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Tales of the Cocktail and LUPEC Announce Dame Hall of Fame Inductees

Five renowned cocktail women will be inducted into the Dame Hall of Fame® at a special luncheon during Tales of the Cocktail® 2015.

NEW ORLEANS – April 2, 2015—Tales of the Cocktail® and Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC) started The Dame Hall of Fame® to recognize exceptional women in the spirits industry whose hard work and dedication to the craft is changing the way we drink. For the fourth year, Tales and LUPEC will salute another deserving class of women from across the country for their contributions to the cocktail arts as the newest members of The Dame Hall of Fame®. These exceptional women will be honored at a special ceremony and luncheon on Friday July 17 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House as part of the 13th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®.

2015 Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees:

Melanie Asher - Pioneer Award Winner Distiller and Master Blender Macchu Pisco

Anu Apte Owner/Bartender Rob Roy, Seattle

Kate Gerwin World Champion/Global Brand Ambassador Lucas Bols

Claire Smith-Warner Head of Spirit Creation Belvedere Vodka

Pamela Wiznitzer Creative Director Seamstress, New York

“To witness and reward others for their deeds takes awareness, effort and kindness. Thank you for noticing the passion, excitement, vitality and courage that the spirit world has inspired us with,” said Melanie Asher, 2015 Dame Hall of Fame® inductee. “We share the goal of all the women in our industry, which is to pass the torch to the next generation.”

The Dame Hall of Fame® induction ceremony will be part of a special four-course, five-cocktail luncheon featuring the different expressions of Casa Noble Tequila. Tickets to this special event are limited and can be purchased for $65 and reservations should be made directly through Ruth’s Chris Steak House by calling (504) 587-7099.

The Dame Hall of Fame® luncheon is just one of more than 200 events scheduled for this summer’s 13th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®, being held July 15-19 in New Orleans. Visit for more information about the Dame Hall of Fame® luncheon or to get your tickets to other Tales of the Cocktail® events.

About Tales of the Cocktail®

The Spirits Are Calling. Will you answer? They’re calling you to New Orleans for five days of seminars, tastings, product launches, competitions, networking events and so much more at the world's premier professional cocktail event. By just being a part of this spirited gathering you’ll help your fellow cocktail professionals around the world. Funds from Tales of the Cocktail® are invested back into the industry through scholarships, tuition reimbursements, training programs and financial aid. So join us as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.

About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) is a non-profit organization committed to preserving the unique cocktail culture in New Orleans and around the world. Every year the NOCCPS produces a number of events including Tales of the Cocktail®, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, and Tales of the Toddy® with proceeds being invested back into the international spirits community through scholarships, training programs and financial aid.






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