Women’s Awareness Week + IWD 2019

This year for International Women’s Day 2019, Minibar Canada will be hosting a series of events across Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Women’s Awareness Week includes the following events (for full details and tickets, click the link for your city):

Please book your tickets asap – traditionally each year we are out within a week, and we won’t have any additional to release.

KITCHEN TABLE CONVERSATIONS (March 8)
Toronto // https://iwd2019toronto.eventbrite.ca

THE WELL BEINGS & WEEKEND RITUALS (March 4, 9 & 10)
Vancouver // https://iwd2019vancouver.eventbrite.ca

SPIRIT OF WOMEN (March 8)
Montreal // https://iwd2019montreal.eventbrite.ca

#IWD2019

Leading Lady – Lea Messier

Lea Messier lives in Montreal, QC – originally from Quebec City. Brooklyn NY. She works in hospitality – bartending, craft-cocktails, marketing and events are her specialty. We had a few questions for her – about the past, present and future:

What changes do you hope occur in our industry over the next 3 years? The next 10 years? *
I love to see the concept of “drink less, drink better” explode even more than it has in the past year. Just like food, it is better to enjoy smaller portions of what you like in order to indulge without hurting your health – both physically and mentally. Everything is best when enj in oyed in moderation. We see a lot of people binge-drinking and aggressively partying in our field, and more often than not it leads to a tremendously negative outcome. I feel like it is our duty as representatives in the drinks industry to educate and train our guests, friends and colleagues to drink better, not drink more.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self? *
Don’t try to become something you are not meant to be. Don’t force yourself to be what others want you to be. Be true to who you are, and you’ll end up exactly where you’re meant to be. Trust life, trust that people that do great things, get great things. Work hard, it’s worth it. 

If you could sit and have an open conversation with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be, and why? *
I would love to have a conversation with Billy Joel. I feel like Billy Joel has a song for every single one of my moods – he’s my mood ring! Joel is an amazing musician – he gave us the “Piano Man” and “She’s Always a Woman to Me” – I feel like both songs are super intense once you understand the lyrics. I almost me him once….. but didn’t.

Is there a particular location in the world you’d like very much to visit, and what do you hope to find there? *
I still own family lands in Brittany, France – passed down from my paternal grandparents. I grew up there. Unfortunately, life has been so busy that I haven’t been back since I was 18 years old. I really miss it. The best strawberries, melons and produce in the world. Fresh, daily catch, fish that you’ve got access to, the moment it’s pulled from the ocean – grill it yourself on the beach between folded clothes hangers (my grandparents taught me to cook anything and everything from scratch), with homemade eau-de-vie and good wine.

If you weren’t in the hospitality industry, what would you be doing? *
Marketing and events, always. I worked 4 years in an office (yeah, a 9 to 5 gig) for a coveted Quebecois magazine. It was fun for a time, but it was a dead-end role, a male dominated environment – so much posturing – I needed to grow, and spread my wings! I’ve always been the organizer -from my birthday parties when I was a kid, to prom in high-school. It’s just logical for me to stay in event organization and marketing.

What’s your favourite time and place to have a drink, what are you having, and who are you having it with? *
I LOVE a glass of Champagne at anytime of the day or night. The first drink I always have on my birthday is a glass of Champagne – it’s mandatory.  Beyond this, my favourite drink would be a Manhattan. I keep these moments for special occasions like a night out with my best friends or to test a new cocktail-bar. Having a drink with my best friends, my mother & my aunt in Quebec City at our little private speakeasy in our home is the best moment in the world. It’s a safe place, and always happy place. Then we have a shot of Jäger. When we’re out, I love to order a Manhattan, with a twist – it’s such a simple drink, and gives an opportunity for personality and creativity in the bartender’s interpretation of the classic. 

What’s your ultimate one liner that describes your mission in life *
My grandmother Pierrtte Gagnon told me, “we have the happiness gene. I was born with it, and I passed it along to your mother who gave it to you. The goal in life is to be happy. Keep this in mind always”.

Follow Lea Messier on social media – @leamessierf  @cocktailjedi

 

Leading Lady – Tess Mix

Tess Mix is 32 years of young, dwelling in Brooklyn NY. She’s been documenting the spirits and bar industry for the past 8 years. We had a few questions for her – about the past, present and future:

What changes do you hope occur in our industry over the next 3 years? The next 10 years? *
In the next three years I want to see more green bartending. More recycling, more composting. I want that for the world. I would also like to see more interesting secondary spirits for bartenders so we can see more diverse cocktails.

What advice would you give your 16 year old self? *
It gets better. I promise.

If you could sit and have an open conversation with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be, and why? *
Today at this very moment I can’t hide from the political. By “open” I would think possibly confrontational in some way. I would like to talk to Robert Mueller and ask him what there is in this investigation. I want to know what is wrong with the USA.

Is there a particular location in the world you’d like very much to visit, and what do you hope to find there? *
I would LOVE to visit Newfoundland. It seems like the land of my dreams: The northeast, cold, calm and solitary. I would like to think I would find some kind of peace.

If you weren’t in the hospitality industry, what would you be doing? *
I would be a masseuse, so still in the hospitality industry.

What’s your favourite time and place to have a drink, what are you having, and who are you having it with? *
mmmMMMMmmmm…. Hartley’s, my local, Sunday afternoon with a cider, my dog and a book. After a pint, my twinny Ivy Mix would should up with Claire Sprouse and we would while away the day.

What’s your ultimate one liner that describes your mission in life *
I’m made of steel up front,… but if you look to closely, it changes.

Follow Tess Mix on social media – @tessmix

International Women’s Day 2018

CANADA’S HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH NETWORKING EVENTS ACROSS THREE CITIES

Networking events, across Canada bring together women in the hospitality industry, taking inspiration from this year’s International Women’s Day global theme

CANADA (February 27, 2018) — The who’s who of Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal’s hospitality scenes will gather for scheduled events on March 8, 2018 to mark International Women’s Day.

Women have a long, rich history in the hospitality industry, bringing both a playful and maternal instinct to bars, restaurants, cafés and associated manufacturers and steering an ever-growing industry towards higher levels of distinction. Today, some of the highest and most important positions in the hospitality industry are held by women — those who started in the trenches, inspired by those around them, and the women they, in turn, have served to inspire. As Olympic Gold Medalist, Wilma Rudolph said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

As women continue to prove themselves a powerful part of the social, economic and cultural fabric, a Canadian group, called Minibar Canada (with the help of passion partner, Bittered Sling) – comprised of passionate female bartenders and ambassadors – have developed the “Press for Progress” gatherings across the country. Minibar Canada – in cities Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – will host simultaneous networking events for women in the hospitality profession on March 8, intended to motivate and encourage the next generation of women to aspire to even greater heights in the industry.

“We’re not only celebrating International Women’s Day at this event but championing those who inspire us,” says Minibar Canada founder Lauren Mote, co-founder of Bittered Sling and Diageo Reserve’s Global Cocktailian. “It’s time to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and be inspired to achieve your own idea of greatness. It dovetails perfectly with the theme of International Women’s Day in 2018, which is ‘Press for Progress’”.

Toronto’s event organizer, Bittered Sling’s Ontario Events Manager and Minibar Canada member, Chantelle Gabino says, “This year’s event brings inspired discussions and community building together under one roof. I am thrilled to spearhead the Toronto event, alongside some amazing women across the country. In Montreal and Vancouver, my sisters are preparing their city’s Minibar Canada events simultaneously – what a community! I am so thrilled to fill the room with some of Toronto’s most inspiring, influential and strong women to share their stories.”

Toronto Event, “Cultured Community” details:
Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street W, Toronto
Sponsors for the networking event include (in alphabetical order):
Bittered Sling, Corby Spirit and Wine Ltd., The Drake Hotel, Minibar Canada, OBC (Ontario’s Bartending Community), Seedlip
The featured speakers for Cultured Community will include: Sarah Parniac, Writer & Canadian Ambassador | NOW Magazine, Seedlip – the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit; Evelyn Chick, Bar Manager | Pretty Ugly Bar; Christina Veira, Bartender | Drake 150 & Apt. 200; Phoebe Salvador, Artist Manager | Self-Emplyed; Jessica Blaine Smith, Photographer & Co-Founder | Jessica Blaine Photography & Bartender Atlas; Emily Anne Blake, Co-Founder & Communications Director | Mahjong Bar; Viktoria Belle, Activist & Founder | The Dandelion Initiative; Charlotte Langley, Chef & Culinary Curator | Restaraurants Canada; Maria Rosales, Consultant, Marketing & Branding | Self-Emplyed; Chantelle Gabino, Bartender & Events Manager | The Drake Hotel & Bittered Sling.
Volunteers: Chantelle Gabino, Christina Veira, Evelyn Chick, Lauren Mote
Emcee: Chantelle Gabino
Charitable Partner(s): While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the “The Dandelion Initiative” and “Nellie’s Women’s Shelter” will be graciously accepted. Learn more about the charitable partners:
https://dandelioninitiative.blog/
http://www.nellies.org/
Tickets to event, and link to donate: https://iwd2018toronto.eventbrite.ca

Vancouver’s event organizer, Bittered Sling’s British Columbia Events Manager and Minibar Canada member, Katie Ingram says, “Vancouver’s close-knit community breaks bread together, shares knowledge and takes care of one another. We hope this year’s International Women’s Day event in Vancouver inspires a vast group of women to stand up, fight and follow their dreams.”

Vancouver Event, “Empowering the Future” details:
Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Café Medina, 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Sponsors for the networking event include (in alphabetical order):
Bittered Sling, BC Bartender (British Columbia Bartenders’ Association), Bulleit Whiskey, Campari Canada, Dickie’s Ginger Beer, Ketel One Vodka, Johnathan Evans Photography, Johnnie Walker, Minibar Canada, Pacific Wines & Spirits, Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, World Class Canada
The featured speakers for “Empowering the Future” will include: Lisa Haley, Restaurant Director | L’Abattoir; Anna Farrant, Co-Founder | All City Athletics; Shelome Bouvette, Chef & Owner | Chicha; Heidi Noble, Winemaker & Founder | JoieFarm Winery; Leila Kwok, Photographer | Self-Employed; Michelle Sproule, Managing Editor | Scout Magazine; Kaitlyn Stewart, Bar Manager & Global Champion | Royal Dinette & World Class; Katie Ingram, Bar Manager & Vancouver Events Manager | L’Abattoir & Bittered Sling.
Volunteers: Katie Ingram, Amber Bruce, Kaitlyn Stewart, Reece Sims, Lauren Mote, Sabrine Dhaliwal
Emcee: Kaitlyn Stewart
Charitable Partner(s): While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the “Women’s Health Collective” will be graciously accepted.
Learn more about the charitable partners:
https://www.womenshealthcollective.ca
Tickets to event, and link to donate: https://iwd2018vancouver.eventbrite.ca

Montreal’s event organizer, Bittered Sling’s Quebec Events Manager and Minibar Canada member, Lea Messier says, “Montreal’s bartending scene is rich with professionalism, creative and inspiring women across many backgrounds. This event is our opportunity to share our strengths as we continue to grow together. Through open and positive discussions, we will bring to the spotlight the challenges we face every day, and how to better tackles these challenges together.”

Montreal Event, “Women & Whiskey” details:
Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Vieux-Port Steakhouse, 39 rue St-Paul, Montreal
Sponsors for the networking event include (in alphabetical order):
Bittered Sling, Brown-Forman Canada, La Ligue des Coqueteliens du Québec (Québec Bartenders’ Association), Minibar Canada, Vieux-Port Steakhouse
The featured speakers for “Women & Whiskey” will include: Asilex Rodriguez, Bartender & Whiskey Enthusiast | Bar le LAB & Better Living in Hospitality; Maureen David, Co-Founder & President | 1769 Distillery; Alexis Green, Territory Manager | Brown-Forman Canada; Lea Messier F., Bartender, Consultant & Events Manager | Cocktail Jedi, Kocktail Kombat & Bittered Sling.
Volunteers: Lea Messier, Alexis Green, Kate Boushel, Lauren Mote
Emcee: Lea Messier
Charitable Partner(s): While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the “La Maison Grise de Montreal” will be graciously accepted.
Learn more about the charitable partner: http://www.lamaisongrise.org/faire-un-don.shtml. 2018 marks the 3rd year for the Women & Whiskey event, sponsored by Brown-Forman, and the first year for Minibar Canada’s partnership on this event.
Tickets to event, and link to donate: https://iwd2018montreal.eventbrite.ca

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Every year on March 8, thousands of events are held across the globe to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women while also championing advocacy for women’s rights and equality. 2017 marked an incredible demonstration by women around the world in the first annual “Women’s March on Washington”.

Attendance is limited for each event based on capacity for each venue; please register on the links for your city to receive a complimentary ticket through Eventbrite, where you can make a donation right to the charitable partners for each event.
*TICKETS REQUIRED* – click link in your city to book a ticket:
TORONTO – https://iwd2018toronto.eventbrite.ca
VANCOUVER – https://iwd2018vancouver.eventbrite.ca
MONTREAL – https://iwd2018montreal.eventbrite.ca

 

 

 

 

International Women’s Day 2017

Networking event, titled “Courage and Conviction” brings together women in the hospitality industry.

The who’s who of Vancouver’s hospitality scene will gather at Chambar Restaurant on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day at a networking event titled “Courage and Conviction: A Celebration of Bold Women”.

Women have a long, rich history in the hospitality industry, bringing both a playful and maternal instinct to bars, restaurants, cafés and associated manufacturers and steering an ever-growing industry towards higher levels of distinction.

Today, some of the highest and most important positions in the hospitality industry are held by women — those who started in the trenches, inspired by those around them, and the women they, in turn, have served to inspire. As Olympic Gold Medalist, Wilma Rudolph said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”

As women continue to prove themselves a powerful part of the social fabric, a local group of passionate women have developed the “Courage and Conviction” gathering as not only a celebration of women in the hospitality industry, but the first in a series of networking events specifically intended to motivate and encourage the next generation of women to aspire to even greater heights in the industry.

“We’re not only celebrating International Women’s Day at this event but championing those who inspire us,” says event organizer Lauren Mote, co-founder of Bittered Sling. “It’s time to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and be inspired to achieve your own idea of greatness. It dovetails perfectly with the theme of International Women’s Day in 2017, which is ‘Be Bold For Change’.”

Courage and Conviction: A Celebration of Hospitable Women will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chambar Restaurant, 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver on March 8, with scheduled speakers and complimentary refreshments and snacks. All women working in the hospitality industry — front and back of house staff, business owners and managers, chefs, sommeliers, brewers/distillers, media, publicists and marketers/designers — are welcome to attend. While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter will be graciously accepted.

The featured speakers for Courage and Conviction will include: Alexandra Gill, Vancouver Restaurant Critic | The Globe and Mail; Robin Nance, Auchentoshan National Brand Ambassador| Beam Suntory; Karri Schuermans, Restauranteur | Chambar Restaurant; Nancy Chow, Clinical Nurse Leader | St. Paul’s Hospital Rapid Access Addiction Clinic; Shira McDermott, Co-founder | GRAIN; Wendy Boys, Owner & Chocolatier | Cocolico; Maria Paredes, Anti-Violence Advocate & Spokesperson | Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter.; Lauren Mote, Bartender/Co-proprietor | Bittered Sling.

Sponsors for the networking event include (in alphabetical order):
Auchentoshan Whisky, Beam Suntory, Big Rock Brewery, Bittered Sling, Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA), Chambar Restaurant, Hornitos Tequila, Jim Beam, MiniBar BC

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Every year on March 8, thousands of events are held across the globe to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women while also championing advocacy for women’s rights and equality. 2017 marked an incredible demonstration by women around the world in the first annual “Women’s March on Washington”.

Attendance is limited; please register here to receive a complimentary ticket through Eventbrite.

*TICKETS REQUIRED*
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/international-womens-day-2017-courage-conviction-tickets-32290967152

About Courage and Conviction:
This marks the second instalment of networking events in as many years for International Women’s Day, pointing the spotlight into the hospitality community. Topics covered range from session to session, and operate as a series of inspirational workshops to help empower women in today’s world. Broad themes parallel the developments worldwide concerning discrimination, minority profiling, addictions, rights and freedoms, sexual harassment, assault and hate crimes, and local/global community empowerment.

About MiniBar BC: 
Our “philosophy” and “vision” is very simple – empower women in our industry through the power of community. With a series of events, meetings and engagements, we understand that our power is in numbers – the more women who believe in themselves, the more we can accomplish both personally and professionally. Each person involved in this group – it’s free to join, attend events and be part of our community – is in the hospitality industry. Bartenders make up the majority, but the group is available for everyone to take part, and not limited just to bartenders, servers, sommeliers, managers, chefs, cooks, support staff, guest services. www.minibarbc.com

Suggested Tweet: 
Salute #IWD2017 @womensday with “Courage and Conviction” @Chambar March 8, 11am-3pm Tix: https://goo.gl/wCFq38 @MiniBarBC #BeBoldForChange