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“Callie's passion in curating our cocktail program and dedication to her craft inspire our entire team at Corner Kitchen,” Skilliter told this news outlet in an email. “We strive to continue to train and learn and improve. This opportunity provides Callie with access to new learning opportunities. Callie finds inspiration for her cocktails everywhere — it's really a cool thing to watch — and I know she will return from this conference with new ideas and perspective and will continue to push herself and our guests with her creations.”
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Skilliter said Young “has such an incredible palate and is attuned to the nuances of flavor in everything she tastes, from one of her inventive syrups to a complex amaro to the subtle differences in dry vermouths. She is then so intuitive in blending the ingredients to create a satisfying and sometimes surprising experience.”
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Among the current specialty cocktails on Corner Kitchen’s list include the “Rust Belt Beauty,” consisting of bourbon, blackcurrant, smoked paprika, honey and lemon; and the “Rose Gold,” which blends gin, rose-infused Lillet Blanc, saffron, lime and Burlesque bitters.
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“I’m eager to bring my newfound knowledge back to Dayton with me, and implement my new skills behind the bar at Corner Kitchen,” Young said. “I'll be able to share my experiences with guests, pass along knowledge to fellow bartenders, and continue to pursue my love of bartending with a wider world view.”
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