Tales kicked off with a day of seminars focused on the needs of beverage professionals, covering such topics as intellectual property, sugar, ice, menus and soda programs. Yes, that soda–the kind you remember at those fountains the kids in “Leave It to Beaver” visited after school.
Led by Darcy O’Neil, author of “Fix the Pumps,” and Andrew Nicholls, of Amsterdam’s Vesper Bar, who gave attendees an overview of the history, production and application of housemade sodas in modern bar programs. The featured drink was the Zozia Fizz, a light and delicious egg drink based around Herbsaint-tinged acid phosphate syrup. Bottoms up!