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Know Your Bartender: Jade Wilson of Butterjoint

“I had a lovely couple come in for dinner one night and was told that it was going to be a surprise proposal.”

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Jade Wilson - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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How well do you know your local bartender? Probably not as well as you think. This week, we feature Jade Wilson of Butterjoint.

What's the most interesting thing in your fridge right now?
I made a delicious cranberry sauce the other day. The secret is to add a little Cognac and Cointreau!

Do you prefer watching a movie in a crowded theater or an empty one?
While I do love going to movies alone, sometimes being in a theater with an interactive crowd can make or break the viewing experience. When I went to see Black Panther in theaters it really felt like I was in a theater with 75 of my friends sharing a good time.

What’s a really memorable thing that happened to you at work?
I had a lovely couple come in for dinner one night and was told that it was going to be a surprise proposal. They had been together for many years and the gentleman was truly surprised when his now husband asked him to marry him. I got to drop off the dessert with the big question written on it. He said yes. It was so cool to be able to be a small part of such a special occasion in someone’s life.

Is there a person, place, or thing you feel is under-appreciated?
I'd have to say Carnegie Library. It's a happy place of mine. I love to go there when I have some spare time. I recommend it as a great space to find a quiet corner to sit, think, read or listen to music. I also really love the sight and smell of old books.

Do you have a hobby or interest that would be considered strange?
I enjoy the macabre. I like reading dark/strange literature from authors such as H.P. Lovecraft, Angela Carter, and Clive Barker.

What food or drink trend would you like to see go away?
I’ve never cared for the concept of deconstructed dishes.

If you could speak a language other than the one(s) you already do, what would it be
American Sign Language. It’s such a beautiful, fun, and expressive language. I used to sign well when I was younger, but I’ve lost most of that as time has passed.

Donuts or muffins?
Both! How can I choose just one? I'll take a sugar donut or a lemon poppy seed muffin any day, anytime.

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