November 8, 2017

Claudette Lum, 57 Years of Tiki Memories

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We celebrate Claudette Lum’s 57 Years with the Trader Vic’s Family! At the end of this year, Lum will retire after 57 years with the restaurant: 35 years at its location in San Francisco and another 22 on the Emeryville Marina. Read her story here:

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November 1, 2017

Trader Vic’s Munich Halloween

General Manager Heike Schroder and staff transformed Trader Vic’s Munich into an Asylum this Halloween! Although some of our guests were happy to stay because you can get Mai Tai’s and Pupus at this Asylum !

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August 24, 2017

Let’s get the record straight…The real Mai Tai Day is August 30th!

If you Google the word “Mai Tai”, you’ll end up with almost 75,000,000 results. Some where, somehow on the internet June 30th has been declared National Mai Tai Day. We want to set the record straight! The real “Mai Tai Day” is August 30th! We even have a proclamation from the City of Oakland confirming the official day!

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The Trader himself could not have predicted the Mai Tai’s worldwide popularity on that fine day in 1944 when he made history by simply creating a concoction for some friends at his Oakland bar. The Mai Tai is everywhere! Even a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes have been called, “Mai Tai”. That will set you back about $895, of course, but we prefer the real thing – sipping an Original Mai Tai® in its original setting, Trader Vic’s.

When you think of a Mai Tai, the iconic Tiki drink, the taste of aloha, Paradise In A Glass®, you assume it must have been invented by some thirsty beachgoer after a warm day on the sands of Hawaii. Beach imagery aside – and yes, you can still envision yourself propped up on a chaise lounge, Mai Tai in hand, relaxing under the tropical sun (we do) – the Mai Tai was actually invented in Oakland, California at The Trader’s small restaurant on San Pablo Avenue. The story goes as follows…

“I was at the service bar in my Oakland restaurant. I took down a bottle of 17-year old Jamaican J. Wray Nephew rum, added fresh lime, some Orange Curacao from Holland, a dash of Rock Candy syrup, and a dollop of French Orgeat, for its subtle flavor. A generous amount of shaved ice and a vigorous shaking by hand produced the marriage I was after. Half the lime shell went in for color, I stuck in a branch of fresh mint and gave two of them to Ham and Carrie Guild, friends from Tahiti, who were there that night. Carrie took on sip and said, “Mai Tai – Roa Ae”. In Tahitian this means “Out of this World – The Best”. Well, that was that. I named the drink “Mai Tai”.

As Trader Vic’s expanded, so did the popularity of the Mai Tai, reaching Hawaiian shores in 1953 by way of The Matson Steamship Lines when they asked Vic to develop menus for their bars at the Royal Hawaiian, Moana and Surfrider Hotels. When Trader Vic’s became an international brand in the early 1960s, the Mai Tai’s fame spread like wildfire and quickly developed into one of the most ordered drinks throughout the world.

But with the sweet comes the sour. Many imitators popped up attempting to lay claim to Vic’s perfected island creation. Vic was quoted as saying, in his usual gruff manner, “There has been a lot of conversation over the beginning of the Mai Tai, and I want to get the record straight. I originated the Mai Tai, but many others have claimed credit. This aggravates my ulcer completely! Anyone who says I didn’t create the drink is a dirty stinker.”

 

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August 21, 2017

Dragon Con at Trader Vic’s Atlanta

– Dragon Con 2017! Atlanta’s largest Convention returns over the Labor Day weekend. This year the Hilton Atlanta has planned a Costume competition on Wednesday August 30th! Best costume will receive a gift certificate for a Dinner for two at Trader Vic’s Atlanta.

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August 1, 2017

Trader Vic’s Corporate Team in Bahrain!

Have a “Behind the Scenes” look at the Trader Vic’s Corporate Team at our location in Manama, Bahrain at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in July.IMG_8789

Trader Vic’s Food and Beverage Director Raquel Rodriguez and Beverage Director Nick Ascenzo celebrate Captain Edgar’s win at the F&B Test!

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Setting up the photo shoot! New dishes & drinks coming your way!

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July 28, 2017

Trader Vic’s Dubai Crowne Plaza Ohana

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Meet our Trader Vic’s Dubai Crowne Plaza Ohana! Thank you for the success of a Dubai favorite since 1994!

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July 20, 2017

Retro Diva & Trader Vic’s Emeryville Fashion Show

FASHION SHOW 17Trader Vic’s Emeryville in collaboration with Retro Diva held another fabulous “Tiki Fashion Show” for the 5th year in a row, on Saturday, July 15th. DJ Otto spinning vinyl in the lounge set the mood as the models  sa-shayed throughout the restaurant. A big Mahalo to Melissa Gruenhagen, aka: Retro Diva, for the Vintage Fashion. DJ Otto Von Stroheim for the great tunes. Ileath & Peter Thomas Salon for the “Hair Do’s”.  Handbags by Heidi of Heidiline. Accessories by Terrie of Shipwrecked Shop and all the models for making this a fun evening!

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June 29, 2017

Trader Vic’s New Mugs!

Unknown-5Presenting our newest additions to Trader Vic’s Cocktail Menu. The Golden Eye Koi and Blowfish. Available on the Trader Vic’s Store! We caught Ismael trying out the “Floating Mine” in Emeryville!

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May 2, 2017

Trader Vic’s Crowne Plaza & Senor Pico This May

Trader Vic’s Crowne Plaza Dubai Celebrates Cinco de Mayo all month featuring Señor Pico Apertivos and Cocktails in the lounge! General manager, Ximena Lopez from Mexico, is rolling up her sleeves and working with Chef Jimmy Tejano in the kitchen. Ay Caramba! XimenaJimmy

The Señor Pico restaurant concept was first established in San Francisco by “Trader”  Vic Bergeron in 1964 specializing in Early Californian & Mexican Cuisines.

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