See what Metro students are doing with their new mixology skills….

Michael Neil, a recent graduate of Metropolitan’s bartending program, tells us how he is using his new mixology skills in his current job..

As a corporate flight attendant, I deal with clients who have a a variety of different tastes and preferences.  With the training I received at Metropolitan, not only did I become a more proficient bartender but also received an invaluable lesson in mixology.  By understanding which spirits and liquors go together, I’m able to make a personalized drink for the guest, that I know they will enjoy.  I found that the courses offer at Metropolitan not only focus on bartending, but the critical skills needed by employees in the hospitality industry.

Skills based resume, how to use it for the hospitality industry…

Here at Metropolitan, we offer our graduates one on one resume coaching, and as of late we are noticing students asking one particular question: “How do I write my resume so it deflects from the gaps and multiple job history”.

Whether you’re starting out in the hospitality industry or re-entrying, a resume format you might consider is the skills based style.  This is especially attractive if you have had gaps in your employment history or varied positions.

There are advantages and disadvantages to this style therefore, take a look at the pros and cons below to see if this works for you.

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  1. If you want to emphasize abilities and achievements that have not been used in your most recent job(s).
  2. If you are changing career direction.
  3. If you have had a large number of jobs and you would prefer to describe the experience you have gained in total.
  4. If you want to include voluntary/unpaid experience.
  5. If your work history has been patchy in recent years, either through unemployment, redundancy, self-employment, ill health, etc.
  6. If you have several completely different job targets and you need a resume for each.


  1. If you want to highlight promotions/career growth – you could include this sort of information on the second page of your resume, but it would not be as prominent as on a performance resume.
  2. If your most recent employer is highly prestigious, because their name will not be prominently displayed on the first page. You can get round this by putting their name in both the profile and cover letter.
  3. Unusual resume format – may not be liked by everyone.


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Mytown NSW 2909

Telephone: 02 555 5575
Facsimile: 02 555 5555 for messages only
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Include a short statement about what position you are applying for

Summary Of Qualifications

List the four or five of your top skills

• Create a bulleted list

• Choose skills that connect most closely to the job you are applying for

Skills Related to the Job Goal

• List up to three skills that you want to emphasize that relate to the job you are applying for.

For each one find examples of the following:

Any accomplishments you achieved while using this skill through a training program, work experience, or through volunteering

Any responsibility you had in a previous job or volunteer activity that required you to use this skill

Any special features you want to emphasize about your ability to use this skill

Any awards or certificates you received that relate to this skill


(Organize by highlighted skill: Guest services, Organizational etc..)

List up to three jobs and include the following for each one:

Dates employed with most recent first

Job title

Name of organization and location

Skill descriptions (What you did at the job & how you added to the company’s success)


List any post secondary training program, the date it was completed and name and location of the organization providing the training.


For any references you list, include correct name, name of the organization that the person works for, and his/her contact information such as full telephone number, any extension, and an e-mail address.









Metropolitan Behind the Wood At Eat Vancouver 2011

Metropolitan graduate Emily Lorenz,  worked with the Mott’s Ceasar School for a fun filled weekend slinging drinks at the Eat Vancouver food & cooking this past weekend.

We would also like to thanks to Len Fragomeni (Toronto Institute of Bartending), Victoria Parkman and the rest of the Mott’s Caesar school staff for the great time by showing us how to make the perfect Caesar!


Today’s Cocktail : “The Juice” (named after Canuck Kevin Bieksa)

Today’s cocktail is dedicated to our infamous Canuck defenseman Kevin Bieksa.
A little fact about Bieksa is his nickname “the Juice” , which he earned by both teammates and fans during his Manitoba Moose days.  It is all due to his love for drinking pineapple juice before and after the games.
So, for all you Canuck fans getting ready for tonight’s game, due your part and try “The Juice” cocktail, and cheer our team on!
Surfer on Acid


1 oz Coconut Rum
1 oz Jägermeister®
2 oz Pineapple Juice

Method: Prepare in shaker
Glass: Old-Fashioned

  1. Shake all ingredients with ice for a few seconds.
  2. Pour the content of the shaker into a short glass, along with ice.


Eat Vancouver – Food & Cooking Festival

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EAT! Vancouver is Canada’s largest consumer food, beverage and cooking festival taking place at the new Vancouver convention Centre, West Wing, Vancouver, BC on June 10-12, 2011. The food show features hundreds of food, beverage and kitchen goods exhibitors along with wineries, breweries, restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese seminars, cookbook authors, and chef competitions.

Beer, wine and spirits will be well represented in the Tasting Pavilion where you can sip and taste hundreds of different beverages. Also, Mott’s Clamato Juice will be conducting their Mott’s Caesar School where you can participate in learning h0w to make the perfect caesar.

While visiting EAT! Vancouver, you will…

Discover new food + beverage products +cooking ingredients
Taste hundreds of  food and beverage from hundreds of exhibitors
Shop & buy hard to find food +cooking related products.
Learn new methods of cooking from the experts
Watch Food Network celebrity chefs showcase their talents on stage
Learn cuisines of foreign lands in the World Culinary Tourism Expo
Enjoy tasting the offerings of restaurants and wineries +breweries
Find new foods + treats for your pets in the Pets EAT! Too Pavilion
Make your own healthy choices in the Wellness Pavilion
Discover appreciation for cheese at Dairy Farmer’s Cheese Seminars
Talk with food producers, growers, vintners and brewers
Improve wine + beer appreciation in Grapes & Hops Seminar area.

For more information or to buy tickets visit the Eat! Vancouver Website…


Vodka: The Great debate


During one of the bartending classes the other day, a student posed the question where does vodka come from?  Naturally, we think the obvious, however we would like to share the fascinating journey the popular spirit has been on.

Interesting facts….. (Vodka history in short!)

Vodka has come a long way  from its early origins in Russia and Poland, and the consumption of vodka dates back to the fourth century in eastern and northern Europe.

Russians and Poles disagree as to which country was first to distill and manufacture vodka, but majority of historians give  kudos to Russia.

To date, vodka is by far the world’s most popular spirit, and can essentially be distilled from just about anything that can be fermented.

The potato is used in the production of some vodkas, but most brands today, are made from grains such as rye, wheat, barley, and corn.

Vodka in most Slavic languages means “water”.

So, no matter where it first originated, we here at Metropolitan would like to say thanks, whether it be in Polish Nazdrowie (Naz-droh-vee-ay) or Russian Будем здоровы/На здоровье (Budem zdorovi/ Na zdorovie) for the spirit called Vodka!

Happy tending!


Celebrating our boys in blue, the Canucks that is…

Its Friday afternoon here in Vancouver, and to show our patriotism for our home town boys, we are painting the town blue, green and white for Sunday’s Canuck game!

canuck shooterTo celebrate our boys in blue, try our cocktail of the day the Johnny Canuck!

Johnny Canuck


1/3 oz Creme de cacao

1/3 oz Blue Curacao

1/3 oz Melon Liquor


Instructions Layer the following: Creme de cacao, followed by blue curacao into a shot glass, then melon. Serve. 

Serve Johnny Canuck in a Shot Glass




Why great customer service is the ONLY way to go!

Customer serviceHere at Metropolitan, we can never talk enough about the importance of guest service/customer service.  Our instructors (Luch, Chad, & Geoff) all agree that  it is a paramount skill that is too often looked over by industry staff.  So, read on how just a couple of tips can help with your success as a bartender.


1. Get to know your guests –

Getting to know your guests is vital, as you want them to have the best possible experience while sitting at your bar as possible.  Ask questions, find out who they are, what they do, what are their interests, and of course what they like to drink!  Knowing just a few of these things shows interest (cause its all about me!) in your guest and makes them feel good that they chose your bar to be in.  Also, if you have repeat guests, its an important factor to REMEMBER what they drink and who they are!  There is nothing worse then a guest coming into the bar for the second time, bringing new friends and them saying “This place is great they really get to know you here.” and you the bartender saying “Who are you again?” Ah, no tip for you and that will probably the last time you see that guest!  Just saying….

2. Make suggestions (offer samples when you can) –

We cannot stress this enough…. making suggestions can turn into upselling and is a win win situation for everyone!  Your guest asks for a vodka martini, you say “Would you like to try it with (add what your premium vodka name)”, or you since you know the guest really like mangos offer a cocktail that has mangos, and provide them a sample to try.  The next thing you know… you have sold a few mango delights and made your guest beam with delight as you remembered their favorite fruit!  Really easy!!!

And to really make the point, here are some great quotes to remember!

Do what you do so well that they will
want to see it again and bring their friends.


If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will.

If you make customers unhappy on the Internet, they can each tell 6,000 friends.

Customers don’t expect you to be perfect.
They do expect you to fix things when they go wrong.


Give trust, and you’ll get it double in return

The quality of our work depends on the quality of our people.

Happy Tending!!!

Wine With Leagh, at Metropolitan.

Our last wine class was presented to us,by former Metro student Leagh Barkley.

Leagh’s passion for wine  stemmed from his time spent in france, that turned him from having a distaste for wine to a sommelier of fine wines.

These days, you’ll find Leagh working at a casual/ fine dining restaurant called Tap, located in South Surrey. He is the bar manager/wine sommelier,  who is always creating new and fresh martinis and cocktails for the menu, and offers his expertise to guests for the perfect pairing to accompany their meal.

He has completed the first level of the Sommelier program for the ISG,  and has been a part of many wine and food pairing events throughout Vancouver and the lower mainland.  Leagh also enjoys booking private wine tastings for small groups, and in his spare time shares his passion with friends and family.

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Metro students are welcome to visit Leagh at Tap restaurant to enjoy his vast wine knowledge and fine cuisine.

Visit their website for more information

Sampling Summer Jobs

promo staff


Coastal Promotions here in Vancouver, is looking for people to provide beer and cider sampling at various venues and events such as liquor stores and golf tournaments. This is a perfect summer job working with the public!!

Job benefits:

Flexible hours

$18.00/ hour

Mostly weekends throughout the summer

Company will provide uniforms


Out going personality

Well spoken & professional

Customer service skills


Work well independently and within a group

Willing to work weekends


For more information or send a resume, please contact Eva at

Good Luck!