ABOUT ME

Aubrey Dodd

Bartender, Writer, Taste-maker

My real-life job title is "Mixologist," so I guess you could say I'm a pretty serious career woman.

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As soon as I got behind a bar, it felt like home. Everything about the food and beverage industry spoke to me - the hustle, the hospitality, the people. 

I went to some college, and spent time doing desk work (pretty poorly, may I add) at a law office and working at a shoe store, but restaurants always called me back to them. The late nights, sore joints, and zeroed out paychecks were a minuscule price to pay for the feeling of inclusiveness, family meal, shift drinks, and (of course) the tips.

When I decided to follow a career path in the bar industry, I was incredibly lucky to find a mentor. She showed me the craft-cocktail ropes, but beyond that she taught me how to find a career path in an industry where that path is never clearly defined. As I navigated that road, she unselfishly opened up about the challenges she encountered in her own drink-slinging career and pushed me beyond making drinks into being a leader.

For those who are just embarking on their hospitality careers, or for those of you who are industry veterans thirsty for continued growth and new conversations, this blog is for you. Use it to learn, teach others around you, and encourage enthusiasts to make a drink too!

Behind the bar people often ask you what your "real job" is, but service behind the pine is as real as it gets, and your growth as a person and as a hospitality professional will never cap out.

Reach out to me if there is content you want to see here, or if you have content of your own to share on the site! 

Cheers,

Aubrey

 

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