Stew Cues

Stew Cues: Handling costly, fragile crystal can be terrifying

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan I recently helped outfit a yacht with glassware. The owners found a beautiful set of antique cobalt blue Baccarat glasses. Service for 12 included 84…

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Stew Cues: Serving cigars takes some know-how

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan As a nonsmoker, cigar service onboard seemed intimidating to me at first. I’ve found crumbly, dried up cigars in some humidors, while other boats have…

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Stew Cues: Wood finishes need special care

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Wooden boats have been around for thousands of years, and the characteristics of traditional woods have stood the test of time. Teak, oak, cherry, walnut,…

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: No crew can succeed without it

Stew Cues: by Alene Keenan Yachting is a microcosm of society with an interesting twist. Catering to some of the richest and most powerful people in the world, crew are…

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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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