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Winter 2017

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Mobile Mixologist Shakes Up Local Events B Y R E N E E B R I N C K S O lana Sullivan put herself through college by bartending in Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach. She took a traditional office job after graduation, but eventually missed the active and social aspects of her previous work. In 2009, Sullivan shook things up by introducing Pour Girl Bartending. Today, the Carmel company brings mobile mixology exper tise to events throughout Monterey County and California's Central Coast, offering cocktail catering services for corporate meetings, engagement parties, birthday gather- ings and other get-togethers. Sullivan partners with local boutiques on sip-and-shop nights and pairs with nonprofits on fundraising events. She and her team of 12 bartenders—including certi- fied sommeliers, National Bartenders School graduates and ServSave-certified professionals— also lead custom wine and cocktail classes. To make par ty planning easy, Pour Girl Bartending offers packages that bundle bar- tending ser vices, custom-crafted beverage menus, house-made mixers and more. "We work closely with clients to create a list of seasonal cocktail ideas. If they prefer to purchase their own ingredients, we also provide a shopping list," Sullivan says. "People like that flexibility." Sullivan achieved a lifelong dream by launch- ing her own business, and she especially enjoys working with clients who have become friends. "The best parties I attend are the ones I'm throwing," she laughs. To learn more about Pour Girl Bartending, visit SHORTCUTS BUSINESS Pour Girl Bartending was launched by Olana Sullivan (center) pictured with Sunshine Jackson (left) and Gracie Singer (right), and provides services at many local events. 74 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 7 Photo: Kelli Uldall

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