João Costa

Representing: Portugal

"In Portugal, we have a systemic/structural problem with the lack of equal treatment/ opportunities for women and even worst, the fact that they are exposed to sexual harassment on a daily basis within the hospitality business.

To help address these issues we've proposed an internship program for ten young women students from our local hotel school that will allow them to be placed in several bars across the city over a period of three months, those bars will have agreed to a protocol that guarantees a harassment-free working environment and also equality of opportunities in future hiring possibilities with same salaries when compared to men in the same position. 

We've also reached out to different women who have made successful careers in hospitality that will work as mentors for the trainees providing their insight earned by experience both in a more personal approach and how have they overcome specific issues directly related to the fact that they are women in a male-dominated field, but also teaching workshops that will serve as an added value to anyone willing to become a barmaid.

We also believe that this sort of connection can and should grow stronger over time thus helping to create a solid sense of community for local women professionals

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Glassware: Coupette
Garnish: White globe amaranth and lemon verbena perfume
Method: Stir all the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled glass.

30 ml Ketel One Family-Made Vodka
30 ml Belsazar red vermouth
30 ml White Globe amarath

To make White Globe amarath:
100 ml ketel one
6 white globe amarath
10 lemon verbena leaf
30 min semi waves ultrassonic
add 100ml water and
add 30% of sugar"