As someone involved in event coordination for our spirits clients (will have to keep "hush hush" on that...for now!), the fast approach of some of the year's biggest events in the U.S. cocktail scene are looming in the forefront of my mind. To keep you in the know, this month's column offers some brief synopses of upcoming spirit and cocktail events that I'll be attending. If you have questions about any of the events (or want to chat about wine and beer shows as well!) feel free to send me a message in the Bar None Drinks forum at straightupspirits or find me on Twitter @stephaniejerzy and @drinks4thehouse.
But the event's ultimate hoedown is the Friday night Opening Gala that will be held once again at the main branch of the New York Public Library. Last year's event saw attendees transported to a plethora of "epoques" while bartenders were slinging over 25,000 cocktails throughout all four floors of the grandiose library. Tickets will be gobbled up quickly for this event, so buy your pass early. Rest assured that this year's Gala will be just as spirited as last year's, a not-to-be-missed event!
More information can be found at manhattancocktailclassic.com
I'm excited to say that I'll be at the Bar Show in a greater capacity this year aside from roaming the exhibitor floor. You'll have to stay tuned and check back at their website for more details as the event nears.
More information can be found at newyorkbarshow.com
Tales of the Cocktail prides itself on the educational seminar offerings moderated by many of the industry's most innovative personalities; we're talking folks like David Wondrich, Simon Ford, and Steve Olson. Two of the seminars I am looking forward to include: "Drinking on Deadline" presented by Wondrich, Paul Clarke, and Wayne Curtis and "The European Bartending Perspective" featuring Jonathan Pogash and Simon Difford.
And did I mention all the great parties?! Tickets are now available to purchase.
More information can be found at talesofthecocktail.com