Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Opens Seminar Submissions for Tales of the Cocktail® 2020

Posted on: Sep. 09, 2019 | | By: Gia Vecchio

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Issues Call to Action for Seminar Submissions for Tales of the Cocktail ® 2020


NEW ORLEANS, LA – September 9, 2019 – Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is pleased to announce the seminar submission window for Tales of the Cocktail® 2020 is now open. Tales of the Cocktail® 2020 will be held July 21-26 in New Orleans. Last year’s Tales of the Cocktail® featured a record number of 76 individual education seminars, with more seminars on pressing issues from diversity to inclusion than ever before.

The Foundation seeks seminar proposals that are thought-provoking, impactful and align with the Foundations’ tenets to educate, advance, and support the global hospitality industry. The seminar submission period extends through Saturday, November 2.

“We were blown away by last year’s pool of submissions and ultimately presented seminars that provided invaluable education, sparked meaningful dialogue, and fostered growth during Tales of the Cocktail®,” shared Caroline Rosen, President of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “We were thrilled to see more and more seminar submissions come through that focused on important and often neglected topics in our community — from inclusion, to harassment, sustainability and addiction last year and are eager to increase programming that touches on these issues for 2020.”

Last year also marked the first year that Tales of the Cocktail Foundation introduced dedicated Education Committees, sub-divided into three streams of education: Business, Culture and Beyond the Bar. Full information on the Education Committees and members can be found here.

“The seminar selection for Tales of the Cocktail® 2019 was truly a collaborative process with all committee members working together to curate a cohesive and engaging curriculum,” shared Lynn House, Beyond the Bar Advisory Committee Chair. “We are beyond thrilled that the seminar submissions continue to deal with a wide variety of issues that affect our community and look forward to continuing this work to help our industry evolve for the better.”

2020 seminar streams are structured as follows:

    • Beyond the Bar: Mental Health & Physical Wellness, Social Justice (including Diversity & Inclusiveness, Intersectionality, Harassment, Assault, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault), Substance Abuse, Sustainability, 101 Seminars
    • Business Seminars: 101 Seminars, Bar Indepth, Bar Career, Business, #SEDTalks
    • Culture Seminars: 101 Seminars, Cocktails, Exclusive Tastings, Spirits, History, General

Qualified seminar submissions will be selected between the period of November 22 – December 1 and applicants will be notified for phone interviews. Official seminar invitations will be sent out between January 20 -29, 2020. More information on guidelines and how to submit a seminar idea can be accessed here. Applications for submission in English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese are available.


About Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is an 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 400+ 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.

Media Inquiries:

Gia Vecchio, [email protected], 917.280.5043

Katherine Crawford, [email protected], 404.513.0528

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