Cornman Farms Lead Bartender


8540 Island Lake Rd
Dexter, MI, USA 48130


$20.00/hr event days
$18/hour office days


Part Time Regular
Would consider a Full Time candidate as well

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We are not actively seeking this position right now but love talking to passionate people!
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About Zingerman’s Cornman Farms

Zingerman’s Cornman Farms is a multi-award winning and nationally renowned wedding venue and culinary destination. Cornman Farms hosts effortlessly elegant events tailored to each and every guest. Our unparalleled service, bespoke experiences, and meticulous attention to the smallest details create unforgettable moments for life’s most important occasions. We make the farm feel like home—a place that adds foundation to memories and provides a cornerstone to come back to.




Our Bartenders and Servers are responsible for meeting and exceeding the expectations of all guests. They are responsible for the setting up and maintaining of bars and beverage stations and cleaning up and breaking down of bars at the end of events as well as serving amazing food. This is a fast paced position that will involve constant customer interaction and requires the ability to carry large, heavy objects on a continuous basis throughout a shift.  The Lead Bartender, a year ‘round part time role, will oversee the work of servers and bartenders on shift and tend to some administrative duties, like organizing product and performing monthly inventory. 

Saturdays are the biggest wedding day of the week and will be booked nearly every week. Additional event staffing will be dependent on many factors and can fall on any day or time of the rest of the week.  Shifts can be as late as midnight. 


Part time, Hourly. Days and Nights, Weekends, Flexible Hours Required
Would consider a full time candidate as well

Pay Rate

Compensation:  $18.00 and 20.00/hour*

*$18/hour for office work, approx. 5-10 hours per week; $20/hour for events, 10-30 hours per week, less during off season

Lead bartenders are eligible to participate in the Cornman Farms hourly tip pool along with porters, producers, administrative assistants and other hourly employees.

Reports To

Managing Partner(s) and Manager(s)

Essential Functions

Overall Responsibilities

Our performance expectations are: 

    • Oversees monthly inventory in an accurate and timely manner
    • Creates and completes beverage inventory sheets for each event (completed day of)
    • Demonstrates daily improvements and integration of lean principles
    • Leads event pre-shifts with bar and service team
    • Teaches bartenders how to make cocktails and give great service
    • Coaches front of house staff to excellence
    • Serves as a facilitator for Lean activities, working with Managing Partners to train, communicate, standardize, sustain and facilitate continuous improvement, visual management and waste elimination among front of house staff
    • Builds strong and positive working relationships with other departments, including them in the improvement activities and understanding their needs
    • Directs the work of bartenders and Cornman Farms servers during events, using task boards and visual management tools
    • Ensures all bartender and server Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are followed accurately
    • Communicates with Managing Partners and Managers as needed
    • Ensures the safety of guests and employees alike through enforcement of our systems
    • Follows our service recipes while ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws as well as all operating procedures, including handling intoxicated guests
    • Assists with developing and communicating training materials and uniform standards
    • Creates special cocktails and drink menus as requested


The Success Patterns for this position are:

    • Has experience working in the foodservice/hospitality industry
    • Has previous bartending experience, preferably in a banquet setting
    • Is TIPS, TAM or ServSafe Alcohol Certified (preferred)
    • Can have a flexible schedule with an ability to work shifts on an on-call basis
    • Able to work late nights
    • Is able to follow directions in the moment, under time pressure, with a smile
    • Can work long shifts that require standing/walking/bending throughout shift
    • Has excellent communication skills
    • Has the ability to handle multiple tasks at one time and stay focused
    • Stays well organized with a strong attention to detail
    • Can safely lift and carry 50 pounds and move product up and down stairs

Physical Demands:

  • Must have high levels of mobility, flexibility, dexterity, coordination and energy
  • Must be able to do the essential functions of the job for long periods of time and work under heavy stress during busy times
  • Must be able to bend, stoop, and navigate a variety of terrain on the property
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

Successful Candidates will have the following Personal Characteristics

  • Has excellent communication skills
  • Ability to thrive in a physically demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to set and meet priorities.
  • Ability to effectively manage emotions in the workplace
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism regarding job performance.
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Has a reputation for maintaining excellent relations with all levels of staff
  • Is able to follow directions in the moment, under time pressure, with a smile
  • Demonstrated ability to understand organized systems and work in an organized workspace


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One of the best things about working at Corman Farms is the community. You work with some of the most amazing people you will ever meet and learn so much while doing so. It is also one of the most beautiful event spaces I have ever been to.

Current kitchen porter

2025 Vision


“The sun is shining and the air is crisp – a beautiful day at Cornman Farms. It has been over 10 years now since the first event was held at the farm. We relish our decade of memories, recalling the joy and wonder our many guests and employees have experienced: First taking in our manicured lawn and lovingly restored red barn (so welcoming against the green farm backdrop), smelling the rich soil as it’s tilled in preparation for planting season, reveling in the peals of laughter from generations of family playing lawn games together, the wonder of the first time really feeling the heft of a ripe heirloom tomato or the wooly caress of a sheep.

It’s this poetry of the senses that first communicates we are different (real!) and the delight of this discovery is immediate and intense. To us, this is part of providing the Zingerman’s experience. Our connection with our guests extend beyond the event or the day itself. We are a part of the memories being made and they have become part of our family and we part of theirs.

Employees, Partners and guests alike respect the roots that have been here for decades and we are all thrilled to be able to plant our own. Coming to Cornman Farms is like coming home.”