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Rooftop Gardening, Beekeeping, Composting for the Bar at Charlie Parker's in Sydney

Charlie Parker's is a cocktail bar downstairs from restaurant Fred's in Sydney, Australia. Above both of them is a rooftop garden where they have a 20,000-resident beehive, lots of edible produce, and composting. Our compost bins take care of 90% of all bar waste and our top to tail plastic free approach has seen major success from exclusively using grain straws (or no straws), to all drink prep being stored in food safe mason jars that double as epic sous vide vessels. Our garnishes are made out of the by products from our preps and, our citrus soda is the... Read more →


Advice from Christina Mae Padilla: G&T Teabags, Infusions, Reducing Napkin Use, and More

Christina Mae Padilla is a California bartender and ambassador for brands including Tequila Fortaleza. Use Less Napkins By Moving Them Further Away from Customers We also removed accessibility of cocktail napkins as people would grab a handful to spit out a piece of gum or 20 napkins to clean up 3 droplets of spill. Napkins were behind the bar and available upon request or if we saw a need. Citrus Husks as a Tea to Flavor Gin & Tonics After peeling and then juicing citrus, I would take spent lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit husks and slice them down to... Read more →


Many Citrus Reuse and Alternatives from Boston’s Seth Freidus

Boston’s Seth Freidus formerly headed up the bar programs at Alden & Harlow and Waypoint. Later in 2020, he’s planning on opening his own bar in Boston called Good Company. The below is edited from emails from Freidus. Working With the Kitchen When we write menus, for kitchen/ food and bar/cocktails, kitchen managers, bar managers and myself sit down and collaborate for cohesive menus that cross-utilize as many ingredients as possible without having stale, boring, redundant menus. We write menus based on the season, and what will be readily available for high quality produce. From there we collaborate on using... Read more →