Cocktail Apprentice Program

Cocktail Apprentice Program

The Cocktail Apprentice Program is an exclusive mentorship program for up-and-coming bartenders to learn alongside some of the biggest names in the business during the five days of Tales of the Cocktail. Since 2008, more than 400 apprentices have gained extensive experience working and managing large-scale, high-volume events while providing an invaluable service to Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and the industry as a whole. Tales of the Cocktail Foundation continues to support the growing fraternity of past apprentices by offering exclusive opportunities for scholarships and financial aid to further support their growth within the industry.

2022 CAP Red Coat Applications open JANUARY 2022

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CAP Alumni Networking at Tales of the Cocktail 2021

Calling all Cocktail Apprentice Program Alumni and interested enthusiasts! You are formally invited to our exclusive networking events including panels from fellow alumni and industry professionals. The benefits don’t stop there. This programming will be discussing technical subjects, best practices, personal and professional growth, and starting your own company. Our goal is to create a safe and open space for CAP alumni to gather and share their experiences with the larger community of CAP participants.

To attend these networking sessions – search “CAP Networking” in the agenda today!

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Cocktail Apprentice Reimbursement Program

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation offers former Cocktail Apprentices opportunities through the Reimbursement Program, Medical Assistance Fund, BAR 5-DayScholarships, and the CAP Scholarship Program that awards grants in various projects bartenders are interested in pursuing. Any former Cocktail Apprentice can apply for and secure tuition reimbursement benefits.

The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) Tuition Reimbursement Program encourages and supports Cocktail Apprentice alumni who enroll in college, university, technical school courses, or hospitality courses in order to obtain an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, technical degree, or a certificate of completion that has a grade.

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Cocktail Apprentice Reimbursement Program Application and Policy

Tuition reimbursement benefits are provided to any former Cocktail Apprentice based on information TOTCF will request via online form. TOTCF will ask the Cocktail Apprentice to provide original documentation for the purpose of verification before granting tuition reimbursement benefits. TOTCF may also ask any Cocktail Apprentice to sign a release authorizing TOTCF to solicit the required documentation and/or information from a designated third party. Providing false information may result in loss of eligibility for benefits.

Cocktail Apprentice BAR 5-Day™ Scholarship

In an ongoing effort to support and cultivate the international bartending community, Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has accepted applications for the Cocktail Apprentice BAR 5-Day Scholarship Program for the past seven years. Each year, three former Tales of the Cocktail Apprentices receive a scholarship valued at $4,450 for tuition and travel expenses to attend the BAR 5-DayCertification Program held annually in New York City.

2019 BAR 5-Day Scholarship Recipients Iván Villegas (Bartender, Davies and Brook at Claridge’s Hotel – London), Alexis Belton (Bar Director, The Aviary – Chicago, IL), and Eric Scott (Bar Manager/Head Bartender, Thyme Table – Bay Village, OH)

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