Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Announces the Tales Headliners Series

Posted on: Jul. 02, 2019 | | By: Gia Vecchio

A First-Ever Initiative that Cultivates Top National and International Bar Talent for a One of a Kind Experience

NEW ORLEANS, LA – June 27, 2019 – The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Tales of the Cocktail (ToTC) 2019 schedule – the Tales Headliners Series. The Tales Headliners Series will curate pairs of top international and national bartenders and bring them together behind the bar during the festival for collaborative pop-up experiences. Each duo will receive support, hometown expertise, and New Orleans hospitality from a local bartender during their guest shift which will take place at both Royal Sonesta’s The Jazz Playhouse and Arnaud’s throughout the festival, from Tuesday, July 16th through Saturday, July 20th.

The theme of this year’s Tales of the Cocktail is “Cultivate” which reflects the Foundation’s goal to actively engage partners and participants through thought leadership and foster meaningful connections within the hospitality industry. In keeping with this year’s theme, The Foundation felt inspired to design new programming that would spark a sense of community amongst industry leaders far and wide, culminating in once in a lifetime bar shifts.

“We recognized a unique opportunity to connect an incredible pool of talent at Tales of the Cocktail that otherwise may never have a chance to partner — whether it be that they are separated by a hundred or thousands of miles,” says Caroline Rosen, Executive Director of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “Facilitating connections among the global spirits and hospitality community is the core of the Foundation’s mission and we’re thrilled to see that mission furthered with this initiative.”

The Foundation invited past participants of Tales of the Cocktail, Dame Hall of Fame members and past Spirited Awards® winners and nominees to comprise the inaugural line up. The national, international and New Orleans bartenders will each share their ethos, knowledge, style with their team and work together to craft original cocktails.


Tuesday, July 16th

The Jazz Playhouse

3:00- 4:30PMrn

Agung Prabowo- Old Man Bar, Hong Kong

Alex Day – Death & Co, New York, NY

Jesse Carr – Justine, New Orleans, LA


5:00- 6:30 PM

Diego Cabrera – Salmon Guru, Madrid

William Elliott – Maison Premiere, New York, NY

Christoph Dornemann – Arnaud’s French 75 Bar, New Orleans, LA

Wednesday, July 17th 


The Jazz Playhouse


Gabriel Carlos – Manhattan Bar, Singapore

Melise Rodriguez, Eight Row Flint, Houston, TX

Denzel Brown – Thalia, New Orleans, LA

The Jazz Playhousern


Ryan Chetiyawardana – Lyaness, London

Masa Urushido – Katana Kitten, New York, NY

Jillian Oliveras – Compère Lapin, New Orleans, LA

Thursday, July 18th 


The Jazz Playhouse


Erin Rose – Takami, Bogotá

Lee Zaremba – Lazy Bird, Chicago, IL

Chris McMillian – Revel, New Orleans, LA

The Jazz Playhouse


Alexis Simonidis – The Clumsies, Athens

Fraser Hamilton – Sweet Liberty, Miami, FL

Liam Deegan – Barrel Proof, New Orleans, LA

Friday, July 19th

The Jazz Playhouse


Hiroyasu Kayama – Ben Fiddich, Tokyo

Erick Castro – Polite Provisions, San Diego, CA

Daniel Victory – Victory, New Orleans, LA


2:30-4:00 PM

Lauren Mote, British Columbia, Canada

Abigail Gullo – The State Hotel, Seattle, WA

Laura Bellucci – Belle Epoque, New Orleans, LA

Saturday, July 20th

The Jazz Playhouse


Iain McPherson – Panda & Sons, Edinburgh

Roberto Berdecia – La Factoria, San Juan, PR

Chris Hannah – Jewel of the South, New Orleans, LA

The Jazz Playhouse


Armin Azadpour – Hunky Dory, Frankfurt, Germany

Yael Vengroff – The Spare Room, Los Angeles, CA

Ryan Gannon – Cure, New Orleans, LA

Tales Headliners Series access is available with the purchase of an À La Carter Tasting Room Access wristband available here. For more information on Tales of the Cocktail, please visit www.tocstaging.wpengine.com.


About Tales of the Cocktail Foundation 

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates, advances and supports the global hospitality industry and creates lasting impact in our host communities. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is the global leader in spirits education and a platform to tackle issues facing the industry. The pillars of the Foundation are to Educate, Advance and Support the hospitality industry through programs that benefit individuals and organizations in the community and to make a lasting impact in communities that host our events. For more information on Tales of the Cocktail, please visit www.tocstaging.wpengine.com.


About Tales of the Cocktail 

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 300+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail is the industry’s annual meeting place for the exchange of new ideas, products and techniques.

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