Danielle Schmitz, Sommelier, Mixologist
Responds in about 2 hours
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Hired 32 times
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Jan - Jun
Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It can vary slightly depending on the services you would like - original cocktails (which might include prep-work of special ingredients ahead of time, printing a menu), glassware included, etc. Sommelier services can also be more expensive depending on wine-sourcing. A good estimate for bartending a full party is 6 hours on-site, plus the prep work ahead of time and printing a menu etc., for about $300. I also never use tip jars because I feel like this sends the wrong message.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to know what your event is about, how many guests, if you would like a special menu... After creating one I would typically write you a grocery list (minus any ingredients I will be bringing myself) and then I plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before guests to set up, I try to stay busy throughout the event, circulating to help clean up, refresh drinks, etc., and then as the evening winds down clean up and leave the bottles out for lingering guests to serve themselves. I also bring a printed menu for the evening if there are specialty cocktails, and I can also supply glassware, ice and a cooler if you need.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers and I have worked in the wine industry since 2012 in New York City including restaurants and importing. I have also bartended for years in San Francisco and New York and competed as a member of the New York Bartenders Guild.