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Tales of the Cocktail *hiccup* Day 3

Now see? This is more like it. Just when I was about to be turned off by how serious these folks are about booze, they went and posted this picture on their home page:

There it is: a little humor, a little loss of control. I feel like we were starting to lose sight of the little bit of blessed chaos that spirits can add to our lives. At a party, give me the good-natured guy with a lampshade on his head any day, over the nerd who traps in the corner rattling off boring minutiae about the hooch-making process. Sounds like tonight Tales of the Cocktail is gonna get  a little loose.

There are some fun competitions:

And check out all these tastings going on today:


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Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail kicks off today and goes on a bender straight through the weekend. J/K, these are serious cocktail people: deadly serious. Their vibe is less about getting drunk, and more about, like, science.

There are myriad events presented by, and in conjunction with, the conference/festival/mixology Oscars. I’ll try to break it down:

So, the events are organized into these categories, and the links below are all for today–Wednesday:

Complimentary Events:


The History of Bar Tools and Bar Ware from the 1800’s to Today

Pro Series Seminars:

Tasting Rooms:

Special Events:

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Dita Von Teese @ HOB

Tonight is the second of Dita Von Teese‘s two night engagement in New Orleans.

Cointreau presents An Evening with Dita Von Teese and special guests in association with Bustout Burlesque, featuring MC Murray Hill, Selene Luna and more. In case you missed that, the burlesque artist’s show is sponsored by Cointreau.

I would ordinarily be a little more turned off by this sort of front and center corporate sponsorship, but this event is in conjunction with Tales of the Cocktail, so I dunno, whatevs. Her interview with Gambit Weekly was rife with Cointreau name drops, but Ms. Von Teese was also refreshingly down to earth about burlesque. She does not make the distinction between burlesque artists and other exotic dancers that some make.

Oh, and she’s doing her famous Martini glass act. Excuse me, Cointreau-tini glass act.

9pm $28.50. House of Blues.

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Totally Surreal

I love that Tales of the Cocktail is having their “Kick Off and Theme Unveiling” from 12:30 pm-2pm on a Thursday. Maybe that’s why they have the largest, international cocktail conference/competition here. I mean sure, the cocktail was invented here (which some dispute), but in what other city in America will no one bat an eye at playing hooky from work, and having cocktails before lunch? This year’s theme and poster will be revealed, and there has been promised “an Herbsaint Frappe toast.” Natch. This is all on the steps of the Hotel Monteleone.

After your Frappe, you’re going to need some lunch. Luckily, Green Goddess serves lunch until 4. Green Goddess is a very new and enterprising enterprise, in a teen-tiny space over in Exchange Place. The weather just turned warm and sunny, so they should have the outside tables all set up. I recently had dinner there on a cold evening (so we had to eat inside), and it was one of the most intimate and unique dining experiences I’ve had. First of all, the night chef and principal proprietor Chris DeBarr, personally takes you through every page of the very long menu (of which most is cocktails, actually). He comes off as sort of your eccentric uncle who spent the last twenty years bumming around the world, and then came back with a trunk all stamped up, and full of exotic ingredients and liqueurs, who then decides to open a restaurant. Also, the place is willfully silent, as if to say, “We are here to savor food folks, not dick around.” Also, did I mention that is tiny? I mean, tiny tiny. We sat at the bar, behind which is half the kitchen. So, it’s sort of an open kitchen concept, out of necessity, though. I was going to to say the decor is eclectic, but I don’t think that suffices, it’s more psychedelic.

Anyway, enough about all that. The food is delicious. Sharing the Green Goddess Wedge Salad [radishes, cucumbers, hearts of palm, hearts of romaine, with sieved eggs, crumbled bacon and Romano cheese & Green Goddess dressing, beautifully presented ($10)] would be a good way to start. Then, off of the “Blue Plate Specials” part of the menu, they do Lox & Blini [Gravlox made from Loch Duart Scottish salmon, with truffled corn blini, capers, chevre, cucumber and wasabi tobiko caviar ($15)]. Also of interest is the Louisiana “Bangers & Mash” [Marciante’s duck sausage over mashed sweet potatoes, finished with Steen’s cane syrup ($12). Finish it all off with a Vietnamese coffee and you are restored. Although we really must come back here for a cocktail. Why don’t we do a little tour of fancy cocktail jernts during Tales of the Cocktail?

After our late lunch, let’s continue heading downtown to The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, NOCCA, New Orleans’ own high school for the performing arts. I really hope it’s like Fame over there, everybody singing and dancing down the halls. If it’s not like that, I don’t want to know. Just let me keep my fantasy. Anyway, this evening from 6-8 is the reception for the 2010 Faculty Exhibit. The work looks very good; and you can hobnob with the rich and powerful of New Orleans: school teachers.

Hopefully, there was a little wine and cheese to tide you over while you watch The Pomology of Sweetness and Light over at The Candle Factory in the far reaches of the Bywater. Now, the listing I saw in the Gambit said 2pm Thursday-Saturday, and 8pm on Sunday, but I think they got that wrong. I’m willing to bet it’s 8pm the next few nights and 2 on Sunday. That’s usually how theater schedules go. I caught Pomology during last year’s Fringe Fest, and was blown away by the ambitious undertaking this production is. It’s a dark, Romantic, puppet theater version of legend of Johnny Appleseed (and moreover, the significance of the apple itself), with trapeze and some wonderful video. The theater-making duo Black Forest Fancies, is making some of the most cutting-edge theater in town. Imagine Jan Svankmajar doing historical fiction on stage.

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