From the enlightening seminars during the day to the can’t-miss networking events at night, Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans is shaping up to be a must-attend event. Here are some highlights of the upcoming cocktail and culinary festival, held July 21-25.
The Professional Series, sponsored by Nightclub & Bar, takes place July 21, with panels and seminars presented by top mixologists and industry experts. The Creative Cocktails and the Power of Brainstorming seminar gives bartenders insights on how to be creative with fruits, spirits, purees and molecular science with moderator Kathy Casey and panelist Cameo McRoberts. Or learn how to build a crowd and get them coming back for more at the Liquid Disc Jockey – Controlling the Flow of Any Room session with Tobin Ellis, John Hogan and Philip Duff. Want to sharpen your interview skills? Web journalist Camper English and radio journalist Jennifer English will help attendees learn How to be Interviewed for Print, Television and Radio.
Other professional series seminars to look forward to include: How to Give Great Presentations with Philip Duff and Angus Winchester; Raising the Bar – Spirited Media Skills for Cocktail & Beverage Industry Professionals with Lisa Ekus-Saffer and Virginia Willis; Systems of the Industry’s Best Operators Revealed with Sean Finter; and many more.
Looking for a little friendly competition? The United States Bartenders’ Guild Milagro Tequila Competition on July 23 will feature 15 USBG members from around the country competing against each other to mix the best original and signature Margarita. Also on July 23, Grand Marnier presents the Bar Room Brawl competition that will pit bartenders from six of America’s best cocktail bars against each other to see who reigns as the top performing bar team and America’s best cocktail bar.