Feb 17, 2022
In this wide-ranging
conversation with Porchlight Beverage Director Nicholas Bennett,
some of the topics we discuss include:
- Nick’s journey from a beer and shot bar near
Montauk to a supper club in Brooklyn, and on through some of the
most legendary beverage programs in Manhattan, including Booker
& Dax and Amor y Amargo.
- How making his mom’s friend the worst cocktail
she’d ever had kick-started an epic journey into education,
experimentation, and creativity that has defined his upward
trajectory in the hospitality business.
- Why Nick has embraced miniatures of himself in
lego figurines and a puppet named Bennett, and how these avatars
figure into the way Nick goes about educating and creating
enthusiasm around cocktail trends he cares about.
- Of course, we also talk about the fantastic
beverage program at Porchlight, which is a Union Square Hospitality
Group venue. It’s a place where Nick has been able to experiment
with lots of fun riffs on drinks from the cocktail dark ages, and
he’s excited to share with us what’s on tap for 2022.
- Along the way, we explore why Nick is a Blue
Curacao apologist, the Proustian memory of his great-aunt’s shaken
Manhattan with spoiled vermouth, who one might encounter when
questing for the Underberg of Destiny and the Centrifuge of Truth,
and much, much more.
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