It's that time of year again. Tales of the Cocktail 2008 is July 16-20th!!
Tales of the Cocktail is an annual event held in New Orleans that draws cocktailians from across the world. Every year this event has grown in size. Tales started in 2003 and was the brain child of Ann Rogers. Ann has been a consummate advocate of the New Orleans cocktail.
What makes this event different from in other bar and spirit convention is that this one is for the cocktail enthusiast/patron not the bar industry. It is a celebration of the cocktail and provides those passionate about cocktails opportunities to teach and learn about this New Orleans tradition.
I started going to TotC in 2005 and I kick myself to this day for missing the first 2 years. I have never been disappointed and each year it gets better and better. The seminars are given by the world’s top mixoligist however they are taught at a level that anyone off the street can understand.
My favorite part of Tales of the Cocktail of the past has to be Cocktail Hour and the Spirited Dinners. At Cocktail Hour there is a ball room full of cocktail book authors and other mixoligist. At each table you can get your book signed by the author and enjoy a sample of one of his/her favorite cocktails.
At the Spirited Dinners a mixologist is matched with one of New Orleans top restaurants. The dinner consists of a degustation menu and a cocktail paired with each course prepared by the chef and bar chef. Absolutely fabulous!
This year I have the pleasure along with some of my fellow cocktail bloggers to cover TotC from the inside out. We will be attending the seminars, going to the special events, and of course having a time that only New Orleans can deliver. All will be document at http://www.talesblog.com/.
At this year’s event there are over 100 scheduled events and seminars packed full of cocktail fun. With seminars/events of the likes of:
· Bartending Techniques 101 and Barware
· Spice and Ice: The Art of Spicy Cocktails
· The History of the Margarita
· Martini Flights
· How to Create the Right Cocktail Menu for your Bar or Restaurant
· Save the Daiquiri Party
…just to name very few.
To check out the description of these and more go to http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/. I strongly recommend attending and if you do look me up while you’re there. If for some unfortunate reasons you can’t make it this year follow the action at http://www.talesblog.com/.