Tatjana Sendzimir of cocktail bar FAM has kept busy in lockdown, including activity on her online platform Threeafter3 to shine a light on her fellow bartenders and figures in the drinks industry.
Words by: Tatjana Sendzimir, FAM
I have a bartending collective called Threeafter3, which aims to create events, opportunities, and a network and platform, for women and underrepresented voices in the bar and spirits industry, with Lexa Ulijaszek, from Callooh Callay and Alexandra Farrow from Silver Lining.
We'd just had our first event at FAM Bar, which is actually how I got my job there, at the beginning of March, and then when lockdown began we had to make a decision as to how to move forward. We made a serious pivot and moved ourselves entirely online to Instagram at @Threeafter3, where we began a weekly interview series called "On the Sauce with Threeafter3" where we interviewed people weekly like Fabiano Latham, of Reyka Vodka (Alexandra and I also did the Reykarunners Hospo Half), Anna Sebastian, Ivy Mix and Rosey Mitchell, among many others, on a boozy topic of their choice, all whilst having their current favourite cocktail.
We also featured 3 different booze ladies a week in our feature Quarantine Queens, we did a weekly reality check where we each shared an aspect of our lives during this new normal, and we also had Throwforward and WTF Thursday's where we either looked at things we were looking forward to in the future, or questioned things happening at the moment.
In addition to that joint platform, I also shared a variety of cocktail making videos, entered several cocktail competitions, including getting to the Jägermeister Meister Hunter final, and I have taken and shared a great many photographs that I've taken, mostly of nature and my very unwilling subject - my dog Captain Nemo, on my personal account on Instagram @Tatjana1313.
I also ran a cocktails for key workers program where I created, batched, and delivered cocktails to doctors and nurses who were working so hard to keep us all safe.
I've been going through lockdown, at home taking care of my mum, who's currently going through chemo, so I've been her caretaker, which mostly means I now have an expansive menu of highly nutritious and high calorie meals. I'm not sure exactly when that will be helpful again, but I suppose it is another skill, to add to my arsenal.
Take a look at Tatjana's photos below or check out the interviews on IGTV over on @Threeafter3.