Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tales of the Cocktail festival- NewOrleans(NOLA)
Day 2: A lazy day starts for us in NOLA. As I awoken, It was well into the afternoon and me and my GM missed several seminars! It was raining hard, therefore I took my time getting ready as I sipped on my coffee and responding to all of the texts people sent me asking "where the heck are you"?
In a brief hour, the rain ceased and the sun returned in full force! We walked over to the Hotel Monteleone(the main location for the TOTC)and lounged poolside with our fellow industry folks. We shared many giggles, liquor, splashes, and of course business cards.
After taking in the sun, me and Adri (Adriana-GM)returned to the W to get dressed for the Le Blon competition held at the O'Briean's on the river , inside of Jack's Brewery. Our entourage met up at the Don Q suite (a few floors above us) and tasted some delightful LIBATIONS that I so approve of (recipes will be posted very soon). Shortly after, we walked over (Don Q LIBATIONS in hand)to the competition and the streets of NOLA was filled with spirited natives and dazzling musical entertainment. It almost felt like we was escorted by the people of the city, and everyone was in a rhythmic motion.
Competition: Le Blon created several regional mini bar tables for each chapter. It was 2 bartenders each creating their own specialty. My favorite pics was NYC, Chicago, and Phoenix. Ballots was handed to you upon entry and of course I had to vote for the big apple! We had an amazing time and yes NYC won again! It was a wonderful experience and I thank you Le Blon for such a great competition!
Next event: Grey Goose tasting, this event was hosted in a dark tasting room, since my group had to leave early I was unable to attend, but the new cocktails that was passed out was very interesting. I like the Grey Goose L'Orange Black Orchid and the Grey Goose Le Citron Rosy Ramos(recipes will be posted very soon).
Later on..... to wrap up the night, we left for more parties and fun! It was a great day in NOLA.................