Educating Bartenders Worldwide.
By Beverage Trade Network
Mariantonietta Varamo, now the Assistant Restaurant Manager at The French Table, started her journey in the bartending world when she was merely 15 during her school holidays, with an aim to become a bartender. In 2013, she became the first female to tend the bar at Duke’s Hotel. Varamo’s love for the trade drove her to continue learning about the world of spirits, where she found herself collaborating with spirits brands such as Sabatini Gin. She is also the first female to be awarded the Order of Merit 2018 for being an Italian Bar Ambassador abroad.
Today, Varamo dives into the world of bartending during Covid and tells us how she continues to evolve with the times.
As a kid, I was always fascinated by the bartenders in movies. They were looking smart, polite, confident, and somehow powerful while creating the perfect drink. I wanted to know their secrets and be like them as a grown-up. Also, they were always men and so decided I would change that and so I did.
We had to evolve digitally even faster than before, but also while alcohol takeaway was allowed we had to think of other ways to deliver our creations perhaps at the guests home hence “pre-made” and “make-at-home” cocktails has given us a chance to explore which drink would work better in that format. So clearly through the years, the role of the Bartender is becoming more and more than a figure behind the bar, especially in these COVID times.
In action behind the bar, Source: Mariantonietta Varamo
I find empathy being a base requirement as you must be able to read people and easily connect with them. Discretion - as a bartender you are often the first witness of many important moments in the guest life. To be adaptable and to be ready to adjust to new trends and new patterns. A great dose of humility as there is a never-ending pattern to learn in our sector.
Sustainability, quality, and consistency together with the unique story behind the spirit.
Staff training is an important part together with sustainability programs especially as a way to reduce waste. The amount of good-quality glass bottles and cardboard boxes wasted at the end of the day is countless. I will be happier for those items to have a longer life and to be reused, recycling is not enough.
I think sustainability would still be strong in 2021.
At the bar, Source: Mariantonietta Varamo
Be able to create special unique moments for the guest and be part of it. In a way we participate at some of the most important moments of their lives, like a wedding proposal, the start for business collaboration, the coming of the drinking age of a son, the gathering place of friends and family to remember someone who has passed away. Cocktail bars are where the start of [some of the] greatest moments are taking place.
Talisker Whisky was my ever first love, it just never disappoints. If I could I would go right now and live on Sky Island.
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Cahoots London, the atmosphere there is just sensational.
Well, it depends on the occasion. I love champagne-based cocktails but also whisky, that’s my spirit.