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Camper English Speaking at SF Chefs Food Wine Industry Series

I'm giving a talk geared toward restaurant owners at next week's SF Chefs Food Wine next week, along with H. of Elixir and Duggan of Cantina. It's a little bit freaky in this day and age to walk into a notable restaurant only to find they haven't bothered to put out a cocktail menu, or the one they hand you is filled with flavored vodka drinks written by the beverage distributor rather than a bartender. We'll be talking about how a few simple changes to a cocktail program can make a big difference for a restaurant in terms of increasing... Read more →

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Thanks to Tales of the Cocktail for sponsoring Alcademics! I'll be at the event, July 20-24 in New Orleans, for my fifth year in a row. Tickets are on sale now. This year I'll be one of five official Tales bloggers doing deep coverage of the event, and between now and then I'll be posting a few preview blog posts about seminars I'm looking forward to seeing. Will I tweet every drink every drink I have at Tales of the Cocktail again this year? Yeah, maybe. If you've never been to Tales before, I highly encourage you to come. It's... Read more →

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I'll be speaking on a social media panel at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America annual Convention on April 12. Last year I also attended the convention. I learned what the WSWA is and what goes on at the convention, with some notes about the strengths and weaknesses of the three-tier system. I also looked at how the convention is changing and plans for the future. Here's the tentative title and info: Social Media Marketing: It’s Not an Option, It's Mandatory Forget the theory and the lectures, this hard-hitting panel will give attendees the street smart perspective on social... Read more →

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SF Event: Drinks of the Eighties at Heaven's Dog this Saturday

From 9-1 this Saturday February 26th, Heaven's Dog in San Francisco will be serving a special menu of drinks from the 1980s. Naturally they'll be given upgrades in the Heaven's Dog style with bitters, organic citrus, and better liquor than you had the first time around. Below is the menu, but rumor has it they've managed to located some Bartles & Jaymes wine coolers too. Now excuse me while I rumage through my closet for my Members Only jacket to wear to the event. COCKTAILS AND DREAMS HEAVENS DOG SALUTES THE 80’S AND THE DRINKS YOU LOVE TO HATE SLOW... Read more →

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For the second year of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, they are having people vote on which seminars they'd like to see. I hope the ones I've proposed are of interest, as I'd like to come to New York this May. To vote, simply go to this page and select a minimum of 5 and not more than 30 seminars you're interested in. You get one vote per email and you must do so before February 16th. (Shortcut: Search for "Camper" and click those three first.) My proposed talk topics are below: 23. Tequila is the New Vodka, Tequila is the... Read more →

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Say this three times fast: The Barbary Coast Conservancy of the American Cocktail presents a Repeal Day party at the Cocktail Bill Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts. Party info is here. The party is on December 5. The Cocktail Bill Boothby Center for the Beverage Arts is a space in SoMa (across from Heaven's Dog) that is being built to house offices, event, and classroom space for cocktail-related activities. I'm hoping that eventually there will eventually be enough office space that I can relocate Alcademics HQ. It's still being built out, but it looks like they're close to finishing... Read more →

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Yes, I am giving three talks in 28 hours next week at Portland Cocktail Week and Drink.Write 2010. Fun! Drink.Write: Cocktail Blogging: Ethics, the Law, and You Friday, October 22 @ 10:30am Disclosure laws, brand relationships and interacting with public relations firms can create a minefield of ethical challenges and legal risks for cocktail writers and bloggers. Recent changes to sample disclosure laws, identifying and managing potential ethical conflicts and minimizing risk will be discussed in this session. Paul Clarke and I will be leading this talk. We will discuss the topics above that are your ethical responsibilities as a... Read more →

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Come join me in Portland, Oregon October 20-24. I'm speaking at and attending Drink.Write 2010, the cocktail bloggers' convention. The convention is put on by the Cocktails and Spirits Online Writers Group, a collective of some of the top cocktail bloggers internationally. More information is available here, and tickets are for sale here. The topic I'm speaking on is this one: Cocktail Blogging: Where do we go from here? Explore the evolution and future of cocktail blogs with panelists who have successfully adapted their blogs and writing to leverage social media, support their own special projects, connect with new readership... Read more →

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