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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…