• Singer-songwriter Pete Ford Makes your Special Event One of a Kind

    Strike a cord. 

    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE

Project Pete Ford is a one-stop music shop for any occasion: birthdays, weddings, Secretary’s Day—you name it. Since launching his business last year, Ford has written hundreds, if not thousands, of personalized serenades: first, selling them as last-minute presents to holiday shoppers at Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka, and increasingly to corporate clients. 

From on-site performances to commercial jingles, Ford offers custom packages for a range of requests. He’s often asked to perform at award ceremonies. From his time at malls, he can compose a melody in just 15 minutes— though for events he asks for at least a week (usually, he gets closer to a month). Recently, Ford also began offering song-writing workshops to promote office collaboration. An event can include a live performance—often with audience participation, followed by a lyric-writing session.

“The goal is to use music as a way to get people to express their opinions and emotions, to have fun working together, to take in new perspectives,” says Ford. “It provides different ways of communicating, collaborating and just a way to open up new pathways.”

Get ready for fall with this seasonally appropriate cocktail. Corgi Spirits, an independent small-batch distillery located in Jersey City, has hosted a variety of private events including corporate parties; catering is BYO. The Lounge—a plush drinking parlor—is spacious yet cozy and the entire tasting room can be rented to accommodate larger groups.

—1.5 oz. Corgi Spirits Pembroke Gin
—3 oz. fresh apple cider
—0.25 oz. ginger simple syrup*
—3 thyme sprigs
—thyme sprig for garnish


—1.5 oz. Sotol
—.5 oz. Luxardo Bitter Bianco
—.75 oz. lime juice
—.75 oz. mint simple syrup
—.25 oz. Amargo-Vallet

Combine Sotol, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, lime juice and mint simple syrup in a shaker, shake and strain into a Collins glass. Add ice and top with soda, slapped mint and a straw. Finally, top with an Amargo-Vallet float to create two distinct layers.


—1.5 oz. Royal Foundry Craft Spirits Gin
—16 oz. nonflavored tonic
—4 apples, sliced and cored
—2 cinnamon sticks