Building Wine Skills Wine Essentials for Switched-on Stews who need to be Knowledgeable About Wine and Sharpen their Skills to Advance their Careers. Feel confident choosing, serving, and pairing wines Learn the language of wine and end the confusion about wine labels, language, and prices. Know the rules about proper wine service and storage. Before… Continue reading New Online Course: Building Wine Skills
Welcome aboard! I'm pleased to launch my new website where all your high-end service training needs are met. May God bless her and all who sail in her!
Use this opportunity to get up to speed in your job search. Annual boat shows are key events for the maritime industry. The Palm Beach Show is a premier event, and it’s one of my favorites. Last year’s show was cancelled due to Covid. It was awful. I was working on a yacht at the… Continue reading It’s a GO! The 2021 Palm Beach Boat Show is ON!
Check out my most recent column from The Triton-Nautical News for Captains and Crew. This is the time of year when yachts are gearing up for winter season, and this article is written for new crew starting out in the industry, and anyone who wants a refresher on the ins and outs of getting started.… Continue reading Stew Cues: Just starting out? Take time to invest in yourself
Learning is one of the most important activities of your life. Most stews reach a point where they want to learn more sophisticated service abilities. In order to advance service skills, working on meal preparation and planning with the chef is a necessity. Knowing recipe ingredients is crucial when considering food allergies and preferences. Appreciating… Continue reading Yacht Stewardess Training Advances Service Skills with Detailed Knowledge of Menus
This is long and I apologize for that. But I think that in times like these, we need to remember a time when we stood together as a country, and the world shared our grief. Never forget!! It is hard to grasp the enormity today, but America was changed forever on 9/11. It was the… Continue reading Never Forget
The ritual of wine service onboard includes the presentation of the bottle to the host, opening the bottle, wiping the neck of the bottle, pouring a small amount of wine into the host’s glass, and then waiting expectantly while the guest examines, smells and tastes the wine before declaring it acceptable. Or not. But what… Continue reading Stew Cues: Learning to taste wine
Many people are overwhelmed and intimidated around wine. That is no wonder, considering the many vineyards, countries, styles, and prices to choose from. Knowing which brand to buy and how much to pay is confusing. The key to answering these questions is to learn the grapes and the simple words that best describe the aromas,… Continue reading First step in understanding wine is understanding grapes
One of the most common grievances that yacht owners have is dealing with crew issues, and high turnover is near the top of the list. A definite balance is required here, and as always, there are two sides to every complaint. Yacht stews want to know certain things before joining a boat, and I have… Continue reading Taking note of superyacht crew concerns could ease owner’s grievances
Veteran Chief Stew Alene Keenan has launched an online wine course to help interior crew demystify the oh-so-serious topic of wine. Unlike the PYA-created wine course, which teaches the practical side of wine knowledge for yacht crew, Keenan’s class addresses the questions — and fears — she hears from stews most often. “I just know… Continue reading Veteran stew launches online courses; first up, wine
Watch the UNCENSORED interview with Alene Keenan and Marien Sarriera as they delve into the trials and tribulations for women onboard yachts