Welcome to Dishing with Kathy Casey – The Newsletter! I can’t wait to share all of my tasty adventures with you; read on to see what I’ve been up to, check out some great recipes, and enjoy all things d’lish!
HOT – HOT Beverage Trends
A new year means new trends to look out for. Check out my guest article in Flavor & The Menu magazine all on 5 Menu Ready Drink Trends.
And checkout Lane PR’s annual Food & Beverage Beat for a good list of trends to look out for, including my thoughts on the kitchen-to-bar movement and the resurgence of hotel bars as hot spots with a host of other chefs and industry tastemakers!
Top 10 Influencer
It comes with great excitement and honor to be named a Top 10 Most-Influential People of the Past 25 Years by Cheers Magazine. I am humbled to be amongst a list of other legendary Influencers like Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganim, Gaz Regan, and Audrey Saunders just to name a few who all share the same principle in elevating the cocktail culture. I want to thank you everyone who has supported the Liquid Kitchen through the years and look forward in continuing to raise the bar.
Speed Rack – Booze and Boobs!
I was thrilled to be a returning Seattle judge for Speed Rack, the bartending competition created by women bartenders for women bartenders focusing on speed and execution. It is also a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness, education and prevention.
This national competition pits female bartenders against each other in a round robin-style competition with regional winners vying for the finals and coveted title of Ms. Speed Rack 2015 at the June 14th finals. Northwest winner Angel Teta of Atuala in Portland, Oregon will move onto the finals in New York. Cheers to all the amazing spirited ladies–keep shaking it up! Check out the competition!
Judges with Speed Rack – Seattle winner, Angel!
Where’s Kathy – NRA’s BAR Show
Sunday May 17th – 2:00 PM
I will be presenting Sipping Social – what’s trending in the world of beverage through social media. Make sure to register for this year’s NRA-BAR event.
And please follow me @KathyCaseyChef on Twitter and hashtag #SippingSocial with any cool beverage trends you see out there. I would love to include what you think is hot in my presentation!
New Orleans Just for Fun!
My travels to NOLA are always some sort of business; Tales of the Cocktail, random food conferences….. so it was nice to finally visit as a tourist with my husband John – a NOLA virgin! This trip it was all about checking out the local digs. First up a walking tour – so we signed up for the Le Monde Creole insiders French Quarter courtyard tour and it was really great. Our tour guide Bill had been an “actor” before and he was really amazing and a great story teller. We also visited the pharmacy museum and then headed off to the LONG AWAITED tiki guru Beachbum Berry’s bar Latitude 29!
It was amazing – the interior is super old school tiki and the drinks are pure perfection! You know that I love me some fun garnishes, and I was in heaven here. Conical ice for the Navy Grog, corn husks wrapped around a glass for some other tasty looking concoction, custom stir sticks…. Loved it all!
And in New Orleans I must always visit the amazing Cheryl Charming. She has new digs now and is making us all proud on Bourbon Street and heading up beverage at the Bourbon O Bar. Finally a great cocktail bar on Bourbon Street – yay Cheryl!
The Old School VS New School at Hospitality Executive Exchange – West
This year’s West Coast HEE (there’s also an East Coast event planned later this year) was held in beautiful San Diego.
The event started off with a key note by fellow Top 10 Influencer Tony Abou-Ganim who is always so amazing to hear. But the most anticipated event was the Battle of the Bartender! A crazy fun mix off between Ol’ School: Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganim, and myself VS. New School: Charlotte Voisey, Philip Raimondo, and Brian Loukmas! You know Charlotte has never won against Tony on Iron Chef … and she was the New School captain – and the New School won. Charlotte can finally say she beat Tony, but we still think it was rigged! LOL
The Mix Off teams showcasing their drinks!
Chef Rick Moonen was a great closing speaker sharing his many stories from his beginnings in the restaurant business to new trends that he foresees in the next few years. I had a great time sharing NY chef’ing stories with him at dinner. I can’t wait to visit his restaurant and bar RX Boiler Room in Las Vegas later this month.
Chef Rick Moonen and I between sessions!
Arizona Cocktail Week
Sunny times were had in Phoenix at Arizona Cocktail Week! Cocktail enthusiasts and professionals attended this boozy week full of seminars, tastings, and of course, parties. My Kitchen to Bar included flaming herbs in cocktails to “how to” make bottled cocktails.
Check out how to make the Love Potion bottled cocktail!
Liquid Kitchen Videos on Amazon
Amazon is now featuring Small Screen’s Liquid Kitchen cocktail videos! I love Amazon so am super excited they have some of my videos now.
D’lish Reads – Chef Interrupted
Speaking of Amazon, Chef friend and amazing story teller Trevis Gleason’s new book is just out. A leading voice for those living with multiple sclerosis and chronic illness, Chef Interrupted shares his stories about living with MS and his recent move to Ireland, and includes recipes like White Soda Bread and Sticky Toffee Pudding. This is an inspiring book – I urge you to take a read.
Easter is Coming and that means Lots of Eggs!
What to do with all those hard boiled eggs – well I’ve got you covered with over 50 D’Lish Deviled Egg recipes to get you inspired!, there is an egg for every occasion. Here’s a link to one of my favorites: Beet’ing Heart Deviled Eggs.
What an amazing start to the year. I am so grateful for the ongoing support of my wonderful clients, friends, family and co-workers. I look forward to a d’lish and fruitful summer!
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