The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Policy Initiative – 2024Ep07

Pictured above – (Lower left panel) Tammera Catchings, Government Affairs Manager for the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. (Lower right panel) Last year’s Policy Committee in action.On this episode of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we talk about the policy...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – New Orleans Spirits Competition 2024 – 2024Ep06

Pictured above from left – Matthew Sharpe, Director of Operations, and Wayne Curtis, Head Judge of the New Orleans Spirits Competition.This time around, we’re bringing you a preview of the 2024 New Orleans Spirits Competition, now in its 3rd year. We chat with Head...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – French Quarter Festival 2024 Preview – 2024Ep05

Pictured above – various shots from French Quarter Festival and, upper left panel from left, Kenneth Spears, Director of Food & Beverage and Hospitality, Morgan Valier, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Emily Madero, President and CEO. Photos courtesy...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Team Sorel – 2024Ep04

Pictured above, from left, clockwise, Jackie Summers, aka Jack from Brooklyn, founder of Sorel, Crystal Lilly, key accounts manager, and Josh Davis, mid-US representative and founder of Brown and Balanced.On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Speed Rack and Winning Cocktails – 2024Ep03

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Speed Rack and Winning Cocktails – 2024Ep03. Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix. Photos Courtesy of Speed Rack, Jim Vondruska, Erick Medsker, and Gabi Porter.On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we welcome Lynnette...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Beer Pairing – 2024Ep02

Pictured above – Group picture from left – Chef Richard Papier, Rich Szydlo of Calliope Beer Works, and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at Calliope Beer Works in Uptown New Orleans.We’ve talked beer a lot here on The NOLADrinks Show over the years. But this time...
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The NOLADrinks Show “Sustainability Series” brings you important conversations connected to the world of drink, food, and culture. Topics include environmental issues, social justice, and health and wellness. The series looks at these themes as they relate to the liquor industry, the hospitality industry, food and food production, cultural preservation, and much more.

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Exploring the Wines of Georgia – A Multi-Episode Series

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Join us as we explore the fascinating wine story from the country of Georgia. Over the course of three episodes, we discuss the 8,000-year history of winemaking, explore various regions, sample different expressions, and much more!

French Quarter Fest Series

Check out our French Quarter Fest Series! We interview musicians who play French Quarter Fest, Satchmo Summerfest, and more! Interviews are taped live at Louisiana Music Factory. We talk music, drink, food, culture, and more!

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Our Annual Turning Tables Show – 2024Ep01

Picture above from left - Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show and Turning Tables’ Geoffrey Wilson, Tyrē Brown, Ari Nicholas, Touré Folkes, Francisco Miralda, Chelsea Reid, and Shaun Williams at Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits in the Bywater of New Orleans.Hey, All!...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Neal and Kirk of Cure Co – 2023Ep8

Pictured above from left - Kirk Estopinal and Neal Bodenheimer of Cure Co. along with Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at Cure in Uptown New Orleans.This time around on The NOLADrinks Show, we chat with the co-founders of Cure Co., Kirk Estopinal and Neal...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Old Fashioned Week and The Southern Smoke Foundation – 2023Ep07

Pictured above – Happenings at the Old Fashioned Week 2023 preview event at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Lower right panel, from left - Lynn House of Elijah Craig and Heaven Hill and Caroline Nabors of the Southern Smoke Foundation. Some images courtesy of...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Saké at Sukeban – 2023Ep06

Pictured above from left, upper-left panel – Chef/Owner, Jacqueline Blanchard of Sukeban, Saké Expert, Shaun William, and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at Sukeban, Uptown New Orleans.We’re back with a new show! This time around, we are at the terrific Uptown sushi...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – The Vieux Carré Cocktail with Author John DeMers – 2022Ep5

Pictured above – Author John DeMers pictured with the cover of his book (inset), The Vieux Carré.On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we once again speak to an author from the terrific book series “Iconic New Orleans Cocktails” by LSU Press. This...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – New Orleans Spirits Competition – 2023Ep4

Pictured above from left - Head judge Wayne Curtis, Director of Operations Matthew Sharpe, Managing Partner Andrew Faulkner, and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at Tales of the Cocktail 2023 in New Orleans.On this The NOLADrinks Show, we convene with the guys behind...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Turning Tables 2023 – 2023Ep3

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Erika Flowers, Shauntaye Merritt-Williams, Rachel Johnson, Touré Folkes, Thomas Moore, and Geoffrey Wilson all of Turning Tables at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.On this edition of The NOLADrinks...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Tales of the Cocktail Annual Preview – 2023Ep02

Hey, All! Tales of the Cocktail is turning 21 this year and we’ve got our annual preview for you! It’s always one of our favorite shows every year! Joining us as she has before is our friend Eileen Wayner, CEO of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. We discuss this...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – The Absinthe Frappe with Author Marielle Songy – 2023Ep01

And… We’re back! After some time off, we’re back with new episodes of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias. We welcome author Marielle Songy who recently penned a book on the famous New Orleans cocktail – the absinthe frappé.Marielle joins us at the Southern Food and...

The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias – Talking Wine at NOLA’s Spirit Wines – 2022Ep35

On this week’s The NOLADrinks Show, it’s our last broadcast on WGSO! After several years, we’ve decided to move to a podcast-only format and focus efforts on the Nitty Grits Podcast Network at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Thanks to WGSO for some great times!...

 

On this episode of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we talk about the policy initiative being undertaken by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation supporting bar professionals in the US. The effort is designed to bring about tangible policies and approaches for dealing with critical issues facing individuals in the industry. Our guest is the foundation’s Government Affairs Manager, Tammera Catchings.⁠

To see more on this show and get the podcast directly from our site or your favorite podcast platform, check the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍸️
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This time around, we’re bringing you a preview of the 2024 New Orleans Spirits Competition, now in its 3rd year. We chat with Head Judge and noted cocktail author, Wayne Curtis, and Director of Operations and spirits industry veteran, Matthew Sharpe. They let us know about the competition, how it works, and lots of new and exciting things coming this year! We discuss how it all culminates with the final judging at Tales of the Cocktail with much of it open to attendees to observe. If you are a spirits producer, we let you know about how to submit your stuff with the deadline to do so looming soon!⁠

To see more on this episode and get it from your favorite podcast platform or our site, just click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍸️
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A few more fun moments and bites from Day 2 of French Quarter Festival 2024! (Yeah, we’re day walkers!) #FQFest #FrenchQuarterFest #FrenchQuarterFestival #NOLA ...

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A few more fun moments and bites from Day 2 of French Quarter Festival 2024! (Yeah, we’re day walkers!) #FQFest #FrenchQuarterFest #FrenchQuarterFestival #NOLA #NOLADrinks ...

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Some highlights from French Quarter Festival Day 1. Stay tuned for Day 2!!! Check out @NOLADrinks for more… #fqfest #FrenchQuarterFest #FrenchQuarterFestival #NOLA #NOLADrinks ...

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We’re happy to bring you our annual French Quarter Festival preview show! This terrific event starts this week on Thursday, April 11 and runs through Sunday, April 14. Featuring more than 20 stages scattered throughout the historic French Quarter along with dozens of food and drink vendors and other special offerings, there is sure to be something for everyone! We chat with Emily Madero, President and CEO, and Kenneth Spears, Director of Food & Beverage and Hospitality, of French Quarter Festivals, Inc.⁠

To see more on this show and get it from our site or your preferred podcast platform, just click the link in our bio! Cheers and Fest Well, You All!☮️❤️🎵

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On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we welcome some of the folks behind Sorel Liqueur! We chat with founder Jackie Summers, along with Josh Davis and Crystal Lilly. Aside from telling you about Sorel, a Caribbean inspired liqueur connected to Jackie’s family history (and more!), we also talk about Brown and Balanced, an organization started by Josh advocating for black bartenders. Along the way, we discuss diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the drinks business.

Quick programming note – we will back really quick with a show early next week – our annual French Quarter Festival preview! To get the latest episode from our site or your favorite podcast platform, just click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍹
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We’ve got a new show for you! We welcome back Lynnette Marrero and Ivy Mix, co-founders of Speed Rack! We talk about that terrific organization and about their upcoming cocktail book, A Quick Drink: The Speed Rack Guide to Winning Cocktails for Any Mood!

To see more on this episode and get the podcast from our website or your favorite platform, just click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!

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We’ve talked beer a lot here on The NOLADrinks Show over the years. But this time around, more of our focus is talking about pairing beer with food. We’ve touched on it before but here it is a little more focused on the topic. We welcome Chef Richard Papier and proprietor and brewer of Calliope Beer Works, Rich Szydlo.⁠

Please note – the featured interview portion of the show was taped a couple of weeks back before this news broke. Unfortunately, Calliope Beer Works is closing after tomorrow (3/24) due to today’s difficult hospitality environment here in New Orleans. Grab a pint if you can! We wish Rich the best in his future endeavors! There is still a lot to this interview as it relates to understanding beer pairing. Check it out!⁠

To see more on this show and get it from our website or your favorite podcast platform, just click the link in our bio!⁠

Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍺
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We’re back with new shows here in 2024! To start things off, we’re proud to bring you our annual Turning Tables show! Learn about this terrific organization that advocates for black and brown persons in the bartending, hospitality, and drinks business industries. We chat with both leadership members and recent graduates from the program. We talk about their history, programs, evolution, and so much more! As with any Turning Tables show we do, it is loaded with important conversation along with a good dose of laughs, to boot!⁠

This is the fifth Turning Tables show we have done, beginning in their very first year. It’s been an honor to do so. It has also been so rewarding to see what they have accomplished in transforming the industry and the many lives they have touched, building careers and creating opportunity. ⁠

Thanks to Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits for hosting us! Connect with them and Turning Tables:⁠

@bacchanalwine & @turningtablesnola⁠

To see more on this show and to get the podcast from our website or your favorite podcast platform, click the link in our bio!⁠

Happy Mardi Gras, Cheers, and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍸️⁠
~ Bryan⁠

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This time around on The #NOLADrinks Show, we chat with the co-founders of Cure Co., Kirk Estopinal and Neal Bodenheimer. Both have been on the program individually a handful of times, but never together! As Cure, their inaugural New Orleans hospitality spot, approaches its fifteenth anniversary and Cane & Table, their second spot, celebrates its ten year, it’s a great time to talk with them about their story. We cover a lot of ground from the earliest days at Cure to the present day operating a full-blown hospitality group!⁠

To see more about this episode and to get the podcast from our site or your favorite podcast network, just click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!
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Guess what week it is! It’s #OldFashionedWeek benefiting the Southern Smoke Foundation and their work to support the hospitality industry. Can you guess what our latest show is all about? Old Fashioned Week! Where we chat with Lynn House of Elijah Craig and Caroline Nabors of Southern Smoke. Guess that wasn’t a real difficult question… Link in bio.⁠

Visit a participating bar, like we did at NOLA’s Barrel Proof, (you can find a link in our show notes to search for one near you) and order and Old Fashioned. One dollar will go to the cause and you’re supporting a local hospitality venue to boot! Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🥃
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New show! On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show, we’re once again talking Elijah Craig’s Old Fashioned Week happening from October 13th thru the 22nd! It’s easy to participate as either a hospitality spot or as a patron and it’s all a benefit for the wonderful Southern Smoke Foundation, supporting the hospitality industry with mental health and wellness and emergency relief programs. We welcome Lynn House, national spirits specialist and portfolio mixologist for Heaven Hill, and Caroline Nabors, director of marketing and development for Southern Smoke.⁠

To see more on this show and get it from our site or your favorite podcast platform, just click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🥃
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We’re back with a new show! This time around, we are at the terrific Uptown sushi spot and izakaya, Sukeban, talking saké and Japanese cuisine. We’re joined by New Orleans saké expert, Shaun Williams, and Sukeban’s chef/owner, Jacqueline Blanchard. This is a fun and interesting show! It’s a deep dive into the world of saké. Of course, we sip on some expressions, talk pairings, and let you know about Sukeban!⁠

Connect with Shaun - @ricegirlrich⁠
Connect with Sukeban - @barsukeban⁠

To see more about this show and to get the podcast from our website or favorite podcast platform, click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍶
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On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we once again speak to an author from the terrific book series “Iconic New Orleans Cocktails” by LSU Press. This time around, we talk with John DeMers, a native of New Orleans, who recently penned a book on the classic Vieux Carré cocktail.⁠

We discuss the fascinating history of this important New Orleans drink and the folks connected to it. Invented by Walter Bergeron at the famous French Quarter hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, after Prohibition, the Vieux Carré’s story has roots stretching back long before. Of course, we talk about the drink itself, how it is made, and much more!⁠

To see more on this episode and get the podcast on your favorite platform or from our site, just click the link in our bio. Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍸️
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This time around on The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we talk with the organizers of the New Orleans Spirits Competition presented by the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation! Our guests are Wayne Curtis, Andrew Faulkner, and Matthew Sharpe. We let you know all about the competition, its history, and, of course, about this year’s version which culminated with the winners being named at the recent Tales of the Cocktail 2023 in New Orleans.⁠

Check out @nolaspiritscomp and @tales_of_the_cocktail for more!⁠

You can see more on this show and get the podcast from our site or your favorite podcast platform by using the link in our bio. Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍸️
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Hey All! I am proud and excited to announce that I have been chosen as the new president of the Raising Spirits Society – the charitable beneficiary and organizer of the New Orleans Bourbon Festival! Raising Spirits Society (RSS) is our new name with a new mission – providing resources, experiences, and opportunities in support of young adults in the hospitality industry.⁠

Initially, our primary focus will be around the Greater New Orleans area with the hopes of growing from there. Additionally, we will seek to expand our partnerships and opportunities with brands, hospitality venues, and other non-profit organizations with a similar mission (I’ve already been hitting some of you up on that front!) Another important goal is to broaden and diversify our board and committees. Lastly (for now), we will be looking to increase our presence with year-round activities and programming while all still culminating, of course, with the festival during the third week of March.⁠

I am honored to be entrusted with this role and look forward to building on the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, already one of the premier whiskey festivals on the planet, to push things even further with the Raising Spirits Society and our terrific partners present and future. Please feel free to hit me up to talk shop and stay tuned for more from the fest and RSS!⁠

Check out @nolabourbonfest for more! Cheers and Be Well, You All! ~ Bryan☮️❤️🥃⁠
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We closed out Tales of the Cocktail 2023 with a lot of fun stuff – more tasting rooms, parties, The Spirited Awards, laughs, friends, and more! Here’s some action from last Thursday, the event’s penultimate day. Back with Friday fun soon! #TOTC2023 #imbibegram #drinkstagram #cocktails #drinksbusiness #NOLA #hospitalityindustry ...

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Well, Tales of the Cocktail ’23 is a wrap, but we’ve got a bit more to share! It was a great time and terrific to see so many good friends – and make new ones! We’ll have one more round soon! If you don’t already, we’d love to have you check out our podcast, The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias. You can get it from our website – NOLADrinks.com or wherever you get your podcasts! Cheers and Be Well, You All! #TOTC2023 #imbibegram #drinkstagram #cocktails #drinksbusiness #NOLA #hospitalityindustry ...

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On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we are chatting with our friends, once again, from Turning Tables bringing you our annual show on this amazing organization! They do critical and trailblazing work advocating for equity for black and brown persons in the drinks, bartending, and hospitality industries. We discuss the evolution of Turning Tables from a few years ago to the force it has become today garnering national and international recognition for their work. Of course, we also have some great laughs along the way!⁠

Connect with Turning Tables – @turningtablesnola⁠

To see more on this episode and to get the podcast from our site or your favorite platform, just click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍸️
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Hey, All! Tales of the Cocktail is just around the corner! Sure, it’s gonna be hot – it is New Orleans in the summertime after all. But it is certainly going to be a fun and interesting time! If you’re coming from out of town for the event, we’re thrilled to have you here! And ICYMI, our annual Tales preview show is out now! Check out our conversation with Tales of the Cocktail Foundation CEO, Eileen Wayner, where we let you know the skinny on the event and the organization. We cover just about everything you need to know whether you are attending as an industry pro or an enthusiast or you just want to learn more about what Tales is all about.⁠

To get the show from our website or your favorite podcast platform, just click the link in our bio! If you see us at Tales, be sure to say “hi!” Cheers and Be Well, You All!☮️❤️🍸️
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Hey, All! Tales of the Cocktail is turning 21 this year and we’ve got our annual preview for you! It’s always one of our favorite shows every year! Joining us as she has before is our friend Eileen Wayner, CEO of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. We discuss this year’s seminal event and many of its connected activities. Of course, we let you know how you can participate whether you are a drinks business industry professional or an enthusiast.⁠

To see more on the show and get the podcast from our website or your favorite podcast platform, click the link in our bio! Cheers and Be Well, You All!✌️❤️🍸️
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