Trishauna Kirlew – Category Manager for Beverages, Brews and Spirits
Drinks all around! The perfect way to complement or even complete a scrumptious meal is by pairing it with an exotic cocktail. CPJ, sponsors of this year’s Gleaner-sponsored Restaurant Week (RW), decided to treat food lovers by introducing new and exciting cocktails to the standard RW menu.
Trishauna Kirlew, category manager, beverages, brews and spirits, CPJ, said the bartender training session was an opportunity for CPJ to introduce key ingredients for RW, which were being used by most, if not all, of the restaurants.
The two featured drinks for Restaurant Week are St Remy Midnight Spell, a combination of VSOP brandy, fruit punch and a tangy finish from fresh limes, garnished with cherry; and the Findlandia orange frost, flavoured with regular fruta, orange and pineapple.
Last Thursday, CPJ hosted the Bartender Lime training session in the Crew Bar boardroom.
Bartenders were entertained by the number of challenges they had to participate in, including the role-pay challenge. Bartenders in the audience were selected to play the role of customers, and the two contestants had to develop a sales pitch to persuade the customer to purchase the drink. Mandela Miller from Lillian’s Restaurant won this challenge.
Cathy Risden, Gleaner Writer