Every year I look forward to New Orleans’ most spirited event – Tales of the Cocktail. It’s an annual event held each July and is a festival of cocktails, cuisine, and culture in New Orleans. This is THE place to meet mixologists, authors, bartenders, chefs, and designers from all over the world. What I enjoy most about TOTC is the chance to attend tasting rooms, the dinners, the competitions, and the seminars. It is produced by the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society.
One aspect of Tales that I love is where it’s held – The Hotel Monteleone, a AAA Four Diamond award winning hotel (and the largest hotel in the French Quarter). This iconic hotel has had such fabulous lodgers as Truman Capote, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and many modern day celebrities. My favorite way to start a day at Tales of the Cocktail is with a mimosa at the famous Carousel Bar.
I’ll be staying at the Hotel Monteleone this week and one of the fun events being held during Tales of the Cocktail is the Hotel Monteleone TOTC 2010 Twitter contest. I’ve seen hotels do lots of Twitter contests in the past, but what’s innovative about this one is that the Hotel Monteleone is targeting tweeters who will already be at the property, allowing them a chance to win a credit towards their current booking during Tales or coupons for drinks at the Carousel Bar. Don’t worry if you aren’t staying there, the hotel still wants you to play along and is offering the prize for a future stay if you aren’t already booked for this event.
Be sure to check out all the details for participating in this fun way to learn the history of the Hotel Monteleone and share this scavenger hunt adventure via tweets. Contest ends at 12pm CST on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the commencement of this year’s Tales of the Cocktail.
Tales of the Cocktail is not only fun, but educational. After attending last year I took an interest in mixology and have even started making my own limoncello at home. Mixology is art and science rolled into one that can make any gathering THAT much more exciting. Do you have cocktail recipes on your site? Have you attended Tales of the Cocktail?
Get the spirited scoop through the Tales Blog.
Disclaimer: I attend Tales of the Cocktail each year to provide editorial content and to entice readers to make plans for future attendance. My pass is provided through comped media access. I actively participate in various tastings and presentations which possibly lead to a happy disposition while attending.