Mixologist and bar consultant Eben Freeman followed up his somewhat controversial session on Intellectual Property rights from last years Tales with a second, excellent bite of the apple in 2011. Read all about it at The Pegu Blog.
The Tales it is a growing. Every year the madness grows exponentially. And in response to this growth, the expert Tales attendee must adapt to the new rules, rules that become somewhat clear just in time for it to be too late. Remembering the new rules is an entertaining process, but serves no real purpose, [...]
When you come to Tales of the Cocktail, you will meet dozens, if not hundreds, of people during the week. Often your mental faculties are impaired by the judicious application of alcohol which makes remembering dozens of names difficult. One of the rules at Tales should be that when groups of people come together you [...]
Tales of the Cocktail always starts off with a bang, and this year was no different. Aside from my sixteen hour travel day, where I was temporarily refused entry to the US and missed three flights, Tales has been great. Continue
It is odd to kick off a discussion of a critical business tool with the hope that your customers will steal it. But that was precisely the tack taken by Angus Winchester and Sean Finter in their Pro-Session, The Menu, at this year’s Tales. Their contention is that the menu is the most important piece [...]
Phil Duff gave a seminar in the Pro Series seminars at Tales of the Cocktail about the Global Drinks Business.
There were so many numbers flying around that I couldn’t capture them all, but I hope you’ll get a good idea of what a bottle of liquid that costs $1 to make is sold for $30 [...]
Going to Tales of The Cocktail for the first time is a pretty daunting task. So we asked a number of seasoned TOC’ers their advice.
Rolling along with the pre-Tales “Cavalcade of Booze Knowledge” ™ I got the chance to grill Christine Sismondo on her presentation “The Bad Boys of Saloons.”
If you don’t know Christine, she’s the author of America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops, as well [...]
The Chainsaw Shift
There are two seminars this year at Tales about setting up an ice program. I’m pretty sure this one will be the only one with chainsaws though. The other, How to Build a Cutting Edge Ice Program, is part of the professionals series, though both seem geared toward professionals.
I was treated to a preview [...]
New Orleans, LA – June 1, 2011 — Nominees have been chosen by a group of esteemed members of the cocktail industry for the prestigious Spirited Awards™. The Ceremony will be held in New Orleans on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, as part of the international festival, Tales of the Cocktail® [...]keep looking »