Friday, March 14, 2008
Andy Warhol once said, "They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself". Well, I've made some changes recently and I think its time to share them with all of you. First off, I've parted ways with Meriwethers. I truly enjoyed my time there, and Tommy Habetz is one of the genuinely nice people in the restaurant world. I wish everyone there nothing but the best and I will always look back on my time there with warm memories.
I'm taking a little break from bartending right now to focus on getting the Oregon Bartenders Guild up and running as well as handling a change I recently made to my day job as well. I'll be back in the saddle soon enough.
In fact, I'm proud to announce that I'll be working at Kevin Ludwig's new venture, Beaker and Flask when that opens, a prospect that I am very excited about. I don't want to say too much, but I will say that there is no other place that I would rather be than part of the Beaker and Flask team. Opportunities like this one don't present themselves very often, and I am grateful to have such a wonderful opportunity.
In other news, it looks like the OBG's next event, "A Tribute to Jerry Thomas" is going to be a smashing success. I believe we've already sold the event out, and I'm excited by some of the cocktails being presented. Its shaping up to be our best event yet.
I received my copy of Larousse Cocktails from Amazon.uk yesterday, and at first glance its interesting enough, but perhaps looks to be a lesser verion of the Difford's Guide. It does contain a Cocktail Bibliography though, which lists recommended reading from various times, and may be worth the price of the book itself. I'll have more insight on this after this weekend.
Lastly, and a completely unrelated note. I've been craving a Tijuana hot dog recently. You know the kind, mystery meat link wrapped in bacon with all kinds of random toppings? I'm on a quest to find something similar in Portland, if anyone has any suggestions, I'd be appreciative.