NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Each year, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation offers members of its Cocktail Apprentice Program the opportunity to apply for an exclusive scholarship to participate in the BAR 5-Day Spirits & Mixology Certification Program. Following an extensive review of applicants by the current CAP White and Black Coats, the program’s most senior leaders, the Foundation is honored to announce this year’s 2022 scholarship recipients: Arianna Hone, Brittany Simons, Dylan Brentwood, and Themistoklis Kontodimas. 

Each recipient will be awarded a scholarship valued at approximately $4,000 for tuition and travel expenses to attend the upcoming BAR 5-Day Spirits & Mixology Certification Program at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. This year, Maison Ferrand, one of the world’s premier producers of fine spirits, has partnered with Tales of the Cocktail Foundation to help support this year’s recipients in attending the program in New York. The CAP scholarship program is an ongoing effort to uplift and cultivate the international bartending community that Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has supported over the past years.

The extraordinary work of the CAPs during Tales of the Cocktail is exemplary, and none of us could carry out our plans without them,” said Guillaume Lamy, Managing Director of Maison Ferrand USA. “They are essential to the execution of Tales. We are so happy and proud to be able to give back to them through career support tools such as a grant to experience and partake in the Bar 5-Day.” 

Cocktail Apprentice Program and BAR® 5-Day Spirits & Mixology Certification Program

In keeping with the Foundation’s tenets to Educate, Advance, and Support the spirits community, the Cocktail Appreciation Program (CAP) was founded to give talented bartenders the opportunity to hone their craft alongside industry professionals. Since starting the scholarship program, 48 former Cocktail Apprentices have participated in the BAR® 5-Day Program. Founded by six of the biggest names in the bartending industry – Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Steve Olson, F. Paul Pacult, Andy Seymour, and David Wondrich, the BAR® 5-Day Program has gained recognition as one of the top bartender training programs in the country.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation CAP 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Arianna Hone, Lead Bartender, High West Saloon, Park City, UT 

  • 2019 Red Coat
  • 2022 Grey Coat

“I am beyond grateful to the CAP program, BAR-5, Maison Ferrand, and TOTCF for allowing me to grow in my career in ways I could never imagine. This opportunity would not be possible in my life without them, and I cannot wait to expand my knowledge as a bartender and have doors beyond my wildest imagination opened.” 

Brittany Simons, Bar Manager, the eddy, Providence, RI

  • 2019 Red Coat
  • 2022 Grey Coat

“The objective of my career has perpetually been to better my community, and I am elated to attend BAR-5 and return home to share what I learn with my small-but-mighty city. I am incredibly grateful for the Cocktail Apprentice Program and Maison Ferrand alike for the opportunity to attend this prestigious program.” 

Dylan Brentwood, Bar Director, Bar Kismet, Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • 2022 Red Coat

“I am so grateful and humbled by this acknowledgment from my newfound Cocktail Apprentice Program family. The opportunity to attend the BAR 5-Day on the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship is a massive opportunity for me as a CAP representative. The work is something I am so eager to share with my Atlantic Canadian community, helping us grow as an international destination, and giving us greater skills to take care of our diverse array of guests. Thank you so much.”

Themistoklis Kontodimas, Brand Ambassador for Pernod Ricard Hellas, Athens, Greece

  • 2018 Red Coat
  • 2019 Grey Coat

“Do dreams come true? Eventually, they do! I believe that most professionals in the spirits industry want to take part in BAR-5 Day, and I still can’t believe that I get to have this opportunity! This is honestly a dream coming true for me! I’m more than honored and happy for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!! I can’t wait to see what’s following!” 

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