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Wednesday, July 20 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Bartender Spy: Frank Meier

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Covert World War II missions for the French resistance, forged passports, delicious cocktails: Welcome to the amazing world of legendary Hotel Ritz Paris bartender and spy Frank Meier. While his Art Deco 1936 book, The Artistry of Mixing Drinks, is praised by cocktail lovers and his signature concoction, the Bees’ Knees, is still on menus, much of his heroic wartime activities have just come to light. This panel will seek to fill in the gaps in Meier’s life (including his time training at New York’s famed Hoffman House) and help to explain why he mysteriously disappeared and what happened to him after the war.

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Noah Rothbaum

Chief Cocktail Correspondent, The Daily Beast
Noah Rothbaum is The Daily Beast's Chief Cocktail Correspondent. He is also the author of the book The Art of American Whiskey: A Visual History of the Nation’s Most Storied Spirit, through 100 Iconic Labels (Ten Speed Press), which was published in the spring of 2015, and the associate editor of the forthcoming The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails (Oxford University Press), which will be published in the fall of 2017... Read More →

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Fernando Castellon

Fernando Castellon is a French bar expert, internationally renowned for his work in fields such as bar history (finding many first prints of classic books and cocktails), author (Larousse of Cocktails), editor (Ginger Magazine), and innovations about cocktail techniques. |   | He started as a bartender in 1996 at Quo Vadis in London, and then worked in Belgium and France, before joining the LVMH group as global brand ambassador. After... Read More →
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David Wondrich

Senior Resident Fellow, North Gowanus Institute for Cranial Distempers
David Wondrich is widely hailed as the world’s foremost authority on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft cocktail movement. The longtime Drinks Correspondent for Esquire magazine, Dr. Wondrich (he has a PhD in Comparative Literature) is a five-time Tales of the Cocktail® Spirit Award winner. He is the author of countless newspaper and magazine articles and five books, including the hugely... Read More →

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Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from a small gathering of cocktail lovers into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking events and much more. With 200+ annual events developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail® is the... Read More →

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