Author: Brian Weber, Creator,/Producer/Editor/Host of the Bartender Journey™ Podcast and Full-Time Professional Bartender.
On this week’s Podcast, our good friend Hazel Alvarado journeys to New Haven, CT to check out the cocktail culture and chats with Dan Rek, Beverage Director for Fork Hospitality (Elm City Social, Olives and Oil) and Tim Cabral, one of the owners of New Haven’s oldest Tavern - The Ordinary.
Industry News from Bar Institute
“This unrelenting hurricane season has already caused unspeakable damage from Texas to the Caribbean. And, as our dear friends in Puerto Rico prepare for another very serious storm in Hurricane Maria, we have made the choice to postpone Bar Institute San Juan in the interest of everyone's safety and out of respect for the limited resources (including power, water and food) that are now available on the island. The new dates are 1/29 -1/31 2018”. (Portland - Oct 23 - 25, 2017; New York - Nov 13 - 16, 2017)
Hurricane Relief Events
We posted last week about Greater NYC area industry events for hurricane relief. If you are doing something also and would like to let us know about what your bar is doing to help, let us know via email. .
New Segment: Unrelated Podcast Suggestion of the Week
As a Bartender (or a Cocktail Enthusiast who throws a lot of cocktail parties), being a great conversationalist is a great skill to have and podcasts are a great way to learn stuff. We'll do a podcast suggestion that has nothing to do with bartending, cocktails or spirits.
For our .Bartender Journey Podcast Listeners that are already podcast enthusiasts who are most likely listening on headphones, our first Unrelated Podcast Suggestion of the Week is brought to you by a great headphone company called Sudio*.
Showcase from Radiotopia, a new podcast from Radiotopia features original series from emerging and leading radio producers around the world. The current series, Ways of Hearing, is a six-part series about listening in the digital age from acclaimed musician Damon Krukowski. It’s a really interesting and podcast about the transition from analog to digital. It’s a fascinating discussion and expertly produced and I hope you’ll enjoy it. It’s a limited run series of 6 episodes.
If you have a suggestion for Unrelated Podcast Suggestion of the Week I’d really love to hear it! Send me an email with “Unrelated Podcast Suggestion” in the subject line.
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Brian's Guest Spot on Private Club Radio
As you may know, I bartend at a Private Club. I was recently featured on the Podcast Private Club Radio, Episode PCR089 out of Florida. Listen as Gabriel Aluisy interviews me. If you happen to work in a Private Club, check out Private Club Radio
Guest Article by Embroker on Insurance
If you are a Bar or Restaurant owner, this week on our Resource Page, we have a link to a Guest Post Article about insurance. Not the “sexiest” of topics, but definitely an important and necessary one. Learn about General Liability Insurance, Business Property Insurance and Workers Comp from Embroker Insurance.
We’ve also included the Northeast contact information for additional questions.
Please note, the article posted is not an endorsement and is for information only; rules may vary by jurisdiction.
The Tale of TOTC Controversy Continues
Here we go again with TOTC drama. Back March 2017 there was a huge uproar in the Cocktail community over a FB live video post by Ann Tuennerman, founder of TOTC where she wears blackface captions it with a controversial remark made by her husband Paul Tuennerman, I won’t get into the details on this post but for background info, listen to Bartender Journey Episode No. 203, Diversity Awareness (& Some Turmoil) in the Cocktail World.
Shortly thereafter, Paul stepped down from his position at TOTC and Tales formed a Diversity Council. As per their site: This Council is composed of professionals from across the industry and outside of the industry, will work towards implementing progressive initiatives and monitoring their progress over time. This process will be completely transparent, and each initiative will be documented and made viewable to the public”. Paul didn’t attend Tales this year as far as I could tell.
9/22/17 -Neat Pour breaks the story that Paul would be returning to the organization; Ann announced this to the Diversity Council in an email without consulting the Council.Diversity Council Co-chair Colin Asare-appiah publicly resigned his post immediately. Uproar, social medi and general media chime in and people were pissed off again.
Our friend Jackie Summers, USBGNY member and proprietor of Sorel Artisinal Liqueur sits on the Diversity Council and osted a very detailed note Late Friday/early Saturday AM (full post can be seen on our Tales summary page). It is clear that Paul’s reinstatement, just 7 months after the original incident was very disturbing to the Diversity Council as well as the community as a whole. Later in Jackie’s post he says “While I consider whether or not to continue my own future involvement, my concern is that this sequence of actions may prove more divisive than the incident itself.”
One day later, on Saturday evening 9/23/17 their official release announces "Co-Founders, Ann and Paul Tuennerman, will be transitioning away from their roles in producing the world’s renowned cocktail event, Tales of the Cocktail, effective immediately.
Melissa Young, who has served as Director of Operations for the past nine years will assume the reigns of the operating company behind the event, MOJO911, LLC, as President....." from Ann - We have devoted our professional careers to the hospitality industry even before the formation of Tales of the Cocktail and the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society). Our goal has always been to create something lasting that can benefit the industry and the people of New Orleans well beyond our years. This allows that to continue,".
There is another quote from Paul, but no mention of the controversy or the timing of this decision. “It has been an honor to spend the last fifteen years working within the industry to create something extraordinary. I am fortunate in that I have had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing bartenders, spirit producers, authors, and educators, from around the globe. While Ann and I have mixed emotions, we are excited about the next chapter in our lives, and look forward to watching the event continue to evolve and flourish,”
Best of luck to Melissa Young - it will be very interesting to see what the future brings for TOTC as the baton is passed to new leadership
For a summary of the entire Tales controversy, visit this page.
Toast of the Week:
May we get what we want,
May we get what we need,
But may we never get what we deserve.