Bartender Benefit

Just a reminder that tonight is the benefit for Tony Devencenzi at Enrico‘s.

Details from the press release:

San Francisco Bartenders Unite to Help Tony Devencenzi
Fundraiser at Enrico’s on January 5th Raises the Issue of
Affordable Health Insurance as well as the dedicated bond the bar community has for one another!

San Francisco, CA–December 29, 2008—The United States Bartenders Guild, San Francisco Chapter (SF USBG) and friends and family of Tony Devencenzi have united to put together a benefit to raise funds to defray Tony’s rising medical costs. An affable barman at The Clock Bar, Tony was struck by a car on Sunday December 14, 2008. He is in stable condition and is expected to recover entirely over time; however, his lack of health insurance and loss of work time only equates to escalating bills.

The SF USBG established a Bartender Relief Fund earlier this year to help uninsured bartenders in times of need.

“In the past couple of years we have seen a few of our colleagues suffer traumatic situations with no insurance and loss of work,” stated USBG Vice President H. Joseph Ehrmann. “Sadly, we did not expect to use the funds we have raised so soon after establishing the fund. The need for affordable health insurance is once again brought to light amongst career bartenders.”

The benefit will be on this Monday, January 5, 2009 at Enrico’s Sidewalk Café from 6:30-11:30 p.m. Enrico’s has generously donated the space and food for the event. Donations are welcome at the door, $10 raffle tickets will be sold onsite and a silent auction will begin at 6:30 and end at 10:30 p.m. Key raffle and auction items include magnums of wine, top notch spirits, cocktail book as well as, restaurant gift certificates and a night of Chef Joey Altman cooking at one’s home…and much much more!

Live Music by The Backstreet Burner Blues band with headliner Joey Altman from 8:30-10:00 p.m.

The bars will be staffed by some of the best in the Bay—donating 100% of all tips and proceeds to the fund. Additionally, bars across the city have set up Tips for Tony jars including Levende Lounge and Clock Bar.

All donations can be made out to USBG and mailed to the USBG at 95 Fairmont Dr., Daly City, Ca 94015 or email the USBG at NorCalUSBG(a) with the amount you would like to donate via credit card.

About the USBG:
The U.S.B.G. is an association of bartenders who come together to share their common interest: the craft of mixology.
Our Guild is made up of exceptional bartenders who take great pride in the cocktails we serve. At every opportunity we use only the freshest ingredients and quality spirits to craft a well-balanced, professional product.

For more information, go to Celebration for Tony on Facebook or email darizzo(a)

Imperial Cocktail

Imperial Cocktail

Imperial Cocktail

1 Dash Maraschino. (1/3 tsp. Luxardo Maraschino)
1 Dash Angostura Bitters.
1/2 French Vermouth. (1 1/2 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth)
1/2 Dry Gin. (1 1/2 oz Junipero Vermouth)

Stir well and serve with olive.

Another cool and tasty Dry Martini variation. Yum!

Kind of a Dry Vermouth version of the Martinez. Who can complain about that?

This post is one in a series documenting my ongoing effort to make all of the cocktails in the Savoy Cocktail Book, starting at the first, Abbey, and ending at the last, Zed.