First off, in the run up to next weekends Great American Distillers Festival, I'm happy to announce that next Thursday, Ben from Old New Orleans Rum will be joining us at 50 Plates to talk about his fine products. I'm designing a custom cocktail menu for that evening showcasing Old New Orleans versatility and quality. I can't tell you how excited I am to be working with Old New Orleans, and having a chance to create some fun drinks with their product is going to be a blast. Plus, if you stop by and ask nicely, you might be able to taste our entrant in the GADF cocktail competition. I don't know if JP will be willing to share his drink, but I'm guessing if you ask nicely he'd make one up for you. Even better, JP and 50 Plates are actually paired up with Old New Orleans in the competition, so not only do we get to do a really fun and cool event with them beforehand, but we get to use their product during the competition. This is going to be a lot of fun.
Also, the cocktail competition is next weekend. I think there may be a slot or two left open still, first prize is $1000 and its going to be a great time. Plus, all entrants get invites to the afterparties which are limited to OBG members, judges, contestants and select media. Both afterparties are looking to be a blast , and its a great chance to mix and mingle with some of the top names in the industry during the event. I don't want to say too much about the afterparties, but I might mention that one of them might be at 50. Just so everyone knows.