Well, not really, but
this is the next best thing! Fellow cocktail enthusiast, Gary Regan sent
me this press release today.
bartenders, barflies, bootleggers and boozehounds: New York City is finally
getting the cocktail event it truly deserves. The Manhattan Cocktail
Classic, a multi-day event celebrating the history, contemporary culture, and
artful craft of the cocktail, is holding a two day Fall Preview this October
3 – 4 in preparation for its big unveiling of The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, in May, 2010.
Part festival, part
fete, part conference, part cocktail party, the event will bring together the
unparalleled talents and opportunities of the bars, bartenders, and restaurants
of New York for two days of activities, both educational and celebratory in
nature, championing the common ideals of authenticity, equality,
sustainability, service, and pleasure.
The event is
the brainchild of thirteen of the world’s greatest bartenders, bar owners,
writers, educators, critics, consultants, ambassadors, and generally solid
folks with whom to share a drink or three.
The all-star advisory
board of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic includes: Dale DeGroff, Simon Ford, Doug Frost, Allen Katz, Steven Olson, Paul Pacult, Sasha Petraske, Gary Regan, Julie Reiner, Audrey Saunders, Andy Seymour, Charlotte Voisey, and David Wondrich.
Adding organization to their expertise is Lesley Townsend, former
director of Astor Center.
more information, visit the website at www.manhattancocktailclassic.com