In Part 4 of our Kitchen 919 introduction we’d like to tell you, our Seasons Family, how Bar Manager Michelle Porter plans to bring back the Temperance Movement of the early 20th century.
Bar Manager, Michelle Porter, joins the team with experience as the head bartender at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse for three years. She’s also the owner of her own canned cocktail company. With a degree in Microbiology from UT and a long history of crafting new cocktails we couldn’t ask for a better mind behind our new bar menu.
Imagine taking a trip back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “The room is dark with amber lighting, and rich midnight blue leather furnishings with gold accents, touching the aesthetics of the age of excess.” said Michelle. Our new bar is 22 feet long. The perfect place to create modern takes on the classic Temperence and Prohibition era recipes. As with our food menu, our drinks will feature local and regional ingredients for a Knoxville take on the classics. We will feature a wide vairety of allocated and rate spirits such as cognacs, scotches and Absinthe.
Knoxville has become a hot spot of local brewing with new craft breweries opening seemingly every month. Can we expect some of Knoxville’s finest brewers to make an appearance? “Absolutely. We’re so excited to partner with some incredible local beer and cider producers. Our beer list has been built entirely from breweries in Knoxville and the surrounding region. We will also feature excellent local spirits, including selections from Knoxville’s newest distillery, Post-Modern Spirits.” was Michelle’s enthusiastic response. She also wanted us to know that many of the unique cocktail syrups and garnishes will be sourced from local suppliers. As Roland mentioned last week we will have Sparkman Wines which are created by previous Orangery employees who have since moved to Washington to start their own winery.
Classic Cocktails and Local Brews