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Crafting Color Formulas and Perfecting Hues

Crafting color formulas and perfecting hues can be a difficult task! But in today’s installment of “Meet the Maker” from our factory partners – Old Dominion Furniture Company. we meet the person who does just that!

Linda has served as Old Dominion Furniture Company’s lead colorist since 2002! Nailing down the precise formula for matching stain and paint colors can be a tedious task! But Linda has it down to a science! During her 20 year tenure, she has formulated, mixed and perfected “recipes” for countless custom colors! Linda documents all of her recipes in countless handwritten books!

In 1990 Linda joined the Old Dominion crew as part of the Finishing Department. The finishing department is responsible for customizing the look of each chair frame and tabletop! From formulating custom paints and stains to applying color and sealer coats, the team ensures that each piece is flawless and ready for delivery! Linda’s task was to sand high chair frames, which is a critical step in the finishing process. After experiencing other roles in the finishing department, Linda moved to color mixing in 2002. And thanks to her perfectionist tendencies – her love-hate relationship with color is still going strong!

Linda enjoys being part of the Old Dominion team and takes great pride in her role in creating the beautiful pieces that customers have come to know Old Dominion Furniture Company for.

We continue to be amazed by her ability of crafting color formulas and perfecting hues with the same dedication and commitment as the day she started.

 

 

 

 

Eight Frozen Cocktails for the Winter Months

Does your bar blender gather dust from November through April, only to roar back to life when it’s margarita season? This winter, put the blender back to work by mixing some frozen cocktails that will invigorate your cocktail program. Frozen Cocktails for the Winter Months may sound like an oxymoron. BUT! There is a secret to selling frozen drinks in winter. And it is simple – you just need to channel your customers’ seasonal moods. In the article below originally posted by our factory partners Hamilton Beach Commercial, we will tell you how.

Frozen Cocktails for the Winter Months

But first, remember the basics of successful drink blending: Always put liquid ingredients in the jar first. Follow by adding solid ingredients such as fruit and ice. And for a consistent blend every time, invest in a powerful, commercial-quality bar blender.

Festive frozen cocktails for December

In December, everyone’s in the holiday mood. Flavors of the season include peppermint, chocolate, orange, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger. And while most people associates the holiday month with warm drinks: hot toddies, hot buttered rum and hot chocolate, novelty always sells — so why not put an icy spin on traditional flavors?

  • Frozen Hot Chocolate Martini – This recipe from Sandra Lee, made with hot cocoa mix and vanilla vodka, is as simple as it gets — and will warm chocolate lovers’  hearts.
  • Frozen Dark and Stormy – This frozen cocktail from Delish is like Christmas in July: the gingery bite is appealing in winter, while the rum and lime evoke the tropics.
Virtuous frozen cocktails for January

In January, we’re all nursing an overindulgence hangover. No more chocolate. No more eggnog. And for the love of butter, no more cookies. At the same time, we’re not ready to trade our cocktails for swiss-chard smoothies just yet. Offer a frozen-cocktail menu that speaks to guests’ desire to cleanse their palates and start fresh. Or, since it’s Drynuary for some, why not serve refreshing mocktails?

  • Frozen Gin and Tonic – Did you know that the gin and tonic was originally devised as a cure for malaria? Tonic water was invented to make bitter quinine powder, a malaria remedy, palatable to British colonists. They soon realized it was easier to drink if they added a healthy dose of gin. This medicinal drink is even better as a frozen winter cocktail. This recipe from Serious Eats is mixed in advance, speeding bar service.
  • Frozen Cranberry Margarito – The happy child of a mojito and a margarita, this winter cocktail from Southern Living refreshes with tart cranberry, lime and a salt-sugar rim.
Tropical frozen cocktails for February

In February, we’re all feeling envious. Everyone is Instagramming their sunny getaways to Cabo or Cancun (or at least, that’s how it’s been in years past! Here’s hoping for travel to become the norm again – really soon!!!) Since we can’t get away due to the current world situation, we can at least enjoy a little taste of the tropics!

  • Winter Margarita – We love this recipe from bartender Tristan Willey, which includes an egg white, reposado tequila and mezcal: “It gives you those summer flavors,” he says, “but with the thickness of the body and the smoke of the mezcal.” Willey says to shake with ice, but we suggest blending for a frozen treat.
  • Kahlua Colada – This frozen cocktail recipe, originally from Bartender Magazine, has been a runaway hit on Hamilton Beach Commercial’s blog for two years running. The combination of rich Kahlua with coconut and pineapple is unusual, but it works.
Irish frozen cocktails for March

With spring right around the corner, your guests are feeling optimistic. And Irish. Very Irish. But blended cocktails don’t need to be green to be perfect for the season.

  • Frozen Irish Coffee – The French Quarter bar Erin Rose lays claim to inventing this delectable frozen drink, although the owners won’t divulge the recipe. Bar manager Rhiannon Enlil tells Imbibe magazine it’s made with local dairy, local coffee, brandy and coffee liqueur, then sprinkled with coffee grounds. This version, made with whiskey, hails from the Hinky Dinks bar in Sydney.
  • Spiced Clover Shake – This blended combination of beer and chocolate ice cream is unconventional, but delicious. The recipe, originally from Monin, calls for amber beer, but we think Guinness or another Irish stout would work beautifully.

And voila — it’s spring again. Time to start blending margaritas…

 

Original post: So Cold They’re Hot: Eight Frozen Cocktails for the Winter Months 

 

BauscherHepp NRA Show Collections

BauscherHepp NRA show collectionsDid you know that the opening day for the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago would have taken place this past weekend? Due to obvious reasons that didn’t happen this year, but our factory partners from BauscherHepp didn’t want you to miss out. So they have created a mini catalog, which highlights some of the collections that BauscherHepp would have introduced at the NRA show.

We are thrilled to share the catalog with you! It includes new vintage-inspired glasses from Luigi Bormioli. Asymmetrical bone white china from Bauscher. Versatile stoneware from Playground that serves a dual purpose. You can view the BauscherHepp NRA Show Collection here.

Bauscher Hepp will send out more of these mini catalogs, as they launch even more new products, and we will of course share them with you.

In the meantime – please stay safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing all of you in Chicago next year for the National Restaurant Association Show!

And, if you need any help to get you through this crisis, BauscherHepp is continuously updating their Covid-19 resource page. It is a page that contains a list of national and regional resources, aid and ways everyone can continue to help. You can find out more by clicking on this link!