Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Johnny Depp Leaves $4K Tip For Chicago Waiter

Johnny Depp Leaves $4K Tip For Chicago Waiter

Johnny Depp has previously said that money isn't the key to happiness.

But during a visit to a Chicago restaurant, the star certainly brought joy to one unsuspecting waiter with a reported sizable tip.

Depp, his "Public Enemies" co-star Marion Cotillard, director Michael Mann, along with about a dozen other folks -- who were in Chicago last week for the premiere of their new gangster movie -- made a stop at Gibsons Steakhouse around 11:30 PM, according to the Chicago Sun Times.
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Once the bill came around 2:30 AM -- totaling up to a reported $4,400 -- Depp made sure the man who waited on the group into the late hours was well compensated for his time, as Mohammaed A. Sekhani reportedly received a $4,000 tip from the star.

"He had visited our restaurant several times before while he was filming 'Public Enemies' and he promised me that he would return after the premiere," Sekhani told Radar Online.
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According to the longtime Gibsons waiter, Depp and his friends ordered items including shrimp cocktails, Clams Casino, as well as a few expensive bottles of wine.

"He also ordered some $500 bottles of Italian wine and he was in good spirits throughout the evening chatting with Mr. Mann and Miss Cotillard," Sekhani added.
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Generous tip aside, Sekhani said he always enjoys waiting on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star each time he visits Gibsons.

"Because he had visited us before he calls me 'Mo' and I know exactly the way he likes to be treated. He may be one of the most famous actors in the world but he is a very 'humble guy' and a really cool dude," the waiter continued. "I have worked with a lot of stars like Sean Connery and Robert De Niro but Johnny Depp is my favorite He is a very soft spoken guy who is very charming and sweet -- when I wait for him he doesn't like to be too fussed over and is not in any way demanding."

When contacted by Access Hollywood, a rep for Depp was not immediately available for comment on the story.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Shaken & Stirred History and Mystery: The Bartender Smiles

Shaken & Stirred
History and Mystery: The Bartender Smiles

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Published: June 19, 2009

MY bartender looked pleased. It was a late afternoon last week, in Charleston, S.C., where I’d been wandering downtown on King Street in a sunlit daze and working up a formidable thirst.
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MORE GARNISH The Zin Cup at Nios, looking gorgeous.
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“Let’s do a Pimm’s Cup,” I told the bartender. Fizzy, refreshing, a drink that thrives in sunshine: the perfect antidote. He grinned. “A very underappreciated drink,” he said, still smiling, as he fished a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1 from the rear row of bottles, like a cook thrilled to have found a use for the cardamom lurking way back in the spice cabinet.

After pouring the tea-colored liquid over ice, he fetched a small bottle of ginger ale, then paused. “I presume you want it with ginger ale?” he asked.

Well, sure. Ginger ale, as opposed to 7-Up, or lemonade, or club soda. I dig the extra prickle. But this pause made me think. The age-old formula is one part Pimm’s — a mild (and, yes, underappreciated hereabouts) gin-based digestif that’s been slaking British thirst since the mid-19th century — to roughly three parts fizz, dolled up with cucumbers, mint and strawberries. But what else could you add?

Anything and everything, as it turns out. “I haven’t found anything that doesn’t mix well with Pimm’s,” said Jacques Bezuidenhout, the mixologist at Nios, a Times Square restaurant and wine bar that opened in April. Mr. Bezuidenhout is especially fond of fusing one part Pimm’s to two parts blanco tequila.

But for Nios, he said, “I wanted to add to the wine theme.” Hence the Zin Cup, a sort of British sangria in which Pimm’s is mixed with red zinfandel and ginger beer. Sprightly and a little cheeky, the drink has been the top seller at Nios since its opening.

“Pimm’s has history, complexity and the allure of its mysterious ingredients,” said Brian McGrory, the bar manager at Double Crown on the Bowery. (The Pimm’s recipe is a tightly guarded secret.)

Like Mr. Bezuidenhout with the tequila, Mr. McGrory is fond of mixing cross-culturally: He mixes Pimm’s with Polish bison-grass vodka, along with freshly pressed apple juice and a dose of St-Germain elderflower liqueur.

At the recently opened 675 Bar, in the meatpacking district, a drink called the Two Islands Cup pairs Pimm’s with Irish whiskey, along with house-made lemon soda and chunks of honeydew.

Ben Scorah, the mixologist at Beekman Bar and Books on First Avenue in Midtown, adds Creole Shrub, a rum-based orange liqueur, to his Pimm’s formula. Creole Shrub “gives depth and body as well as an amazing orange flavor,” he said in an e-mail message. Mr. Scorah dresses his tweaked Pimm’s Cup with “all the usual suspects,” he wrote. That means a salad of mint, strawberries, cucumber, and orange and lemon slices.

With a Pimm’s Cup, the garnish is more than decorative bunting. The cucumber, for instance, “softens the flavors,” Mr. Bezuidenhout said. The garnishes are also part of the drink’s charms. “When you dress it properly, and put it out on the bar, people flock to it,” he said. Like people, he said, “cocktails attract by sight, and by beauty.”

Monday, June 1, 2009


MIAMI - A restaurant, lounge, night club and liquor store in Pembroke Pines, Fla., violated federal law when it discriminated against older employees, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed yesterday.

According to the EEOC's suit against Club Gabys, Edith Cruse and several other employees over 40 were subjected to a hostile work environment and disparate treatment and were fired or forced out of their jobs because of their age.

In March 2007, Club Gabys came under new management. The EEOC said the new managers stated they would get rid of all the old and ugly people. Older employees were told that there were too many old employees and they needed younger ones. Club Gabys began to cut older employees' hours and wages, take away their responsibilities, assign them to undesirable shifts, and force them out or terminate them outright. Younger employees were hired to cover the more desirable shifts and replace the older workers.

Such alleged conduct violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Man Mar, Inc., Case No. 0:09-cv-60761) in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida after first attempting to reach a voluntary settlement.

This lawsuit is a reminder that, although progress has been made, it is still possible for people to be judged at work by factors like age, rather than years of proven experience and ability,said EEOC Miami District Director Jacqueline McNair.

EEOC Regional Attorney Nora Curtin added, Employers cannot eliminate older workers because they do not fit the employer's desired image. The law is well established that employers may not break the law in order to cater to what they perceive to be customer preference for youth.

During Fiscal Year 2008, age discrimination charges surged to a record high 24,582 an increase of 29 percent from the prior fiscal year.

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