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Feast Q&A: Veteran bartender spills stories from behind the stick

Chris Tucker grew up in Woodland and at one time had designs on a career in bioengineering. Then he landed a job tending bar at a Sacramento nightclub and never looked back. Tucker, who oversees the bar programs at Hook & Ladder and the Golden Bear, has grown up with the craft cocktail scene and has earned a reputation as one of the top bartending talents in town. He has also worked at Shady Lady and Centro, among other places. The Bee checked in with Tucker to get a sense of how his job behind “the stick” – or bar – has evolved with the tastes of the city.

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