Cocktails For A Cause; ‘State Of The Art’ Fundraiser To Benefit National Food & Beverage Foundation
NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, July 18, “State of the Art 2017: American Independents,” The Museum of the American Cocktail's (MOTAC) biggest annual cocktail celebration and fundraising event, will offer the connoisseur both classic cocktails and innovative drinks from local mixing masters, inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB), at 1504 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
State of the Art begins with a welcome cocktail and a spirits seminar led by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, senior editor at Chilled Magazine, drinks editor at Foodable, author of “Gin: A Global History” and the forthcoming “Liqueur: A Global History,” and co-author of “The 12 Bottle Bar.”
At 7:00 p.m., the competition begins as 10 of the city's best bartenders and bartending teams vie for most creative cocktail, employing independent American spirits from distilleries across the United States. Admission includes drinks and a variety of gourmet bites. Making the evening all the more special this year is the opening of two new exhibitions. “The Age of Elegance” is an exhibit of Victorian-era culinary and mixology artifacts, menus and ephemera from private collections from 1859-1950, curated by Jeffrey Pogash and “Shakers, Knives, and Irons” documents the evolution of chef and bartender tattoos and featuring photographs by Romney Caruso. Both exhibitions will be on view through the end of the year.
Proceeds from the event support the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), home of MOTAC, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, and Pacific Food & Beverage Museum.
Advance tickets cost $35 for NatFAB and USBG members and $40 for non-members. Admission at the door, if available, is $45 for members and $50 for non-members.
Purchase a NatFAB membership here