Tales of the Cocktail Foundation announces Tales of the Cocktail® 2022 dates, theme and venue information

Posted on: Jan. 04, 2022 | | By: Gia Vecchio

The global cocktail conference, taking place July 25-29, 2022, commemorates its 20 year anniversary with the theme “Progress” 

NEW ORLEANS, LA (January 4, 2022) — Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) is thrilled to announce the 20 year anniversary Tales of the Cocktail® (TOTC) conference, which is returning for an in-person celebration in New Orleans from July 25-29, 2022. What started as an annual walking tour in 2002 has since become the world’s leading cocktail conference, and this year the globally renowned event will host its signature, educational programming at the historic French Quarter at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans. 

To toast this momentous occasion, TOTC will return with a curated lineup of seminars, events, and, of course, imbibing all in the name of “progress” — the festival’s official 2022 theme. Chosen for its recognition of the nimble and adaptive development of the drinks industry,  “Progress” showcases the transformative atmosphere and nature of the resilient cocktail community.

“This year’s Tales of the Cocktail theme, Progress, allows us to continue looking ahead while also taking a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come in the cocktail industry,” said Tales of the Cocktail Foundation CEO Eileen Wayner. “It’s in this spirit that we are so thrilled to celebrate the 20 year anniversary and unite together to celebrate the strides and transformations we’ve made as a beverage community.” 

Inviting industry professionals and drink-lovers to convene in New Orleans this July, the TOTCF team is actively slating a host of programming, encouraging guests to sip, mingle, and toast to a communal appreciation of cocktails, all while enjoying the spirit of New Orleans. With hundreds of opportunities developed specifically for industry professionals from bartenders to distillers, TOTC is the drinks industry’s annual meeting place for exchanging new ideas, products, and techniques.

“It is our great honor to host the global cocktail community, who travel from near and far, to join us in our beloved city of New Orleans,” said Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Board Member Neal Bodenheimer. “Over the past few years, we’ve proven that we’re a spirited, resilient industry and most importantly, one that is willing to come together and help each other learn, grow, and hone our collective craft. We look forward to the progress that’s still to come in our community.” 

For those who cannot travel to New Orleans, the conference will be supplemented with a host of digital education and networking opportunities. Additionally, in accordance with local and state guidelines, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation will comply with all recommended COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

Tales of the Cocktail® and The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

Tales of the Cocktail® is pleased to partner with the official 2022 host venue, The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, located in the heart of the city’s historic French Quarter. As a gracious offering to guests who want to join in the learning and merriment, The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans has provided a room block and special rate for TOTC attendees. 

“We are thrilled to be the host hotel for Tales of the Cocktail 2022! The challenges we have collectively faced over the past two years make it all the more meaningful to host this incredible event, connecting and celebrating the world’s best cocktail and hospitality experts,” said The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans Director of Food and Beverage, Myles Holdsworth.

For the Tales of the Cocktail® room block, reservations can be made either online or by calling The Ritz-Carlton Central Reservations at 1.800.826.8987. The online reservation platform can be accessed via the Marriott website, here. For those interested in the official TOTC room block, the group code and rates are as follows. 

The TOTC + The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans Room Block Group Codes*:      

  • XZSXZSA: Deluxe King Accommodations – $199
  • XZSXZSB: Deluxe Double Accommodations – $199

*Please note that these dates and rates are only available during the Tales of the Cocktail event period, July 25-29, 2022, and shoulder dates are available for guests who choose to arrive early and depart later. 

Guests are invited to secure their reservations early as the last day to book is Friday, June 3, 2022.

Now Open: Seminar Proposal Period and Cocktail Apprentice Program Applications

As the Tales of the Cocktail® team continues scheduling original programming for the 2022 conference, those who are interested in contributing ideas are invited to submit a seminar proposal via the TOTCF website. Applications are being accepted now through January 16 at 11:59 CT and more information can be found below. 

Additionally, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is resuming applications for the Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) Red Coat Class for the first time since 2019. Offering an exclusive mentorship program for up-and-coming bartenders to learn alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, interested CAP Red Coat participants are encouraged to apply here from January 3-January 31, 2022. More information on the return of this exciting program can be found via the TOTCF website

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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. 

About The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans

At The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, located on the edge of the French Quarter, the experience of the city comes to life as soon as guests cross the threshold of the historic hotel. Set within the 1908 Beaux Arts Maison Blanche building, our luxury hotel celebrates traditional Southern ambiance with an interior that reflects the graciousness of antebellum mansions. The sensory experience weaves its way throughout, with live music at the Davenport Lounge, local culinary experiences with our M Bistro, more than 100 treatments at our award winning luxury spa and 528 sleeping rooms dressed in rich fabrics and modern amenities. Set in the heart of New Orleans on Canal Street, just a block from Bourbon Street, our hotel offers a charming venue for weddings, meetings and events, with unique spaces including the lush French Quarter Courtyard filled with tropical plants, gas-lit lanterns and an elegant fountain.

Media Inquiries: 

Foxglove Communications

Gia Vecchio, [email protected], 917.280.5043

Hunter Smith, [email protected], 803.397.8878 

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