Tales of the Cocktail 2014 “Happy Hours” brought the glitz and glam of Las Vegas to New Orleans in high-roller fashion. Presented by Backbar, this event featured master mixologists Francesco LaFranconi and Tony Abou-Ganim as they gave everyone a taste of what Las Vegas bartending is all about. The event gave professionals an opportunity to unwind and mingle at a traditional five o’clock happy hour, while learning about what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. The Masquerade Club at Harrah’s Casino was transformed to capture the spirit of Las Vegas with Rat Pack-style entertainment, showgirls and restaurateurs.

Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to exchange knowledge, stories and tips with mixologists in the know during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. The event benefits the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society, a nonprofit organization committed to preserving the unique cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world through education and outreach. Proceeds are poured back into the international spirits community through educational programs, scholarships, training programs and financial aid.
 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What:   “Tales of the Cocktail” benefiting the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
When: Thursday, July 17
Where: The Masquerade Club at Harrah’s Casino