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Tales of the Cocktail, New Orleans, 2009

NEW ORLEANS, LA—March 12, 2009 – In 2009, for the second year in a row, Tales of the Cocktail, the premier cocktail and culinary festival that celebrates the history andculture of dining and drinking in New Orleans, will work closely with more than 30 of the most dedicated and widely read bloggers covering the world of spirits and cocktails. Together, these bloggers will contribute to “Blogging Tales of the Cocktail,” the largest collaborative cocktail site on the Internet. Participating blogs include The Cocktail Chronicles, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Kaiser Penguin, Married…With Dinner, and TheGumbo Pages, among many others. Along with guest contributors drawn from the ranks of Tales of the Cocktail presenters and mixologists, and with contributions from guest bloggers from the New Orleans region, these cocktail bloggers will publicize the many aspects of Tales of the Cocktail, from seminars to Spirited Dinners to the mixologists who make Tales of the Cocktail such a one-of-a-kind event.

This unique group site is hosted at TalesBlog.com; for the 2009 event, “Blogging Talesof the Cocktail” is sponsored by Martin Miller’s Gin. Beginning in April, the site will feature advance previews of Tales of the Cocktail sessions and events, along with additional coverage that highlights the cuisine and culture of host city New Orleans. From July 8-12, participating bloggers will gather in New Orleans to provide live coverage of Tales of the Cocktail. 

The summer’s most spirited event, Tales of the Cocktail explores the history and contemporary life of the cocktail at various locations in New Orleans French Quarter andremains headquartered at the legendary Hotel Monteleone. The event welcomes celebrities, mixologists, chefs, authors and cocktail experts as presenters and special guests from around the globe for seminars, spirited dinners and parties. Top names in the spirits industry like Dale DeGroff, Tony Abou-Ganim, Robert Hess and Kevin Brauchwill once again take part in educating industry members and consumers alike about the cocktail.

With more than 100 events that cover a wide-variety of subjects, Tales of the Cocktail entertains amateurs and experts. In 2009, new events include, Seven Deadly Sins theme party, On the Fly Bartender competition, USBG Caipirinha Competition, Spirited lunchon Moonshine, The Great Whisk(e)y debate, and the Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards recognize the best in the industry. Dinner pairings, cocktail parties, tastings and demonstrations fill the schedule.

About Tales of the Cocktail
Tales of the Cocktail is an internationally acclaimed festival of cocktails, cuisine and culture held annually in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event brings together the best and brightest of the cocktail community—award-winning mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs and designers—for a five-day celebration of the history and artistry of making drinks. Each year offers a spirited series of dinners, demos, tastings, competitions, seminars, book signings, tours and parties all perfectly paired with some of the bestcocktails ever made.

About Martin Miller’s Gin
MARTIN MILLER’S Gin is an elegantly styled spirit developed specifically for the discerning individual who seeks the ultimate premium product. This quality distilled spirit including 10 of the highest quality botanicals, blended with pure Icelandic springwater, is creating a new level of appreciation for gin among the discerning public. MARTIN MILLER’S Gin is a clean-tasting, silky smooth gin that makes anoutstanding martini and mixes beautifully in a variety of cocktails. MARTINMILLER’S Gin seeks to attract consumers 21 and over who are looking for a more sophisticated spirit experience.

MARTIN MILLER’S Gin is imported by KindredSpirits, Inc. based in Miami, FL.MARTIN MILLER’S Gin. DISTILLED IN ENGLAND - BLENDED AND BOTTLED IN ICELAND FOR A GIN OF UNCOMPROMISING TASTE www.martinmillersgin.com

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 dining and drinking in New Orleans andthe storied bars and restaurants that have contributed to the city’s world-wide culinary acclaim. This organization supports members of the hospitality industry through education and the production of events like Tales of the Cocktail and, most recently, Trails of the Cocktail, a scholarship program for emerging talent in the New Orleans cocktail industry.

Every summer spirits from around the world descend on America’s most soulful city.This summer will be no different as Tales of the Cocktail returns. Join us for a spirited schedule of cocktails, cuisine and culture that will stir even the most idle of souls.

For more information on Tales of the Cocktail, visit the website at www.TalesoftheCocktail.com or call 504-948-0511. TICKETS ON SALE NOW. For more information on “Blogging Tales of the Cocktail,” contact executive editor PaulClarke at paul@cocktailchronicles.com.

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