SHOWING POSTS TAGGED: specialty cocktails

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The bar is set high.

Dave Hridel, our long-time startender, is leaving the company. Yes, it’s a sad day for all of us. We’ve genuinely enjoyed his quick wit, fancy ties, and extraordinary cocktails. He’s one-of-a-kind, a Cleveland institution, and he will be missed. Times change, as do people, and now we’re seeking a fresh face or two behind the bar. While Dave is irreplaceable, our next generation bar man or woman will still carry on the Spice service tradition. “Stylish, friendly, and refined,” according to Scene Magazine. Or, as one online reviewer says, “It’s like spending time with family every time we come in. Love you all.” The folks who work at Spice are those who share our sustainable values…all while placing great value in the fine art of showing our guests a good time. That said, here’s the formalities: Bar Manager Our ideal candidate is a consummate hospitality professional with a sense of … READ MORE

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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

Dave’s Greatest Hits

If you’ve been into Spice Kitchen + Bar a time or two,  you might have noticed something special about our signature cocktail menu. Sure, all the drinks are seasonally inspired. Yep, they’re all made from scratch with farmers’ market ingredients. But what usually kicks off the conversation when people sit down with the drink menu? They love talking about the names. With titles like, “A Rye Kind of Guy,” and “You’re Dill the One,” our cocktail menu can be quite a conversation piece. Dave Hridel, or Captain Quick Wit as we like to call him, has unmatched naming prowess when it comes to his crafty farm-to-bar creations. Stop on in and break the ice around “Gin It to Win It” or some other such thing. We promise you’ll start with a smile and leave with a laugh. Here are our top ten favorite names so far.* 10. A Whole Lotta … READ MORE

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posted on by Jackie Bebenroth

Save the apples!

In our work with the Countryside Conservancy, we came across this 2010 Apple Manifesto compiled by the Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT) Alliance. The organization claims that our nation’s great “apple culture” is in big, big trouble thanks, in part, to the mind-boggling loss of apple diversity in the last century. Before we continue with the stunning facts associated with this issue, consider the beauty and tradition of this heartfelt fruit. A quick on-the-go snack, an easy side dish for the kids, a pie-filler, a cider maker, a sauce. Apples are an active and affordable part of our lifestyle and our traditions, even in the off season. Now, consider this:* 1. Of some 15,000 to 16,000 apple varieties that have been named, grown and eaten on the North American continent, only about 3,000 remain accessible to American orchard keepers, gardeners, chefs and home cooks. 2.  Not even one-forth of the … READ MORE

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