Bartender Q&A: Malcolm's David Walker on Screaming Vikings and the Sweetest Pick-Up Line. Ever.

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Last year Manpower Group, a huge staffing firm released a survey intended to highlight rates of dissatisfaction in the workplace. Turns out only 19% of those surveyed claimed to be satisfied with work. Let's be honest, that really sucks.

Malcolm's: the Art of Food's David Walker just happens to fall into that 19%. The mixologist talks to Clean Plate Charlie about the fun of the job and watching love go down at the bar.

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Bartender Q&A: PB Catch Bartender Nick Scalisi on the Science of Drinking and Sad Synchronized Swimming

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Most people tend to think of making drinks as a means to getting drunk. And, well, it is. But there is also a hell of a lot more behind making a good drink than throwing together some liquor with a mixer. Although, we do realize you think you make the superb vodka-cranberry.

Nick Scalisi of PB Catch knows a thing or two about mixing cocktails: he runs the restaurant's mixology program. We figured we'd have a chat with him about bartending and cocktails after the jump.

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Five Craziest Spring Break Stories From Downtown Fort Lauderdale's Bartenders

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Logan Fazio
Spring Break is known as a month of complete chaos for Fort Lauderdale bartenders. It's kind of like babysitting a bunch of overgrown toddlers. In the heat of the moment, restaurant staff probably fantasize about punching these amateurs in the face. How would you feel if you have to wipe some stranger's projectile vomit? Yeah, our thoughts exactly.

While these experiences might not be funny at the time, they make for hilarious stories later. We got some downtown Fort Lauderdale bartenders to share their most ridiculous Spring Break stories. Lots of naked, lots of vomit, and lots of flatulence for the win!

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Bartender Q&A: Ian Carrey of Salt Life Food Shack on Underwater Basket Weaving and Free Stuff

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When it comes to finding amazing cocktails, you're probably not thinking Coral Springs. Not that we have anything against the city, but when it comes to culinary creations the suburbs are mostly like not the first image that comes to mind.

And then there's Ian Carrey, General Manager and Partner of Salt Life Food Shack. The creator of delicious cocktails is elevating the bar scene out on University Drive. With that, we decided to chat him up.

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Bartender Q&A: Hunter Broggi of Red Tapas on Too Many Episodes of Sex and the City and his G-Ma

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Hunter Broggi of Red Tapas Bar & Grille
Few career fields demand more multitasking than tending bar. Sure, the personal assistant is expected to track appointments, book travel, stay on top of meetings, pick-up dry-cleaning, and take notes all at the drop of a hat. Big deal.

The bartender, on the other hand, executes creative cocktails at lightning speed, smile, entertain customers, and pretend to actually care about all of your life's drama. He or she is a therapist and provider of fun all in one good-looking package.

This week, we've decided to chat with bartender-extraordinaire Hunter Broggi of Red Tapas Bar & Grille in Palm Beach Gardens about life behind the line of the bar. 

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Bartender Q&A: The Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim on Pairings, Negronis, and Adventurous Females

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Sara Ventiera
The Modern Mixologist Tony About-Ganim sampling some Pisco Sours at the SoBeWFF
This past weekend was a busy one for South Florida foodies. Broward had some porcine deliciousness at Baconfest. Miami featured the epic South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Fortunately, for us, we got to do a bit of both.

While we were there we got to sample some amazing food, drink some darned good cocktails, and meet a bunch of celebrity chefs and mixologist. Seeing as we have a bit of a soft spot for the art of mixology--and yes, we're aware, it might be a problem--we decided to have an industry chat with the Las Vegas-based, Modern Mixologist, Tony Abou-Ganim.

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Tap 42 Beverage Director Paige Nast Talks About Tricking Customers, Cosmos With Olive Juice

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Tap 42 beverage director Paige Nast
For whatever reason the culinary industry as a whole tends to be a man's game. Of course there are many amazing female chefs and mixologists, but the ratios tends to lean toward the guys.

One local beverage director has turned that male-dominated stereotype on its head. At twenty-two years old, Paige Nast is leading one of the most intensive cocktail programs in Broward County at Fort Lauderdale's Tap 42.

Clean Plate Charlie: Hometown/high school?
Nast: Fort Lauderdale; St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

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Bartender Q&A: Charles Steadman of Lantana Jacks on Scotch and Milk, Goldfish, and Thomas Keller

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Not everyone can make it in the hospitality industry. Whether it's lack of patience or lack of people skills, a lot of people just can't cut the mustard. 

For those who can, there are some words on a resume that mean you've made it big. The Breakers in Palm Beach is one. Charles Steadman of Lantana Jacks Bar and Grill has a hospitality resume that screams experience. An alumnus of spots ranging from the Breakers and the Waldorf Astoria to Buffalo Wild Wings and Olive Garden, this guy most definitely knows his stuff. Clean Plate Charlie decided to have a chat with the well-rounded restaurant partner and tender of bar.

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Bartender Q&A: Kerry McCabe of Kapow! Noodle Bar on his Favorite Drinks, Big Spenders, and Hostesses

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Sara Ventiera
Since Top Chef and all of those other cooking shows made it big, chefs have become the new "in" celebrities: the rock stars of the the restaurant industry. And hey, we get it. It's hard not to love the person who tickles your tastebuds with amazing flavor sensations.

On the other hand, we kind of feel like someone else is losing out on some of the glory: the bartender.

That being said, we wanted to have a chat with the person who is not only impressing our palate, but getting us drunk in the process. Clean Plate Charlie chatted with Kapow! Noodle Bar's bartender and Creator of Things, Kerry McCabe.

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PB Catch Celebrates its One Year Anniversary Tonight: A Q&A With Restauranteur Thierry Beaud

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They say -- whoever "they" are -- the restaurant business is the toughest industry in the world. They say that 90 percent of new eateries fail in the first year -- it's actually less than 30, still high.

While it is probably easier to make it some towns than others -- i.e. the long awaited Olive Garden in Grand Forks, North Dakota -- Palm Beach would not be one of the easy ones. As a wealthy winter haven, the town's residents are used to the crème de la crème. 

Tonight, PB Catch celebrates its one-year mark and is going all-out with the party. Clean Plate Charlie spoke to restauranteur Thierry Beaud about PB Catch's first year and what's in store for the event.

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