NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) Red Coat application period from January 3-31, 2022. As an exclusive mentorship program designed for up-and-coming bartenders, CAP will welcome 32 new Apprentices to join the 2022 Red Coat class, to learn alongside some of the industry’s biggest names during this year’s Tales of the Cocktail conference.  

Founded in 2008, the TOTCF Cocktail Apprentice Program has hosted more than 400 Apprentices who have gained valuable experience working and managing large-scale, high-volume events during the annual TOTC conference. First-year CAPs will work together under an assigned Grey Coat mentor to prep and execute cocktails and tastings presented during seminars as well as the Dame Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Spirited Awards ceremony, and other headlining events taking place at TOTC’s 2022 host venue, The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans.

“The Cocktail Apprentice Program is one of our industry’s best opportunities for new or experienced hospitality professionals to grow and develop. It is an environment where we focus on leadership, mentorship, and management skills, essentially developing those who go through the program into the future leaders of our industry,” said CAP Manager (White Coat), Trevor Kallies. 

In order to be eligible for the Red Coat program, applicants must be industry professionals, at least 21 years old, and can live anywhere in the world, where their VISA permits. This includes bartenders, bar managers, barbacks, brand ambassadors, educators, distillers, etc. Accepted applicants into the Program are responsible for their own flights to and from New Orleans and TOTCF will provide lodging accommodations, meals, and access to events and ancillary networking opportunities. 

In addition, TOTCF will be providing a select number of full scholarships, including flights, to approved applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, or other people of color (BIPOC), between the ages of 21 and 29. For eligibility questions please email

Interested applicants are invited to learn more about the program and fill out the CAP Red Coat application via the TOTCF website. The 2022 CAP Red Coat class will be announced in May 2022. 

For more information about Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, please visit the TOTCF website