Beginners’ Art Of Bartending Seminars: Week 4, Do’s & Don’ts

Session Four of The Art of Bartending Seminar held at BCSI Headquarters started out with a Welcome and Introduction by Raeann Beckles, B.A.R.S. Inc. Executive. As Raeann spoke she thanked the various sponsors – The Barbados Ministry of Tourism, Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), Barbados Coalition of Services Industries (BCSI), Armstrong Agencies with Claytons Kola Tonic, Bajan Sun Online Magazine, Strictly Bajan Rum Shop Tours and the Bajan Association of Rum Shops (B.A.R.S. Inc.); who she credited for the success of The Art of Bartending Sessions thus far.
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Following her introduction the well-known and well respected David Barker, Bar Manager at Collision Entertainment and Bar Manager and Resident Mixologist at Tapas, Barbados took centre stage as the Facilitator for the day's session.

Following her introduction the well-known and well respected David Barker, Bar Manager at Collision Entertainment and Bar Manager and Resident Mixologist at Tapas, Barbados took centre stage as the Facilitator for the day’s session.

To date, Bartender Dameain Williams of Barbados and Bartender Nikos Arvanitis of Greece have also facilitated various sessions. As David began he affirmed the introduction given by Raeann and shared a bit more about himself; indicating he started within the industry as a Porter, who became a chef overseas, before transitioning into the qualified and well-trained bartender he is today.
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As the morning progressed, David engaged the 13 present participants to state their names, what they thought about bartending and whether or not they had experience in the field. Those present eagerly shared; as this strategic icebreaker laid the foundation for a session that was highly interactive, stimulating, fun and educational.

As the morning progressed, David engaged the 13 present participants to state their names, what they thought about bartending and whether or not they had experience in the field. Those present eagerly shared; as this strategic icebreaker laid the foundation for a session that was highly interactive, stimulating, fun and educational.

Following this, David sought to set persons thinking as he asked for anyone within the class to give or name one product. As the product/fruit ‘Apple’ was suggested, David began documenting visually the various elements and processes that one apple coming to Barbados undergoes. He further indicated that the fundamental reason we all do this (this being bartending or any activity we are engaged in) is to make MONEY. While this notion was met with favourable and non-favourable responses, by some persons, it lead to a healthy discussion.
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Other interesting and mind stimulating topics and activities included: 'The Bartender Hates You' video which generated laughs and further discussions. Following this video participants were encouraged to share their most stupid encounter or response from guests at a bar. This exercise set the stage for the upcoming topics as well as for the changing of behaviours and responses when these situations arise.

Other interesting and mind stimulating topics and activities included: ‘The Bartender Hates You‘ video which generated laughs and further discussions. Following this video participants were encouraged to share their most stupid encounter or response from guests at a bar. This exercise set the stage for the upcoming topics as well as for the changing of behaviours and responses when these situations arise.

The history of bartending (power point presentation) was also a very captivating topic as participants learnt that bar keepers were among the social elite. Key for participants was also discovering that Jeremiah ‘Jerry’ Thomas (1830-1885) was the person who paved the way for cocktail bartending. Other stimulating topics included: flair bartending (i.e. manipulation of bartending tools and products), service tips, the clean as you go practice, importance and objectives of bartending, glassware, the importance of knowing the ounces that goes into each type of glass, and the various types of bartenders.

As a plus, David introduced to participants the VivinoPro App which was developed for persons to learn more about wines.

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