Tales of the Cocktail Foundation opens nominations for the 2022 Dame Hall of Fame and introduces two Committee Co-Chairs

Posted on: Mar. 16, 2022 | | By: Gia Vecchio

Dame Hall of Fame celebrates its ten-year anniversary and announces Kitty Amann and Tiffanie Barriere as Committee Co-Chairs.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (March 16, 2022) — Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) and the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) are pleased to announce the opening of the Dame Hall of Fame (DHOF) nomination period from March 16-March 30, 2022. An annual celebration of hospitality trail-blazers, Dame Hall of Fame honors select individuals who have made a unique and lasting impact on the accessibility and intersectionality of the cocktail community. This year, proudly celebrating ten years of mentorship and encouragement within the beverage and hospitality communities, DHOF will warmly welcome three new “Dames” — the U.S. Inductee Presented by Woodford Reserve, International Inductee Presented by Woodford Reserve, and the recipient of the Pioneer Award Presented by The Blend — to join the group of 42 current members. The tenth-annual Dame Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place during Tales of the Cocktail on July 29, 2022 at The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans, the conference’s host hotel.

“We are so proud to be entering our tenth year of Dame Hall of Fame, which has become one of the most revered recognitions of Tales of the Cocktail Foundation,” said TOTCF CEO Eileen Wayner. “The collective magnitude of the Dames is unparalleled, and it is truly our honor to gather such a talented group of individuals, while inducting newcomers who are making a lasting impact on the hospitality community.”

Introducing Dame Hall of Fame Co-Chairs

For the first time ever, DHOF has appointed two Co-Chairs who will each execute a two-year term that serves to benefit the program by providing structure and support within the organization. Dame Hall of Fame Co-Chairs will assist in reviewing Dame Hall of Fame nominations and utilize their position to engage and support the members of DHOF while promoting the program’s mission to recognize individuals who have made unique and lasting contributions to accessibility and intersectionality within the global hospitality industry.

DHOF proudly announces its two new Co-Chairs: Kitty Amann, a 2017 Dame Hall of Fame Inductee and LUPEC representative; and Tiffanie Barriere, bartender, influencer, educator, and 2020 Inductee. Kitty and Tiffanie will begin their terms as DHOF Co-Chairs immediately and oversee the 2022 nomination selection process. 

KIRSTEN “KITTY” AMANN has more than fifteen years of experience in the beverage industry as a brand ambassador, cocktail book author, podcaster, publicist, bartender, and spirits writer. She is the New England Market Manager for Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey and author of Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Female Bartenders. In her roles, she is honored to share untold stories of greatness and help the truth find the light. Kitty is a founding member of the Boston chapters of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC Boston) and the U.S. Bartenders Guild. As a frequent speaker on the history of women behind the bar and in the spirits industry, and has presented at Tales of the Cocktail, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Portland Cocktail Week, San Antonio Cocktail Conference, San Francisco Cocktail Week, Speed Rack Academy, and at the Smithsonian. Kitty has taught yoga in Boston and around the world since 2010. She was among the first in the industry to introduce movement and breathwork to fellow bartenders, servers, and brand ambassadors to support their careers, and has presented at Tales of the Cocktail, The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Portland Cocktail Week, and for local restaurants and USBG chapters.

TIFFANIE BARRIERE is the bartender’s bartender, an influencer and educator who has been awarded some of the beverage industry’s highest honors. The Bar Smart graduate, she is a Tastemakers of the South award-winner who spent seven years as the beverage director of One Flew South, the “Best Airport Bar in the World.” As an independent bartender, she is known for creative and innovative cocktail menus for pop-dinners and bar consultancy clients, hosting mixology classes around the nation, and connecting culinary and farm culture with spirits. As a leader, she is a member of the Tales of the Cocktail Grants Committee, the James Beard Beverage Advisory Board, and a member of the Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Barriere and her cocktails have been featured in such publications as Imbibe magazine (print and online) Forbes, Essence, The Bitter Southerner, Cherry Bomb, Washington Post, Eater, Vine Pair, Food Republic, and Garden & Gun. In 2020 Tiffanie was featured on Food Network’s The Kitchen, honored as the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation’s Dame Hall of Fame U.S. Inductee, along with the cover photo of Imbibe Magazine for the Top 75 issue. The Louisiana-Texas native is the trustworthy mentor of some of the best bartenders and mixologists in the world. Tiffanie’s main goal is education, service and fun with every pour. 

Dame Hall of Fame Nomination Criteria and Selection Process

Dame Hall of Fame nominations are open to the public from March 16-30, 2022. Dedicated to making Dame Hall of Fame more inclusive to the LGBTQIA+ community and other marginalized groups within the global drinks industry, the Foundation and LUPEC have chosen to move towards the use of the word individual as opposed to “woman” to include non-binary individuals, the trans community, and all who are working for the accessibility and intersectionality of the drinks industry.

Nominations are encouraged on behalf of any inspirational and influential woman, non-binary individual, or trans person, and specific information about how this individual has made strides towards inclusivity or accessibility within the industry is requested within the nomination form. 

The new U.S. and International inductees will be chosen by the Active Committee  Members of Dame Hall of Fame and evaluated based on the submitted statements. From these scores, the highest ranked individuals will be asked to submit a resume and bio; from there, the Dames will vote to select one U.S. and one International Inductee, who will be announced on July 12, 2022. This award recognizes an individual who has encouraged mentorship and contributed to making the hospitality industry equitable and inclusive by working to remove barriers as it pertains to gender identity, race, religion, and socioeconomic status. 

DHOF U.S. and International Inductees Presented by Woodford Reserve

In addition to being a woman, non-binary or trans individual, to be considered to be inducted into the U.S. DHOF, nominees must: 

  • A person whose professional and personal accomplishments have shaped the beverage landscape and provide visible models of achievement for tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Serves as a leader and mentor
  • Resides in the United States

In addition to being a woman, non-binary or trans individual, to be considered to be inducted into the International DHOF, nominees must: 

  • A person whose professional and personal accomplishments have shaped the beverage landscape and provide visible models of achievement for tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Serves as a leader and mentor
  • Resides outside of the United State

The Pioneer Award by The Blend

This award recognizes an individual who has encouraged mentorship and contributed to making the hospitality industry equitable and inclusive by working to remove barriers as it pertains to gender identity, race, religion, and socioeconomic status. The Pioneer Award, which was named for hospitality trailblazer and New Orleanian Ruth Fertel, will be announced on June 21 in conjunction with the TOTCF Spirited Awards. The recipient of the Pioneer Award will also be inducted into the DHOF during the July 29 Induction Ceremony. 

For more information on the Pioneer Award criteria, please visit the Spirited Awards website. 

Dame Hall of Fame Partners

Dame Hall of Fame is proud to share its presenting and supporting sponsors, who help make the 2022 DHOF Ceremony possible. The 2022 U.S. Inductee and International Inductee are presented by Woodford Reserve. The 2022 Pioneer Award is presented by The Blend. Supporting sponsors include Bacardi Spirit Forward, Branca USA, Don Q, Jane Walker, Laird & Co., and Tequila Fortaleza

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail or the Dame Hall of Fame, please visit Tales of the Cocktail Foundation website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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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 a lasting impact in our host communities. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is the global leader in spirits education and a platform that tackles critical issues facing the industry. This year, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation hosts its 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, and will celebrate the theme of “Progress.”

Media Inquiries: 

Foxglove Communications

Gia Vecchio, gia@foxglovecommunications.com, 917.280.5043

Hunter Smith, hunter@foxglovecommunications.com, 803.397.8878 


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