Spring Bartending in Southern California

10 Apr
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Jaques and Robert Davi at Redondo Beach

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Rob pouring the Cham-pag-nia…

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Cathedral City Wedding

During March I helped Jaques Grenier of Le Rive Gauche in Palos Verdes cater a VIP party that followed the concert, Davi Sings Sinatra at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. We served over 300 guests on the back patio of Performing Arts Center.  Guest dined on appetizers including, Cajon blacken shrimp, meatballs in a Bordelaise sauce, venison pate’, chicken salad puff pastries, smoked salmon, and brie cheese. The star of the show, Robert Davi, made an appearance, along with actor Levar Burton, and several other VIPS. The event was a huge success. Another event company handled the bar on that one.

Last weekend, Cathedral City, in the Coachella Valley, just east of Palm Springs was the scene of a beautiful wedding. This was my first gay wedding, and I hope to do many more. Over fifty people were in attendance to witness the marriage and celebrate afterward. I bartended by myself and was also asked to play the intro music and wedding song after the ceremony. I was nervous that I was going to blow it! I’m a bartender, not a music guy! Well, I pulled it off, and “All You Need is Love,” by the Beatles started playing just after the ceremony concluded.

I served the guests champagne and sparkling cider as they arrived and a full bar was provided by the hosts. The drink of the night was the Prickly Pear Margarita, which I had never made before, but it seemed to be a hit. Gin and tonics were also popular, as was Captain Morgan and Coke. Catering was provided by Soho Taco, and they put out a great spread of shrimp, steak, chicken, and veggie tacos – including tortillas that they made on the spot. Photography was done by Gina Marie Studios, and she did one of the great photos posted here. Both companies serve Southern California.

I have received several calls for weddings this summer and have booked a couple. Shaken Not Stirred is gearing up for the busy season and has several qualified people to handle parties of all sizes. Call today to book your graduation party, engagement party, wedding, anniversary, birthday, or any other kind of event today. Our rates are affordable and we aim to please. We serve the entire Los Angeles area and beyond.

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