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Saturday, July 23 • 10:00am - 11:30am
Bottom’s Up! The Birth of the Dry Shake, Last Word & Pin Up

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Explore the real life of Ted Saucier, bon vivant, PR agent for the Waldorf Astoria & unknown Canadian legend. First to publish the Dry Shake, Last Word, Vodkatini & Hotel Georgia (made famous again in the renovated Hotel Georgia in Vancouver) Cocktails. How his underrated book from 1951 has reappeared and shown people the way into the modern age of cocktail bartending. We will also have an interview with Murray Stenson, the man behind bringing back the Last Word from obscurity; rescuing it from the dusty pages of  Bottom’s Up to become a cult classic and mainstay in any cocktail bar worth its salt. Why is the dry shake common practice in the modern age? How did the Last Word exist during prohibition? And how did so many obscure Canadian establishments sneak their cocktails into Saucier’s book? Explore the life behind this great cocktail pioneer with unknown history of his family life including the daughter no one knew he had; how he made his way from the streets of Montreal to New York, his friendships with everyone from movie stars to the King of Norway. This multi published author who wrote about war, movie credits, cocktails, of all things sardines and the introduction of beautiful pin ups into the world of cocktail books that would influence Playboy & Esquire cocktail books for years to come. The stories you know about this man are only the beginning on unravelling the true story behind him, his life and the cocktails he pioneered in bringing to the light.

Moderators
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Solomon Siegel

General Manager, Pagliacci's
Solomon was born and raised in the Victoria, BC restaurant world. He started bar- tending before he should have at his family’s joint, Pagliacci’s; he has now been bartending for 17 years. Solomon operated his eponymous establishment for 18 months, where Victoria’s cocktail scene got its much needed start. Solomon has competed international as a bartender, including being a finalist in the 2011 G'Vine Connoisseur Program. He has spoken at... Read More →

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Greg Boehm

President, Cocktail Kingdom
Since founding Cocktail Kingdom, the standard-bearer of bar-industry equipment worldwide and one of the catalysts of the craft cocktail movement, Greg Boehm has guided the progression of modern mixology by attentively sourcing and manufacturing the highest-quality barware to better suit the needs of the ever-evolving profession. Cocktail Kingdom today has offices in New York, London, and Melbourne, and its tools are coveted by top bartenders... Read More →
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Robyn Gray

Head Bartender, Rosewood Hotel Georgia
As a Native Canadian beginning his career as a barman in Glasgow, Scotland in 1998, he was immediately enamoured by the hospitality industry. Working in nightclubs, restaurants, cocktail lounges, and hotel bars along the way his passion for bartending and hospitality only continues to grow. Residing now at the illustrious Forbes 5 Star Rosewood Hotel Georgia he's very excited to talk all things Canadian Bartending, Ted Saucier, and how the... Read More →
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Shawn Soole

Principal/Owner, S2 Hospitality Concepts
Victorian Bon Vivant at large, Shawn has been behind two of Canada's most nominated and awarded restaurant & bars. Multiple Tales of the Cocktail nominated Clive's Classic Lounge, as founder of Little Jumbo & Author of Cocktail Culture. Shawn's goals are to help continuing to put Victoria and Canada on the international cocktail map while educating, building and working towards bettering himself every day.

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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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