Latest Graduate News

  • Congrats to Andrew at Edgewood Country Club and The Callos Company!

  • Congrats to Stephen who was hired at Level 20 Lounge in Bethel!!  Stephen was hired over the phone due to his excellent resume and amazing professional training here at Elite!

  • Congrats to John at The Pour House (Allison Park)

  • Keep your eyes open for Jessica at different events around Pittsburgh this summer! She was hired at both At Your Service Catering and The Callos Companies!

  • Congrats to Jillian at Spartan Pub (Hughesville, PA)!

  • You can find recent grad Adam behind the bar at Runway Grille in Butler! He did great on his first day putting to use all that he has learned! Congrats!

  • Congrats to Taylor at McDains Restaurant (Monroeville)

  • Congrats to Olivia at Fusion Japanese Steakhouse and Doubletree by Hilton (Washington)

  • Not only can you find Kelci working private events all around Pittsburgh with The Callos Companies, she also just landed a permanent position at Oglebay Resort!

  • Congrats to Zack at Buckheads Saloon (Station Square)

  • Big Congrats to Megan who was hired on the spot and started the same night at the Castle Pub in Ebensburg! Her confidence and interview preparation really paid off!

  • Congrats to Haley at The Big Burrito Restaurant Group!

  • So excited for Jeremy who just got hired at the Gateway Clipper Fleet! What a great time that will be sailing the beautiful three rivers, and making delicious cocktails!!! Sounds like a dream job!

  • Congrats to Angela at 2 Tomato Restaurant (New Castle)

  • Be sure to check out Aaron when you are at the next Pirate game! It didn’t take him long to land an awesome job at PNC Park!!!

  • Congrats to Malcolm at Doubletree by Hilton (Washington)

  • Cathy will be mixing it up at the brand new Saga Japanese Steakhouse at South Hills Village Mall. Congrats Cathy!

Bartending Blog

After a long, intensive search; and let me tell you I looked high and low over every bar stool I came across, to find the very best Pineapple Martini I have ever tasted at Mitchell’s Fish Market in the Waterfront in Homestead, it is the Pineapple Martini drinkers nectar from the Gods themselves.

Doc’s place (on Walnut Street in Shadyside) also has a wonderful Pineapple Dream, but it doesn’t quite taste as heavenly as the Pineapple Martini at Mitchell’s Fish Market.

Once a silly male bartender (in a place that will remain nameless for the time being) offered me a Pineapple Upside Down Martini, telling me that it was much better than a Pineapple Martini that they did not offer on their Martini list of drinks, thinking that I was some kind of dumb brunette and that I would fall for it. Why I refer to him as being silly you ask is because there is no comparison to a Pineapple Upside Down Martini and a True Pineapple Martini, and I am no dumb brunette, first you have the ingredients; a true Pineapple Martini is made with fresh Pineapples and Vodka, Vodka and more Vodka, you have Vanilla Vodka such as my favorite Three Olives, but you will have those that will argue they like Smirnoff Vanilla Twist to be the best and then your good straight vodka such as Imperia from Russia or 42 Below from New Zealand, then you add the Coconut Rum, I like to have a little captain in me so I choose Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay Coconut Rum again you will have others that will argue for Malibu Coconut Rum to each their own. The fresh pineapple is left to soak and stew in the vodka for days to absorb all that tasty alcohol as well as being used as garnish in the drink itself, the huge chucks of vodka soaked pineapple is to die for.

For a Pineapple Upside Down Martini it’s a no brainer, Vanilla Vodka, Pineapple juice shaken not stirred and poured into a shot glass a shot glass you’re kidding me, with a splash of grenadine syrup, with no garnish what kind of Pineapple Martini is that? No garnish, no real pineapple it just isn’t the same, now who’s the dumb brunette, and yes he had brown hair… needless to say, he wasn’t one of ours.


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