After several years spent with a shaker behind the bar in Providence’s nightlife scene, Sarah Gwizdowski had a vision for a new way to serve craft cocktails. “Every bartender dreams of opening their own bar one day, but I wanted to do something a little different,” says Sarah, who set out to create something fun and free-spirited – and mobile – with her new venture. She found a vintage 1961 Shasta trailer, dubbed her Marigold, and the rest is history.
Sarah and Marigold took to the road in the summer of 2019 as RI CRUISIN’ COCKTAILS, a mobile bar and catering service perfect for private parties, weddings, and events. Gigs started trickling in as the business gained recognition, and the fully stocked retro trailer attracted lines of fans around the service window. While the pandemic changed the way events would look for this new business, Sarah spent the summer brightening people’s small socially distanced gatherings with refreshing drinks, and winter saw pop-ups at Blithewold Mansion armed with hot toddies to accompany a festive stroll through the gardens.
“I bring the fun!” says Sarah, who greets every customer with a smile – and an artfully garnished bevvie. “It’s fun to get creative while making drinks and cultivating an atmosphere at parties.” And RI Cruisin’ Cocktails gives her the freedom to experiment with her own recipes and enchant drinkers with presentation in colorful glasses and seasonal trappings. Whether it’s birthday streamers or special “his” and “hers” cocktails for a rehearsal dinner, you can expect a tailored experience with a chalkboard in front listing the curated specials.
Operating out of Warren food incubator Hope & Main, you can find Marigold at their weekly market this summer, and you can book the Shasta for weddings and private gatherings as a unique catering option for socially distanced events. Sarah looks forward to hitting the road for another summer of mixing drinks: “We are happy to help you safely host your next outdoor event!”
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