September 28: Drago Centro Fall Cocktail Menu Launch

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On Wednesday, September 28th, Drago Centro celebrates the launch of its Fall Cocktail Menu with special $8 pricing on the new drinks. Unlike previous collaborations between Beverage Director Michael Shearin and Head Bartender Jaymee Mandeville, nearly all of the drinks on the latest menu were created by Mandeville.

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From Farm to Glass: Matthew Biancaniello’s Sublime Cocktails at the Library Bar

In a weekend post to his Facebook page, Matthew Biancaniello hinted at how much work goes into bartending at a big Hollywood bash like last Saturday’s Speakeasy event: “…up early ready to pick up 800 lavender stems and juice 600 lemons.” Keep in mind, this update was posted at 5am on the morning of the party. Biancaniello might end up with Popeye’s forearms if his profile continues to rise at the rate it has since he captured the title at last August’s Chartreuse Sweet 16 Competition. Coming from a distinctly non-culinary background, Biancaniello has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in a city teeming with talented bartenders. Angelenos have taken notice, giving him the most votes in the ongoing LA’s Best Bartender Contest.

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An Epic Night at the 2010 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala

On Friday, May 14, the center of the cocktail universe was at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, site of the 2010 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala. From 9pm to 1am, 2500 sharply-dressed imbibers roamed the Beaux-Arts splendor of the New York Public Library, sampling cocktails from 150 mixologists and 137 liquor brands from around the world.

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