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2018 Preferred Vendors

***Please note, all tasting room activations at the Hotel Monteleone, must use the Hotel Monteleone in-house catering.***

Search through the following categories:

Audio Visual | Beauty Services | Catering | Event Production | Ice |
Permitting | Photography and Video | Rentals | Signage and Printing | Transportation

Audio Visual


We recommend Royal Productions for all of your Audio Visual needs. They are very familiar with every space we are working in during Tales of the Cocktail—Hotel Monteleone and off-site.

Hotel Monteleone Royal Productions Contact:
Tramon Gaddison | | (504) 236-6403

Beauty Services

Located in the historic Hotel Monteleone, Spa Aria is a cozy retreat tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the lively French Quarter. It's the perfect place to come in, relax and unwind. From the soft glow of candles to the infusion of fragrance, Aria transcends you to a place of repose.
Whether it's a massage with soothing aromatherapy, a Destress facial, or a perfectly polished Manicure, our services are tailor-made with you in mind. We are New Orleans' best kept spa secret and will be your breath of fresh air during your Tales of the Cocktail festivities.
*Appointment confirmation policy: All appointments must be secured with a credit card within 24hr of request, which may be done by email or phone.
- Spa Aria Pricing and Packages
- Sandy Blum | | (504) 296-4999
- Cindy Cocke |


Ciao Bella Vita Catering -

Ciao Bella Vita Catering specializes in innovative custom events that are tailored to each client. We focus on attention to detail to provide a quality, high-end catered experience. Through our expertise and experience each client receives personal and professional attention.We pride ourselves with providing menu items using high quality organic, local, fair trade, and humane ingredients. All of our menu items are hand made in house with careful concern for the environment around us.

Contact: Chef Lacee Arbo | | (504) 289-9291

Pigéon Catering and Events-

Pigéon Catering is one of the premiere off-premise catering companies in NOLA. We also operate within several venues such as: The New Orleans Board of Trade, The Monastery and Petite Bourbon. We also have partnerships with Republic and the Civic. Pigéon does have a liquor license and we will be happy to work with sponsors and distributors.

Contact: Lea Freeman | | M: (504) 220-2611 | W: (504) 262-0412

Ralph Brennan Catering &
In New Orleans, the best catering professionals are the

ones whose restaurants you already know and love: for the past 30 years, the

Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group has defined New Orleans cuisine and seamless

service. Ralph Brennan Catering &

Events brings that same flavor, flair, and expertise to your Tales of the Cocktail event, taking all

the stress out of planning, preparation, execution, and clean-up. With menus

that emphasize local, sustainable, and seasonal ingredients in dishes ranging

from classic creole to cutting-edge contemporary, Executive Chef Christopher

Vazquez and his team serve up a memorable occasion every time.

Contact: Gail Varuso, Director of Sales | | (504) 539-5515

My House

My House Social, are culinary curators based in New Orleans but working nationally. Working with brands such as the NBA and Kellogg's. We provide full service, high touch culinary curation. Specifically, providing menu curation, catering services, event + logistics, and more all customized for you..

My House Social Info Deck

Contact: Barrie Schwartz | | (504) 266-0379

Two Girls One Shuck -

Two Girls One Shuck is a full amenities traveling oyster bar. We bring raw and chargrilled oysters to the location of your choice. Our Lovely Lady Shuckers will bring absolutely everything to make your oyster dreams come true! We source Fresh Gulf Oysters and recycle all our shells with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to keep our oyster beds and gulf coast thriving!

We offer both raw and chargrilled oysters. We will bring absolutely everything needed to make your oyster dreams come true : Fresh Louisiana Gulf Oysters, Lovely Lady Shuckers, full table set up with condiments and accoutrement. We recycle all our shells for coastal restoration.

Contact: Becky Wasden | (504) 338-5239

Event Production

ICEBOX is a comprehensive beverage production company servicing brands, agencies, and event producers with all aspects of their beverage needs. Our expertise includes:

Kold Draft ice, crushed ice, whiskey cubes, spheres, punch blocks, and slabs
Fresh juices, syrups, and service ready garnishes
Comprehensive inventory of standard and specialty glassware rentals
Batching, barware and craft on draft equipment rentals

Contact: Christopher Laine | | (516) 551-8718

Hosts Global Alliance New Orleans—
At Hosts, our top priority is providing exceptional experiences for our clients. Like you, we operate with a “make it right” and “flawless” mentality that delivers consistent success. By strategically aligning our core values in business and culture, we ensure our ability to deliver high quality service to our clients reliably, creatively, and memorably. Host Global Alliance Members are dedicated, client-focused experts in their destinations, offering the meeting planner a wide range of services for all program needs. Whether producing inspiring tour programs and activities, imaginative special events, orchestrating transportation logistics, creating themes and concepts, décor, creating teambuilding ideas, entertainment, CSR programs, venue selection, or hotel selection Hosts will deliver unparalleled service.

Contact: Tony Leggio | | (504)-524-1227 -direct

Welcome to ACCENT-DMC. For over 25 years, we have thrived to make the impossible possible. We are an award-winning, full service event planning and destination management company. We provide total event production and meeting planning including: transportation to themes, catering and entertainment. At ACCENT-DMC, we customize unique and unforgettable special events, so you and your guests can enjoy the best New Orleans has to offer. Allow ACCENT-DMC to plan your next event, where creating memorable meetings is our job, but exceeding our clients’ expectations is our passion!

Contact: Andy Lebouef | | (504) 524-1227 -office
Click HERE to view flyer with event samples.

Carl Mack Presents—
Carl Mack Presents provided entertainment and decor for some of the most legendary “Tales of the Cocktail” events, including: Tales 10th Anniversary party at NOMA with our “World’s Tallest Bar” (William Grant & Sons); midnight petanque game on Royal Street with a real sand court (Pernod Richard); opening reception circus entertainment at Mardi Gras World (Legacy Marketing) and literally hundreds of events big and small for all aspects of Tales of the Cocktail. We are proud to be the preferred vendor for some of the largest clients of Tales of the Cocktail for over ten years. Our talented and detail oriented staff is experienced with all aspects of entertainment, and also special event permitting, tents, staffing, decor, Models, and so much more. Unique and creative is our niche.
Carl Mack | | (504) 949-4009 -office

Event Producers—
Event Producers is more than just a production company – we’re your partner in the successful show process. We are here with you to develop concepts, provide site plans, renderings, coordinate with the venue, create custom scenery, or even customize our stock sets. We are a full service event production and design firm. We have a large inventory of sound, lighting, LED, and video equipment, a scenic warehouse and fabrication shop, all driven by a talented staff that creates solutions and possibilities to excite our diverse clientele and surpass expectations. By exceeding expectations we bring better value to you and your attendees. As partners we listen to your needs, design an atmosphere and technology to fulfill these requirements, build upon your message, and deliver your vision

Event Producers can assist with: AV Equipment, Lighting, Sound, LED, Live Event Production, Custom Scenic Fabrication, Commercial Printing, Branding, Projection, Staging, Project Management, Event Management
Contact: Cammy Livingston | | (504) 218-4564 -direct | (504) 296-3351 -cell

HTNO Event Design -

HTNO is a creative event design company, specializing in logistical planning, production and design for creative projects and events. We are designers, stylists, florists, planners and project managers and we love what we do! Our job is handling the logistics and working closely with our clients to create fresh and unique celebrations.

As designers, we establish a strong and cohesive event design to stand out in the marketplace and engage your target audience. As planners, we work to alleviate any stress or frustration associated with the planning process and allow our clients the freedom to enjoy their event. Our goal is to create thoughtful experiences your guests that is representative of your brand.

HTNO can assist with: Event Design, Event Planning, Event Coordination, Creative Branding, Bespoke Signage, Floral Design, Custom Design Installations, Backdrops, Statement Decor and Custom Step-and-Repeats

Contact: Hily Trowbridge | | (504) 373-4856

Mardi Gras Productions - New website coming soon!

We are a full service themed Event Production Company with in-house Sales and Art Department, Design staff, Set/Carpenter Shop, Lighting/Special Effects, a Sculpture Department, Sign Shop, Custom Linen and Floral Department. Currently our inventory boasts of over 10,000 props.

Contact: Blaine Kern Jr and Steve Knecht | | (504) 415-6882 / (504) 405-0655

Paper Doll Promotions -

We are the New Orleans premier provider for elaborately themed and costumed entertainment since 1985. We offer themed talent and costumes as well as many other forms of variety talent and entertainment.

Contact: Tammy Carnaggio Kern | | (504) 581-4444

Pink Sparrow -

Pink Sparrow is a creative design and fabrication shop specializing in experiential environments. As experience architects, we engineer designs to maximize client investments. Combining a strategic build approach with industry expertise, we thrive on innovation and collaboration to produce high-quality, impactful environments that people connect with. These experiences directly impact brand’s marketing KPIs, yielding results that engage leads, increase brand value, and drive bottom-line ROI. We offer full-service creative design, fabrication, and logistics capabilities, please reference the list below for details:

Design: Creative Development // Art Direction // 3D Modeling // Concept Rendering // Materials Consulting // Technical Drawings
Fabrication: Carpentry and Welding // Painting and Finishing // CNC Routing // AV Integration // Automation // Sculpting
Logistics: Fleet of Trucks // Pre-Event Receiving // Touring Logistics // Event Shipping // Pickup // Storage

Contact: Matthew Shankman | | (816) 898-1436

Smart Source -

If you dream it, we can create it. If you are fresh out of dreams, we can inspire you. Smart Source is the go-to resource for printed materials, promotional products and custom branded apparel. We deliver the highest quality product, at the best price, while guaranteeing brand control. We are experts - giving you the most creative, innovative, on-brand and environmentally friendly options in print, promotional products and apparel. We work daily with leaders in spirits, F&B and hospitality. Find out more about our solutions: Ann Jonas,, 917.420.0390


TANTRUM is an experiential marketing agency, we activate for brands looking to connect with consumers. We help brands and agencies with on the ground support, pre event planning and "getting it done!"

TANTRUM can assist with: Event Planning, Print Production, Staffing, Design, Registration websites, Graphic design, Logistics planning, Delivery, storage and installation of event and display items and Catering management

Contact: Elliot Green | | (718) 964-7465 | alternative contact:

The Sweat Social-
The Sweat Social provides curated health and wellness programs at meetings and events. Working with you, we determine that best possible wellness activities for your program participants. From morning fitness classes to mindfulness sessions and stretch breaks, we want your attendees to feel great, to stay engaged, and to go home with rave reviews of your event!

We can work with you to create wellness programs custom built for the needs of your attendees.

Contact: Rupa Mohan | | 504-510-1973


Melt New Orleans -

Melt New Orleans offers 5X filtered reverse osmosis Clinebell ice cubes, spears, balls, crushed ice, blocks and punch bowls, as well as Kold Draft cubes.

We also offer, through partnerships with locally based ice dragon ice sculptures and regional specialty ice powerhouse Ice Pro, LLC, virtually any other sort of specialty ice product that you could need. This includes ice bars, ice luges, ice sculptures (including CNC machined, full color ice logos), ice glassware, ice centerpieces, draft walls, oversized clear ice blocks, and even special shape cocktail ice. Live ice sculpting performances and demonstrations are also available on a limited basis.

Contact: Chuck Avery | | (504) 208-0913 or | (504) 782-0977

Artisan Ice Sculptures-
Though locally owned in Charlotte, the company serves the Southeast with events all over the region and is able to take on a variety of clients and provide services including ice sculptures, bars, luges, food displays and cocktail ice.

The company has served Charlotte with ice products for years and a recent focus on the cocktail ice program has brought about a room renovation and water treatment upgrade to the facility which will allow high volume production. We promise our clients that they are not only receiving the most aesthetically pleasing ice products the area has to offer, but also the highest quality.

We are able to provide: Ice Sculptures, Ice Luges, Ice Bars, Ice Centerpieces, Large Format Cocktail Ice in the shape of cubes, spheres, and spears, Ice Food Displays and Ice Walls for Draft Beer to pour from

Contact: Carolina | | 704-569-9392

ICEBOX is a comprehensive beverage production company servicing brands, agencies, and event producers with all aspects of their beverage needs. Our expertise includes:

Kold Draft ice, crushed ice, whiskey cubes, spheres, punch blocks, and slabs
Fresh juices, syrups, and service ready garnishes
Comprehensive inventory of standard and specialty glassware rentals
Batching, barware and craft on draft equipment rentals

Contact: Christopher Laine | | (516) 551-8718

Mixology Ice -

Mixology Ice manufacture all sorts of angular cuts from the classic 2x2” to any tailor piece based on client’s glassware. We have proudly invest in machinery design and development to be able to come up spheres of 2.5” diameter, 2” and 1.5” (called champagne pearls). 2x2”s square cube known as “King Cube” is widely used by top bars and mixology programs worldwide. On a monthly basis we currently deliver an average of 50 000 pieces to top names in hospitality and F&B beverage industry spots. Our ice properties comes from an “Artisanal” process: each cube or ice piece is hand cut from a bigger 300 pound crystal clear block of ice. These blocks are harvested after 5 days of slow directional freezing where 4 steps filtered water is continuously moved with pumps. The resulting blocks and consequently the cubes that result from it, are 100% water mass pieces with no bubbles, no sediments, and no flavor.

Contact: Carlos Leal | | 786-451-8420 | Fabian Alvarez | |786-838-139


Nola Event
NOLA Event Permits, LLC is a one stop solution for the logistical planning and permitting of any and all special events in and around the greater New Orleans, LA area. This includes but is not limited to, concerts, festivals, TV and/or movie productions, and commercial or private events. After an initial consultation, a NOLA Event Permits specialist will use the requirements of your project to aid in venue identification and acquisition and coordinating with any and all city permitting and planning officials, residential or commercial entities to obtain all necessary permits and permissions. Finally we help in identifying, sourcing, and coordinating support services necessary for the event tailored to the individual needs of the client and project.

Contact: Jason Waggenspack | | (504)-233-9269

Photography and Video

Kent Miller Studios- |

Working with clients worldwide to produce high-impact still and video content for your social, editorial and advertising needs on budget is in my DNA. Kent Miller is an event, studio and portrait photographer based in New York City. His team has worked with large and small scale events for over 25 years, as well as created content for many Tales of The Cocktail sponsors. I look forward to your next project or party!

Kent Miller can offer: Event Photography. Editorial cocktail and spirit shoots on location or in studio. Portrait photography with digital capture or using film for a unique look with a historical profile. Editorial video capture and editing.
Contact: Kent Miller | | (917)796-9177

Le JIT Productions—
Le JIT Productions is our official promotional, Video Vendor for Tales 2016. Le JIT has worked extensively in the hospitality and liquor industry promoting brands through promotional, event and commercial videos. Le JIT brings high quality, professional and informed media services to the liquor industry and beyond.
Contact: Julia Purcell | | (802)-272-5821

RS Media LLC-

Local Food and Portrait Photographer with 5 years of experience shooting New Orleans events. Specialize in food, portrait, event, and product photography.
Contact: Randall Schmidt Jr. | | (504) 421-0814

Rush Jagoe -
I am a food, beverage and lifestyle photographer based in New Orleans with representation in New York. My clients like to hire me for my ability to create narrative, natural photographs that elevate situations and products that may come across as mundane in most photographs. A few of my clients include Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, Garden & Gun, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, GQ, Samsung, Google and Apple.

Contact: Rush Jagoe | | 270-993-9058

4th Row Films—
4th Row Films is a New York based production company specializing in feature documentaries, non-scripted television and branded entertainment. We combine traditional studio story development with aggressive and cost effective Independent production. We work with film-makers, agencies and brands at any or all stages of their project, from development thru distribution.
Contact: Danielle Rosen - - (203)-246-0422


Balance Massage-

If you need great chair massage therapists at your event, look no further than Balance Massage. We have had permanent spots inside all local Whole Foods Markets since 2002, and are a Preferred Vendor for the New Orleans Convention Center, as well as Tulane University, the list goes on.

Contact: Joe Zavahi | | (504) 512-1937

Boogie Booth-

Boogie Booth Photo Booth Company specializes in creating unique and custom-branded photo experiences, and has several years experience working with Tales of the Cocktail sponsors creating fun ways to capture the memories made during all different types of TOTC events. Whether you're trying to increase brand exposure on social media, create a unique New Orleans experience, obtain lead generation, or are just looking to give your guests a fun souvenir photo, give us a call to find out how Boogie Booth can take your event to the next level of fun while here in New Orleans!

Photo Booths - GIFs, GreenScreen, and more!
Creative Event Photography
Roaming Photography
Step & Repeat Photo Experiences

Contact: Heather Dyer | | (504) 457-8033

B&B Event Rentals—
B&B Event Rentals is the premier Event Rentals company in the greater New Orleans area. We also provide items for events in Baton Rouge, North shore, Lafayette and other surrounding areas.
We specialize in tables, linens, cutlery, flatware, chairs, chaffing dishes and other popular rental equipment. We also focus on and have a large variety of glassware.

Contact: Billy Berger | | 225-293-3765 -office

Cocktail Kingdom -
Cocktail Kingdom® is the world’s premier manufacturer and distributor of professional barware, offering a wide spectrum of barware created to meet the exacting standards of professional bartenders. Products are designed to incorporate historical cues and contemporary knowledge to be practical and elegant, yet durable enough for daily use.

Cocktail Kingdom® is dedicated to design and functionality, with the understanding that utility and practicality are the prime factors in professional barware. For our full selection and barware collections, visit our website at

Be sure to check out our line of acrylic drinkware; perfect for your pool activation or outdoor event at Tales of the Cocktail 2018!

Contact: Shawn Kelley | | 718-208-9120

CORT Event Furnishings -

CORT Event Furnishings is the leading provider of furniture rentals in the continental United States. Trust us to provide value and deliver style and service 24/7/365. We have the skills and the knowledge to understand your vision and help you transform any event into an engaging experience that your guests will remember. It's why so many meeting and event planners trust CORT for their rental needs.

CORT can provide everything from furniture rental, bar rental and branded furniture to scenic walls, decor rental, design services and more!
Contact: Amanda Milano Jewell | | (504) 657-0602

Event Rental New Orleans—
For events of any size, Event Rental can provide everything, including delivery and setup! Browse our full selection of tents, lighting, linens, sound, decor, and just about anything else you can imagine. Build a wishlist of items for your dream day and submit it to check availability.

Contact: Andre Armstead, Jr. | | (504) 433-2624 ext. 214

Gulf Coast Tent Rentals-

Gulf Coast Tent & Event Rentals has been serving the New Orleans and surrounding Gulf Coast area since 1986 as the premier rental provider. Our inventory has a wide array of options beyond our beautiful structures! We are committed to providing the highest level of customer service and high-quality, innovative products for a one of a kind event experience. It is our mission to not only meet your expectations but far exceed them with a dedicated team of event specialists whose passion is you.

Gulf Coast can assist with Event Tents, Tables, Chairs, Linens, Lighting, Flooring, HVAC-Power, Makeup Mirrors, Rope & Stanchion, Bars, Dance Floors, and so much more!

Contact: Angela Watson | | (504) 468-8368

Gulf Coast Tent Rentals include...
TentsTablesChairsLinensDance FloorsFlooringLightingCeiling LinersAC / HeatingDoorsStages
ICEBOX is a fully-insured Professional Beverages Logistics Company. Our team is able to meet all of your event beverage and logistics needs: from bar tools and equipment, specialty glassware and custom bars, to fresh juice and specialty ice. With years of experience, ICEBOX is committed to the success of your event.
Contact: Christopher Laine | | (516) 551-8718

Maverick VR-

Maverick VR is a Virtual Reality (VR) event services provider that specializes in delivering amazing VR experiences for parties and events! Maverick VR customizes the VR experiences to mesh with and enhance the theme of any event, and can also incorporate brands and logos into the VR set up.

Maverick VR provides all equipment, set up, and break down, as well as friendly on-site personnel to fit any sized-crowd. Additionally, Maverick VR provides large TVs at each of their VR stations which displays what the VR user is seeing, to engage and enthrall the crowd of onlookers. VR is the technology of the future, and Maverick VR helps events leverage that technology for customized audience engagement and unforgettable user experiences.

Contact: Devin Regan | | 504-249-8922

Prete a Fete -

Our event rental inventory has been carefully curated to serve the needs of our New Orleans area clientele.

Distinctive and chic, our pieces are different from your run-of-the-mill event rentals.
Just adding a few items from our collection will completely transform your event. Our inventory includes vintage inspired lounges, bars, and other decor.

Contact: Emily Shaya | | (504) 261-6892

Signage and Printing

Vivid Ink—
Our official signage company for 2018. Specializing in Event Signage, Displays, and Printing..
Contact: Greg Boyd | | (225) 939-4734


Limousine Livery
Limousine Livery is redefining transportation in New Orleans. What was once an all-night waiting game filled with uncertain pickup times and unreliable customer service has evolved into a personalized connection to your driver. Quick, on-demand transportation has been upgraded.
Your smartphone can now reserve a personal chauffeur to take you anywhere in the greater New Orleans area.
Contact: Blake Duke | | (504) 561-8777