Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Apprentice Aid Medical Fund
All former Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentices may now apply for medical grants to assist with medical expenses
September 1, 2011 – New Orleans – Bartending can be a rewarding profession. Unfortunately bartenders aren’t always rewarded with adequate health insurance. That’s why Tales of the Cocktail® and the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) has created the Apprentice Aid Medical Fund. This new program will provide financial assistance in the form of cash grants to former Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentices to help off set large medical expenses in times of need. With the burden of medical bill payments lessened or removed, they can focus on getting healthy and back behind the bar to continue shaking up the cocktail industry.
“The Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) is something very special to Ann and I. The Apprentice Medical Aid Fund allows us to continue our support to those individuals who truly represent the future of our industry,” said Paul G. Tuennerman, Co founder & Chief Business Officer, Tales of the Cocktail®. “This is simply another example of the residual impact created by those who support Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society.”
The Apprentice Aid Medical Fund was inspired by the recent challenges of former apprentice Logan Lovacheck. When the Chicago-based bartender went to the doctor with chronic hip pain, the last thing she expected was a trip to the emergency room or that the pain was from a fractured femur. Having just transitioned into a new job, Logan was without health insurance and needing to cover the costs of three days of emergency room care, emergency surgery and six to eight weeks of post-surgery physical therapy. The Apprentice Aid Medical Fund will be able to help Logan in covering these extraordinary costs and lost wages. In addition to this assistance, friends of Logan have set up a website to collect personal donations. Visit www.bioniclogan.org to make a donation.
“Logan’s story made us think about all the other apprentices that may go through the same struggles as she is right now,” said Ann Tuennerman, Founder of Tales of the Cocktail®. “An apprentice will always be a part of the Tales of the Cocktail® family so we’re creating this fund so we can be there in their times of need.”
The Apprentice Aid Medical Fund is the latest piece of the ever-growing Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP). The Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentice Programwas developed in 2008 to give talented bartenders the opportunity to further develop their bartending skills alongside some of the world’s most influential mixologists. Working directly with presenters during the highly sought after seminars, the program gives participants an opportunity to work on large scale events, providing experience they may not normally encounter in their day-to-day activities behind the bar. In addition to their time spent learning at Tales of the Cocktail®, all former apprentices are eligible for our annual Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program and now the Apprentice Aid Medical Fund.
About Logan Lavacheck
Logan Lavacheck is a bartender at Roof Bar at the Wit in Chicago, the USBG Chicago Treasurer and a 2011 Tales of the Cocktail® Apprentice. She has also launched her own personal project to recreate more than 80 cocktails from her grandmother’s 1950’s Bar Aid—the equivalent of a bartender’s slide ruler. Honoring her grandmother’s memory by making each drink, she won’t just be making the drinks, but finding all the variations, researching each one’s history, creating her own versions, all the while documenting it all. Follow along at www.baraidproject.com.
About Tales of the Cocktail®
Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. Held annually in New Orleans, this international event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike with a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions and tasting rooms where brands showcase their latest products. Tales of the Cocktail® returns in 2012 for a historic milestone—its 10th Anniversary of rocking the cocktail world. Join the celebration July 25-29, 2012 and see how Tales of the Cocktail® only gets better with age.
About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans and beyond. Since it’s founding in 2006 the NOCCPS has supported members of the hospitality industry through programs like the new Apprentice Aid Fund, providing financial assistance to former apprentices in times of medical need, the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program and the Flo Woodward Memorial Scholarship as well as the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail®.
For more information about Tales of the Cocktail®, visit TalesoftheCocktail.com.