December 19, 2013 – Tales of the Toddy (NOLA) On December 19, Tales of the Toddy® returns for its eighth year to help everyone get into the holiday spirit. Join us for the most spirited holiday party of the year with expertly crafted yuletide cocktails, excellent cuisine from local restaurants and live music by Mississippi Rail Co. that will take a contemporary spin on the carols we know and love. “This year we have added an extra spin to Tales of the Toddy®. We have added an extra element of competition for our talented local bartenders,” said Ann Tuennerman, founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. “There will be teams of five that compete for the best nog, bubbles, cider, chocolate and toddy. Let the competition begin!” To get the competitive spirits flowing, we’ll be pitting the city’s best bartenders against each other in a holiday cocktail shakedown. Teams of five will compete and judged by their peers in one of five categories—nogs, bubbles, ciders, chocolate and toddies—for bragging rights of being crowned the Tales of the Toddy® champions. And you the guests, will vote to award the best cocktail overall! So get your tickets and get into the holiday spirits at Tales of the Toddy® 2013. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to educational programming for the New Orleans Chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild. Tales of the Toddy® Official After Party at Barcadia! For one night only starting at 8:30 p.m. on December 19th bring your special Tales of the Toddy® Coin to Barcadia and receive a complimentary Bayou Rum cocktail. Taste the Spirit of Louisiana! Eat, Drink, Play at Barcadia.
January 16-19, 2013 – San Antonio Cocktail Conference (TX) Modeled on the wildly popular Manhattan Cocktail Classic and New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail event, San Antonio’s own Cocktail Conference was the first of its kind in Texas. Every year, we bring together top bartenders and cocktail aficionados for four days of educational seminars, guided tastings and cocktail parties. Conference proceeds benefit HeartGift San Antonio and ChildSafe.
January 27, 2014 – BarSmarts Advanced (LA) During this one day class, you will learn from the BAR, LLC partners and be tested on your knowledge. The morning session includes a discussion on drinks trends with Paul Pacult, a comprehensive blind tasting with Steve Olson and Doug Frost, history and cocktail/punch demos with Dale DeGroff and Dave Wondrich and a discussion on service and hospitality with Andy Seymour. After lunch, testing will take place. You will need to take a written exam and also be tested on your spirits/industry knowledge by making three drinks in front of one judge. As a BarSmarts Wired graduate, you will NOT need to retake the online testing for BarSmarts Advanced in Los Angeles. Again, this is a great opportunity to receive our highest certification. If you would like to register for BarSmarts Advanced Los Angeles, please send an email to Michael Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants will need to arrive on Sunday, January 26 as the class begins at 8:30 am the next morning. The venue will be communicated at a later date.
January 27-30, 2014 – Golden State of Cocktails (LA) California’s long awaited large-scale cocktail event is finally here: Announcing Golden State of Cocktails! Staged in Los Angeles, the West Coast’s largest city and California’s anchor, Golden State of Cocktails celebrates all aspects of cocktail culture, both industry and consumer, from San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego and everywhere in between. Be a part of the inaugural event in one or more ways. From experiential interactive labs, take-away stations and brand immersion rooms to small- and large-scale parties, Golden State of Cocktails takes a hands-on approach to the learning experience and celebrates the best of what California cocktail culture is all about.
March 24-26, 2014 – Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show (Vegas) The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show exclusively serves the nightlife and bar industry. Bringing together 37,000+ industry professionals in the entertainment capital of the world—Las Vegas—this must-attend event is for professionals in the bar, nightclub, beverage and hospitality industry. Don’t miss your chance to attend 100+ events over 3-days across a dozen venues in Las Vegas.
May 9-13, 2014 – The Manhattan Cocktail Classic (NYC) Part festival, part fête, part conference, part cocktail party – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic is an annual celebration of the myriad points of intersection between cocktails and culture. With nearly one hundred events spread across five days and four boroughs, and a two-day trade conference to boot – the Manhattan Cocktail Classic offers a vast array of unique experiences to enthusiasts and professionals alike, expanding the very definition of what constitutes a “cocktail event”.
June 26-29, 2014 – Ohana Luau at the Lake (Lake George, NY) Ohana is the GREATEST, most action filled, fun, value-packed, biggest little event in tiki. It’s a three day charity event, held at the historical Tiki Resort in idyllic Lake George, NY from June 26th-29th, 2014. So, what should you expect if you decide to join us? FUN, friendship, classic cocktails (mixed RIGHT!), live music, DJs, contests, vendors, auctions, prizes, freebies, food and a live Polynesian show!! And that’s just the start of it!! Lake George itself is a wonderful slice of Americana, trapped in time, with weird roadside attractions, old mom & pop themed motels, and more retro architecture than you can shake a stick at!