Go to Yale, Become a Bartender

on 04/11/10 at 10:36 am

Booze News

"Professional drinker" & Slow Food leader Allen Katz discusses sustainable cocktails. Photo: Zeenat Mansoor

Cocktail consultant, mixologist and self-proclaimed “professional drinker” Allen Katz told Yale students the secret to becoming a skilled bartender Tuesday: Drink a lot and take pleasure in tasting different alcohols.

The Yale Sustainable Food Project, along with the Branford College Master’s Office, co-sponsored a master’s tea and a later cocktail tasting with Katz, the director of mixology and spirits education for the New York branch of liquor distributor Southern Wine & Sprits and the chairman of the board of directors for Slow Food USA. As part of the Yale Sustainable Food Project’s “Chewing the Fat” speaker series, Katz came to speak about the history of the American cocktail and its sustainable future of what he calls “the second Golden Age of cocktails.”

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