Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Manhattan Cocktail Classic Announced Schedule for May Convention

Manhattan Cocktail Classic gave us a preview in October. Now comes the main event of the newly created annual New York cocktail convention, running May 14-18, at the Astor Center and other locales all around town—Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, even in New York Harbor itself.

Here's the piece I wrote for the New York Times' Diner's Journal yesterday. Below find the entire seminar schedule. Curacao, eh? I guess I don't known as much as Curacao as I ought to. (The ones with asterisks are repeats of seminars from last fall. I recommend Petraske's.)

Seminars for Astor Center
The Big Orange: Curacao & The Cocktail Steve Olson, Dave Wondrich

Glasses & Tools: How Do You Choose the Right Glass for a Drink?* Dale DeGroff

Ultimate Beverage Challenge WinnersPaul Pacult & the team

Cocktail Royalty: The Martini FamilyAngus Winchester

Cocktails for the Home Cocktail Party*Sasha Petraske

Mastering the Art of Bartending: Everything You Need to Know Before Even Picking Up a BottleGary Regan, Dushan Zaric, Simon Ford, TJ Lynch, and Aisha Sharpe

From the Farm to the Glass: Sustainable Farming and Organic Spirits and CocktailsMelina Shannon-DiPietro, Yale Sustainable Food Project
Joseph Magliocco, Crop Harvest Earth Organic Vodkas
Allen Katz, Southern Wine & Spirits

Preserving with Liquor for Killer-Cocktails All Year Round: Twelve Months of Local Ingredients Behind The Bar Francis Schott & Mark Pascal, Mixologists, Bar Owners & Hosts of The Restaurant Guys Radio Program

The Sherry Cocktail*Andy Seymour

Wood for Thought: Playing Master Blender with Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sam Simmons, The Balvenie Ambassador USA (East)

When It‘s Cocktail Time in Cuba Phil Greene and Charlotte Voisey

What Does it Take to Win a Cocktail Competition? Gary (Gaz) Regan

Spice: The Fennel Frontier Tad Carducci, Tippling Bros.

Spirits and Agriculture TBD

American Drinks Invade Europe Dave Wondrich, Fernando Castellon, other panelists

Gin's of England Desmond Payne (Master Distiller, Beefeater Gin) & Sean Harrison (Master Distillery, Plymouth Gin)

The Harry Johnson StoryAnistatia Miller & Jared Brown

Famous Hotel Bars and Men and Women Behind Them Elayne Duke, Mixologist and Spirits Ambassador for Diageo, and other special guests

Booze Biz 2.0 – Beyond Slinging Drinks Moderator: Francine Cohen – Editor in Chief, Inside F&B
Jason Littrell – Death & Company, Louis 649, Cain Luxe
Gianfranco Verga – Manager, Louis 649
Dushan Zaric – Employees Only, Macao Trading Company
Additional industry professionals to be announced

Chasing the White Dog in Manhattan Junior Johnson (Legendary Moonshiner), Joe Michalek (Founder of Piedmont Distillers) and Max Watman (Author of “Chasing the White Dog: An Amateur Outlaw's Adventures in Moonshine”)

Drink Punch and Be MerryDave Wondrich

Complex Cocktails for Busy Bars moderated by Cheers editor-in-chief Liza Zimmerman

Distillation for Flavor – Past, Present and Future Merlin Griffiths, Gin Expert

Bar Myth Busters Don Lee & Alex Day

The Spirited Whey: Monk-Inspired Cocktails and Cheeses Diana Pittet & Kara Newman

And How Many Bubbles Would You Like in that Cocktail? Dale DeGroff & Doug Frost

The Agave Session: The Magical Elixirs of Mexico* Steve Olson

Bartenders, Bloggers, and Brands Lindsey Johnson, Jason Littrell, TBD Bloggers

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