Born to a large family in Kingston, Jamaica and named "family cook" at a young age, it's no surprise that Judith Able feels perfectly at home in the kitchen. She grew up making the most of easy access to fresh fish and farm-grown produce, and multiple degrees in culinary services only honed that passion for well-made food. Available for catering, in-home meals, or black-tie food fights, her menus boast elegant delights such as caramelized brie tartlets, garlic and herb encrusted snapper, and pan-seared duck breast with grilled polenta.
Cushy Cakes conjures up sweet sensations with the lighter-than-air lusciousness of the Andes' famed cotton-candy clouds. Using organic butter, milk, and eggs, Cushy Cakes commandant Melissa Jarquin will whip up a dozen cupcakes ($20) in flavors such as Bananarama, the key-lime-pie-tinged Southernmost Cupcake, and Betty's Carrot Cake, or in the customized flavor of your choosing. Sweet tooths seeking the cream of Cushy Cakes' crop should opt for the Cafe Con Leche, a flavor based on the beloved breakfast coffee, or the Stout Cupcake with Kahlua frosting, made with the beloved breakfast beer Guinness. Gluten-free and vegan cupcakes are also available.
Technicolor liqueurs stream from bottles and shakers as 786-Bartend infuses the brains of students with 80-proof knowledge. Workshops for intro and advanced mixology—developed by founder Isaac Ergas—begin with international history lessons on the origin and evolution of the modern cocktail. Then barkeeps expound on the spirited synergies of high-quality liquors and common drink ingredients and share veteran bar-backing tips, such as how to open drink umbrellas in a windstorm. Prospective bartenders can opt to complete the 40-hour bartending course, which provides in-depth instruction on drink preparation and presentation, job-interview etiquette, and resumé construction. Taught onsite in an actual nightclub, 786-Bartend’s courses let students serve drinks to real customers who, like regular bar patrons, ignore last call and try to open tabs with library cards.
Husband-and-wife team Seb and Maria fill the menu with Italian classics at Sebastiano's Pizzeria & Restaurant. Pizzas and pastas abound, along with shareable plates of fried zucchini and antipasto. Seb offers an octet of specialty entrees?including chicken cordon bleu and shrimp in a garlic sauce?that he happily makes when requested. Seb and Maria also share their love of cooking with the community by providing lunches to area school and participating in local festivals.
HDG Executive Suites accommodates business professionals' workplace needs through rentals of suites, conference rooms, or virtual offices. Executive suites come furnished with chairs and European desks and include amenities such as mail collection, call forwarding, and bilingual receptionist service. Virtual-office packages cater to professionals that require a business address, mail collection, and access to a meeting room without the need for an office.
Few sounds recall childhood like the jangling of the ice cream truck. With Pop Lab, owners Nico and Christina dust off that halcyon nostalgia and give it a grownup spin. The duo rents out their ice-cream-man-style push carts, sending attendants to roll through parties and add a splash of whimsy. Serving ice pops out of lemon-lime colored carts complete with a bright green umbrella, they sling alcohol-infused popsicles in flavors such as mojito, martini, and margarita, all made with natural ingredients harvested in Big Rock Candy Mountain. Ice pops also come in alcohol-free varieties, such as cucumber-lemonade, and the sugar can be substituted with natural sweeteners such as blue agave and organic stevia.