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Postcards from Tales of the Cocktail 2011 - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Beefeater Gin Masquerade Ball - Tales of the Cocktail 2011 - Debra Argen, Edward Nesta - Photo by Luxury ExperiencePostcards from Tales of the Cocktail 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana celebrates the many parties, seminars, tasting rooms, breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and a Spirited Dinner® that we experienced as part of the annual five-day spirits industry festival.

 

The Beefeater Gin Masquerade Ball

The Beefeater Gin Masquerade Ball opening reception for Tales of the Cocktail 2011, held at Gallier Hall.

Beefeaters Masquerade Ball - TOC 2011 - Debra Argen, Edward Nesta - Photo by Luxury Experience
Phantom of the Party
 

Debra Argen, Kimberly Paxton Bragg - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Kimberly Paxton Bragg Unmasked

Edward Nesta and Musicians in Costume - Photo by Luxury Experience
The Phantom and the Band

Beefeaters Masquerade Ball - Ballerina in Globe - Photo by Luxury Experience
Ballerina in Globe (No Shaking Required)

The William Grant & Sons Swinging ‘40's
Shore Leave Party

The party continued later that evening with the William Grant & Sons Swinging ‘40's Shore Leave Party at The National World War II Museum.

Debra Argen, Edward Nesta at Tales of the Cocktail 2011 - Milagro Tequila
Debra and Edward
The Wild, The Crazy, and Milagro Tequila
 

Edwarfd Nesta and tatooed woman - Photo by Luxury Experience
Tatoo to You

Rosie the Fiveters Bartenders - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Rosie the Riveter Bartenders
 

Wm. Grant Part - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
PARTY!!

Debra Argen, Ben Jones at TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Ben Jones of Rhum Clement
 

Phil Greene at TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Phil Greene
"Having a great time in New Orleans,
Bringing a Guest Home for Dinner"
 

Late Night Jazz

Benedictine and B&B Liqueur hosted a late night party at Irvin Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel with hot Jazz.

Irvin Mayfields Club, New Orleans - Photo by Luxury Experience
Irving Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse

Hotel Monteleone

The French Quarter actually begins in the lobby of the historic 125-year old Hotel Monteleone, and is home to many of the Tales of the Cocktail events. Stay in the lobby long enough and you run into old friends and meet new ones.

Debra Argen, Ann Tuennerman, Jennifer English - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra, Ann Tuennerman, and Jennifer English
 

Debra Argen, Joe Gendusa - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Joe Gendusa (Tour Guide Extraordinaire)
 

Debra Argen, David Wondrich - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and David Wondrich

Debra, Joan, Cheryl - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra, Joan, and Cheryl
 

Junior Merino, Debra Argen - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Junior Merino and Debra
 

Anistasia Miller, Edward Nesta - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Anistasia Miller and Edward
 

Debra Argen, Gary Regan - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Gary Regan

Chad Solomon - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Bartender Chad Solomon
 

The Leblon Caipi-Mobile

Leblon Cachaça delivered a cool way to heat the heat with their refreshing sorbets laced with Leblon Cachaça from the distinctive green Caipi-Mobile parked on Rue Royale in front of the Hotel Monteleone.

Leblon Cachaca - Jamie Keller - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Jamie Keller serving sorbet laced with Leblon Cachaça 
 

Leblon Cachaca - Joe Fee, Edward Nesta - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Joe Fee and Edward sampling sorbet
 

The Tales of the Cocktail Seminars

6 Rums You'll Probably Never Taste Again given by Edward Hamilton held at the Royal Sonesta 

Edward Nesta, Phil Prichard, Edward Hamilton - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Edward, Phil Pritchard, and Edward Hamilton
 

Irish Whiskey Legends given by Paul Pacult and panelists John Cashman, John Ross, and Liam Donegan held at the Hotel Monteleone.

Paul Paculcult, John Cashman, Debra Argen, John Ross, Liam Donegan - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Paul Pacult, Liam Donegan, Debra,
John Cashman, and John Ross
 

Tasting Rooms at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Deep Eddy Handmade Spirits

Edward Nesta - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Deep Edward
 

Don Q Tequila

James Merite - Don Q - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
John Menite
 

Tales of the Cocktail 2011 - Don Q - Photo by Luxury Experience
Don Q Cocktails

Botron Rum Tiki Lounge

Debra Argen, Robert Burns - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Robert Burns
 

Breakfasts, Brunches, Luncheons, and a
Spirited Dinner®

Purity Vodka Brunch at The Bombay Club,
Restaurant and Martini Bistro

with Master Blender Thomas Kuttanen.

Thomas Kuttanen, of Purity Vodka, Edward Nesta - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Edward and Thomas Kuttanen, Master Blender
 

Cheryl Charming - TOC 2011 - photo by Luxury Experience
Bar Chef Cheryl Charming 

Debra Argen mixing cocktail with Purity Vodka - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra Making a Cocktail
  with Purity Vodka

Edward Nesta tasting Purity Vodka Cocktail - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Edward sampling his Purirty Vodka Cocktail
 

Cognac Ferrand Luncheon at the Hotel Monteleone
with Master Distiller Alexandre Gabriel.

Ann Tuennerman, Joe Fee - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Ann Tuennerman and Joe Fee
 

Debra Argen, Joe Fee - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Debra and Joe Fee

Samogon Luncheon at the Hotel Monteleone
with Master Distiller Valerly Stepanovich.

Willie Shine, Aisha Sharp - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Bartenders Willie Shine and Aisha Sharp
 

Sean Kenyon - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Bartender Sean Kenyon

Doug Frost, Edward Nesta - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Edward and Doug Frost
 

  Spirited Dinner®

Every year as part of the Tales of the Cocktail, several local restaurants host Spirited Dinners® where the restaurant's chef works with guest bar chefs to create a one-night cocktail pairing dinner menu.

Chef/Owner Michael Stoltzus of Coquette Bistro Wine Bar in the Garden District and Guest Bar Chef Debra C. Argen and Guest Bar Chef Edward F. Nesta of Luxury Experience Company worked together to create a six-course menu with seven cocktails.

Debra Argen, Michael Stoltzus - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar, TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Bar Chef Debra and Chef Michael Stoltzus
 

Bar Chefs Edward Nesta, Debra Argen - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Bar Chefs Edward and Debra
 

Guests met many of the master distillers, brand ambassadors, and brand representatives of the used at the attended the dinner.

Audrey Fort - Gvine Gine, June de Exprit Liqueur - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience   Harry Gorman, Vermont Spirits Vodka - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
  Audrey Fort                        Harry Gorman
         G'Vine Gin                     Vermont Gold Vodka
Esprit de June Liqueur
                                        

Jamie Salas, Milagro Tequila - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience   Alexandre Gabriel, Citadelle Gin, TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
         Jamie Salas                       Alexandre Gabriel
Milagro Tequila                        Citadelle Gin

Coquette Team

Eleanor Jardine - Coquetee Bistro Wine Bar - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Eleanor Jardine of Coquette Bistro 

Coquette Bistro Team - Elizabeth, Ali with Debra Argen - TOC 2011 - photo by Luxury Experience
Elizabeth, Ali, and Debra mixing drinks
 

Guests

TOC Spirited Dinner Guests - Coquette Bistro Wine Bar - Photo By Luxury Experience
Guests at Spirited Dinner
 

At the end of the night, guests were invited to "eat the scorpion" from the bottles of Scorpion Mezcal Resposado.

Richard Heorner eating Scorpion from Scorpion Mezcal - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Richard Hoerner Downing a Scorpion (YUM!!)
 

Eating Scorpion from Scorpion Mezcal - TOC 2011 - Photo By Luxury Experinece
Trish's turn to eat a Scorpion
 

Scorpion Mezcal Rocks - TOC 2011 - Photo by Luxury Experience
Scorpion Mezcal ROCKS!!
 

Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, LA, USATales of the Cocktail 2011 featured fun-filled days and nights with special receptions, parties, seminars, tasting rooms, breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners, and of course, we experienced as much as we could. When did we find time to sleep? On the plane home!

See you in New Orleans for the 10th anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail from July 25 - 29, 2012!

For information on attending or participating in Tales of the Cocktail, please visit their website www.TalesoftheCocktail.com.

Tales of the Cocktail
538 Louisa Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
United States  
Telephone:        +1-504-948-0511
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Read more about Tales and the Cocktail and New Orleans in the Destinations, Hotels and Resorts, Restaurants, Chefs' Recipes, Liquor Cabinet, and Music Scene sections.

New Orleans CVB - New Orleans, LA, USAFor information on New Orleans, please visit: www.NewOrleansCVB.com

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