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Posted by TraderTiki on April 22nd, 2008 — Posted in Bilge

Blair Reynolds

Portland, OR
(707) 292-4796
blair at tradertiki dot com

I am currently looking for work as a bartender and/or server nights and weekends at a bar, lounge, or restaurant.

Summary of Skills

I have experience working at family dining restaurants and high end bars, working with Rapidfire and other POS systems. I also bring years of work with Windows and Mac, the Microsoft Office Suite, network and server maintenance, and other general computer and web development skills. I speak some Spanish.

Bar Experience

Tiki Cocktail Consultant • Teardrop Lounge • Portland, OR • 2008 +

I work with Teardrop Lounge for specialty cocktail nights, consulting on the menu and developing mixes for the drinks. I host the evenings, discussing the drinks and tiki history with bar patrons.

Bartender and Host • Old Chicago Pizza • Petaluma, CA • 2004

One of the most popular family restaurants on a Saturday night, I was the weekend bartender, weeknight host, and occasional cook and cashier. The pace was frenetic, but it was a great place to learn to stay sane in a stressful environment.

Bartender, Freelance • 2001 +

Provide bar service and menu consultation for private parties, events and occasions

Other Related Experience

Kitchen Duty • US Army • Ft. Jackson, SC • 2002

Server• Oliver’s• Cotati, CA • 2003

Restaurant Manager • Old Chicago Pizza Takeout• Petaluma, CA • 2005

Event Co-Organizer • Northwest Tiki • Portland, OR • 2006+

Cocktail Writer • TraderTiki.com • 2007 +

Education

Associates Degree-Liberal Arts • Santa Rosa Junior College • 2005

Professional Bartender’s School• San Francisco, CA• 2001

Certifications

  • OLCC certified and current
  • FHC certified and current
  • CPR certified

About Me

I got involved in bartending back in 2001, when I decided to attend Professional Bartender’s School in San Francisco after a few years of mixing at home and for parties. Since then, I’ve learned a lot freelancing as a bartender and server for catering services, independently for small events, and worked a few places in the food and service industry. When not working my day job, I’m usually crafting new cocktails for upcoming contests, developing new or classic mixers, and studying from cocktail books. Most recently, I’ve enjoyed David Wondrich’s Imbibe!, a book on “Professor” Jerry Thomas, the first bartender to write and publish a book on bartending and drinks.

I specialize in tropical cocktails as developed by Don the Beachcomber and “Trader Vic” Bergeron. These creations represent 40 years of the predominant cocktail culture in America that were suddenly gone in the blink of an eye. Thanks to the work of Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, these drinks have seen resurgence, and more new Tiki bars are opening up every month. My site, tradertiki.com, is a tribute to these masters, and a record of my quest to recreate their drinks as they would have made them.


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