Cocktails in the Country 2015 is a Master Class that focuses on the importance of service in the hospitality business.
All attendees must reside legally in the USA, and they must have spent at least three years in the hospitality industry
The course lasts for two days, and it's conducted at Painter's, in Cornwall on Hudson, NY.
We have seven rooms, and there will be 10 students in each class, so you might want to apply with a friend, or be prepared to share your room.
Price for students is $250
Transportation from and to Manhattan Included
Most Meals and Refreshments Included
If you'd like to fill out an application form, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Noon: Pick-up in Manhattan
2 pm: Arrive at Painters, check in, settle down
3 - 5 pm: The Mindful Bartender
Topics will include:
Preparation for a Shift
Tapping into Intuition
The Rewards of Mindful Communication
Dealing with Anger
Fulfilling Guests' Desires
Dealing with Rivals
Changing your Reality
Changing the World
5 - 7 pm: Break for food and refreshments
7 pm: Set up the bar
8 - 11 pm: Organized Chaos
Practicing what's being preached. Three hours of interacting mindfully from both sides of the bar in a real bar setting at Painters. gaz will !Gallery Barobserve as you put Mindfulness into Motion. The public will be invited to attend this session, and gaz will, no doubt, play weird music from the past as you shake and stir like there's no tomorrow. We'll leave the rest up to your imagination.
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at Painter's or walk (less than 5 minutes) to The Hudson Street Cafe, or Two Alices, for something more substantial.
10 am - Noon: Bartender Bookworm
Choose an antiquarian book from gaz's library, spend an hour digesting the contents, then spend the following hour discussing the book with gaz and the whole class.
Among the books available for students will be:
How to Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant's Companion by Jerry Thomas, 1862
Drinks of the World by James Mew and John Ashton, 1892
The Flowing Bowl: When and What to Drink by William Schmidt, 1892
The New Police Gazette Bartender's Guide by Harry Lamore, 1901
Noon - 2 pm: Lunch.
2 - 3 pm: How to Write a Cocktail Recipe
There isn't just one correct way to write a recipe, but there are definitely hundreds of wrong ways to do it. gaz will guide you through the process of how to write a recipe that's easy to understand, and will look good to judges if you enter it for a competition.
gaz sees 100s of recipes from bartenders worldwide on a weekly basis and he's well aware that this is an area that needs some focus.
gaz will also discuss his belief that, when it comes to recipes, Nothing is Written in Stone. And he'll explain why.
3 - 4 pm Bartender Beefs
Bring your work problems with you, discuss them with gaz and the other students, and explore some mindful solutions.
4 - 5 pm: Farewell Gathering with snacks and cocktails.
5 pm: Travel back to Manhattan