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Mixologist Of The Month: Tru Blu Social Club

mixologist chris staloch

Photos by Hillary Ehlen

With the cold weather reminding us we are one step closer to an infamous Fargo winter, we are thankful for Tru Blu Social Club’s Chris Staloch for sharing this sweet drink, promising us that spring will come again. Garnished with a flower, it almost looks too beautiful to drink. But after the first sip, you’ll quickly get over that and be ready for another.

How long have you been in the bar and restaurant industry?
“I’ve been working at bars for eight years now. I worked at Lucky’s 13 Pub down in the cities for two years before I moved up here to be the bar manager at the Fargo location. I felt like I had learned all I could learn and wanted to be challenged, so I came over to Tru Blu to experience the higher end. I’ve been here since we opened a month and a half ago.”

Why’d you choose this drink?
“It appeals to a lot of people. It’s also easy to make, which works well for a busy restaurant. You can create all these time-consuming cocktails, taking five or six minutes to make each, but that’s not responsible for the rest of the customers.”

What are some cocktail trends you’ve been noticing?
“I’ve noticed that instead of there being a front of the house and back of the house, there’s been a unity starting where they work together. There are a whole bunch of ingredients in the back that would be great behind the bar, so it makes sense not to separate them.”

What’s you’re personal bartending style?
“I like to make drinks that are fun and leave a good memory with the customer. I focus on flavor first and foremost, but a fun presentation is necessary. I also think cost is important. You can use a lot of high-end ingredients and make cocktails really expensive, but you can also make them with fiscally responsible spirits and make it more affordable.”

What is some advice you would give to other bartenders?
“Make your regulars your family. The owners of the company treated me like a family member when I first started working for them eight years ago, and I feel like I’ve instilled that in both our staff at Lucky’s and Tru Blu. I think it translates to the regulars feeling like they are part of the family, too. We have an insane amount of regulars who take care of us.”

“Tru Tini”

2 oz. Stoli Blueberi
1 oz. Chase Elderflower Liqueur
½ oz. lime juice
½ oz. simple syrup

Tru Tini martini

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in all of the ingredients. Shake the mixture and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a flower and enjoy!

Tru Blu Social Club

915 19th Ave. E, West Fargo

Kara Jeffers

Written by Kara Jeffers

Fargo Monthly Editor Kara Jeffers is from Garrison, North Dakota, a small town north of Bismarck, North Dakota, on Lake Sakakawea. She graduated from North Dakota State University in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in theatre arts. In addition to working at Spotlight Media, Jeffers also works at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitor’s Center, where she’s one of the first people (and, at times, the only person) visitors meet when they arrive in North Dakota—talk about pressure.

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