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Micah Dew: Creating the Beergarita.

Watch Metropolitan’s Barchef Micah Dew crafting his latest creation for the Province newspaper drink of the week.

Happy Tending!!



Vounteer Bartending Position

Do you want to share your skills and make practical use of your bartending abilities?

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is looking for volunteer bartenders with Serving It Right certification for the following events at the Garden:

Main Street Magazine Tour (http://www.bcamp.bc.ca/mainst) on August 18th

– Screaming Silently, part of Vancouver International Fringe Festival on September 10th, 13th & 14th

– Siddhartha, part of Vancouver International Fringe Festival (http://buckmancoe.com/fr_gigs.cfm) on September 15th, 16th, 17th

They may recruit multiple bartenders if need be.

Volunteer Bartender


Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a non-profit organization and cultural hub, passionate about connecting cultures and communities through festivals, live music, art exhibits, tours, education and wellness programs.

Your background

Possess Serving It Right certification

Strong customer service experience and friendly attitude

Punctual, responsible and professional


Be our designated Bartender, serving alcoholic and other drinks to guests

Work collaboratively with the events team including event organizers and other volunteers

Represent yourself and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in a professional manner

Time commitment

Any or all of the following:

Thursday August 18th, 7:30pm to 10:30pm

Saturday September 10th, Tuesday September 13th & Wednesday September 14th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Thursday September 15th, Friday September 16th & Saturday September 17th, 6:30pm to 10:30pm


Bartenders will be able to reliably liaise with at least one designated member of staff.


This is a great way to give back to fun and local community organizations by sharing your time and skills. You’ll have the

opportunity to connect with people and events while enjoying an excellent part of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene.

We will also provide a letter of recommendation upon request and serve as a reference if appropriate.


Please contact Susan Ma to apply, or if you have any questions: volunteers@vancouverchinesegarden.com or 604-662-3207 ext. 208.


Fairchild TV at Metropolitan

Our new instructor Micah filming a segment with Fairchild TV

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.

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!


Eat Vancouver – Food & Cooking Festival

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!

To 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





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.

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 www.taprestaurant.ca