Every July the French Quarter Hosts the World Bartenders Convention. “Tales of the Cocktail” welcomes bartenders and service industry personnel from all over the world. In its twelfth year, over 20,000 people will be in attendance this year. Tales of the Cocktail is a meeting of the minds. Days and nights are filled with educational seminars and tasting rooms. Bartenders get to learn, meet and collaborate with some of the top bartenders and brand ambassadors on the planet
Again this year the Beach Bistro and Eat Here will be sending our resident bar chef, Marjorie Kammelohr to the Big Easy to participate in the “tales” celebration. Last year after being immersed in the food, history, culture, music - and of course, the cocktails - of New Orleans and “tales”, Marjorie came back inspired to create a new cocktail list with prohibition era classics like the Sazerac, the Opera and a Blueberry Basil Collins. She also discovered a love of vermouths and a passion for vermouth experimentation with variations on different types of killer Manhattans and Martinis. Who knew so many different varieties of sweet and dry vermouth existed and could change the flavor of a drink so dramatically?
Of course, it’s not all about the classes. There are also the tasting rooms! Liquor industry representatives from the entire world come to Tales of the Cocktail with their best products for the bartenders to taste and create.
Creating cocktails has become an art form. Finding the balance in your drink, while still trying to create something different is always fun and exciting. Tales of the Cocktail is a great place to try new liquor products that you have never heard of before or maybe never had an opportunity to try. If you find something that you love you can create something unique and extraordinary.
What will Marjorie be creating when she returns from New Orleans? We have no idea, but we can’t wait to find out! If you want to follow Marjorie’s journey through the Quarter, follow her on our Facebook page! She’ll be updating us on her adventures daily!
In appreciation of Marjorie’s impact on our cocktail lists we will be featuring wine and beer cocktails, the Kalimotxo, the Michelada and the Shandy, at our Eat Here on Anna Maria Island. Marjorie’s New Rum Punch will be the featured cocktail at Eat Here on Siesta Key and Sean will be pouring tastes of the Bistro rendition of “Bees Knees” at the Beach Bistro. The Bistro’s Bees Knees rounds out Hendrick’s gin with lavender infused island honey and fresh lemon juice.