Alene Keenan

Alene Keenan has been a megayacht stew for more than 20 years. She teaches at MPT in Ft. Lauderdale and offers interior crew training through her company, Yacht Stew Solutions (www.yachtstewsolutions.com). Download her book, The Yacht Service Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht, on her site or amazon.com.

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About Alene Keenan

Alene Keenan is a veteran chief stew, interior training instructor/consultant, and author of The Yacht Guru’s Bible: The Service Manual for Every Yacht.

Stew Cues: Whiskey has style, and exciting heritage to match

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Basic knowledge of spirit classifications is important for drink service. When a guest orders a whiskey drink, we need to establish whether they want an…

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Stew Cues: Proper care of leather shoes, bags pays off with longer wear

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan The cool spell we’ve been having makes me nostalgic for fall clothing and boots, and the smell of leather polish. I love that smell. I collected…

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Stew Cues: A primer on pairing wines with food

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Wine knowledge is important to stews, and so is wine and food pairing. The goal of a successful pairing is to ensure that the flavors…

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Stew Cues: Lists save time, track progress and clarify tasks

By Alene Keenan I love lists. I grew up with eight brothers and sisters. There was lots of activity at my house, and I liked things tidy. I organized cleaning…

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Stew Cues: Rosé revolution shatters wine’s sweet summer rap

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Standing in line at the supermarket the other day, I overheard a conversation about rosé wine. I had to bite my tongue to keep from…

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Stew Cues: Check labels when sending out guest laundry

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan When I join a boat, I want to see the china, crystal and silverware to help me anticipate the level of service I will be…

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Stew Cues: The subtleties of vodka — yes, vodka

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Most of the students in my introductory cocktail course are barely old enough to drink. If they do imbibe, they usually prefer sweet wines and…

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Stew Cues: Understanding cheese is an art

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan One of my favorite subjects is cheese. Almost everybody loves cheese, but many do not really know what it is. I know I didn’t. Cheese…

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Stew Cues: A primer on dishware

Stew Cues: by Chief Stew Alene Keenan Stews are charged with taking care of valuable and sometimes sentimental dishes. Here are some tips. Washing dishes Remove food promptly. When washing…

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Stew Cues: A lesson in porcelain

Stew Cues: by Chief Stew Alene Keenan Yacht stews care for numerous ceramic and porcelain items, including dishes, decorative tiles, art pieces, and collectibles. These items say a lot about…

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