Want to shake it up and learn alongside the best? Your chance is here with applications open now until January 31 for Tales of the Cocktail Foundation's exclusive mentorship program, the Cocktail Apprentice Program.
Between 28 and 34 new apprentices will be welcomed into the Red Coast program and have the opportunity to work alongside some of the biggest names in the industry during the five days of the in-person conference event in July 2022. Since 2008, the non-profit has hosted more than 400 apprentices that have gained extensive experience working and managing large-scale, high-volume events during the annual conference, providing skills that could be invaluable to those who joined the industry during the pandemic and may not have yet experienced these types of events.
The event will be hosted at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans and will feel even more festive as they are celebrating their 20th anniversary. While applicants must be at least 21 years old and industry professionals, they can be skilled as bartenders, bar managers, barbacks, brand ambassadors, educators, distillers, and more. Those interested must be willing to solely work the event from Saturday, July 23 to Saturday, July 30. Applicants are not just limited to the Greater New Orleans area but anywhere in the world, so long as their visa permits.
Along with access to events and ancillary networking opportunities, accepted applicants will also receive lodging accommodations, breakfast and lunch meals, and access to brand parties. In addition, the foundation will provide a small stipend during the week for dinners and snacks. TOTCF will even be providing a select number of scholarships, including flights, to approved applicants who identify as Black, Indigenious, or other people of color (BIPOC) between the ages of 21 and 29. For eligibility questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org and for any additional questions email CAP@talesofthecocktail.org.
The first year CAPs will work closely together under an assigned Grey Coat in teams. Responsibilities will mostly include the prep and execution of all cocktails and tastings presented during seminars, as well as the Dame Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Spirited Awards ceremony, and other headlining events during the conference.
In an industry hit hard by the pandemic, and in a city still recovering from the aftermath of the loss of tourism revenue due to Hurricane Ida, this program can provide a great opportunity to those looking to improve upon their talents. Tales of the Cocktail Industry has three pillars: to educate, advance, and support the hospitality industry through programs that benefit individuals and organizations in the community.
White Coat CAP Manager Trevor Kallies said in a press release, "The Cocktail Apprentice Program is one of our industry's best opportunities for new or experienced hospitality professionals to grow and develop. It is an environment where we focus on leadership, mentorship, and management skills, essentially developing those who go through the program into the future leaders of our industry."
This is an opportunity you'll surely benefit from, and those interested in applying can visit talesofthecocktail.org.