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Nominations Open for the 2017 Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees

For the past 5 years Tales of the Cocktail has honored women in our business who have made an impact on the people and communities they live in.
Dame Hall of Fame

Ever since there were cocktails there have been dames. Strong, confident women that were happy to serve you a drink or kick you out if you’ve had too many. Today there are dames around the world that are shaking up the industry. At the Dame Hall of Fame event, a new class of extraordinary and spirited cocktail women will receive the recognition they deserve. Join us at Ruth’s Chris, a restaurant built by one of the New Orleans’ most legendary dames, Ruth Fertel, as we salute all the dames that are redefining bartending with every shake.

April 1st - May 9th 2017

Written by Jennifer English

A Dame is a woman we are proud to know. She need not be rich, or famous. She must have that magic mixture of Humor & Heart. All else flows from those two things. The same way that a little girl is made of "sugar and spice and everything nice." A Dame is made of "Humor and Heart". A Dame wears her Humor and her Heart with a certain nobility, grace and ease. No Dame wears Dame-hood like a burden.

And it is with her Humor and Heart that the Dame gets her confidence. To own the very ground she stands on. It is with Heart & Humor that the Dame does her life's work, making the world a better place than before her.

For the past 4 years Tales of the Cocktail has honored women in our business who have made an impact on the people and communities they live in. This is your chance to nominate a women for the 2016 Dame Hall of Fame Event.

Deadline for nominations: May 9th, 2017

2017 Dame Hall of Fame Luncheon
Friday, July 21, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ruth's Chris Steak House
More details to come!

2016 Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees

Audrey Saunders, Proprietor & Beverage Director of Pegu Club, New York
Laura Cullen, VP Sales Manager of Pacific Wine & Spirits, San Francisco
Cris Dehlavi, Head Bartender at M Restaurant and Bar and Cocktail Apprentice Manager, Columbus, Ohio
Lauren Mote, Co-Owner and Operator at Bittered Sling, Vancouver
Angie Salame, CEO of Drink Company, Washington DC

2015 Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees

Melanie Asher, Ruth Fertel 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 Wizntzer, Creative Director Seamstress, New York

2014 Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees

Lisa Laird Dunn - Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner, Vice President and World Ambassador Laird & Company
Elayne Duff, Head Mixologist Diageo Wine & Spirits
Francine Cohen, Founder and Editor-in-Chief Inside F&B
Ivy Mix, Co-Owner of Leyenda, NYC Co-Founder of Speedrack
Hollis Bulleit, Global Ambassador for Bulleit Bourbon The First Lady of Bourbon

2013 Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees

Julie Reiner - Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner
Bridget Albert, USBG National Charity Foundation President and SWS Regional Director of Mixology IL,KY,MN
Gina Chersevani, Mixtress and Partner, Hanks Oyster Bar and the Eddy on Capital Hill and at Buffalo and Bergen Soda Bar
Meaghan Dorman, Head Bartender The Raines Law Room
Eryn Reece, Bartender Mayahuel and Death & Company

2012 Dame Hall of Fame® Inductees

Charlotte Voisey - Ruth Fertel Pioneer Award Winner, Portfolio Ambassador William Grant & Sons
Lynn House, National Brand Educator Heaven Hill Brands
Alba Huerta, Owner Julep, Houston
Misty Kalkofen, East Coast Juez Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal
Lynnette Marrero, Zacapa Brand Ambassador and Co-Founder SpeedRack

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