South Jersey's Pour Cart could be the most exciting guest at your next party
David Cornwell of Sicklerville, and his father, Dave Cornwell of Clementon, converted a vintage bicycle into a liquid catering company. The Courier-Post
Linda Resnikoff wanted her daughter Madeline Zamost's bridal shower to be especially memorable.
With Zamost's plans for a May 17 destination wedding, Resnikoff knew not everyone would be able to attend, so she hosted shower for about 60 guests at her Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, home in March and made it truly unique.
“I found The Pour Cart on Facebook and decided to add it to the bridal shower,” says Resnikoff. “I'm so glad I did. It was a beautiful event with fresh flowers and it was catered, and yet everyone still talks about the Pour Cart. It was the showpiece of the event.”
The Pour Cart features three handmade traveling bars that serve drinks with or without alcohol. One is a stand-alone wood slab top and base good for smaller house parties. Another is a vintage 1962 bicycle cart with a four-tap bar in the front. The bicycle has pedals and can be ridden. The last is a three-wheeled Cushman Truckster with a cart that is perfect for outdoor parties.
For the bridal shower, Resnikoff chose the vintage bicycle.
“It's just beautiful,” she says. “It looks like a piece of art rolling into your home. The bar was hand built and has turquoise inlaid on it. We had champagne on tap and featured different mimosas, including a bright blue one which was the perfect color because it matched my daughter's wedding colors.”
From Mimosas to Mules
Besides mimosas, The Pour Cart features a variety of both hot and cold drinks, but cold drinks can be served on tap, says David Cornwell, owner and operator of the company.
Cornwell, of Sicklerville, hosts events and participated in outdoor festivals such as the Fall Foodie Fest in Hammonton using hot cider, beer, lemonade, Moscow Mules and cold brew coffee on tap. Cornwell has syrups and creates special concoctions for his guests, as well. One favorite is adding mint chocolate syrup to a cold brew coffee.
“I've been brewing my own beers for about six years now,” says Cornwell. “At first I wanted to open my own brewery, but I wanted a different style. My vision kind of evolved into this.”
Cornwell's father, Dave Cornwell of Clementon, built all of The Pour Cart's bars by hand. He helped his son come up with the idea for his business.
“We have a good balance,” says David Cornwell. “I design it, he builds it — we work together. He's great with building and I deal with all the inquiries, orders and events.
One thing that didn't evolve was his idea of the atmosphere he wants The Pour Cart to create.
“I always loved the bar setting and the community around it,” says Cornwell. “You can sit down, have a drink and have a conversation with whoever is sitting next to you. I want people to gather around us, have a drink and have a sense of community at the same time.”
Creating unique experiences
Cornwell wants to try and stay local with his drink choices, and has a business pairing with Revolution Coffee Roasters in Collingswood. He uses the company's products for all his coffee events.
“After meeting with David and discussing his business it seemed like a good pairing to work together,” says Justin Ettore, a co-owner of Revolution Coffee Roasters. “The Pour Cart's ability to work with clients and create unique experiences for their events is great. Plus, we love anything that has beer taps set up to serve coffee.”
The Pour Cart uses a range of Revolution Coffee Roasters products, from their hot coffee to their cold or Nitro brew, depending on the event.
“A nice glass of cold Nitro coffee from The Pour Cart can't be beat,” says Ettore. “With small businesses like ours it is important to have a good working relationship with others.”
For more information
For more about the Pour Cart, visit www.pourcart.com or email email@example.com.
Revolution Coffee Roasters is at 13 Fern Ave., Collingswood. revolutioncoffeeroasters.com
Recipes from David Cornwell of the Pour Cart
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. lime juice
Put cracked ice in a copper mug. Pour in the vodka and lime juice. Top with ginger beer and stir. Garnish with lime wedge.
1 pound fresh cut and peeled ginger (using a spoon works best to peel the ginger)
2½ cups water
2 cups sugar
Combine ingredients in a pot and bring to a simmer over low to medium heat until liquid is reduced to about 3 cups. Let cool, strain and bottle.