Treasurer of the Las Vegas Chapter, USBG
Like many of us, Jason Gordon has come to this city to further his passion. While he hails from the Big Apple, Las Vegas has been his home since 2003. His service industry journey has taken him from bartending party cruises, local bars and into managing in the Wolfgang Puck organization. All the while, he had been fervently studying wine & spirits and the USBG gave him numerous opportunities to do so. “I really began to put a lot of effort into it. I began to take wine courses and tests, and went to every beverage seminar I could attend.”
His two most recent positions have been as General Manager: first at Oscar’s Steakhouse downtown, and most recently after 23 years of working in restaurants, at the Grand Wok and Sushi Bar at the MGM. He brings all of this knowledge and experience with him for his newest endeavor. As the Treasurer for our Las Vegas Chapter of the USBG, he is ready to serve his community and further the craft of bartending.
“As for my goals, the bar has been set high by the last council, so mine are to continue the great job that they did while trying to engage more of the membership. I’d also love to have more beer and wine events. I know the membership would like to have a larger range of education events. What I like about the USBG: I love the community and the support everybody is eager to provide for each other. There’s no shortage of support in this community, whether it’s professional or charitable, it’s always there. There’s also the amazing job the guild’s membership does at supporting a different charity each year. This year’s charity is Opportunity Village and I’ve already seen amazing members donating both time and money for the cause.”
Cocktail of the Month
Spurred by owners Joe Bastianch & Mario Batali, CarneVino Italian Steakhouse has had a love affair with Amaro for years. It is no wonder that a majority of the cocktails on their list feature one Amaro or another. The Watch Me Disappear is no different; at its base, it is savory, refreshing and celebrates the spirit of Mexico, Tequila. It also uses one of Italy’s biggest selling Amari, Vecchio Amaro Del Capo. This Calabrian delight has a wonderful viscosity with multiple layers of citrus & prickly pear with a bittersweet finish. The Amaro is backed up by the ginger spice of Domain de Canton and the lightly-bitter rhubarb sapor of Aperol. Lime juice brings a lively acidity and the Celery Bitters enrich the already present green notes of the tequila. Around the rim is a savory & salty spice blend that coercively invites you to taste again and again... Salute!
Watch Me Disappear
1 1/2 oz Milagro Blanco
3/4 oz Domaine de Canton
1/2 oz Vecchio Amaro Del Capo
1/2 oz Aperol
3/4 oz Lime Juice
2 dashes of Celery Bitters
Combine all ingredients into mixing glass and STIR (to maintain texture and not over dilute). Pour over fresh ice in a rocks glass with a Tajin rim. Garnish with a lemon peel and red-veined sorrel leaf.
About the USBG
The United States Bartenders’ Guild is comprised of spirit professionals dedicated to the art of the craft of Bartending. What was founded in 1948 has now spread all over the US with Las Vegas being the largest chapter in the country. Through events, charity, and education they support and enhance the great American living-art that is Bartending.
For information on how to join, please go to www.usbg.org.
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