While anyone can twist off a cap on a bottle of beer or pop the cork on a wine bottle and pour its contents into a glass, according to the owner of Bar Stars, only a professional bartender can meet any alcoholic-refreshment need.
'We pride ourselves on being well-trained and having an extensive cocktail knowledge,' said Janine Rajchel, of the Brookfield-based bar catering business. 'No client has yet to ask for a drink that we didn't know how to prepare.'
Bar Stars' depth of experience, however, extends well beyond the science of mixology.
'Our mission is to ensure that not only guests have a good time, but to give our clients piece of mind that the event they're hosting won't have negative consequences,' said Rajchel. 'We know when someone is on the verge of having one too many drinks, so we keep an eye out that people are drinking responsibly and not being overserved.
'Serving alcohol at an event is also a huge liability. Unfortunately, many bartenders and caterers do not carry a liquor license and insurance. Bar Stars, though, is liquor-licensed, insured for liquor liability, general liability and workers' compensation.'
Led by Rajchel, a 25-year veteran of the bartending industry, Bar Stars has been catering weddings, private parties and corporate events for clients statewide, including such businesses as Steinhafels and Merrill Lynch, since opening in 2013.
Bar Stars custom caters each event's beverage package. Its fully-stocked bar includes specialty beer, wine, the makings for signature cocktails and ice.
A local beer and spirits distributor supplies the stock. Rajchel, however, prepares syrups from scratch – such as the spearmint-flavored syrup for the mint julips she served at a Kentucky Derby-themed party last year.
'It's one of the little extras we provide,' said Rajchel. 'We give out complimentary champagne greets, concoct interesting garnishes for our signature drinks and on one occasion even cut a wedding cake; whatever is needed.'
Weddings, Rajchel said, currently account for most of Bar Stars' engagements. To round out its book of business, her short-term goal is to acquire more corporate-event assignments.
'We doubled our business from 2014 to 2015, but still have room to improve and learn,' said the entrepreneur, who a few years ago supplemented her decades of practical experience with a meeting and event management degree from the Milwaukee Area Technical College and a business certificate from Waukesha County Technical College.
'We're growing, though, so that's the most important thing,' she said.
'All the hard work is worthwhile. Especially when I see not only guests celebrating and being happy, but when clients relax and enjoy their event.'
JUST THE FACTS
BUSINESS NAME: Bar Stars Bartending
ADDRESS:200 S. Executive Drive, Suite 101, Brookfield
PHONE: (414) 208-9500
OWNER: Janine Rajchel
TYPE OF BUSINESS: Bar catering
PEARLS OF WISDOM: 'Enjoy the party; we've got the bar.'