July 26, 2013, 12:00 AM | Posted by Emily Richardson in The Team
Have you visited our bar car yet? We were supposed to keep it under the radar but we can’t help but talk about it. It’s a venue and experience different from anything else in the city, and it’s managed by some of the best people in the industry!
One of those people is Lorilei, and we are so happy to have her. She grew up in the area, she loves what she does and she knows her stuff. Lorilei got her start in the restaurant industry at Bodega on Coventry, and after working her way up there spent some time as head bartender at L’Albatros before joining us at The Katz Club.
When asked what she likes about her line of work, Lorilei says she loves the open-ended nature of it – “there are constantly new ways to express creativity”. She also likes to be challenged by guests with interesting requests and meet people that she wouldn’t otherwise cross paths with.
She won’t tell you this, but Lorilei can say that she is one of the top ten bartenders in North America. Last year she won the GQ and Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender competition in Las Vegas with her cocktail recipe featuring prosciutto and melon. For this year’s competition, she has created a new take on a gin fizz involving blackberry puree, honey gum syrup, buttermilk ice cream and bee pollen (where has this been all my life?).
Personally, Lorilei prefers simple cocktails and enjoys working with gin, but she also enjoys educating people on new techniques and unusual ingredients to utilize in making their own cocktails at home. For example, she says “a fun way to liven up a classic or boring cocktail is experimenting with different sweetening agents: honey, gum syrup, agave, palm sugar, and maple syrup” are great and accessible options. She also suggests switching it up by using a different fruit element or a unique herb (try cilantro or basil instead of mint!).
For a truly exquisite cocktail, a one of a kind experience, and more ideas on cocktail recipes, visit Lorilei and our other talented staff in the bar car - open Wednesday-Saturday at 8:00pm.