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Brad Goocher and Ken Ho are bartender's bartenders. Tune in as they talk shop with Damon Boelte on a brand new episode of The Speakeasy. The three beverage professionals kick back and discuss various aspects of the industry - from service to style. Brad tells the fascinating story on how he got his unlikely start in bartending and Ken elaborates on how his palate changed depending on where he worked. Listen as Damon, Brad and Ken share their thoughts on what good service should be and why the role of the bartender is a unique one in the hospitality business. This program was brought to you by Edwards VA Ham.

"Many times people want to be engaged [at the bar] and that's a beautiful thing we're able to do." [15:00]

"As far as drinks go - my goal is to make them as delicious as possible. At the end of the day I want the drink to taste as good as possible." [16:00]

--Brad Goocher on The Speakeasy

"The great thing about bartending that's different from serving is that you can sit down and have a conversation with your customer at a bar. You can't do that at a table." [18:00]

--Ken Ho on The Speakeasy


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This week on Eating Disorder Spyro and guest co-host St. John Frizell of Fort Defiance in Red Hook take on the age old topic of the bartender. The role is one that can be mentally and physically taxing, and is often responsible for making or breaking a night out. The guys bring on two pro New York bartenders, Olufemi Akiwumi-Assani and Kevin Ang, to talk about the job behind the scenes and why they take their craft so seriously. Join the crew as they navigate the science of a great drink, hilarious (puke) stories, and an in-depth description of the worst customers. This program was sponsored by Roberta's.

"With crafting cocktails, there's very few parts that go into it that make a simple cocktail, a classic cocktail very, very good. But with these things, they all have to be regimented, they all have to be treated seriously so you have consistency and results. Jiggers are important." [8:19]

-- Kevin Ang on Eating Disorder

"As bartenders, we're reverse babysitters. We watch them come in as normal people and then we turn them into children as they go home." [29:07]

-- Olufemi Ariwumi-Assani


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First Aired - 04/05/2009 09:00AM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week's Q Report is about beginnings: the roots of the mind, new connectivity in rural America, and reclaiming pre-industrial food systems.

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