A la cart.
Breining notes that built-in bars are also increasing in popularity, but says the wheeled carts offer more versatility. They can take the place of the built-in bar and be just as elegant. "Beverage carts are not just for drinks," he says. He suggests using one as a serving cart to transport food from the kitchen to the dining room or deck; it can also be used as a buffet table or as an everyday utility cart.
Party accessories to display on beverage carts also have become big business. "Because the tools are so good looking, you can make a design statement with them," Breining says. "Shakers and stirrers are sculptural, and martini glasses come in many different colors."
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MeMe Pederson, owner of San Francisco's Taste Catering (www.tastecatering.com or 415/550-6464), stages both large and small parties. When it comes to beverage carts, she recommends keeping the following items on them.
* American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks (Abbeville Press, 1995; $25), by Charles Schumann. "I like the way he has the book laid out," Pederson says. "If you have it, you can mix drinks with confidence."
* Cocktail equipment. "To make cocktails like the pros, you'll need bar tools, such as a shaker and a strainer."
* Linen cocktail napkins. "Cocktail napkins are smaller and easy to hold. Linen makes them special," she says.
* Small cutting board. You'll need it for cutting limes and lemons.
* Syrups. Pederson's company is known for creating signature drinks for events. She suggests keeping flavored syrups on hand to "personalize" your beverages.
* Zester. Adding citrus peels to drinks livens them up.
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