Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dressler’s Spotlight: Kevin McNamara

Meet Kevin McNamara, Bar Manager at Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village. Kevin has been with Dressler’s for 19 years. Kevin and his wife Liz live in Charlotte with their adorable six-year-old daughter, Maeve. Kevin (whose nickname is Kelvin) is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

How long have you been the Bar Manager at Dressler’s? ”Long enough to have gone through three dish machines, 112 servers, two carpets, seven presidents, and 45 losing Bills’ seasons.”

What do you like most about your job? ”Building long term relationships with the guests and working with Jon Dressler.”

What character traits do you need to run a successful bar? ”Great listening skills, self-deprecation, and a sparkling personality.”

What are some of your favorite drinks to make at Dressler’s? ”Anything that is not made in a blender.  My specialties are ‘two drinks’–which are any drinks made with two ingredients such as vodka/soda and scotch/ice.”

What are some of the most popular drink requests from customers?  “Birkdale Breeze and Chocolate Martini.”

Why do you think people like coming to Dressler’s?  Quality, consistency, hospitality, and me.

Why Fresh Ingredients are Best

dreamstime_xs_30282069If you love cooking, serving, and eating delicious food, like we do at Dressler’s Restaurant, you know that using fresh ingredients is the first step in preparing an amazing meal.

Fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and meats bring wonderful colors, aromas, and flavors to your favorite dishes. They are also loaded with vitamins and antioxidants for maximum nutrition.

Chef Scott, Executive Chef at Dressler’s Restaurant, believes that fresh food tastes best. He loves to use the freshest possible ingredients because it shows through as a “brightness” in the final product. He uses locally produced/foraged food that does not have to be preserved in the transportation process or harvested before optimum ripeness.

How do you purchase the freshest meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and herbs? Look at, smell, and feel the items before you buy. The colors and smells should be appealing. Products should be firm to the touch, not mushy.

Choosing fresh meat: get to know the people at your local meat market or butcher shop; red meat should be red, pork (pink), poultry (off-white); meat should feel firm; if it doesn’t look and smell fresh, don’t buy it

Choosing fresh seafood: fresh seafood should feel firm to the touch; it should not smell “fishy”

Choosing fresh fruits and vegetables: pick items that are in season; besides being the freshest, they are also usually the best value; select items that are firm, with no soft or discolored spots

Choosing fresh herbs: colors should be vibrant; plants should be firm, not wilted; no brown spots or discolorations

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12 Great Ways to Beat Cabin Fever

Happy New Year from Dressler’s Restaurant! It’s that time of year when some of us go a little stir crazy waiting for the warm weather to return. For those of us who love golfing, gardening, boating, and outdoor athletics, this time of year can be a little daunting.

Don’t despair. Here are some ideas to keep you and the members of your household busy and happy all winter long.

  1. Invite family and friends to your home. Nothing lifts your spirits more than spending time with those you love.
  2. Play games with your family. It doesn’t matter if it’s a board game or an electronic game, the important thing is to have fun. Don’t forget the snacks! Everything’s more fun with great food.
  3. Complete a household project. Do you have some projects you’ve been wanting to finish, but just haven’t found the time? Get to work–you’ll be amazed at the satisfaction you feel when it’s done.
  4. Get outside. Getting everyone (including the dog) some fresh air will make you all feel better. Bundle up and think about the warm hot cocoa you’ll enjoy when you get back home.
  5. Watch a movie at home (or watch the Panthers make it to the Super Bowl). Make popcorn or caramel corn, some drinks, and snuggle on the couch with some blankets. You’ll soon wonder why you had cabin fever in the first place.
  6. Curl up with a great book.
  7. Volunteer. The best way to stop thinking about yourself is to start thinking about others. In the process of helping others, you will feel better about yourself.
  8. Start a hobby. This is a great time of year to learn something new.
  9. Take your family to an indoor athletic facility. Play, exercise, and swim together to release some of that pent-up energy.
  10. Get organized. It’s a new year and a new beginning. Don’t try to tackle the whole house all at once. Choose one cabinet, desk, or closet at a time. You will stay busy and your home will be organized.
  11. Cook. If you enjoy cooking, nothing is better than preparing a delicious meal or treat for your family. Enlist the help of others in the house and make it a family event.
  12. Go out to dinner! Join us at Dressler’s and let us do the cooking for you–it’s our pleasure! It’s also a great way to get out of the house and enjoy a wonderful evening together. Make it a date night or bring the whole family.

31 Ideas to Beat Cabin Fever and the Winter Blues