Mixology training programme set for Sunday

SKILLS … Nande Ishuna, founder of the The Art of Mixology training programme. Photo: Contributed

Those who wish to elevate their bartending skills can attend The Art of Mixology, a training programme set to begin next week at the Meraki Wellness Centre in the capital.

The programme, initiated by the Legends of Cocktails Namibia, will revolve around mastering the art of service for bartenders and waiters, known as front-of-house staff members.

Hospitality consultant and cocktail bartender Nande Ishuna, who has a passion for creating a memorable drink experience and atmosphere for both his clients and patrons, is the founder of the programme.

He says the objectives of the programme include sharing expertise in mixology techniques, fostering creativity and enhancing participants’ skills.

“Over the past 14 years, I now boast experience in the industry, having crafted signature drinks for renowned establishments, trained staff all over the country and more,” says Ishuna, adding that he also authored a training manual titled ‘The Introductions to Mixology’.

“We aim to empower participants with the art of crafting exceptional drinks, product knowledge and service etiquette with a focus on character and personality-centred customer service,” Ishuna says.

He adds that the programme is scheduled to take place at various locations in the future, but they have made the newly established Meraki Wellness Centre their new home every Sunday starting on 4 February between 14h00 and 15h00, also with flexible timing options to accommodate diverse schedules.

The first session is designed for enthusiasts and professionals alike, he says.

The programme covers a comprehensive range of mixology techniques, cocktail recipes and hands-on practical sessions.

Whether opting for the seven-day intensive or the one-month immersive experience, Ishuna says participants can expect a holistic journey into the world of cocktails, hospitality service and more, ensuring a well-rounded upgrade to their hospitality skill set.

“The age limit is 19 or older, making it inclusive for anyone passionate about mixology. Each session is carefully curated for an intimate learning experience, with a limited number of 10 trainees to ensure personalised attention,” he says.

After the training, participants will gain a deep understanding of product knowledge, service etiquette and quality, master the art of crafting diverse cocktails and receive a certificate upon completion.

“The programme will boost confidence in service quality skills, opening doors to exciting opportunities in the beverage industry,” he says.

The deadline to register for the programme is 31 January 2024.

To register, send an email to legendsofcocktails@gmail.com

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