prohibition years are inspiration for two brand-new cocktail lounges. MORE>>

7 Underrated New York City Cocktail Bars
So maybe PDT is booked tonight, or the wait is just way too long at Death and Co. Well, maybe it's time you look beyond the usual suspects for a beverage. There are about a bazillion bars in the Big Apple, and plenty of them are worth a visit when you're looking for a quality cocktail. We rounded up seven underrated spots that won't let you down when its time for a tipple. Their bartenders may not be publishing books, and drink geeks don't fill the stools, but you'll walk out of these places feeling just fine (and not solely because of the booze). MORE>>

Z Bar Restaurant & Sky-Lounge Brings Latin European Fusion to New York City Skyline
Hell’s Kitchen welcomes Z Bar Restaurant & Sky-Lounge to its neighborhood the end of November.  The Latin European fused restaurant and glass enclosed Sky-Lounge will serve up a casual dining and lounge experience for customers. Z Bar Restaurant incorporates dark antique barn wood, exposed brick walls and columns, walnut bamboo floors and metallic gold leather upholstery into its overall design aesthetic. MORE>>



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