Cassidy Morrison has a lot on her plate. Not only does she oversee the front of the house at La Bicyclette in Carmel as maitre d’ while working toward a degree at CSU Monterey Bay, she also made history this year as the Monterey Amberjacks’ first beer vendor – likely the first beer vendor at Sollecito Ballpark. A lifelong Monterey resident and Marina High graduate, Morrison started work as a busser at La Bicyclette while still in high school and moved up. Despite seven years in food service, her college coursework is toward a sports marketing career.
Weekly: You have a lot of experience in restaurants. Is that where you want to stay?
Morrison: I want to be in business marketing for any professional sports team. You have to start somewhere, and this is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Hopefully I get in. That’s my goal.
How cool is it to be the first beer vendor?
It was a long time coming for this park. The fans are amazing. Being able to provide another activity – there’s the game, the mascot and now the beer garden – it feels good.
You also may be the only vendor who doesn’t have to climb into the stands.
Totally – that’s why we call this the beer garden. I get to stand here and watch the crowd. They’re having so much fun.
What was the first beer you served?
805, an ale from San Luis Obispo. It became really popular here in Monterey and I wanted to bring what we drink to our ballpark.
Which beer sells the most?
805, for sure. I probably push that a lot. Bud Light sells the least.
Have you had to duck a foul ball yet?
No, but I worry one is going to come while I’m looking through the cooler. I’ve been meaning to get a canopy.