By Liz Trendowski
The subject of underage drinking invariably brings a personal, often nostalgic response from older adults.
Many parents of teenagers remember their own days of drinking alcohol before they were of legal age. Some were able to get served at a local bar that did not require an ID. Others used fake IDs to buy alcohol in stores or taverns.
Many adults tend to look the other way when it comes to underage drinking. We know kids are drinking, but didn't we do it, too? The "kids will be kids'' approach taken by some parents suggests underage drinking is ...
Elizabeth Trendowski has been working in the liquor and hospitality industry for 25 years. She has been a restaurant manager, CEO of a wine and spirits wholesale operation, a liquor permittee (holder) of both state and federal licenses, and a leader in her field. Liz has personally trained more than 23,000 servers in responsible serving practices.
She was the Founder and President of SMART Programs, a national certification program for the responsible service of alcohol, and one of only three independent TIPS Master Trainers in the United States. She was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Licensed Beverage Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Restaurant Association. She was the President of the Connecticut Hospitality Educational Foundation. She also founded SMART bartending schools (13 of them), which was a certification program teaching professional mixology.
Until recently, Liz was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven’s School of Business teaching bar and beverage management. She has taught in private, academic, and military settings and was the restaurant and nightclub trainer for the U.S. Navy Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department in the U.S. and abroad.