Postcards 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.
Phantom of the Party
Debra and Kimberly Paxton Bragg Unmasked
The Phantom and the Band
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 and Edward
The Wild, The Crazy, and Milagro Tequila
Tatoo to You
Rosie the Riveter Bartenders
Debra and Ben Jones of Rhum Clement
"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.
Irving Mayfield's Jazz Playhouse
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, Ann Tuennerman, and Jennifer English
Debra and Joe Gendusa (Tour Guide Extraordinaire)
Debra and David Wondrich
Debra, Joan, and Cheryl
Junior Merino and Debra
Anistasia Miller and Edward
Debra and Gary Regan
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.
Jamie Keller serving sorbet laced with Leblon Cachaça
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, 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 Pacult, Liam Donegan, Debra,
John Cashman, and John Ross
Tasting Rooms at the Royal Sonesta Hotel
Deep Eddy Handmade Spirits
Don Q Tequila
Don Q Cocktails
Botron Rum Tiki Lounge
Debra and Robert Burns
Breakfasts, Brunches, Luncheons, and a
Purity Vodka Brunch at The Bombay Club,
Restaurant and Martini Bistro
with Master Blender Thomas Kuttanen.
Edward and Thomas Kuttanen, Master Blender
Bar Chef Cheryl Charming
Debra Making a Cocktail with Purity Vodka
Edward sampling his Purirty Vodka Cocktail
Cognac Ferrand Luncheon at the Hotel Monteleone
with Master Distiller Alexandre Gabriel.
Ann Tuennerman and Joe Fee
Debra and Joe Fee
Samogon Luncheon at the Hotel Monteleone
with Master Distiller Valerly Stepanovich.
Bartenders Willie Shine and Aisha Sharp
Bartender Sean Kenyon
Edward and Doug Frost
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.
Bar Chef Debra and Chef Michael Stoltzus
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 Harry Gorman
G'Vine Gin Vermont Gold Vodka
Esprit de June Liqueur
Jamie Salas Alexandre Gabriel
Milagro Tequila Citadelle Gin
Eleanor Jardine of Coquette Bistro
Elizabeth, Ali, and Debra mixing drinks
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 Hoerner Downing a Scorpion (YUM!!)
Trish's turn to eat a Scorpion
Scorpion Mezcal ROCKS!!
Tales 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
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.
For information on New Orleans, please visit: www.NewOrleansCVB.com.
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