Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Le Mixeur Sharky SF: A Shark Drink From The Cove!


Le Mixeur Sharky San Francisco kicks off in a few hours. For all of you who are sitting by your computers waiting for updates, here's another drink for the evening. This one comes from Smuggler's Cove proprietor Martin Cate:

Le Dra-kay Shar-kay

Fresh mint, fresh lime, demerara sugar, and barrel aged Novo Fogo cachaca for a refreshing twist on a mojito, served on the stem.

This drink is usually known as the El Draque, and is one of Smuggler's staples. For tonight, hoist a few in honor of Sharky and for the benefit of Special Place Foundation. Then move on to some of these other bars...





Monday, June 18, 2012

Le Mixeur Sharky SF: Thank Yous and Drinkie-Poos


Le Mixeur Sharky will descend gracefully upon the Bay Area Tuesday evening, as seven of the area's finest bars will be dedicating a portion of their drink offerings for the night to the Le Mixeur Sharky cause, with 100% of the proceeds for these drinks going to Special Place Foundation, a local non-profit providing a variety of services to individuals with disabilities in an urban community farm setting.

I'd like to take a moment to thank our sponsors, without whose support the event simply would not exist. No way it would. So thank you to:


Also, praise is due to Neyah White of Suntory, as well as Rich Trachtenberg and the  Pacific Edge Wines and Spirits team.

Here's a preview of how some of the products listed above will be used Tuesday evening.

HOG & ROCKS
from bar manager Michael Lazar
Solerno Corpse Reviver (Shark Reviver?)
Beefeater gin, Lillet, Solerno blood orange liqueur, lemon juice, St. George absinthe rinse.
Sharky Tonic, Special Edition
Beefeater 24 gin, house made tonic base, seltzer, love

5TH FLOOR
from bar manager Brian Means
Sharky's Old Chum
Espolon blanco tequila, Plymouth Sloe gin, Lillet Rose, orange juice

JASPER'S 
from bar manager Kevin Diedrich
El Salinger Sour
Espolon blanco tequila, Campari, lime, grapefruit, agave

More to come between now and the event's start about drink offering and our bar heroes for the evening. In the mean time, a recap of participating bars:






Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Le Mixeur Sharky San Francisco: Welcome 5th Floor!


The LMSSF family would like to welcome a new member to our ranks. The 5th Floor makes bar number seven to be offering original one-night cocktail offering this coming Tuesday, June 19th. All proceeds from the specialty drinks will go to Special Place Foundation, a sustainable urban farm in the Bay Area providing opportunities to people with autism and other disabilities. Our up-to-the-minute list of bars involved:

The 5th Floor - 12 4th St. (inside Hotel Palomar) lounge open 5pm to midnight
Heaven's Dog  - 1148 Mission St. (at 7th), open 5pm to 11pm.

Hog & Rocks - 3431 19th St (at  Mission), open 5pm to midnight.
Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen - 401 Taylor (at O'Farrell), open 11:30am to midnight
The New Easy - 3255 Lakeshore Drive, Oakland, open 4:30pm to 2am.
Smuggler's Cove - 650 Gough St. (at McCallister) open 5pm to "close."
Wo Hing General Store - 584 Valencia St. (near 17th) open 5:30pm to 10pm.

If you'd like your bar to be part of this, contact me at t (dot) mixeur (at) gmail (dot) com.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Le Mixeur Sharky: San Francisco June 19th


With Seattle, Boston, New York City, and Portland in the books, Le Mixeur Sharky  raised over $10,000 for children with Autism in its first five weeks of existence. After a brief respite, we tackle the 800 pound gorilla of Left Coast cocktail cities, San Francisco. This time, Le Mixeur Sharky will feature a different format. Namely, instead of one site, we're going to have simultaneous events happening at several.

On the night of June 19th, from open until close, the following bars will be offering special selections of original cocktails, with all proceeds being donated to the cause:

Heaven's Dog  - 1148 Mission St. (at 7th), open 5pm to 11pm.
Hog & Rocks - 3431 19th St (at  Mission), open 5pm to midnight.
Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen - 401 Taylor (at O'Farrell), open 11:30am to midnight
The New Easy - 3255 Lakeshore Drive, Oakland, open 4:30pm to 2am.
Smuggler's Cove - 650 Gough St. (at McCallister) open 5pm to "close."
Wo Hing General Store - 584 Valencia St. (near 17th) open 5:30pm to 10pm.

This list will be updated on the blog if other bars join in. If you are a bar and you wish to join us, write me an email at t(dot)mixeur(at)gmail(dot)com, and say, "Hi, I am a bar and I want to join you!" If you are a media member and would like to cover the event, email me. If you are a liquor company and would like to sponsor, drop crates of booze at my doorstep. Or email me. If you like blueberry pancakes, feel free to email me and let me know all about it. I'm here for you regardless of the issue.

All proceeds benefit Special Place Foundation (SPF), a Bay Area sustainable urban farm community. At SPF, individuals with disabilities cultivate the crops and eat the food they grow. In the process, they learn work skills and create a community based on organic and sustainable principles. The residents at SPF live in individually owned apartments, helping to address the problem in which 80% of people with disabilities cannot find housing.
 
Special thanks to Erik Adkins, Kevin Diedrich, Michael Lazar, Brooke Arthur, and Trevor Easter for their help in launching this event. Bay Area, your benchmark is $4300, the amount raised by Portland. You're not going to let a sleepy little burg in the Pacific NW beat you, are you?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Le Mixeur Sharky: Boston Recap. NYC Sunday 4/15


On Tuesday evening in Boston, Misty Kalkofen hosted Le Mixeur Sharky:Nine Stories, along with Jackson Cannon at The Hawthorne. Based on the reports I have received, it was a huge success, an emotional night, filled with wonderful stories, and came off seamlessly.

Oh and they also raised $1,839, which will be matched by a challenge grant, meaning $3,678 donated to the Massachusetts Advocates For Children's (MAC) Autism Center. This means that in the span of a few weeks we raised $5,501, with two more events coming up in the next eight days, starting with...

NEW YORK CITY

Date: Sunday April 15, 2012
Where:
Dutch Kills, 27-24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
PKNY, 49 Essex St, New York City
Time: 5pm-2am at Dutch Kills, 6pm - 2am at PKNY
Cost: per drink, about what you'd figure to spend on a cocktail in NYC

Richie Boccato, a closet Seattle lover, will be offering a selection of the drinks from the original Le Mixeur Sharky event held in Seattle this past March. At that event, nine of Seattle's best bartenders created cocktails for the menu, each based on an assigned tale from Nine Stories. Richie has selected three of these to offer on Sunday: Pretty Mouth & Green My Eyes by Sidonie Rodman (who just left Seattle, wahhhh!), Just Before The War With The Eskimos by Kevin Langmack, and For Esme- With Love & Squalor by Ben Perri.

You'll find Mr.Boccato himself at Dutch Kills, while the staff at PKNY will be dispensing Salinger and Sharky drinks to the Tiki hoards at the same time. This event is being supported by William Grant & Sons, which will help increase the proceeds considerably, which is very good because proceeds will go to the NYCA Charter School, a specialized school for children with autism providing individualized education.

"The school promotes the achievement of high educational standards and the full intellectual, social, physical, and emotional potential of each of its students. It extends its educational programming beyond the school’s walls through training, consultation, and support for students’ families. The school also offers ongoing professional development opportunities to its staff, as well as to other educators in New York City and the surrounding area."


then don't forget...

PORTLAND

Date: Sunday, April 22nd
Time: 6pm-10pm
Where: Teardrop Lounge, 1015 NW Everett St.
Cost: $60/person (RSVP required!)
RSVP: daniel@teardroplounge.com

Your $60 admission gets you open bar for the duration of the event, plus food generously provided by Jennifer & Ken Norris (Riffle NW), Scott Dolich (Park Kitchen), Alex Yoder (Olympic Provisions), & Bridgeport Brewing. Daniel has recruited nine star bartenders from Portland to create yet another round of boozy interpretations of Salinger's stories. These bartenders will be taking overlapping shifts behind the bar. Representatives of NWAF will be in attendance to talk about their work, so try to stay a little sober. I know there's nine cocktails being served, but...

Note: This event is rapidly approaching capacity, fullness, sold out status, impenetrablity, surrounded by force field, etc. RSVP soon.

"The original goal of NWAF was to provide education, resources and information to parents, family, friends, caregivers and professionals treating children on the autism spectrum on a donation only basis. Shortly after its inception, NWAF expanded its goals to include facilitating early diagnosis and effective treatment for individuals with ASD."




SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ALL THESE EVENTS

  • The people organizing these events have done this for no charge out of the goodness of their hearts. And the spaces in which these events will take place have been provided to us for free.
  • The bartenders making your drinks at these events, and the people serving drinks and cleaning tables and taking out garbage and washing dishes have volunteered their time, effort, and skills. Please show your appreciation for them.
  • The expenses of these events have been greatly reduced thanks to many generous donations of product from our sponsors. More information about the sponsors will be present at each of the events, Please make a note of who they are and think pleasant thoughts of them. Their donations will increase the amount of money we raise for children with autism by literally thousands of dollars.
  • These events are amazing and fun to plan and create. You should totally do one wherever you live. I will help you as much as I can. Email me at t (dot) mixeur (at) gmail (dot) com, or post a comment to this blog if you'd like to host your own version of Le Mixeur Sharky.





Monday, April 9, 2012

Le Mixeur Sharky Nine Stories: World Tour Begins




April is officially Shark Month. Well, maybe not officially. I'm not sure how anything becomes official. But April is Shark Month nonetheless, with not one, not two, but three Le Mixeur Sharky Nine Stories happening around the country. And for once in this blog's god forsaken life, I'm going to get right to the important information folks need to know. Here is your breakdown of each event and how to go to there.

BOSTON

Date: Tuesday April 10, 2012
Time: 6pm-9pm
Where: The Hawthorne, 500A Commonwealth Ave, in The Stone Room
Cost: $20/person, purchase at the door

Nine of Boston's most gifted bartenders have created their own interpretations of JD Salinger's Nine Stories. Your $20 admission grants you tastings of any or all of these nine cocktails, made by their creators. The leadership of MAC will be in attendance to share the incredible work they do.

In addition to the tastings, Hawthorne manager Jackson Cannon has graciously placed a selection of Le Mixeur Sharky drinks on the bar menu for the evening. Purchase one of the drinks from the bar and the proceeds also will go to MAC.

"Since its inception in 2002, (MAC) has become a vital force within the autism community in Massachusetts, providing training, legal assistance, advocacy, and services to thousands of parents and professionals to ensure that children with autism overcome lowered expectations and receive equal educational opportunities."



NEW YORK CITY

Date: Sunday April 15, 2012
Time: 5pm-2am
Where: Dutch Kills, 27-24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City AND
PKNY, 49 Essex St, New York City (PKNY opens at 6pm).
Cost: per drink, about what you'd figure to spend on a cocktail in NYC

Richie Boccato, a closet Seattle lover, will be offering a selection of the drinks from the original Le Mixeur Sharky event held in Seattle this past March. These drinks were created by nine of Seattle's best bartenders, each based on an assigned tale from Nine Stories. You'll find Mr.Boccato himself at Dutch Kills, while the staff at PKNY will be dispensing Salinger and Sharky drinks to the Tiki hoards at the same time. Proceeds from these drinks will go to the NYCA Charter School, a specialized school for children with autism providing individualized education.

"The school promotes the achievement of high educational standards and the full intellectual, social, physical, and emotional potential of each of its students. It extends its educational programming beyond the school’s walls through training, consultation, and support for students’ families. The school also offers ongoing professional development opportunities to its staff, as well as to other educators in New York City and the surrounding area."



PORTLAND

Date: Sunday, April 22nd
Time: 6pm-10pm
Where: Teardrop Lounge, 1015 NW Everett St.
Cost: $60/person (RSVP required!)
RSVP: daniel@teardroplounge.com

Your $60 admission gets you open bar for the duration of the event, plus food generously provided by Jennifer & Ken Norris (Riffle NW), Scott Dolich (Park Kitchen), Alex Yoder (Olympic Provisions), & Bridgeport Brewing. Daniel has recruited nine star bartenders from Portland to create yet another round of boozy interpretations of Salinger's stories. These bartenders will be taking overlapping shifts behind the bar. Representatives of NWAF will be in attendance to talk about their work, so try to stay a little sober. I know there's nine cocktails being served, but...

Note: This event is rapidly approaching capacity, fullness, sold out status, impenetrablity, surrounded by force field, etc. RSVP soon.

"The original goal of NWAF was to provide education, resources and information to parents, family, friends, caregivers and professionals treating children on the autism spectrum on a donation only basis. Shortly after its inception, NWAF expanded its goals to include facilitating early diagnosis and effective treatment for individuals with ASD."




SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ALL THESE EVENTS

  • The people organizing these events have done this for no charge out of the goodness of their hearts. And the spaces in which these events will take place have been provided to us for free.
  • The bartenders making your drinks at these events, and the people serving drinks and cleaning tables and taking out garbage and washing dishes have volunteered their time, effort, and skills. Please show your appreciation for them.
  • The expenses of these events have been greatly reduced thanks to many generous donations of product from our sponsors. More information about the sponsors will be present at each of the events, Please make a note of who they are and think pleasant thoughts of them. Their donations will increase the amount of money we raise for children with autism by literally thousands of dollars.
  • These events are amazing and fun to plan and create. You should totally do one wherever you live. I will help you as much as I can. Email me at t (dot) mixeur (at) gmail (dot) com, or post a comment to this blog if you'd like to host your own version of Le Mixeur Sharky.

THE BOSTON MENU

Since Boston is coming up so soon, let's give a little sneak peek. Your bartender lineup for the evening will be (in order of appearance) :

Sabrina Kershaw of The Citizen
Tyler Wang of No. 9 Park
John Mayer of Local 149
Ted Kilpatrick of No. 9 Park
Rob Kraemer of Chez Henri
Scott Holiday of Rendezvous
Sean Frederick of The Citizen
Ted Gallagher of Craigie On Main
John Gertsen of Drink

The bartenders will be presenting drinks in the order the stories appear in the book. So you'll begin the night with the overwhelming angst of Seymour Glass in bananafish, but by the end achieve spiritual enlightenment thanks to Teddy (note: my name's Ted, there's two bartenders at this event named Ted, the final drink and story is Teddy, and there's a movie coming out called Ted that Sharky is already campaigning to be allowed to see despite its R rating. Month of the Shark. Year of the Ted.)

Here's the menu for tomorrow night. Click on the images if you would like to make them bigger and be able to read what they say.


This version of the menu is designed to be cut up into bookmarks. If you would like to make your own bookmarks as a souvenir of the event, send me your contact info via email or a comment on this blog (which I will not publish) and I'll send you a high resolution version to print and snip.

Well, I guess that's about it. Now go party like a rock star and make a difference in the life of a child. Isn't it nice when you can do both at the same time?






Saturday, March 10, 2012

Le Mixeur Sharky Menu - Anu Apte: Teddy



Teddy looked at him directly for the first time. "Are you a poet?" he asked.

"A poet?" Nicholson said. "Lord, no. Alas, no. Why do you ask?"

"I don't know. Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They're always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions."

Nicholson, smiling, reached into his jacket pocket and took out cigarettes and matches. "I rather thought that was their stock in trade," he said. "Aren't emotions what poets are primarily concerned with?”

... “Nothing in the voice of the cicada intimates how soon it will die,' " Teddy said suddenly. "'Along this road goes no one, this autumn eve."'

"What was that?" Nicholson asked, smiling. "Say that again."

"Those are two Japanese poems. They're not full of a lot of emotional stuff."




ANU APTE

There's little point in profiling Anu Apte here. I wrote about her in Left Coast Libations, and clearly everyone in the entire world has bought and read that book by now. So you all know. Just to be safe, I will make sure you know that Anu owns Rob Roy, a superior cocktail lounge and swell place located at 2nd & Battery in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. She more recently has engaged heavily in the creation of her own drinking academy, Swig Well, which provides the drinking public with education and fun on how to do it right, or how to swig well.

Anu is the only contributor to this event who was in Left Coast Libations. I intentionally sought out great bartenders in Seattle who were not in the book, because it's a full time job keeping up with how many great ones there are (and there's still so many yet we've yet to get to, so stay tuned for future fundraising events and other projects). But Anu had to be involved because she was so integral to this event from the beginning, and it was in fact her who convinced me to do this event in the first place. I had hung up my Le Mixeur jock strip, literally. Anu literally took it down off the peg on the wall and (figuratively) strapped it back on me.

So thanks and praise be to Anu, and without further ado, let's get to the drink.

TEDDY

Bulleit bourbon
Logic Apple Cider*
Dolin blanc vermouth
orange bitters
served on the rocks with a lemon "life preserver" wheel garnish**

*This cider contains all logic of the world that Anu will eat and then vomit back up and bottle. It will have some Indian spices, be made with Granny Smith Apples and lots of love from Anu.

**These are lemon wheels placed over the top of the glass. The straws will be placed in the middle of the wheel into the drink. As if the garnish is a life preserver for the straws.

(editor's note: no proportions are available at this time because Anu is making a vat of her Indian spice Granny Smith bourbon cider life preserver punch in her secret alchemical laboratories for us to simply pour into your cups, or mouths.)

HEY TED, TELL US ABOUT TEDDY!

No, I don't want to. But for the sake of explaining Anu's drink, here's a segment from the story. This will get you through tomorrow night. Then you'll just need to read the story in its entirety.

"You're just being logical," Teddy said to him impassively.

"I'm just being what?" Nicholson asked, with a little excess of politeness.

"Logical. You're just giving me a regular, intelligent answer," Teddy said. "I was trying to help you. You asked me how I get out of the finite dimensions when I feel like it. I certainly don't use logic when I do it. Logic's the first thing you have to get rid of."

Nicholson removed a flake of tobacco from his tongue with his fingers.

"You know Adam?" Teddy asked him.

"Do I know who?"

"Adam. In the Bible."

Nicholson smiled. "Not personally," he said dryly.

Teddy hesitated. "Don't be angry with me," he said. "You asked me a question, and I'm--"

"I'm not angry with you, for heaven's sake."

"Okay," Teddy said. He was sitting back in his chair, but his head was turned toward Nicholson. "You know that apple Adam ate in the Garden of Eden, referred to in the Bible?" he asked. "You know what was in that apple? Logic. Logic and intellectual stuff. That was all that was in it. So--this is my point--what you have to do is vomit it up if you want to see things as they really are. I mean if you vomit it up, then you won't have any more trouble with blocks of wood and stuff. You won't see everything stopping off all the time. And you'll know what your arm really is, if you're interested. Do you know what I mean? Do you follow me?"

"I follow you," Nicholson said, rather shortly.

"The trouble is," Teddy said, "most people don't want to see things the way they are. They don't even want to stop getting born and dying all the time. They just want new bodies all the time, instead of stopping and staying with God, where it's really nice." He reflected. "I never saw such a bunch of apple-eaters," he said. He shook his head.


Thanks for reading everybody. Hope you can join us tonight. We're all going to vomit... figuratively speaking.

Le gra (with love),
ted