TALES OF THE COCKTAIL 2018 FOOD & DRINK PAIRINGS:
SPIRITED DINNERS HOSTED BY NEW ORLEANS’ TOP CHEFS

Tuesday, July 17th & Wednesday, July 18th

Sac-a-Lait
Kick off the first night of Tales of The Cocktail 2018 with “A Cajun Road Trip” at Sac-a-Lait restaurant, presented by Sazerac Company. On Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6PM Food Network’s Cajun Aces Chefs Cody and Samantha Carroll, Chef de Cuisine Ian Mitchell, and Beverage Director Norton Christopher will host a five-course dinner pairing local cuisine and beautiful cocktails. The evening will feature signature cocktails made with Sazerac Rye, Peychaud’s Aperitivo, Buffalo Trace, Ojen, and Wheatley Vodka. Throughout the event, culinary & cocktail Historian Elizabeth Pearce will lead a thought-provoking conversation on the history of rye in New Orleans along with locally-popular Ojen, an anise flavored liqueur. Priced at $99 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the menu follows:

Primero
HEIRLOOM TOMATO & CHOUPIQUE CAVIAR MYNEZ SANDWICHES
House Made Brioche
&
GARDEN COLLINS
Wheatley, Garden Herbs, Citrus, Soda, Savory Bitters

Segundo
WILD BOAR HOT BROWN
Green Tomato, Gruyere Mornay

HOT KENTUCKY HANGOVER CURE
Wheatley, Peychaud's, Watermelon, Cilantro, Coriander, Jalapeno, Lime

Tercera
GULF CRUDEAUX
Fig Ponzu, Chocolate Scorpion Pepper
&
GONE FISHIN’
Sazerac, Peach, Amaro, Citrus, Lemongrass, Ginger

Fourth
SNAPPING TURTLE STROGANOFF
Garlic Ciabatta & Duck Egg
&
CYPRESS SUNSET
Buffalo Trace, Black Pepper, Lime, Tarragon, Jalapeno, Ojen

Fifth
VANILLA SABLE COOKIE
Sassafras Mousse, Toasted Chocolate Meringue, File Ice Cream
&
SUMMER RECESS
Sazerac, Tea Amaro, Coffee Bean, Blueberry, Citrus, Egg White

Sac-a-Lait is located at 1051 Annunciation Street in New Orleans (entrance is on John Churchill Chase Street). For reservations, please call (504) 324-3658 or visit https://talesofthecocktail.com/events/tales-cocktail-new-orleans/dining/spirited-dinner-series/cajun-roadtrip/. Guests interested in attending may also email their name, phone number and number of guests to sacalaitrestaurant@yahoo.com

Toups’ Meatery           
Those looking to kickoff Tales of the Cocktail 2018 with a carnivorous feast paired with delicious bourbon cocktails are invited to Toups’ Meatery on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Presented by Woodford Reserve, the five-course dinner will highlight Chef Isaac Toups’ meat-centric dishes during two seating’s – 6PM and 9PM. Woodford Reserve’s Assistant Master Distiller, Elizabeth McCall will lead the conversation alongside Isaac, while amuse-bouche is passed around throughout the night. The thoughtfully-curated spirited dinner will be priced at $110 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the menu follows:

Entretener
SMOKED OYSTER
Grilled Lemon, Creme Fraiche
&
WOODFORD RYE SEELBACH COCKTAIL
Dry Curacao, Angostura, Peychaud’s, Sparkling Wine
First
DUCK LIVER MOUSSE
Pickled Shishito Peppers, Peach Mostarda
&
BUILD-YOUR-OWN MANHATTAN
Woodford Reserve
Second
OXTAIL
Black Vinegar Braise, Corn Purée, Radish Salad
&
MALT BOURBON NEAT 
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select
Third
BONE MARROW
Chanterelle Duxelle, Bordelaise
&
BONE LUGE
Double Oak Or Malt Bourbon
Fourth
TAH TAH BOUILLE
Woodford Caramel, Walnut Brittle
&
HOUSEMADE ORANGE CORDIAL
Woodford Reserve

Toups’ Meatery is located at 845 North Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans. For reservations, please call (504) 252-4999 or visit https://talesofthecocktail.com/events/tales-cocktail-new-orleans/dining/spirited-dinner-series/cajun-roadtrip/

Toups South  
Imbibers can look forward to a delightful spirited dinner at Toups South, presented by ROXOR Artisan Gin, Wednesday, July 18th at 7PM. The “Gin & Toups” progressive cocktail party of paired drinks and hors d'oeuvre’s melds the talents of two top-tier industry mavens: Toups South Chef/Owner Isaac ToupsJames Beard “Best Chef: South” Finalist and Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” season 13 “Fan Favorite;” and Robert Del GrandeJames Beard Awarded Chef and recipe curator for ROXOR Artisan Gin. Texas bartending legend, Luckie Campbell, along with the bar team at Toups South will be preparing the signature concoctions for the evening. For $75 (excluding tax and gratuity), the event showcases Toups’ southern cuisine – from seafood-driven appetizers to Cajun tapas – paired with signature ROXOR gin cocktails, along with a gratis visit to the Museum of the American Cocktail (part of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum where Toups South is located). Unlike traditional spirited dinners, the evening will feature six stations. Isaac will greet guests at the Oyster Bar with freshly shucked oysters on the half-shell and a French 75. The complete menu follows:

Primero
OYSTERS

Yuzu, Gin, Mignonette
&
FRENCH 75

Segundo
GRAPEFRUIT CURED COBIA

Y

THE ROXY

Tercera
LOUISIANA MARINATED CRAB CLAWS
Jalapeno, Lime
&
SPANISH GIN & TONIC BAR
Featuring over a dozen garnishes

Fourth
HOT SMOKED SALMON
Dill, Olive, Rye
&
DILL & CUCUMBER MARTINI

Fifth
LOUISIANA FRIED SHRIMP STEAM BUNS

Y

WHITE NEGRONI

Sixth

LEMON LAVENDER BARS
&
ROXOR SNOWBALL

Toups South is located inside of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum at 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in New Orleans. For reservations, please call (504) 304-2147 or visit https://www.opentable.com/r/toups-south-reservations-new-orleans

 

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