Misty Kalkofen is a bartender at Green Street in Cambridge, Mass., and a founder and blogger at LUPEC-Boston.
We’re here! After months of anticipation, the ladies of LUPEC Boston have happily settled into our comfy accommodations in the French Quarter. Not wasting any time, we’ve already hit many of our favorite spots…dining at the Napoleon House, Cochon, and Jacques-Imo’s and drinking, well, everywhere! We’ve boogied down to the Rebirth Brass Band and made many a rotation in the Carousel Bar. And of course there is this little thing called Tales of the Cocktail.Our own Barbara West moderated a panel during Wednesday’s Professional Series entitled How to Get Your City, Bar, Recipe or Bartender More Media Coverage. With her fellow panelists Jeffrey Lindenmuth, Jenny Adams and Jennifer Baum, BW led us to the light at the end of the long, dark tunnel called PR.Obviously after such a successful panel we wanted to toast our own Barbara West and Beefeater afforded the perfect opportunity at the opening reception at the Palace Cafe. Passing the Yeoman Warders we ascended the stairs to find two of our favorite ladies, Josey Packard and Audrey Saunders, shaking up Jasmines and Gin-gin Mules.Dinner took us to Cochon where 11 New Englanders happily ordered just about everything on the menu. The Boston/New York rivalry was alive and well as we entered a shot buying contest with our friends from PDT and Death & Co. (Dear Joaquin and the gang, In case you are reading this, warm shots of Grey Goose is not playing fair.)For many the end of dinner would be the end of the night. Not so at Tales of the Cocktail. Since we hate to leave a party early we made our way to French 75 for the Daiquiri Party sponsored by Rhum Clement, the famous Old Absinthe House, and the late night suite sponsored by St Germain where we had delicious cocktails made by Jacques Bezuidenhout as well as swigs off of bottles of Averna and Balvenie 10. We attempted to make an early exit, well early for Tales. But we ran into that charming Jeffrey Morgenthaler and the next thing you know Barbara West hit Floor 4 and we were drinkin’ Sazerac Rye/Carpano Antica Manhattans mixed in a Hotel Monteleone bathroom. Deeeee-lishus!