The Traveling Tender
The Traveling Tender

The Traveling Tender

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Introduction: When considering adding a bar, beverage services, or wait staff to your event, be ready to “dream out loud” and for the right professional to come prepared enough to make those dreams come true before your eyes! That’s why The Traveling Tender is your foremost mobile bartending service, and talented at executing (and often developing) our clients’ visions! With 10+ years of proven success in the hospitality industry, we provide supremely knowledgeable and experienced bartenders for your perfect event! Our expert mixologists, competitive pricing, and stellar customer service combine to make our events less stressful for the host and more memorable for EACH guest! In addition to the finest craft cocktail curators, we are proud to offer fun & friendly bar backs, waitstaff, coat check team, and helpful hosts & day-of-coordinators to ensure that you enjoy your event without worry. The Traveling Tender also offers event equipment for rent, including various sizes of portable bars, bar equipment, dispensers, and glassware. Contact us today to begin planning!

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18 employees

10 years in business

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Cash, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, Zelle

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Very good 4.6

36 reviews


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Andrea b.


I had such a great experience with AJ and her skills I will definitely recommend The Traveling Tender and will be using service again.
Jul 28, 2021
Darnice M.


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, 2019
Donna B.


From start to finish I couldn’t be happier working with The Traveling Tender to make my event a success. I would absolutely use their service again because of the quality of personnel!
Jun 18, 2021
Melvin T.


We used the traveling tender to host my wife graduation party. Their Service was and drinks were incredible. Our party was such a great success with their help. We will definitely be using them again in the future
Jun 18, 2021
Jeremiah J.


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, 2019

License Type: BASSET (Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training) (IL)

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Charletha Talley


  • 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.

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