Art of Bartending – Taking it to the next level!

The Art of Bartending Seminars got off to a great start at the BCSI Headquarters, Building 3, Harbour Road, St. Michael. The seminar which started on time saw an influx of interested participants who were more than engaged as they absorbed the knowledge shared by Facilitators Dameain Williams of Barbados and Nikos Arvanitis of Greece.

At the outset, participants were welcomed and the Facilitators were introduced by Host for the day Raeann Beckles. As Dameain took centre stage, he shared a bit about himself and his advancement throughout the years from Bus Boy to Bartender; which today has granted him a number of awards. As he scanned the crowd he also saw familiar faces; who seemed equally pleased to have in their midst a familiar face. Following Dameain, was our visiting Greek friend Nikos Arvanitis, who quickly dispelled all barriers between 'Teacher' and 'Student'; encouraging those in attendance to see each other as friends.  Also present was Cheryl Armstrong, Marketing Manager - Armstrong Agencies, who showed her unwavering support of the days affairs.

At the outset, participants were welcomed and the Facilitators were introduced by Host for the day Raeann Beckles. As Dameain took centre stage, he shared a bit about himself and his advancement throughout the years from Bus Boy to Bartender; which today has granted him a number of awards. As he scanned the crowd he also saw familiar faces; who seemed equally pleased to have in their midst a familiar face. Following Dameain, was our visiting Greek friend Nikos Arvanitis, who quickly dispelled all barriers between ‘Teacher‘ and ‘Student‘; encouraging those in attendance to see each other as friends. Also present was Cheryl Armstrong, Marketing Manager – Armstrong Agencies, who showed her unwavering support of the days affairs.

As the seminar progressed, participants were told that balance is important to life, and equally important in mixing the right cocktail. What is Alcohol, Base Spirits and Classic Cocktails were among the areas discussed during the first session. Participants were also exposed to the ‘flare’ technique in their pursuit to interest their customers in a particular drink. As participant’s listened intently, they took notes and were also treated to cocktails prepared in demonstration by their Facilitators. Participants were also afforded the opportunity to fish from the minds of their Facilitators, as they asked questions to gain further knowledge.

The Caribbean and European Instructor Duo, captivated the attention of all attendees; with their humour, knowledge, stories, techniques and skills. In this light, it is safe to say that participants were pleased with the first day of The Art of Bartending Seminar and they eagerly await the next session!

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