Mixing up drinks and generations on Feb. 9

ClevelandGives, a volunteer group for young professionals sponsored by NCJW/Cleveland, is teaming up with senior residents from Beachwood's Myers Apartment and The Katz Club Diner to sample and relive the 1940s.

On Sunday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m., attendees will learn from chef/owner Doug Katz and mixologist Eric Mattimore how to craft (and taste) three vintage cocktails, sample classic small plates, and learn about that time period from residents of Myers. The event will take place in the Katz Club bar car, a cozy, refurbished 1940s-era former diner car.

“We spend so much time on the internet researching stories, but often we forget that our greatest historians and storytellers live a mile away from us,” said Andrew Doris, ClevelandGives board member. “We are excited to bring different generations together in an authentic, era-specific setting.”

For Doug Katz, owner of the Katz Club, the event represents the community and town center atmosphere he strives to create at his restaurants. “I am really excited about connecting people from this era with young professionals, and hearing the conversations that result,” he said.

In the 1940s, Lee Road, the street where the Katz bar car is located, was a bustling, vibrant neighborhood, where many Jewish Clevelanders shopped and lived. For Katz, and the ClevelandGives team, the Mixing Up Drinks and Generations event is a way of transporting people back, both geographically and generationally, to their roots. “The diner car location was a major crossroads during that era. By doing this event in this location, we are giving rebirth to a historic Cleveland Heights neighborhood,” Katz said.

The menu for the night strives to create a 1940s feel, with mixologist Mattimore explaining the history and story behind each vintage cocktail.

The cost of the event is $40. Space is very limited. You can reserve your spot by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mixing-up-drinks-and-generations-tickets-10073791983.

Rebecca Meiser Brouman

Rebecca Meiser Brouman is director of volunteers for NCJW (National Council of Jewish Women) Cleveland.

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