Thursday, I traveled down to Midtown to meet another competitor in the High Museum of Art’s mixology competition, Highball. Greta Buccellato will be representing 5Church Atlanta as she presents a delicious cocktail inspired by the beauty of lavender. As I arrived to the restaurant, I stepped through the doors and was instantly in awe at how amazing it was. There was writing all over the ceiling. I didn’t know what it said, but it seemed pretty intense. Later I was informed that over the course of 3 months an artist very patiently wrote the entire Art of War book on the ceiling. Wow! With such a dramatic atmosphere, you can’t help be inspired in some way.
When Greta arrived, I instantly felt like I had met her before. The previous week was extremely busy for me. I had attend two other competitions last week, one of which was one she had participated in. I had actual took her picture that night with her beautiful cocktail. With that I was excited to start the interview.
Marietta, Georgia native, Greta Buccellato, started bartending 9 years ago drawn to the life of money, alcohol, and a nonstop party. She started her career in dive bars around town, constantly fine tuning her skills, leading to her current home at 5Church. When she’s not mixing craft cocktails at 5Church, you can find her “in the kitchen, f@$king around with herbs and syrups” making soaps for online store, Southern Pandemonium. This mixologist never stops creating! Snag a ticket to Highball to get a taste of her latest creation!
Rapid Fire Q&A
What time did you get up this morning?
What did you have for dinner last night?
1st alcohol that touched your lips.
Name a cocktail you make for someone you want to impress someone
Describe your job in one word.
Describe your job in one cocktail.
A Straight Shot
Name a historic person you would like to make a drink for.
What would you make?
Popcorn or potato chips?
If you could drink one cocktail every day for the rest of your life what would it be?
Shots of gin.
What’s your mixologist superpower?
Element of surprise
Ginger ale or ginger beer?
Mimosas or Bloody Mary?
If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be?
Favorite menu item at 5 Church.
Best midnight snack.
Chili Cheese Dog
Disney Princess you would like to make a drink for?
5 words to describe yourself.
Quiet,Creative, Impathetic, Awkward, Giver
Advice for aspiring bartenders.
YouTube! Watch YouTube tutorials. And find a mentor.