In 2010, Tales of the Cocktail announced a $25,000 scholarship program developed exclusively for Tales former cocktail apprentices, and event organizers recently announced the eight former apprentice winners. Mike Ryan (Sable Kirchen & Bar, Chicago) receives $3500 to attend the Beverage Alcohol Resource course; Navarro Carr (The Sound Table, Atlanta) gets $1500 for an educational excursion to rum distilleries in Martinique; Thomas Klus (Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, Portland), receives $2500 for an immersion internship with Master Distiller Jim McEwan at Bruichladdich Distillery in Islay, Scotland. Also funded: Nicholas Jarrett and Brad Farran (Clover Club, Brooklyn) get $5,000 to create a green, zero-impact bar design; Rhiannon Enlil (Cure, New Orleans) gets $3,000 to develop a web-based, visually-organized encyclopedic timeline of cocktails; Don Lee, New York, receives $5,000 to study descriptive language of spirits and cocktails; Sharon Floyd (Iris, New Orleans) gets $2,500 to study the shared histories of the apothecary and the bar; and Sudeep Rangi (Smuggler’s Cove, San Francisco) will use his $2,000 and a degree in neuroscience to study a "general theory on drunkenness.”
Pernod Ricard and the boys of Beverage Alcohol Resource (Paul Pacult, Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, Steve Olson, Doug Frost and Andy Seymour) announce they will require bartenders looking to participate in BAR’s five day certificate program to first complete the BarSmarts Advanced bartender training program. The first Advanced courses of 2011 will hit Denver in April and Boston in June, targeting bartender protégés committed to the profession. The Advanced program includes a selection of DVDs, workbook, equipment and sample certification tests, culminating in the full day BarSmarts Live. Advanced is invitation-only, but BarSmarts Wired offers any bartender an opportunity to participate and become certified through a web-based platform offered twice a year, open to interested candidates from February 1 through March 31, 2011. Check it out here.
Todd Richman joined Sidney Frank as corporate Mixologist this month, to lead the bartender loyalty programs and develop drink strategies for the Sidney Frank Importing Company portfolio. He joins Frank from Frederick Wildman and Sons Importers.
With more and more bartenders developing their own spirit brands, it’s worth noting the dates are set for the American Distilling Institute’s Craft Spirits Conference will be held April 4 – 8 in Portland, Oregon. Find info here.
Voting continues to select the seminars for next May’s Manhattan Cocktail Classic. If you mean to attend, chime in here (Voting ends noon February 16).
February 3rd was Pisco Sour Day marked by a five-day festival in Lima, Peru – Duggan McDonnell of SF’s Cantina and his own brand, Encanto Pisco, was there to shake the froth about in celebration. The drink, created by American ex-pat Victor Morris, also got its due in San Francisco (where Encanto was poured all over town) and in Washington, D.C., as well. In D.C., the Embassy of Peru and Macchu Pisco hosted a Centennial Pisco Sour Invitational for bartenders from D.C., Maryland and Virginia, including Elli Benchimol of Chef Geoff’s, Michael Saccone of Majestic Café, Jason Stritch of Rasika, Sarah Stafford of Mio, Dean Feddaoui of Dirty Martini, Alex Bautista of Ceiba, Clinton Terry of Restaurant Eve, German Broggi of Blue Duck Tavern, Carlos Espinoza of Imperio Inca Restaurant, and Bill Irvin of Woody’s Rum Bar and Island Grill.