Preferred Vendors

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At Tales of the Cocktail®, we love our hometown of New Orleans and we pride ourselves on the positive impact this festival has on our city. Part of this is supporting local businesses. We strongly encourage you to keep it local by using the preferred vendors listed below. Not only are you supporting the New Orleans economy, but these partners are very familiar with the city and Tales of the Cocktail, so they’re best equipped to keep things running smoothly, saving you time and money.

Search through the following categories:

Audio Visual | Beauty Services | Catering | Childcare | Cocktail Ingredients | Entertainment | Event Production | Ice | Lodging |
Permitting | Photography and Video | Rentals | Signage and Printing | Tattoos | Transportation |

Audio Visual

Royal Productions—
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, Royal Sonesta and off-site.

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

Royal Sonesta Royal Productions Contact:
Chad Korach | | (504) 460-2671

Beauty Services

International make-up artist Nicole Wittman will be in New Orleans doing make-up for Tales of the Cocktail 2016. Nicole specializes in photo-shoot, evening, red carpet, event, and creative make-up. She is a make-up artist for celebrities, magazines and fashion weeks in London, Milan, and Paris.
Book an appointment for her to come to your hotel room and get you ready for any event this TOTC. Whether it's evening make-up for the Spirited Awards or a Spirited Dinner, themed make-up for your tasting room or seminar, or a creative mask for attending a brand party, Nicole is the ideal make-up artist.
Contact: Nicole Wittman | | (702) 610-8050

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 |


Marie's Fleur de Lis
Marie's Fleur de Lis Catering has extensive resources and experience that puts them among the most qualified caterers for any corporate function.
Contact: Marie Hasney | | (504) 833-0871
Nolavore is a New Orleans-based full service catering company specializing in high quality cuisine utilizing local and seasonal ingredients. Our classically trained chefs oversee the preparation of a variety of fresh, healthful menus: prepared meals, catered dinners and cocktail parties, corporate lunches, pastries, preserves, and baked goods. We proudly support and promote local and sustainable agriculture, fishing operations, farmer's markets, and regional food producers whenever possible, not only for the health and vitality of our clients, but for that of our own food economy as well. In addition to catering, we do lease out the kitchen to other caterers/food producers. The drop-in rate is $30 per hour, with a deposit based upon how many hours/days they would need the kitchen.
Contact: Anne Lloyd | | (504) 914-3161

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


In efforts to maximize your Tales of the Cocktail experience, we recommend an array of childcare services for the little ones that are catered towards your individual needs.

Dependable Kid Care— | (504) 486-5044

Gifted Nurses | (504) 831-2123

Ms. White(504) 566-0759 | Ms. White has provided individual services for many years at the Hotel Monteleone.

Cocktail Ingredients

Rouses Supermarkets—
Rouses is the official grocer of Tales of the Cocktail. Tales of the Cocktail highly recommends that you work with Rouses for any of your non-spirits Tasting Room needs.

The closest location is:
Rouses Market #46 701
Baronne Street, NOLA 70130

To place an order with Rouses, please send an email to the following individuals. Place any orders on or before June 29, 2016.
- Amanda Kennedy |
- Jeremy Simmons | | (504) 227-3838
- Patrick Morris |

Beaucoup Juice
They have a wide variety of juice selections. Everything is made to order, and they can accommodate any request.
Contact: Dylan Williams | | (504) 430-5508

Fever Tree—
Fever Tree is always the source of highest quality ingredients for our range of premium natural mixers. Available flavors are Club Soda, Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer, Elderflower Tonic, Mediterranean Tonic, Naturally Light Ginger Beer, Naturally Light Tonic Water, Sparkling Lemon, and Tonic Water.
Contact: Trevor Higbee |

Hella Co. Premium Cocktail Bitters and Syrups -
Hella Co. is pleased to offer official partners of Tales of the Cocktail a complimentary variety of handcrafted goods that raise the bar on the imbibing and culinary experience. We currently produce and distribute a line of cocktail bitters and syrups. Our products are crafted in small batches with the finest ingredients available, the resulting quality is no coincidence. The bitters flavors are Aromatic, Orange, Citrus, Ginger, and Smoked Chili. The syrup flavors are Tonic, Hibiscus, and Cola.
Hella Co. Product Catalog:
*Three weeks noticed required and orders need to be in by June 10th.
Contact: Jomaree Pinkard | | (646) 267-3341

HPS Epicurean is a third-generation company specializing in international wines, spirits, beers and gourmet specialties. They are offering a unique array of culinary products including gourmet flavored salts, drinking syrups and vinegars, and cocktail fruits. The Sal de Gusano salt is savory in flavor, with prominent notes of Oaxacan chili. Rich and complex, it is a hand-ground blend of dried Maguey worms, sea salt and Oaxacan chili peppers. Sal de Gusano pairs wonderfully with Mezcal as well as makes a great addition when sprinkled in cocktails. Grafschafter Goldsaft Sugar Beet Syrup, a German favorite for the past century, is a natural, unrefined sweetener made from the concentrated juice of pure, natural, freshly harvested sugar beets. With flavor characteristics that bear a slight resemblance to that of molasses, this truly unique syrup lends a one-of-a-kind distinctive sweetness when added to beverages. Cent’Anni Syrups are exceptional spice cocktail mixers made from only the freshest ingredients. With the goal to ease cocktail preparation, each of these refined syrups can be paired with any base spirit, in aperitifs, frozen cocktails and to elevate non-alcoholic beverages. The Cent’Anni Syrups line includes the flavors Lemon Spice (fresh lemon, pure cane sugar, and an exotic blend of spices, with cinnamon and nutmeg most prevalent), Pineapple Spice (fresh pineapple juice blended with tropical spices), and Chocolate Chili Spice(blend of spices, dark chocolate and orange). Elixir Vitae Artisan Vinegars are smooth and drinkable, and include the flavors Kaffir Lime, Island Spice, Champaign le Orange, and Peach. The cocktail fruits consist of Passionfruit Lychees laced in a passionfruit liqueur syrup and Mini Apples in Calvados syrup.
- Nicole Preiss |
- Henry Preiss |
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

JuiceNOLA is thrilled to provide Tales participants with fresh fruit and vegetable juices for this years event. All juices are pressed/squeezed to order using the highest quality ingredients. Our more popular offerings include: fresh squeezed lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, watermelon juice, ginger juice, and pineapple juice. However, we are happy to fulfill other requests for those wishing to be more experimental
Contact: Dylan Maisel |

Keife & Co.—
Keife & Co is a creatively curated spirits, bitters, wine, and specialty foods shop focusing on products of integrity and limited availability. From single-barrel whiskies to rare, aged rum, this shop has an extensive array of spirits and cocktail ingredients from around the world. Conveniently located in downtown New Orleans. Call ahead to pre-order items or have them delivered.
Contact: John Keife | | (504) 523-7272

Locally Preserved—
Locally Preserved makes over 50 flavors of Fruit Syrups, Simple Syrups, Jams, Jellies, & Preserves using 5 all-natural ingredients or less. We can also accommodate most special flavor requests. All produce is sourced and grown within the Louisiana, Mississippi & Alabama region. Locally Preserved is committed to sustaining farmers, creating honest jobs, while allowing everyday people to eat locally – Everywhere.
Contact: Emily Marquis Vanlandingham | | (504) 934-1012 | (504) 644-3933

Monin Gourmet
With over 100 years of experience, Monin is the premium flavor provider for coffeehouse and foodservice operators around the world. Monin offers more than 200 gourmet flavors across a variety of product lines, each made with a total commitment to quality and providing flavor solutions.
Monin is gracious enough to offer some of their specialty syrups complimentary. List of products to choose from.
**Two weeks noticed required and orders need to be in by June 15th.
Contact: Angie Mikeska |

Sonoma Syrup All Natural Artisan Syrups –
Sonoma Syrup is offering our specialty Simple Syrups complimentary to our partners that are handcrafted in the Wine Country for mixologists. They are: Lavender Infused Syrup, Meyer Lemon Syrup, Classic Pure Cane Simple Syrup, Vanilla Bean Syrup, Olive Juice, Acai Black Currant Syrup, Mint Infused Simple Syrup, Sea Salt Caramel, Five Citrus Sweet & Sour, White Ginger Infused Syrup and others upon request.
*Three weeks noticed required and orders need to be in by June 10th.
Contact: Laura Koerth |

The Spice & Tea Exchange
The Spice & Tea Exchange of New Orleans is excited to offer to the Tales of the Cocktail participants and guests a wide array of unique and gourmet spices, salts, sugars, peppers and house made blends. For larger orders or specialty item requests, please call or email Robin Reynolds directly at the store at least 2 weeks before arrival for larger orders to receive discounted pricing, and of course smaller in store shopping items will be available as well.
Contact: Robin Reynolds | | (504) 598-5689

Founded in 1895, Topo Chico is a brand of sparkling mineral water sourced and bottled in Monterrey, Mexico. Topo Chico was sold only regionally in Northern Mexico but in the early 80’s the company expanded its distribution to a point where it was widely available in all of Mexico and it started exporting to the U.S. in 1987. Our Mineral Water is extracted from a spring at the foot of Cerro del Topo Chico or Small Mole in English, its name derived from the shape of the mountain. Thanks to its natural mineral composition, Topo Chico is a healthy and refreshing zero calorie beverage that quenches thirst, assists in the digestive process, and can add a delicious accent to your drink when used as a mixer in alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.Please place your orders by July 1st.
Contact: Ygnacio Vega Jr |

Vieux Carre Spirits
Vieux Carre Spirits is your source for any additional spirits that need to be bought; free delivery in the French Quarter.
Contact: (504) 568-9463
422 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130


Paper Doll Promotions—
Since 1985, Paper Doll Promotions has built a reputation of excellence in small and large events. We provide thousands of elaborate costumes and top-quality talent for conventions, hospitality events, films, and other special events. From stunning and professional model hostesses and actors to circus performers, psychics and parade talent, we provide New Orleans’ best entertainment. We have been a Preferred Vendor for Tales of the Cocktail for many years. Let Paper Doll Promotions be your premier provider for themed models, dance productions, musicians, outstanding variety talent, high quality custom costumes, and more!
Contact: Tammy Kern | | (504) 581-4444 -office | (504) 915-4166 -cell

Judith Faye Entertainment—
Providing theme entertainment for DMCs, event planners, hotels, venues, and private parties since 1989.
NOLA Psychics... exclusive talent with Judith Faye
Featuring Astrology Wheel of Fortune... original game
Featuring Meet & Greets... party favor fortunes to keep
Other theme entertainment: caricature artists, magicians, tattoos, stiltwalkers, revelers, Jazz Trios, second line & more. SPECIAL... New Orleans Voodoo Priestess Ava Kay Jones!
*Please use for Mobile Use*
Contact: Judith Faye | | (504) 400-4838
Please click NOLA psychics for flyers of events

Sean Ardoin -
Sean is an Alternative Creole artist from Lake Charles, LA. Sean Ardoin’s hot brand of music has been a fan favorite since 1989. He’s performed everywhere from Louisiana dancehalls to Carnegie Hall and festivals in Europe to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Sean represents both the rural roots and progressive future of Louisiana's Alternative Creole sound like no other artist and he's truly one of the music industry’s "triple threats." He is a rare combination of tradition, talent, and creativity. Sean will be performing at the Howling Wolf July 22nd during the Tales of Cocktail. You can reach us for booking at (337) 255-9763.

Event Production

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: Jody Halter | | (504) 524-1227 -office
Click HERE to view flyer with event samples.

B&B Staff
Staffing/Rentals/Sales: B&B offers the ability to fully staff any event with skilled bartenders and elite servers, as well as provide all rental equipment for any event in the greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. B&B also has a sales division which offers a large selection of titanium Chrystal glassware and tempered glass.
Contact: Billy Berger | | (225) 293-3765 -office

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.
Rickey Lee Wingo | | (504) 949-4009 -office
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
Contact: Cammy Livingston | | (504) 218-4564 -direct | (504) 296-3351 -cell

Hosts Global Alliance New
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 |

Mardi Gras Productions—

Here at Mardi Gras Productions we offer a range of services to make any special event an unforgettable experience. We are able to do such extraordinary design and production because we do nearly everything in-house, including Design, Sales, Lighting/Special Effects, Art, and Set/Carpentry/Backdrop Creation, as well as our renowned Custom Linen and Floral Departments. We employ a full-time staff comprised of designers, L/D’s, artists, sculptors, a florist, quality assurance personnel, and production staff . . . and we look forward to hearing from you!
Blaine Kern Jr. | | (504) 415-6882 - direct
Hannah Purdon | | (504) 564-2239 - cell
Breja Boles | | (504) 290-1048

Times Three Design—

“Noble, Tom and Lian are exceptionally creative, nimble, detailed oriented, budget considerate and gung-ho in the best possible way. Immensely talented, highly recommend their work”. - Dame Francine Cohen, Editor in Chief, Inside F & B

Formed in NOLA, born in Brooklyn, Times Three is a design agency specializing in branded environments, brand development, production and sustainable systems solutions.
Contact: Lian Calvo Serrano | | (646) 232-7182 -office


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

Melt New

New Orleans based! Custom cut, crystal clear, large format, slow melt, air free, hand cut cocktail ice, punch blocks and display blocks. We can do any size. We can do customized stamping of business name or your logo. Herb garnish that. Bottles encased in ice, let's talk. Crazy idea you don't know how to achieve...perhaps!
Click HERE for pricing and services
Contact: Chuck Avery | | (504) 208-0913


Please support our 2016 hotel partners by making your reservation today for Tales of the Cocktail 2016. All rates and other details are available here.
Tales of the Cocktail Policy on Residential Events


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: Ron Uribe | | (504) 233-9269

Photography and Video

Jennifer Mitchell Photography—
We have an official photography team, Jennifer Mitchell Photography*, who are available to assist you in covering your Tasting Room, Party or Specialty Cocktails. Having photographed Tales in an official capacity for the past eleven years, Jennifer's experienced team of photographers and photo editors is very familiar with Tales and all of it's key players and can deliver your final photos via DropBox within 12-24 hours of your event.
Feel free to visit & click on the Tales of the Cocktail_Gallery for samples of our work!
Click here for 2016 pricing and services
Contact: Jennifer Mitchell | | (646) 765-6585

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

4th Row
4th Row Films is the film production company behind the award winning documentary, HEY BARTENDER.
Through our work on this film, we have come to specialize in producing brand, marketing, event, and contest videos for the spirits industry including Tales of the Cocktail for the past 7 years. Our work has showcased some of the biggest portfolios in the world, as well as independent distilleries and brands just looking to communicate with this unique community. Our award winning videos for over 120 brands have been used and viewed globally and our documentary films have been seen on HBO, Netflix, Showtime, and MTV. We can work with you to create something special to highlight your brands presence at Tales and beyond.
Contact: Danielle Rosen | | (212) 974-0082 -office | (203) 246-0422 -mobile


B&B Event Rentals—
B&B Event Rentals specializes in rental equipment

that caters to exclusive fine dining and large event productions. Through

the years B&B Event Rentals has provided a wide variety of products to

almost every type of clientele and prides itself on being the premier

provider of all things fine.

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

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
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

Signage and Printing

Vivid Ink—
Our official signage company for 2016. Specializing in Event Signage, Displays, and Printing..
Contact: Greg Boyd | | (504) 734-6201


Downtown Tattoos-
Contact: Hayley Waldner | | (504) 266-2211
501 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116


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