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ROCKS STARS SOUTH (TALES OF THE COCKTAIL 2011) – OWEN THOMSON

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

5 questions for Owen Thomson, Lead Bartender for Jose Andres’ Think Food Group, Washington, DC

We know Owen Thomson has a big appetite for creative drinks and delicious food. We’ve broken bread with him at New Orleans locals’ favorite restaurant Elizabeth (www.elizabeths-restaurant.com); the man can order!

Plus, during Tales (www.talesofthecocktail.com) he sat on the SavourEase panel with Mixtress Gina Chersevani and Chef Peter Smith of PS7s (www.ps7restaurant.com).

With all this under his belt it is no wonder he’s running the beverage program for celebrated chef Jose Andres.

And has this to say about the industry…

Q1. How many years have you been coming to Tales of the Cocktail?
A. Five

Q2. Do you wear an armband behind the bar?
A. Uh… NO…

Q3. As a veteran in the industry, what advice do you have for someone who is just starting out in the business?
A. Keep and open mind, and don’t ever think that you know everything.

Q4. Sponsorships aside, what’s your Go-To spirit right now?
A. Bourbon and Rye. Although, I drink everything…

Q5. Cubed or Crushed Ice?
A. Summer? Crushed. Other times of the year, Big Fat Cubes…

Agreed! Enjoy Tales…

ROCKS STARS (SOUTHERN EDITION) – GINA CHERSEVANI

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

PS7’s Mixtress rolls into the Big Easy with some SavourEase
By David Ransom

Rocks Stars goes to Tales of the Cocktail 2011

*This week, when we’re all in New Orleans doing what it is we do at Tales of the Cocktail, columnist David Ransom will be catching up with Rocks Stars to find out what’s happening in their universe. five minutes, five questions (those asked at The Absinthe House or Alibi are fair game too). First up, Miss Gina Chersevani.

5 Questions for Gina Chersevani, Head Mixtress at PS7’s in Washington,DC.

Q1. How many years have you been coming to Tales?
A. Six

Q2. Sponsorships aside, What’s your go-to spirit right now?
A. These days, I’m lovin’ white whiskey and mezcal. LOVE THEM!. Can’t get enough of them, and they’re all over my drink menu at the restaurant.

Q3. Do you wear an armband?
A. NEVER!

Q4. You are one of the most imaginative bartenders I’ve come across. You seem to be simply fascinated by the makeup of ingredients and the chemistry of the flavor profiles they create when paired in a drink. Where does that inquisitive nature come from?
A. Too much education, I think. I have two degrees (so far…), and just love to learn everything I can about everything.

Q5. As a veteran Bartender, I mean Mixtress, what advice do you have for someone just getting into the business?
A. READ! … Pick up every book you can and read it until the end… And when you’re done reading it pick up another and read that one until you fall asleep…and when you wake up to turn off the light, don’t, and keep reading. There is so much to learn out there! Oh, and don’t bullshit your customers…

‘Nuff Said. Enjoy Tales…

CHERRY BLOSSOMS ARE FLEETING

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

CHERRY LIQUEUR INSPIRED DRINKS ARE FOR FOREVER
By Francine Cohen All Photos Courtesy Of Cherry Heering


As spring quickly melds into summer INSIDE F&B felt the urge to pay one last homage to that beautiful, refreshing and cheery, yet fleeting, season that carries us from the brown, bitter and stirred drinks of deepest, darkest winter to those with hues to match our brighter days and moods.

Particularly embodying the brightness of spring is the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC (www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org). It’s that time of year when our nation’s stately capital is awash with pink blooms, and food and drink inspiration abounds as the farmers’ market stalls are finally piled with ramps and asparagus.

Who best to explore DC during this season, and help celebrate the festival by introducing bar patrons to the florally inspired liquid joys of the season, than a handful of the nation’s best bartenders toting Heering Cherry Liqueur (www.heering.com) in their bar kits?

In the group were famed Seattle mixo

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