Sneaker Exchange Kicks Crisis

“Fahrenheit 313 is for Detroit, by Detroit.” -Frederick Paul II 2020 has taken the platitude “anything is possible,” and redefined it with sci-fi dystopian implications. Yet as society picks through the rubble and ash of a “normal” it will never know again, one thing remains constant: the resilience and ingenuity of black entrepreneurship. The historyContinue reading “Sneaker Exchange Kicks Crisis”

With Care Episode 2: Kamalani Ingersoll

When thinking back to the first time you clanked tins, cradled an egg white, or maybe flamed a citrus peel, it’s hard to forget the spirited nudge of whoever saw you through it. That figure sets the tone of the voice in the back of the mind, upon which one’s own spirit of training isContinue reading “With Care Episode 2: Kamalani Ingersoll”

With Care: Episode 1 Moima Chowoe

Among so many other things, a bar program is a carefully arranged mélange of spirits, syrups, fanciful garnishes, and a hot dash of talent. While bartenders add the familiar face, a network of passionate peers behind the scenes brings the operation from bottle to glass. Major players in that operation are the brand reps thatContinue reading “With Care: Episode 1 Moima Chowoe”

29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 29

Brian Oliver Edwards “The universe will make a way for you to succeed in anything that you want to accomplish if your heart is in the right place and you’re willing to put in the work.”  -Brian Oliver Edwards Energy is everything, and what we do with it can change the trajectory of an entireContinue reading “29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 29”

29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 28

Raven Love If something calls for you to compromise who you are and what makes you feel safe, comfortable, and valued, you don’t need it. -Raven Love Sometimes in the sea of considerations one must make in order to function within a chaotic industry and world, it easy to forget to stop and the smellContinue reading “29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 28”

29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 27

Rahsaan Grissom “Find people[…]who care about you, support you, and push you not just to be a better bartender, but a better human…” -Rahsaan Grissom Rahsaan Grissom has been a driving force for advocacy and representation within the landscape of Detroit since the very beginning. A Georgia native, Rahsaan found his home in the foodContinue reading “29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 27”

29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 25

Jaz’min Weaver Providing his take on what serves as the core of working in the hospitality industry, restaurateur Frank Pellegrino once said, “The object is to bring your job, whatever it is, to the level of art.” When thinking of the artistry and depth of expression that shape and define the craft cocktail world, fewContinue reading “29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 25”

29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 24

Kenya Smith “If I can expose people to quality craft cocktails, spirits, and cordials to enjoy in an intimate space, I’m eager to do so.” -Kenya Smith Regardless of the establishments that host them, bartenders are often tasked with keeping up on the ever-changing world of spirit education. So much of that focus is allocatedContinue reading “29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 24”

29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 23

Kayla Hensley “…remain open and learn from everybody’s little tips and tricks.” -Kayla Hensley Once jumping down the rabbit hole that is food and beverage, it can be tempting, if not necessary, to wear multiple hats. Such has been the case for Kayla Hensley. Kayla entered into the world of bartending and cocktail craft withContinue reading “29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 23”

29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 19

Andre Sykes “It’s not about you or the staff. It’s about the human being sitting in front of you.” Andre Sykes When a person enjoys what they do, it shows with undeniable clarity. Maybe that’s the pulsing glow that tends to follow Andre Sykes when he’s behind the stick. Andre has cultivated a reputation forContinue reading “29 Days of Black Bartenders: Day 19”

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