The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation has announced its inaugural grant winners.
The program, the first directive of the new Tales of the Cocktail executive, will divide US$250,000 between 11 selected projects to fund education, support and advancement in the global spirits community.
In order to narrow down the 144 letters of intent and subsequent 52 proposals to just 11 recipients, the Foundation established a Grants Advisory Committee comprising of industry experts and respected representatives. This committee comprised of Colin Appiah, Bacardí; Tiffanie Barriere, The Drinking Coach & Drinking with the Girls; Eric Bennett, Carrigan’s Public House; Cris Dehlavi, CAP White Coat; Angie Featherson, Drink Company; Alba Huerta, Julep; Nandini Khaund, Bar Manager; Don Lee, Existing Conditions and Cocktail Kingdom; Lynnette Marrero, Speed Rack; Morgan Schick, Bon Vivants; Kellie Thorn, Empire State South; and Rocky Yeh, Maison Ferrand.
The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation grant initiative will be an ongoing programme, with recipients announced annually at the Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
86Waste: A community organisation set up to promote bars, spirit brands, festivals and others to address wastefulness in the hospitality sector.
Causing a Stir: Established by 10 female bartenders of colour, Causing A Stir advocates for inclusion, equal representation and accessibility to educational opportunities within the bar community.
Children of Restaurant Employees: CORE supports children and families of food and beverage employees who are experiencing hardship.
CocktailSafe.org: An online platform and directory that aims to educate about allergies, food safety, bar ingredients and techniques.
CrescentCare: A non-profit organisation making health services accessible to New Orlean’s hospitality workers.
Healthy Hospo: A not-for-profit company aimed at improving the health, happiness and sustainability of workers within the hospitality industry.
Burnout Stress, and Substance Use in the Beverage Industry Study: A survey that analyses the relationships between stress, burning out and substance use in the drinks industry, as well as looks at developing interventions and strategies for those not coping.
Mezcaleros of Southern Jalisco: A documentary looking at the effect encroaching avocado farms, depleted groundwater and shorter rainy seasons have on the mezcaleros of southern Jalisco.
Pin Project: A project offering pins for bartenders to wear as an outward symbol of their commitment to not drinking.
PRISM: A collaboration of creatives to explore the range of personalities and stories in hospitality through photography and writing.
The 100 Scots: A community network supporting and promoting members of the Scottish hospitality industry.