Netflix Hired Me

As the title suggests, Netflix took a chance on me and had me hired solely to create a cocktail, bartend, and host their NYC Christmas Holiday Party! It was a total surprise to have such a huge and reputable company reach out to me……maybe my work is just paying off! See below how the entire night went!

Netflix put on a “Strong Black Lead” themed event. If you still haven’t figured it out, they’re showcasing new movies for the upcoming year that feature a black man/woman as the lead roles in the movies.

Pretty cool actually!

I’m not one to find myself in Brooklyn much, let alone Williamsburg so it was a nice treat to have the venue located right next to the famed Williamsburg Hotel,

Kinfolk 94

Kinfolk was formed in 2008 by friends from New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo, Japan. The concept of a “Kinfolk life” evolved from their desire to create products and experiences they’d imagine but couldn’t find to purchase. Combining experience from a variety of disciplines, the group set out to source the highest quality designers, builders and techniques to develop lasting products and unique experiences. As the Kinfolk family continues growing by the day, the missions of working hard and having fun remain steadfast. Even if they don’t always unfold in that order.

As mentioned above, Kinfolk is a 3-part space with a shop, a dedicated workspace (Kinfolk 90), and a third multidisciplinary space which is used for cocktail parties and private events (Kinfolk 94).


“Lighting was on point!”

-Yancy Violi


On top of the lighting, the event crew did a marvelous job putting together some dimly lit trees and little trinkets all throughout the event. Going even a step further, they wrapped FAKE gifts on the main stage underneath their large projector!

I took advantage of these gifts and imagined they were filled with items all for me!

Let’s get into my…COCKTAIL!

Netflix Spiked Apple Cider

Netflix contracted me to create a cocktail and bartend their 2018 Christmas party! Here’s the cocktail with a fun little twist!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 0.5 oz Lemon Juice
  • 0.5 oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Aquafaba
  • 2 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Instructions

  1. In mixing tin, add all ingredients over ice.

  2. Shake rigorously to bring out frothiness.

  3. Fine strain into coupe glass.

  4. Garnish with edible decal and edible red glitter.

I’m sure you’re all curious how I got my cocktail to look like it did with Netflix’s described logo and glitter. I’ll start by saying this,

It’s TOTALLY EDIBLE.

I started experimenting with a stencil and bitters spray. After more than a few tries, I was not happy with how it was coming out.

I soon thought about edible decals on cakes and cookies which took me to the famous Cakes N’ Shapes in NYC.

Edie is the woman with the plan over at Cakes N’ Shapes that actually started the pictured cookie/cake trend by storm and has been featured all over mainstream TV.

It was only fate that took me there for her to print me all of the decals I needed and totally last minute as well.

She was able to print me over 200+ decals the day of the event for me to cut out and she was the most amazing and hard working woman I’ve ever met.

Thank You Edie!


Honestly guys, I had a total blast! A mass of about 200+ people made appearances that I was working behind the bar and it meant the world that everyone was asking for seconds and thirds of my cocktail.

If you get on social media and search the hashtag #strongblacklead, you’ll find my cocktail on BLAST!

Humble doesn’t even describe how I’m feeling after being invited to host such an event like this. I’m not one to use my time freely during an event I’m being paid for and I’m glad Netflix and their team took notice of that.

  • I made the cocktail for all the people in charge when I showed up, they were impressed.
  • I worked with 3 other bartenders to put on one of the best open bars I’ve worked to date.
  • I walked around handing out my cocktail and greeting everyone at the party as the host for the night.
  • I enjoyed my cocktail with my fellow co-workers and put on one HELL of a show for everyone to see.

Keep yourself on the edge of your seats folks, I’m working on a bunch this 2019 and if you happen to see me front and center with Netflix later this year, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

STAY TUNED!

Until next time guys,

“10/10 would recommend, Yancy……OUT!

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