Monthly Archives: February 2012
February 28, 2012 -
There’s never a dull moment in a typical work day for Spice Kitchen + Bar’s General Manager, Ameila Ammann. When she’s not responding to event leads or brainstorming happy hour specials, she’s scheduling tastings or tracking down a live music act. Amelia has worked in the restaurant industry since she was 12. For her, it’s second nature. Lucky for us, she brought her skills to Spice of Life Catering Co. as an event coordinator a few years back. But, with almost a lifetime of restaurant industry experience under her belt, she smoothly transitioned into her role as GM. She couldn’t imagine herself working in another profession…or with a better group of people. Q. What kind of event potential do you see in the restaurant as a venue? A. Spice Kitchen + Bar is especially unique as a venue because it’s got a lot of character. It’s cozy and warm and … READ MORE
Posted in: Spice Kitchen+Bar, Spice of Life Catering Co.
Tags: Amelia Ammann
February 18, 2012 -
When people find out we just opened a restaurant, the first question is usually, “Really? Where is it?” which is typically followed by, “What’s the concept?” And then an awkward pause. We never really had a concept restaurant in mind, (unlike this fine downtown addition), just a new space and a core philosophy that bubbled up into what we now call Spice Kitchen + Bar. It’s really an extension of our sustainable sourcing practices, sparked when Ben first started demo cheffing at the Shaker Square farmers’ market back in 2002. For us, the real question was how our small family farm support would translate to the decor without seeming rural or trite. Or, as our semi-snooty designer put it, “We just can’t have this place looking like a barn.” So we kept the color scheme neutral (unlike the previous establishment) to let the shades of the seasons pop off the walls, … READ MORE
Posted in: Spice Kitchen+Bar
Tags: Chef Ben Bebenroth, Spice Art
February 11, 2012 -
“The Shocker”Inspired by citrus season and named for its shocking pink color (that’s right people, get your mind out of the gutter), this romantic winter cocktail blends the classic pairing of gin and grapefruit with complex floral elements to tickle her tastebuds. Show off with some unexpected moves by finishing with a spark of lit grapefruit. Our lovely bartender Missy demonstrates how you can mix to impress.Build in a shaker with ice:-1oz. fresh squeezed grapefruit juice-1oz. Watershed Gin-1/4 oz. house made beet root shrub-3/4 oz. St. Germaine-Dash of Peychaud’s bittersSqueeze a piece of grapefruit rind next to a flame to spark her attention.Drop in and shake it.Pour into a curvy coupe glass; top with… -1/2 oz. sparkling Prosecco-Grapefruit to garnishToast and enjoy!