Blue Ribbon bartender gets in the spirit
It’s plain and simple: “Have a good laugh, a fun talk, some great drinks, eat some great food and just hang out,” says bartender Tiffany Turrietta.
Turrietta is talking about the guest experience at Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. Famous on both coasts of the U.S. for its fried chicken, Blue Ribbon opened its first fast-casual eatery on the Las Vegas Strip, and also introduced a bar offering with its Bazaar Shops location—exclusively selling its signature boozy milkshakes. And manning the bar is Turrietta, who joined Blue Ribbon this past July.
Before Blue Ribbon, she’d been working as a prior authorization specialist in a local dermatologist’s office. “One day, I just decided I wanted something more fun; I wanted to work at a job where I could talk to people who are here to have fun,” says the Las Vegas native. So she took the on-and-off bartending experience she’d gained over the past seven years, working at various bars and restaurants around the city, and on the advice of a friend who worked at Blue Ribbon already she applied for the open bartender position.
“The crowds at the Grand Bazaar Shops are lively and fun and you meet such a diverse group of people,” Turrietta says. “I’ve had all different types of people come up to my bar—and they’re all here to have a good time and party.”
While she has a good time bartending, too, when she wants to party with her friends she’ll sometimes head to the Fremont East District in downtown. “Growing up here I’ve watched the changes going on down there and I love the new vibe,” she says.
Blue Ribbon pays homage to the late-’90s comedy The Big Lebowksi with a recently introduced boozy milkshake named The Dude (in reference to Jeff Bridges’ character in the movie). While the movie will certainly have you laughing out loud, the milkshake is seriously delicious. (This writer, seriously, couldn’t put it down, LOL!) The Dude is made with Stoli Vanil vodka, coffee liqueur and Blue Ribbon’s special ice cream mix and is topped with Oreo cookie crumbles and whipped cream. Who needs a white Russian when you’ve got this?