Testimonials

"My wife and I hired Michael and Raise Your Spirits to be the bartenders at our Wedding Reception in July of 2015. Michael was absolutely fantastic to work with. After coordinating the basic details via email, he met with us in person for several hours to finalize what alcohol we wanted to have served. He had an excellent list of recommendations for signature cocktails for us to choose from (he would have been willing to make a custom drink as well, but we liked the ones on his list better). Mike then provided us with a comprehensive shopping list for the alcohol and mixers. When I went shopping, I found some brands of wine other than the ones that he had recommended happened to be on sale. Mike was very responsive to my phone calls to provide feedback on which of the on sale wines were or were not ok to get without sacrificing quality.

A few weeks before our wedding Raise Your Spirits worked at another wedding at our same venue. He ran into some venue-specific issues at that wedding and the next week contacted us to talk thru them so that we were able to avoid those same issues at our wedding.

On the day of the wedding itself Mike arrived in plenty of time (before we or any of our guests got there) and had everything set up and ready to go. He was courteous, professional and extremely competent the entire evening. He even brought an extra staff member beyond what we had discussed just to make sure that we would have no issues! At the end of the wedding the bar area was completely cleaned up with no work left for our bridal party to do (other than pick up the left-over beer and wine, which he had nicely stacked for us).

Working with Mike & Raise Your Spirits was easy and a true pleasure in the midst of the hectic-ness of planning a wedding. I would recommend him to anyone who needs bar tending services without hesitation. " ~ Nate and Kelly (July 2015)

 "My wife and I hired Michael and Raise Your Spirits to be the bartenders at our Wedding Reception in July of 2015. Michael was absolutely fantastic to work with. After coordinating the basic details via email, he met with us in person for several hours to finalize what alcohol we wanted to have served. He had an excellent list of recommendations for signature cocktails for us to choose from (he would have been willing to make a custom drink as well, but we liked the ones on his list better). Mike then provided us with a comprehensive shopping list for the alcohol and mixers. When I went shopping, I found some brands of wine other than the ones that he had recommended happened to be on sale. Mike was very responsive to my phone calls to provide feedback on which of the on sale wines were or were not ok to get without sacrificing quality.

A few weeks before our wedding Raise Your Spirits worked at another wedding at our same venue. He ran into some venue-specific issues at that wedding and the next week contacted us to talk thru them so that we were able to avoid those same issues at our wedding.

On the day of the wedding itself Mike arrived in plenty of time (before we or any of our guests got there) and had everything set up and ready to go. He was courteous, professional and extremely competent the entire evening. He even brought an extra staff member beyond what we had discussed just to make sure that we would have no issues! At the end of the wedding the bar area was completely cleaned up with no work left for our bridal party to do (other than pick up the left-over beer and wine, which he had nicely stacked for us).

Working with Mike & Raise Your Spirits was easy and a true pleasure in the midst of the hectic-ness of planning a wedding. I would recommend him to anyone who needs bar tending services without hesitation. " ~ Nate and Kelly (July 2015)

Michael has done a few jobs for Strictly Catering in the past year. He is our preferred bartender. Always a pleasure to work with. - Chris R. (August 2015)

Michael was outstanding at our annual Halloween party. His drinks were clever and delicious. Everyone kept coming back for more. We can't wait to have him back for more fun this Halloween.Alyssa K. (October 2014)

"We hired Michael to bartend our wedding on July 4th. We received quick, friendly and professional responses from the moment we hired him. He gave absolutely incredible customer service and was very creative with our cocktail menu. The guests loved the signature drinks! We couldn't have been happier with this experience, and we would highly recommend his company to anyone in need of a bartending service. :)"- Laura P. (July 2015)

"Mike and his team were our Bartenders for our weeding on 7/25/15 at Pond View Farms. I CANNOT express how amazing he is! By far the BEST at what he does! You will not be disappointed if you book him, you will be BLOWN away! Keep up the great work Mike!!! See you again soon! Jaron & Amanda" (July 2015)

"We hired RYS for our wedding at our local zoo, and we are so happy that we did! Michael and his wife worked our wedding of 130 people and kept that line moving! They handled our alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and were very professional and courteous. When we were frantically trying to set up our dessert bar ourselves, they offered to help - totally not in their contract of course but it was amazing! Just very sweet people who know their way around a bar! Plus, we picked two signature drinks that were just flying off the top shelf. Michael will guide you on what type of alcohol you will need and how much, but make sure you know your crowd. I unfortunately underestimated how many heavy drinkers we had and we ran out of certain alcohols midway through the evening. The good news is that Michael made it work with what we had left and our guests were still happy! BTW, may I cast my vote for his Orange Blossom cocktail if you are looking for suggestions on a specialty cocktail to serve at your event ;) Thank you so much Raise Your Spirits!"- Kalene L. (August 2015)

"personality plus, awesome creative drinks, latest and greatest recipes :)"Janice F. (August 2015)

"Mike and Michelle did an outstanding job at the Spring Bishop McDevitt Gala. The set up added to the ambiance of the event and the drink selection was right on. Efficiency of the staff kept the participants moving, drinks flowing and conversations light. Great job!!" - Chuck S. (Spring 2015)

"I hired Michael for my upcoming wedding, and he has been fantastic with communicating with me regarding the event! He was also reasonably priced compared to others that I spoke to. I feel very confident that he will do a wonderful job at my wedding!"- Heather M. (August 2015)

"They're the best there is, plain and simple!"-Dan D. (August 2015)

"Michael Nagy is one of the most dedicated, responsible and personable people that I know. When he is working one of his gigs, everyone is at ease because he is so prepared and organized. If anyone is in need of his services be prepared for a wonderful and relaxing evening--because Michael is in charge." -Carole B. (August 2015)

 
 

"I hired Michael for a Corporate event with ~150 people and he was very helpful in organizing all of the fine details of the event. With two separate bars at the event, he was very efficient in keeping both fully stocked and making drink recommendations along the way. Will definitely be hiring Raise Your Spirits in the future!" Chad D.

"We hired Michael to bartend at our daughter's reception at Brick Gables in Lititz. We were so pleased with his knowledge in assisting us with wine and beer choices for our guests. Having never done something like this before, he answered all of my questions and gave me clear instructions about what to do and when it should be done. Our guests thought he was very personable and quite a gentleman. We highly recommend his services! Monica W.

"We hired Michael to bartend our wedding on July 4th. We received quick, friendly and professional responses from the moment we hired him. He gave absolutely incredible customer service and was very creative with our cocktail menu. The guests loved the signature drinks! We couldn't have been happier with this experience, and we would highly recommend his company to anyone in need of a bartending service. :)" Laura P.

"Michael and his team were truly amazing, and my guests loved having them at our event! We will most certainly be booking Michael for future events!" - Brittney, Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson (October 25, 2014)

"Michael did a fantastic job with our wedding! We are not able to thank him enough for the work he did. He planned a beautiful custom menu for us, which included drinks to match our fall theme. The drinks were FANTASTIC! Our guests continue to rave about how amazing the drinks were and how quick their service was (we had a guest list of 100 people and Michael was able to keep the bar going and seldom had a line). Throughout the entire wedding planning, Michael was there to help organize, plan, and give suggestions on a complete bar menu. He was creative and great to work with. He understood our budget needs and was able to stay well within our budget while giving us a great experience. We would highly recommend Michael for any of your bar-tending needs. Thank you again Michael for all that you have done for us."

Sincerely,
Becky and Josiah (October 11, 2014)

Here is another testimonial submitted by a host -

"Michael did a retirement party for my husband. He created an awesome party atmosphere and made the most yummy cocktails! A good time was had by all and won't soon be forgotten. I highly recommend Michael's services!!"

Michael is by far the best man to plan, organize, &help you with your next event no matter the size of your party. He will work with you and will create a cocktail just for your event.Michael is a very hard working motivated mixoligist also.he will even hold a class for you and your friends or employees to show the correct way to mix drinks.Along with the hospitality side of the business.If you are in need of a knowledgeable friendly bartender Michael is your man.

Thank you Michael for making our Luau party a huge success! Your customized cocktail was a huge hit, and made the night even more festive. Diane was fabulous behind the bar, and you can be sure you will be hearing from us for our next party! Thanks again. Deb

I have the pleasure to have Michael as a cousin, which means I have had multiple days/nights in indulging in Michael's amazing drinks! If you or anyone you know needs a little spice to their parties his drinks and wonderful personality will surely do the trick! Book him for your next party! You won't regret it!

Congrats on the article! Good to have you back!

Interesting about the martini! I had no idea! I like many others thought it was named for the glass it was served in. Very good information on etiquette-as a society we don't often think of things from the other side. I often spot people doing/saying a few of these things. What do you think of people who say "could you go light on the alcohol?" Haha I was just at a wedding this weekend and found myself saying that to the bartender a lot- I sure hope I didn't offend him!

Thank you so much for highlighting Merlot. As with all of your blogs, I have learned several things about my favorite wine. I will definitely try Macmurray Ranch this weekend. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge.

Thanks for the great info! I can't wait to try some of your wine suggestions!

These are great ideas for drinks! I really look forward to trying the ginger infused vodka! Thank you!

Lots of great stuff this week. Keep it coming, I am really enjoying the blog.

Michael offered to make two fruit infused punches for the clambake I recently hosted. One for adults and another for the kids in attendance. What a great addition to the party...the adult version was a citrus infusion of chardonnay, spices and soda water to give it sparkle, served in sugar and spice rimmed cups adding just the right touch. The kids version was an infusion of juices, apples and other fruity goodies making it a healthy alternative to sodas and a lot more fun than water! Although the weather was dismal these drinks added a bright note to the dreary day. Thanks, Michael....Lynne

This sounds so good, can't wait to try it. Thanks for the fantastic cocktails and great information.

I was a guest at the party he bar tended. The "sex on the beach" was very good but I would have to say his white peach sangria was my favorite. It was very refreshing and exactly something I would want on a nice summer day by the pool. Thanks again.

Michael,as always you have once again delighted us with yet another beautifully appealing cocktail. I can just picture having one of these on cool Autumn evening,in front of a nice fire,after a delicious dinner. What a perfect ending for your guests instead of the normal cup of coffee! Your dinner guests or family would be so impressed when you served these on you dessert tray with cake. Thanks again Michael. As always,you never disappoint!

They are lucky to be getting your expertise. I look forward to seeing your articles in the magazine!

Mmmm, sounds delicious. I love blueberries, and paired with the additional ingredients in this otherwise classic drink, I can imagine it would create yummy layers of interest, and all add up to a tasty and refreshing beverage. Bet it looks fantastic too with the edible pansy flower. Perfect for a girls' night out. I can't wait to try it!

I love this article and can't wait to read more in the future!

Michael,you are a genius and I can't wait to try the Mandarin Sunset,and other new drinks that you create so beautifully.For those of you who have not been fortunate enough to have sampled Michael's elegant cocktails,you really don't know what you are missing out on. I am looking forward to your new book and anticipating the wonderful array of treasures that I'm sure will not disappoint. I purchased Michael's first book,and it was so well put-together,containing pictures,recipes,and beautiful settings. Very stylish and chic,and a great conversation piece for your coffee table,and a must for your own personal bar....Karen

Michael tended bar at a recent party of mine. The drinks were fantastic, and he put a spin on "sex on the beach" that only a mixologist would know to do!! His outgoing personality and the effortless way he engaged my guests made for a fun and stress-free party on my part....Megan