Episode 4: Shirley Brooks talks raising a family in the service industry

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Shirley Brooks is the Mother Maiden of San Francisco! Everyone knows Venus Rose her lovely daughter that is usually attached at her hip.

We start with some Rose and get in the swing of things after a few ching chings.

On this episode we dive deep on raising a family in the service industry. We talk about how not only make it work but how families can flourish in the service industry.  I dove in deeper as she opens up about her nuclear family and the industry as family.

We have fun talking about her days as a shot girl in Miami and underage bartending in Philly! It’s been a wild ride and this outstanding Bar-Mom has stories! Go see her at Madrone Art bar on Divisadero and Fell.


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Episode 3: Ryan Fitzgerald

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I’m so excited that we got Ryan on the podcast.  You may’ve heard of Ryan, he owns ABV with his two partners Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud  and Todd SmithThey each have extensive careers in the industry and together on ABV they have been recognized as one of the Worlds 50 Best Bars.

More than best bar, they’ve won best American bar team 2016, best new American cocktail bar 2015, and Ryan is most proud of winning the “bar fight” which was the last pop-up bar contest at tales of the cocktail in 2015.

Ryan has been through the gauntlet to get to this point. From hosting at Red Robin and Chevy’s, working at Applebees, Fresh Choice, and Soup Plantation, he’s been in the industry since he was 14.

He gave the 9-5 life a shot and decided that the crushing boredom was not for him! He mentions a ton of people in this episode, please forgive me if I don’t link everything! He is an example of a success story. If you’re around 16th and Valencia go check out ABV. They have a pop up bar upstairs running until February 2018 called Overproof. I went for the whiskey saloon (Double Back) and it was amazing. Now they are doing tequila and mescal (Lágrimas) which is his specialty!

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Episode 2: Larry Piaskowy shares his insights on bartending, self-care & service

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Larry Piaskowy is currently behind the stick at the San Francisco Proper Hotel. GO SEE HIM!

I can’t remember the last time I laughed this much with someone I don’t know! Larry is the consummate bar personality and his energy is infectious.  I can see why regulars follow him everywhere he goes because he is the life of the party!

He started out in the kitchen, making his way from Chicago and has been through the gauntlet to get to where he is now.

Larry_PiaskowyWe connect on some hilarious stories – The ice story, for one. You’ll want to listen to this entire conversation because you can truly feel his passion come through and he drops some wisdom down for people in and out of service industries.

This episode was recorded at the Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company.

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Episode 1: Justin Goo and the Human Side of Bartending

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My first guest is Justin Goo. Justin is the GM and Bartender at Bourbon and Branch, the world-renowned speakeasy in San Francisco. If You haven’t been to Bourbon and Branch before, call in to get a password, don’t order a Cosmo and follow the RULES!

Justin has worked in every aspect of the industry from dive bars, nightclubs, restaurants and craft cocktail joints so his experience is diverse and his perspective is unique. He’s spent time at Restaurant Gary Danko and he helped open Alexander’s steakhouse.

He even has a little hobby of going to three Michelin Star restaurants like the French Laundry. Unfortunately, we didn’t get that story on the podcast but let us know on the blog if you want to hear more, cause we’ll have him on again!

Justin reminds us that service is about serving your customers, your community and therefore, yourself. Oh, and enjoying great food and drinks!

Please let me know what You want more of. Leave comments, play nice, and let’s make this a place you want to come back to!

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