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Spirited ticket packages go on sale Saturday, January 15, 2011
For eight years, Tales of the Cocktail® has been bringing cocktail aficionados from around the world to New Orleans, for the most spirited event of the year. For the first time, this internationally acclaimed cocktail festival is taking its show on the road with Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Vancouver. Being held March 13-15, 2011 at Vancouver’s Fairmont Pacific Rim, Tales of the Cocktail on Tour will feature six seminars hosted by some of the biggest names in the cocktail industry, as well as, a series of events to keep the drinks flowing throughout the weekend.

The inaugural seminars at Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Vancouver include the following:

• Famous New Orleans Cocktails

o Led By Chris McMillan and Philip Greene

• Who’s Your Daddy? A Mai Tai Paternity Test

o Led by Jeff Berry

• For the Love of Gin

o Led by Desmond Payne and Dan Warner

• The Science of Cocktails: New Techniques Behind the Bar

o Led by Dave Arnold and Eben Klemm

• The History and Importance of Ice in Cocktails

o Led by Charlotte Voisey and Jon Santer

• The Birth, Death and Rebirth of Canadian Whisky

o Led by Allen Katz and Drew Mayville with Neal McLennan and David Wolowidnyk

Ticket packages to Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Vancouver go on sale Saturday, January 15, 2011 online at www.TalesoftheCocktail.com for a cost of $155.00. With this comprehensive ticket package, you will feast on your choice of spirited seminars filled to the brim with cocktail history, techniques and tastings. By night, you will sample the handiwork of the city’s best mixologists with unfettered access to Tales of the Cocktail on Tour events.

Package Details:
• 1 Invitation to Canadian Professional Bartenders VIP Welcome Reception (CPBA members only)
• 1 Invitation to Gibson’s Finest Canadian Whisky Welcome Reception
• Your choice of three 90 minute Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Seminars
• 1 Invitation to the Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Closing Reception
• 1 Invitation to the BC Bar Crawl
• 1 Invitation to the Good Bye Vancouver, Hello New Orleans Cochon de Lait Lunch
• Complimentary Lunch Presented by Bols Liqueurs
• Official Tales of the Cocktail Recipe E-Book, Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Version
• Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Welcome Bag
• Access to Shots of Inspiration Book Signings with presenters
• $25.00 discount on Membership to the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association
• Merchandise and Product Discounts from partners including, but not limited to Trader Tiki, Cocktail Kingdom, Mr. Mojito, Chefwear and Tales of the Cocktail.

About Tales of the Cocktail on Tour Vancouver
For the first time Tales of the Cocktail is taking it’s show on the road with Tales of the Cocktail on Tour. Our first stop is Vancouver, where we’ll be giving Canadian cocktail lovers a small taste of what Tales is all about. This three-day festival will feature the most renowned cocktail experts from Vancouver and beyond at a series of seminars, events and more. So join us in Vancouver this March to sample what’s in store at Tales of the Cocktail 2011.

About Tales of the Cocktail®
Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the most respected minds on mixology for five days of cocktails, cuisine and culture. Held annually in New Orleans, this event has something for cocktail professionals and enthusiasts alike with a spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, parties and special events where brands showcase their latest products. Now in its ninth year, Tales of the Cocktail® returns with another round of events all perfectly paired with some of the best cocktails ever made. Shake things up at Tales of the Cocktail 2011, July 20-24.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique culture of cocktails and cuisine in New Orleans and beyond. Since it’s founding in 2006 the NOCCPS has supported members of the hospitality industry through educational opportunities such as the Flo Woodward Scholarship and the Cocktail Apprentice Scholarship Program as well as the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail.

For information and email updates on Vancouver dates, ticket sales and more, visit: www.TalesoftheCocktail.com

The Diamond Preparatory School For All Things Drinks

The Diamond at Maple Tree Square – your neighborhood cocktail parlor – is proud to announce its first range of hands-on cocktail classes.

Courses on offer cater to aspiring professional bartenders and casual cocktail enthusiasts alike.

The Professional Courses

The Diamond Preparatory School For All Things Drink offers a comprehensive range of programs such as ‘Beginner Bartender Basics’, ‘Cocktail Bartender’ & ‘Master Bartender’ for those interested ina professional industry career.The ongoing courses cover everything from basic cocktail making skills to management programs(depending on the course), with topics ranging from classics knowledge to the current techniques& products, providing guidance on creating original programs and the science behindbuilding a proper drink.

Next Professional Course Dates:

Beginner Bartender Basics – Monday January 4th, 11th & 18th (10am-6pm) The professional bartender, the bar & your tools, basic techniques & practice, spirits, glassware.

Cocktail Bartender – Monday January 25th, February 1st & 8th (10am-6pm) Introduction to cocktails, cocktail families, classics & contempories, modern cocktail evolution.

***Please note that you must complete ‘Beginner Bartender Basics’ before enrolling in ‘CocktailBartender’. Fees are $495 per course.

The Rookie Courses

The Diamond also provides programs for the avid rookie with such classes as: ‘Classic Cocktails 101’ ,‘Gin & Gin Cocktails’, ‘Contemporary Cocktails & Food Pairing’, ‘Whiskey & Whiskey Cocktails’ and‘How to Stock Your Home Bar & Throw a Cocktail Party’.The classes are a mix of demonstration and hands-on with students sampling six different cocktailsand then expertly guided to make two of their choosing. Snacks are provided.

Next Rookie Course Dates:

Classic Cocktails 101 – Saturday December 5th (5pm – 7pm) Overview of classic cocktails, Martini, Manhattan, Margarita, Side Car, Whiskey Sour, Daiquiri.

Contemporary Cocktails & Food Pairing – Sunday December 6th (5pm – 7pm) Tips for creating contemporary cocktails & pairing suggestions.

Gin & Gin Cocktails – Saturday December 12th (5pm – 7pm) Overview of distillation & history, French 75, Pegu Club, Negroni, White Lady, Tom Collins, Martini.

How to Stock Your Home Bar & Throw a Cocktail Party – Sunday December 13th (5pm – 7pm) Learn the key items needed in your home bar and the cocktails you can create with them, tips for hostinga memorable cocktail party.

***Fees are $90 per course.Additional InformationAll classes are held at The Diamond – 6 Powell Street Gastown (Corner of Carrall St).Course materials and equipment are provided but please bring a pen & paper.Fees – 50% is due at time of booking with the balance to be paid by the start of class.

We serve alcohol responsibly and recommend that you do not drive to class.

Gift certificates available.

For more information or to enroll please email: school@di6mond.com