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Congrats to NOCCPS's 2017 Bar Scholarship Recipients!

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The 2017 BAR® Scholarship recipients: Jenee Craver, Trey Hughes, Bob Louison, Jack Schramm, Scott Tipton, Donnie Wheeler, Bazil Zerinsky and Stella Snyder.

Each year, the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS) provides our Cocktail Apprentices the opportunity to apply for an exclusive scholarship to attend the BAR® 5-Day Spirits & Mixology Certification Program. We are proud to announce and congratulate the recipients of the 2017 BAR® Scholarship. Jenee Craver, Trey Hughes, Bob Louison, Jack Schramm, Scott Tipton, Donnie Wheeler, and Bazil Zerinsky all received a scholarship valued at $4,500 for tuition and travel expenses to attend the 14th BAR® 5-Day Spirits & Mixology Certification Program in New York City in 2018. Stella Snyder was also one of this year’s recipients; unfortunately she was unable to attend this round, but will be taking part in next year’s BAR Program.

Founded by six of the biggest names in the bartending industry (Dale DeGroff, Doug Frost, Steve Olson, F. Paul Pacult, Andy Seymour, and David Wondrich), the BAR® Program has gained recognition as one of the top bartender training programs in the country.

Founded in 2008, the Tales of the Cocktail Apprentice Program (CAP) aims to give talented bartenders the opportunity to hone their craft alongside industry veterans. Working directly with presenters for the Tales of the Cocktail seminars, the apprentices gain experience working high-volume, large-scale events, while simultaneously learning about the history and techniques of their craft. After their participation in the program, former members seeking higher education opportunities are eligible to apply for the Cocktail Apprentice BAR® Scholarship. In the years since starting the scholarship program, Tales has been able to send 34 former Cocktail Apprentices to take part in BAR® 5-Day


Jenee Craver

The Valley - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"The honor, excitement and fear I felt going into Bar 5-day was exhilarating. I hope they were ready for me!"


Trey Hughes

The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club - Portland, Maine
“For years I have considered BAR 5 Day to be one of the most significant and challenging educational opportunities available to bartenders and I am thrilled I was able to attend the 2018 session.”

Bob Louison

Pussyfoot Saloon - Seoul, South Korea
“I'm thrilled to learn and work side by side with the awesome team members of BAR 5-Day and all the bartenders that come from all around the world to learn together as one big family!!!! We are bartenders!”

Jack Schramm

Pernod Ricard - Brooklyn, New York
“I am thrilled for this opportunity to expand my spirits education alongside true titans of the cocktail industry. Bar 5-Day is such a rare treat- mentorship from the highest authorities in spirits with classmates that represent the future of the bar world.”

Scott Tipton

Paris of the Plains Cocktail Festival - Kansas City, Missouri
“To be granted the opportunity to attend BAR 5 Day as a scholarship recipient is something I've consciously been working towards for the last five years of my professional life. I was beyond excited to fully immerse myself in the program, give it everything I have, and absorb everything that came with it.”

Donnie Wheeler

Havana Club Brand Ambassador - Toronto, Canada
“If we fail to learn from life, we fail to live that life.”

Bazil Zerinsky

Freelance Consultant - Gerakas, Greece
“BAR 5 day is truly the top tier of education in the spirits world. It was such a dream to be given the opportunity through this scholarship to learn from some of the brightest minds in our community! I look forward to bringing all that knowledge with me as I build and expand my career in Athens. Thanks Tales of the Cocktail for believing in me and giving me this chance!”

Click here to learn more about the Cocktail Apprentice Program. If you’d like to view our past BAR Scholarship recipients, please click here.


About the New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society

Tales of the Cocktail® and its associated events are produced by the New Orleans Culinary & Cultural Preservation Society (NOCCPS), a non-profit organization committed the advancement of the craft of the cocktail through education, networking and promotion.


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