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Big Table Fundraiser, Special Holiday Drinks, and Free Manhattan Samples

Posted by John Eckhart Posted on Dec - 14 - 2012

Dear Enotecans,

This email is about three things all regarding tasty spirits.  We’re teaming up with the charity Big Table between now and the end of the year, we’re featuring some incredible holiday special drinks, and Saturday Jake is unleashing the Manhattan.

big-table-logoBig Table

At a wine maker dinner last year we were privileged to meet Kevin Finch, the founder and spear head of Big Table.  We’ve gotten to know Kevin and we’ve seen how his work helps people, truly helps people in our local community who really need it.

What’s the deal?

To celebrate and give thanks for all the blessings we have been given this year we would like to pass on the blessings to the community.   Enoteca has paired up with Kevin Finch the founder of Big Table to give back this holiday season.

During the month of December, any time you purchase one of these specials Enoteca is donating $1 to Big Table.  Come on down and enjoy this season of giving with a libation that gives back.  Pick up a brochure for Big Table while you’re here, to learn more.

  • Bloody Mary –  Served Enoteca style.  Includes lemon, tomato, vodka, Worcestershire, our special spice blend and a salad on top.
  • The Skadoosh – An Enoteca Original by Jake S.
  • Classic Manhattan – Rye or bourbon, learn more about it below.

Bloody MaryWhat is Big Table?

Big Table is an organization committed to building relationships rather than simply offering programs and the community we create starts with shared meals together around a literal “big table.”  Then out of this community we find creative ways to care for people in the community who are hurting, falling through the cracks, or in crisis.  It is simple, powerful, and a tremendous amount of fun. Big Table primarily helps folks working within the restaurant and hospitality industry. Why? The largest single employment group in the United States is restaurant workers. Add in hospitality workers and that number of people employed is close to double that of any other industry in the country.  It is a vibrant industry full of gifted, creative, and generous people.

It is also an incredibly tough industry.  Many employed in restaurants or hotels live on the very edge working multiple jobs and without a safety net.  It is the industry in the United States with the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse in the country and the hours required often strain relationships past the breaking point.

Being a part of this industry Enoteca would like to help. Big Table is such a great organization helping real people in our local community!

Want to learn more about Big Table?  Check out the Big Table website here.  Be sure to catch the video.

Fallen SnowHoliday Drink Specials

It’s time to take a break from the shopping and baking and just relax with friends or that special someone at Enoteca.  We have chosen a few festive and tasty cocktails to enjoy this holiday season.


Fallen Snow
A Sarah Mann creation. Clean and refreshing without being heavy such as fresh fallen snow. Vanilla vodka, mint and Godiva chocolate shaken with fresh cream.

Cranberry Mojito
A twist on the classic. Fresh Cranberries muddled with mint leaves and lime Kraken spiced rum topped with club soda.  Not too sweet and don’t think the cranberries add too much of a sour kick. This is a well balanced drink!

What’s a Manhattan?

Saturday, December 15th, Jake will be mixing up two different styles of Manhattan and giving away samples.  Come in to try both an uber traditional Rye Manhattan and a more common Bourbon Manhattan.  Which do you prefer?

A popular history suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City in the early 1870s, where it was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall for a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston’s mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. The success of the banquet made the drink fashionable, later prompting several people to request the drink by referring to the name of the club where it originated—”the Manhattan cocktail”. However, Lady Randolph was in France at the time and pregnant, so the story is likely a fiction. The original “Manhattan cocktail” was a mix of “American Whiskey, Italian Vermouth and Angostura bitters”.

However, there are prior references to various similar cocktail recipes called “Manhattan” and served in the Manhattan area. By one account it was invented in the 1860s by a bartender named Black at a bar on Broadway near Houston Street.



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