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The bartender was very professional, offer great customer service and welling to go the extra mile. I had a few wait staff show up and the bartender just jump in a assist without me having to ask. She was also very courteous and responsive to the guest. A great peoples person.Nov 12, 2019Verified
So polite & patient, even under pressure! We met Charli when she bartended a 50th bday that could’ve been a disaster without her. Our friend’s daughter hosted the party (she’s a real piece of work) & was running behind & frustrated, so she snapped on the bartender all night, but Charlii just kept serving and smiling and kept the party going. She brought in a whole bar, sent out for more liquor when they ran low, she even named a special drink “The Dorian”. The Traveling Tender is professional, prompt & good pricing, and we’ve already booked them for 2 more occasions after seeing how well she handles the worst of situations & really takes good care of the guests.Aug 10, 2019Verified
A fabulous bar service! They were early, setup was beautiful, and anticipated every need! From the start, Charli worked with our budget to make our event memorable and elegant. Friends are still posting and talking about how amazing the cocktail selection was. They even helped cover up a few flaws from our caterer, jumped right in to help, and no one ever noticed what a catastrophe they resolved because they did it all while smiling. Never skipped a beat! I will never look for any other bartender, mixologist, or event staff again... The Traveling Tender is the absolute best!Oct 11, 2019
My guests and I really loved The Traveling Tender! Charli put such a a special, creative spin on our signature cocktails and made each glass better than we could have imagined. She is so professional, but full of personality. She even organized our leftover liquor and left us simple recipes for how to enjoy it all at a later date. I didn’t really think we needed a bartending service, but after seeing how efficiently she handled everything, and with a smile, I know it was the best investment. We will never have a party again without The Traveling Tender!Sep 19, 2018The Traveling Tender's reply
Thank you Dr Keller! It was such a joy to design such a unique cocktail menu for your party. We love it when our clients utilize our craft cocktail expertise, and it certainly made for an impressive, classy event. I’m so happy you chose to add one of our wait staff team to assist with appetizers and dinner. We are already looking forward to our next event together! We truly appreciate your kind review.
Charlie is an AMAZING bartender! She always bring the added spice that I need for my parties! My forever Tender!!!!Aug 1, 2018The Traveling Tender's reply
Thank you, Yolanda! I am always so pleased to get your call. The events you host and plan are always so spectacular. I love how you trust me to match your over-the-top vision with unique signature cocktails that wow your guests more each time! Looking forward to your next soirée!!!
License Type: BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training) (IL)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We ask lots of questions in our initial communications to learn more about your event and get to know your preferences. Whether in one call or dozens prior to your event, we gather details from you, your planner, your venue, etc, further enabling us to flawlessly execute your vision for your perfect event. We require a completed, signed contract and a non-refundable deposit/retention fee to hold a date, secure staff, and/or extend our insurance for any event, of any size, at all times of year. While only a small amount, the non-refundable deposit secures our services and is in consideration of our team forgoing other bookings that may make us unavailable for your event.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?It began when introduced to full-service, formal fine dining by the founder of the International Catering Association as a teenager in high school. In the decades since, I’ve completed programs at recognized bartending schools, studied in the U.S. & Europe, attained degrees in Spanish, Poli Sci, & Employment Law, ultimately earning a Master of Mixology award in Chicago. Continuing education is the pride of The Traveling Tender, thus we contribute to, and participate in, many seminars, workshops, and learning opportunities throughout the food & beverage industry, and maintain the following honors: - BASSET (liquor) certification - ServSafe Food Sanitation certification - ServSafe Food Handlers’ certification - CRT/Consejo Regulador de Tequila (rare award for tequila mastery thru Mexico) - Bar Methods (NY) alum - Bar Institute (global) alum - 100 Women of Influence, Chicago 2018 Our talented staff is entertaining, certified, and responsible. **We are LIQUOR LIABILITY INSURED.**
- What types of customers have you worked with?The Traveling Tender has been contracted by both corporate clients and private hosts. Our clients include businesses, liquor brands, galleries, event planners, catering companies, convention coordinators, housing associations, parent/school groups, brides/grooms, and of course, at-home party hosts.