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Tales of the Cocktail: Spirited Seminars for 2014

March 31, 2014 by  
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Tales of the Cocktail® Announces Spirited Series of Seminars for 2014

This year’s lineup of 74 original and innovative seminars includes two new special programs—Technique Seminars and Exclusive Tasting Seminars.

NEW ORLEANS – February 10, 2014—Tales of the Cocktail®, the world’s premier cocktail festival, returns to New Orleans July 16-20 with another spirited lineup of original, informative and inspiring seminars. This year’s series of 74 new seminars will further Tales of the Cocktail’s commitment to education and development by offering opportunities to learn about practically every aspect of the cocktail and spirits industries from some of the biggest names in the business.

“Each year it gets more difficult for our volunteer committee to score the hundreds of proposals,” said Philip Duff, Tales of the Cocktail’s Director of Education and Chairman of the 2014 Seminar Committee. “After two rounds of evaluations, which included requesting rewrites of proposals that the committee felt would benefit from a second go-around, the committee is confident that the seminars chosen to be presented at Tales 2014 represent the freshest insights, most rigorous research, most compelling material and most captivating speakers in the whole world of cocktails and bars.”

New this year are two seminar series designed to offer more intimate, hands-on approaches to learning—Exclusive Tasting Seminars and Technique Seminars. The Exclusive Tasting Seminars will offer attendees intimate gatherings where no more than 20 people will have the opportunity to taste and learn about rare and hard-to-find spirits. The new Technique Seminars will take a hands-on approach to seminars. In groups of no more than 50 people, the class will give attendees the chance to learn innovative bartending techniques by

“We’re very excited about these two new seminar opportunities,” said Paul G. Tuennerman, Co-Founder at Tales of the Cocktail®. “Attendees have been calling for more workshop-like courses so we’re happy to be able to offer these unique opportunities to learn. We know they will quench their thirst for knowledge.”

The selection of seminars to be included in this year’s festivities is a rigorous and structured process voted on by a committee of 42 judges from around the world. Phillip Duff, Tales of the Cocktail’s Director of Education, leads the committee in selecting a curated selection of seminars that cover a broad range of topics.

“Tales of the Cocktail attracts a global audience, and its needs have become similarly broad,” said Paul Clarke, Executive Editor of Imbibe. “The seminar selection process chaired by Philip Duff is a means to ensure a wide variety of educational sessions are available for an audience with a big desire to learn more about spirits and cocktails.”

Tickets to this year’s seminars and all Tales of the Cocktail® 2014 events go on sale March 30th. For seminar descriptions and more information about Tales of the Cocktail® 2014, visit

Tales of the Cocktail® 2014 Seminars

Exclusive Tasting Seminars:

  • The Art of Eau de Vie presented by Helmut Adam
  • The World’s Best-Selling Spirit You Have Never Heard Of: Baijiu Presented by Steaven Chen
  • Champagne 101 & Champagne Cocktails Too! Presented by Blaine Ashley
  • The Ultimate Deconstruction of Scotch presented by Mitch Bechard
  • Limited Edition and Vintage Rums presented by Robert A. Burr
  • Four on the Flor – Breaking down Sherry presented by Mollie B. Casey
  • Japanese Whisky: Your Next Obsession presented by Nick Korn
  • Vintage Chartreuse Liqueur Offering presented by Tim Master

Technique Seminars:

  • Behind the Stick, In Front of the Camera presented by Steve Dolinsky
  • High Speed Craft Cocktail Bartending presented by Meaghan Dorman
  • Building Rounds for high speed craft cocktail service presented by Meaghan Dorman
  • The Philosophy of Drinks Presentation presented by Jamie Evans
  • Absinthe Lab presented by Stephen Gould and Ted Breaux
  • Flick of the wrist -The art of the throw presented by Stuart Hudson
  • The Old-Fashioned: The First Classic presented by Robert Simonson
  • It’s Time to Talk about Temperature presented by Tristan Stephenson
  • Physiology of Shake presented by Marcos Tello

Traditional Seminars (Beverage Management, History, Cocktail & Spirits & Fun):

  • The Art of the Cocktail Competition presented by Michael Anstendig
  • Letters to a Young Bartender presented by Colin Asare Appiah
  • The Floridita: A Cradle of the Daiquiri presented by Jeff Berry
  • The blend is the brand presented by Andrew Bohrer
  • 3 Part Seminar Series: Raising the Bar-Better Bar Management presented by Jacob Briars
  • The 7 Habits of the World’s Best Bars Presented by Jacob Briars
  • The Land of Milk and Honey Presented by Jacob Briars
  • Worm Tub Tales: deep diving into malt Presented by Dave Broom
  • White Lyan’s Usquebaugh Tales Presented by Dave Broom
  • Westwards Goes the Jug of Empire Presented by Derek Brown
  • Garden, Field & Forest to Bottle & Glass Presented by Jared Brown
  • Aspiring to be Heroes: Cognac & Pisco Presented by Paul Clarke
  • A London Tale of Gin and Sin Presented by Wayne Collins
  • Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, Shark Attacks Presented by Wayne Curtis
  • In God We Trust: Bartender’s Choice Presented by Meaghan Dorman
  • Thinking Outside of the Glass Presented by Elayne Duff
  • WED-Whisk(e)y, Entertainment, Development Presented by Philip Duff
  • WED-Whisk(e)y, Entertainment, Development Presented by Philip Duff
  • WED-Whisk(e)y, Entertainment, Development Presented by Philip Duff
  • Which Rum What Cocktail And Why? Presented by Philip Duff
  • A Better Understanding of Bitter Flavors Presented by Camper English
  • Launching Your Own Spirit Brand Presented by Simon Ford
  • Innovation: Pathbreaker or Abomination? Presented by Audrey Fort
  • Cognac & American Whiskey-Legendary Duet Presented by Doug Frost
  • Bottled in Bond- Ian Fleming & 007 Presented by Philip Greene
  • Training Craft Bartenders Beyond Recipes Presented by Bobby Heugel
  • Thirsty Masses: More Drinks & Happiness Presented by Bobby Heugel
  • Pop-up the Ladder and Own a Bar Presented by Jamie Jones
  • Time vs Technology:Agave’s Past & Future Presented by Misty Kalkofen
  • Talk With a Pro: Creative Partnerships Presented by Ms. franky marshall
  • The Savoy 125 years of service history Presented by Declan McGurk
  • Heads and Tails…A Toss Up!! Presented by James Menite
  • A Barrel Love Affair Presented by Fred Minnick
  • The art of the drinks trolley Presented by Chris Moore
  • The Blind Truth About Aging Whisky Presented by Ewan Morgan
  • Rare & Exotic Botanicals presented by Raj Nagra
  • Chemical Compositions Presented by Darcy O’Neil
  • Hidden Flavors of Distilling Presented by Adam Rogers
  • How to Go Broke: Opening a Distillery Presented by Noah Rothbaum
  • Futurism + Deco: 1930′s Art + Cocktails Presented by Eric Seed
  • Sugar: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ Presented by Claire Smith
  • Drunks I have Served… 86 Tips! Presented by Brian Van Flandern
  • How to win cocktail competitions! Presented by Nick van Tiel
  • Adventures of a Spirit Sommelier Presented by Charlotte Voisey
  • Behold The Trojan Horse! Presented by Charlotte Voisey
  • Introducing Craft Bars to Small Markets Presented by Andrew Volk
  • How ‘Bout Them Apples? Calvados Unpeeled Presented by Jason Wilson
  • Healthy, wealthy and wise presented by Angus Winchester
  • The Godfathers Presented by Angus Winchester
  • Class to Glass: Education Beyond the Bar Presented by Pamela Wiznitzer
  • Women Behind Bars: Barmaid to Bartender Presented by David Wondrich
  • The Psychology of Cocktail Menus presented by Naren Young

About Tales of the Cocktail®

Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 16-20 for the 12th Annual Tales of the Cocktail® where for five days the cocktail reigns supreme. All Hail the Cocktail!

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 cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world through education and outreach. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number events including Tales of the Cocktail®, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, and Tales of the Toddy® with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through educational programs, scholarships, training programs and financial aid.

The above was adapted from the Tales of the Cocktail website.



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