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Cocktail Culture

Tales of the Cocktail: Spirited Dinners Series

Tales of the Cocktail (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

On Thursday, July 18, many of New Orleans’ top chefs will be teeming up with bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs for the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Dinner series. Savor the best of the best in venues across the city: multi-course, themed dinners paired with hand-crafted cocktails. Some dinners also feature expert speakers, blenders and distillers. Attire ranges from casual to swank.

As of this writing, most venues are still accepting reservations, but move fast; these dinners are expected to sell out.

Tales of the Cocktail (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

Twelve Mile, $60 person
Dinner Theme: Dive Bar “Russian Style” but menu reads more like a Russian picnic.
Chef: Chris Shortall
Featured Alcohol: Samogon (a 90 proof Russian liquor)
Bar Chefs: Cole Newton, Ryan Maybee and Matt Seiter
Dinner from 8-10 p.m.; after party with live music 8-10 p.m.

Arnaud’s, $85 person
Dinner Theme: French Creole
Chef: Tommy DiGiovanni
Featured Alcohol: Willett Bourbon
Bar Chef: Chris Hannah and Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen
Jazz trio

Borgne, $85 person
Dinner Theme: Guyanan (seafood-centered)
Chef: Brian Landry
Featured Alcohol: El Dorado Rum
Bar Chef: Adam Seger, Matty Durgin

Cane and Table, $65 person
Dinner Theme: Hawaiian Tiki
Chef: Adam Biderman
Featured Alcohol: Angostura Rum and Bitters
Bar Chefs: Multiple
Live music, casual attire

Dickie Brennan’s Steak House, $95 person
Dinner Theme: Recipes from the Texas Governor’s Mansion
Chef: Alfred Singleton
Featured Alcohol: Various, presented by Treaty Oak Distillery
Bar Chef: David Alan
Visual tour of the First Family of Texas’ residence narrated by historian and author Carl McQueary 

Emeril’s Delmonico, $100 person
Dinner Theme: Creole
Chef: Anthony Scanio
Featured Alcohol: Single Malts
Bar Chef: Andrew Bohrer

Grand Isle Restaurant, $85 person
Dinner Theme: Cajun and Creole
Chef: Mark Falgoust
Featured Alcohol: Bayou Rum
Bar Chef: Eric Dahm and Ava Kopieczek
Special guests include Billy Patout of M.A. Patout and Sons Sugar Mills (established 1829), Head distiller Jeff Murphy and Master Blender Reiniel Vicente of Bayou Rum

Kingfish, $85 person
Dinner Theme: Eclectic
Chef: Greg Sonier
Featured Alcohol: Johnnie Walker
Bar Chefs: Chris McMillan, Aidan Demarest
8 p.m. seating; “sharp” dress expected

Maurepas Foods, $75 person
Dinner Theme: “Blurring the Line” (locally-centered eclectic)
Chef: Michael Doyle
Featured Alcohol: High West whiskey, bourbon and vodka
Bar Chef: Brad Smith

New Orleans Creole Queen, $69 person
Dinner Theme: Creole (buffet)
Featured Alcohol: Bacardi Rum
Bar Chefs: Myriad
Steamer boarding at 7 p.m., departing at 8 p.m. and returning at 10 p.m. Jazz band, cigars. Event will honor legendary London bartender Douglas Ankrah. Evening attire.

One-Eyed Jacks, $60 person
Dinner Theme: Tacos, Los Angeles style
Chef: Niki Mouton
Featured Alcohol: Olmeca Altos Tequila
Two seatings: 7-9 p.m.;9-11 p.m. Mariachi.

Rio Mar, $88 person
Dinner Theme: Latin American Tapas
Chef: Miles Prescott
Featured Alcohol: Various Latin American liquors and wines
Bar Chef: Yuval Soffer
Hosted by Barry Augus, President of Tres Agaves Products and Pep Katcher, President- Co Founder Cruz Tequila

Sainte Mairie, $75 person
Dinner Theme: indulgent, locally-inspired, “Imperial Style”
Chef: Kristin Essig
Featured Alcohol: Hennessy Paradis
Bar Chefs: Jordan Bushel, Guiseppe Gonzalez and Steve Schneider

Salu Southern European Bistro, $65 person
Dinner Theme: Eclectic, but emphasis on Caribbean flavors
Chef: Dustin Brien
Featured Alcohol: Diplomatico Rum
Bar Chef: Ian Burrell
Event features Master Rum Blender Tito Cordero

-Allison Alsup, co-author of the forthcoming French Quarter Drinking Companion to be published by Pelican Press this fall.

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