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SPIRITED SEMINARS

February 19, 2010

Culinary and cocktails intersect at the Restaurant Show
By Francine Cohen

Photo by Jennifer Mitchell/Courtesy of Beam Global

Mixing it up at The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York’s beverage seminars February 28th through March 2nd at The Javits Center (www.internationalrestaurantny.com) – Marcy Blum, Jonathan Forester, Chef Carmen Gonzalez, Jason Littrell, James Menite, Heidi and Junior Merino, Douglass Miller, Raphael Reyes, and Erin Williams.

Join these beverage, culinary, and special event luminaries and you’ll learn how to maximize operational efficiencies and enhance the guest experience through an integrated and thoughtful beverage program approach that is effective both in restaurants and for special events.

Bar Loves The Kitchen: Culinary Cocktails (a hands-on/interactive demo) Demo Theater/Booth 1957
Sunday, February 28, 2010 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Monday, March 1, 2010 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Creating Signature Cocktails For Your Clients
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 10:00 – 11:00 AM Room 1C01

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Features

MIXOLOGY: THE SWEET SCIENCE

January 31, 2010

Thinking outside the box at a Bronx cocktail lab
By Joe DiStefano

Upon entering the Liquid Lab in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, one might think that it is the uptown lair of a mad scientist, or perhaps a liquor wholesaler. Despite the vast selection of unusual booze and tons of specialized equipment amassed by cocktail consultant Junior Merino, aka the Liquid Chef and the man behind the lab, there is nothing mad about the lab. Instead it is quite the sane center of experimentation and exploration where acclaimed mixologist and spirits educator Merino teaches daylong mixology workshops.

The workshops provide attendees access to some 2,400 bottles of spirits—gin, vodka, rum, whisky, tequila, and mezcal—and liqueurs from such easily obtained varieties as Chartreuse Yellow and Dolin Vermouth de Chambéry (Blanc) to lesser seen ones like Agwa de Bolivia made from Bolivian coca leaves, guarana, and ginseng line the walls of this one-bedroom apartment given over to the art and science of mixology. There’s no lack of bitters. Merino stocks 30, from Fee Brothers Cherry to what is surely the world’s smallest bottle of Angostura.

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