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We’re back with our annual preview show for Tales of the Cocktail 2020! We talk with Caroline Rosen, president of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. We discuss some of their changes and challenges and what to look for with this upcoming (now) virtual event!

NOLADrinks Show – Tales of the Cocktail 2020 Annual Preview – Sep20Ep1 – Caroline Rosen of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Pictured above from left – Caroline Rosen of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation and Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

The NOLADrinks Show – Tales of the Cocktail 2020 Annual Preview – Sep20Ep1

We kick things off letting you know about this episode as well as some of our upcoming action. We also mention how our thoughts are with the communities suffering from the effects of Hurricane Laura (which struck not long before we taped this featured interview. This was, of course, all recorded before Hurricane Sally and our sentiments are the same in that regard – please help where you can!)

Then, it’s off to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) for our featured interview. We’re joined by Caroline Rosen who is the president of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. “Tales” is an organization that supports and educates the spirits and bartending industries offering wide-ranging programs and events.

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We discuss the organization and, importantly, how they have adapted and faced challenges here in 2020 due to the pandemic. A key change has been pivoting their centerpiece event, “Tales of the Cocktail” from an in-person event that normally takes place in New Orleans each July to a global virtual event taking place online from September 21 through 24. It is the world’s largest spirits and bartending professional conference in the world.

NOLADrinks Show – Tales of the Cocktail 2020 Annual Preview – Sep20Ep1 – Caroline Rosen of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Pictured above – Caroline Rosen of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Additionally, we talk about some of the other challenges the organization and industry has faced. Reflective of this, Tales’ offerings at the event include seminars on dealing the current climate that has been extraordinarily tough on the bartending community and many spirits producers.

Though covid is on the minds (and in the programming) of everyone connected to Tales, important industry conversations on social issues such as inclusivity, sustainability, and more remain a critical part of the event and Tales’ overall mission. Of course, education on spirits, bartending, and professional development are still a part of the event’s and organization’s core.

Caroline sticks around for our exclusive podcast-only segment, “Another Shot with NOLADrinks.” We carry on the conversation and sip on some (much needed whiskey)!

We close things out with our Parting Shot – special shout-out to our friends at Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s Latitude 29 who lost a team/family member recently.

The map below shows the location of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias podcast using the links and player at the top of this post.

Cheers and Be Well, You All!

~ Bryan