The Drink Chef

21st Century Bar Management

Blake F. Donaldson isn’t just another bartender at a trendy restaurant. He approaches his profession as an art… Possessing a deep passion and knowledge of his world of ‘Liquids’, in fact, that is how his business card reads. Blake F. Donaldson… Liquids.

As if from another era, one feels pampered by the ever-present Blake. His philosophy of personal service is reminiscent of bartenders from a classic Hollywood movie.

Walk into the bar and one feels like Blake’s personal guest. Unsure of what to order? Blake will quickly suggest one of his latest creative creations, or engage the guest in a world of discovery towards the perfect cocktail for the moment.

He will be more than happy to tell anyone who is interested about the origins of this cocktail or that elixir, beginning with a detailed genealogy of the perfect martini or perhaps the difference between Bourbon & Tennessee Whiskey.

Considered by many to be the best bartender in the South Bay, Blake was featured as ‘Bartender of the Year’ by the Los Angeles Easy Reader in 1997. Over thirty years of experience in the hospitality industry, he now proudly hangs his hat at the Daily Grill, on Centruy Blvd. in Los Angeles, California, after having some illustrious experiences at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, Shade Hotel, Rock’n Fish Restaurant, Mangiamo Ristorante in Manhattan Beach and Michi in Manhattan Beach, Chez Melange in Redondo Beach and Café Del Rey in Marina Del Rey.

Knowledge, expertise and professionalism are among Blake’s attributes, and if he’s working for you… your life will be just a little easier, a little more enjoyable, knowing that your guests are in good hands.
Blake is now branching out into instructional ‘product specific’ videos AND ‘hands on’ consulting… helping you build a bar or restaurant designed to run smoothly and profitably, with flair and creativity. Please feel free to contact him and ask any question you like.

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