On Saturday Shaken Not Stirred returned to the Acton area to provide bartending services at a new wedding venue called the Robert Ranch. It is set high on a hillside west of the 14 freeway, and as I was driving up there I wondered if my competition had booked a fake job and sent me on wild Goose chase. My GPS kept turning me onto a very rough dirt road and then it would say I was going the wrong way. This is why you can never trust GPS and should always write the directions down when going to a remote location. I finally found the place and it is very nice.
The wedding had 100 guests and I was bartending by myself. The bride and I decided that the guests would pour their own keg beer and I would make the cocktails. The hosts provided mason jars to all of the guests that had their names on them. This is such a better way to do it, rather than using hundreds of plastic cups.
Robert Ranch Weddings
- Great Views of the valley
- Scenic photo ops
- Beautifully decorated house
- Large staging area
- Gazebo for caterers and bar
I tapped the kegs and tried to pour the foam off of them. This why I usually advise against kegs. They are problematic in several different ways, unless you have a C02 regulator and tap. The pump taps are often a pain in the ass and they pour very foamy or slow. The guests managed to drain both kegs by the end of the night, even though they were pouring badly.
I served completely out of tequila, vodka, and whisky and the wedding coordinator had to run and get some more. The catered dinner was barbecue, and I didn’t get the caterer’s card, but it was very good. Later, and I have never seen this done – they brought in a taco cart and served a second meal – Elisa’s Catering Service provided that. Serving the second meal was a great idea, especially when people are drinking heavily.
Next weekend on Sunday I will be bartending a post Labor Day Party on Sunday for a repeat client in Sherman Oaks. Saturday night is still available. I like booking last minute weddings. The wedding at Robert Ranch I only booked a week in advance. They work out just as well as weddings that were booked a year in advance. If you haven’t done so already, please like us on Facebook.