NEW ORLEANS -- The Big Easy boasts its share of "spirits," from
those hinted at on "eerie" walking tours of the historic French
Quarter to the libationary kind.
After a tour of a New Orleans cemetery where decayed ruins
barely conceal human remains, one might be ready for a little of
the latter. Two days exploring New Orleans' dining and drinking
culture should do it.
Tales of the Cocktail, new last year, is a two-day event that
features an afternoon cocktail hour with a literary twist --
cocktail book authors will be available for signings -- followed by
a "spirited dinner" at one of 12 New Orleans restaurants, prepared,
in part, by a cocktail book author. The dates are Aug. 19 and
Menus created by one of the 23 participating authors and a chef
complement selected cocktails and spirits.
Restaurants hosting the dinners are Antoine's, Arnaud's,
Brennan's, Broussard's, Cafe Giovanni, French Quarter Bar
Restaurant, Galatoire's, Girod's Bistro at Napoleon House, the Hunt
Room Grill at the Hotel Monteleone, Louis XVI Restaurant, Muriel's
Jackson Square and Tujague's.
Tales of the Cocktail was created by Southern Comfort Cocktail
Tour, whose claim to fame is a walking tour of the French Quarter
that examines the history of the famous bars and restaurants of New
Participants have the option of signing up for a VIP Southern
Comfort Cocktail Tour, slated for Aug. 21 at 4 p.m., at an
additional cost of $24 per person.
On hand for the VIP tour will be Kerri McCaffety, author of
"Obituary Cocktail," the book about the New Orleans dining and
drinking establishments that inspired the tour.
The host hotel, the Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street, is
offering a package from Aug. 17 to 22, with the client's choice of
any three nights.
Priced at $155 per person, double, it includes three nights'
accommodations; a welcome cocktail in the hotel's revolving
Carousel Piano Bar and Lounge; and the Tales of the Cocktail
two-hour "cocktail hour" followed by the dinner on Aug. 19. During
the cocktail hour, guests have the opportunity to buy autographed
For more on Tales of the Cocktail or accommodations for the
event, visit www.talesofthecocktail.com or e-mail [email protected] and ask for or enter
the code COCKTAIL. For information on the scary type of New Orleans
spirit tours, call (866) 314-1224 or visit www.neworleanstours.net.
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