Happy fall,

Many have inquired about it… many have requested it… and many have just plain missed the Top Shelf Newsletter. After spending the summer revamping the website, kudos to Bill from MYDARNDEST, I’d like to re-introduce the Top Shelf Newsletter – back and better than ever! I can’t go any further without, also, thanking the brother in-law, Michael Mann of City Blue Printing for all his help.

I’d like to remind everyone to start thinking about planning your holiday parties now to avoid the last minute hold ups. Hold ups like: Who do we invite? What should we do about food? Should we get a bartender to monitor the bar and a server to pass the hour d’oeuvers? Well, we’re here to help.

Let’s start thinking about your party now and plan accordingly, don’t wait until the last minute! Consult with us. We will make sure your party goes off without a hitch. Let’s bring in a door person to take coats. Maybe have a server near the door to greet a new arrival with a glass of wine? Don’t want a glass of wine? Well, the bartender is making cocktails through that door into the living room. Let your guest roam your party with a drink from the bar, taste your bountiful selection of mouthwatering hors d’oeuvres that another server expertly maintains. Sound too good to be true? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’re waiting to hear from you. Go enjoy your party. We’ve got this.

Talk to you soon.


Give Top Shelf Staffing a call to assist with coordinating your plans.
CALL US: 585-943-5476

Party Tip from Ted

WINE 6oz pour SPIRITS 1.5oz pour BEER 12oz pour
750ml = 4-5 glasses 1 Shot = 1-2oz 1 pitcher = 5 glasses
Magnum = 10-12 glasses 750ml spirit = 18 pours 1 case = 24 bottles
Champagne = 6-8 glasses 1 liter spirit = 22 pours 1 keg = 7 cases


Wine Clubs.

A wine Club Membership is, in my mind one of the coolest gifts to give. Perhaps to your parents, a boss you’re trying to schmooz, or maybe even yourself. There are many out there, so consider your budget, the style of wines offered and the length of the membership. A few years ago I gave mom a year subscription to www.cellarswineclub.com. Every month she received a red & white wine with an informative brochure about each selection. She had a great time trying various wines from around the world.

My Club.

ChandonI want to share with you my experience from a vineyard I visited while in NAPA. Domaine Chandon. Every wine menu I’ve managed while working for various restaurants has carried a bottle or two from this vineyard. Located just about in the center of the valley, I felt compelled to visit this vineyard. The tasting room was modern yet intimate and inviting. The wines and champagnes we tasted were exceptional. The smells from the restaurant were enticing. At the end of the pampering, I wanted to bring back a little piece of Chandon, so I purchased a number of bottles to share with friends back home… and a membership. Yeah I did. There were a number of packages to choose from. So I, being the frugal one went with the Prestige Sparkling & Still Wine Package. And I’m loving it.

Prestige Members selecting the Sparkling and Still Wine option enjoy six 1-3 bottle shipments delivered directly to you every year. Among other benefits, wine shipments are carefully selected by their own Winemaker. They include winery and Club Chandon exclusives wines, wines from their Reserve Collection, etoile Collection, and still wines. The average shipment cost over the course of the year is $75.

So, a good plug for Chandon but more importantly, in my mind, a great alternative way for trying new wines without staring at shelves at your favorite liquor/wine store.

p.s. Let me hear about the wine club your using.


My buddy Bill Klingensmith [MYDARNDEST and BONA FIDE COFFEE] and I are having some fun putting a series of videos together that share some tips about beverages.

This is our first one. We hope you have a good laugh and learn something!



a client of ours offers this martini at all their parties


  • 1 1/2oz strawberry vodka
  • 2 oz lemonade
  • Topped with Fresca.

Mix vodka and lemonade into a shaker glass filled with ice. Shake for 5 seconds. Pour into chilled martini glass. Top with Fresca (grapefruit soda).



LIBRA (Sept 23 – Oct 23)

Drinking style: “I’m just a social drinker,’ slurs Libra, “it’s just that I’m so damn social.’ Libra loves nothing more than to party, mingle and relate to everyone. Whether dipped in favor of Good Libra (with Insta-Friend device set to “on’) or heavier on the Evil Libra side (they are little instigators when bored), the Scales can really work a room. Charming as they are, Libras are notoriously lacking in self-control, however, which can get them into all sorts of trouble – including wearing their wobbly boots waaaay too early in the evening, flirting with their best friend’s beau or even blacking out the night’s events entirely. Oops!


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