Next week will mostly be taken up with the Tales of the Cocktail festival, where Soul Kitchen will be making an early debut before its official release on July 25. On Thursday, July 20 at 5:30 PM, I'll be signing books and serving a cocktail of my own invention -- bourbon, 7-Up, and lime; I was going to call it "X on Your Door," but decided that was too tasteless; I think I ended up calling it the "High Water Line" instead -- at the Hotel Monteleone's Cocktail Hour. Chris will be one of the featured chefs at this event, serving the prosciutto-wrapped figs in Calvados from Liquor. Later that evening (8:00) I'll be the featured author at a cocktail dinner at Morton's Steakhouse. I'm not sure what my purpose is at this dinner, as I was never consulted about the menu and it doesn't exactly reflect my tastes. Filet mignon, indeed -- the mushiest, girliest, most tasteless cut of beef there is. Give me a big old cowboy ribeye, thanks. Oh well, I'll probably manage to have a good time anyway.
Saturday, July 22 I'll be signing books with author Phillip Collier at the Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar from 4:00 to 6:00. This is my first signing since before the storm (the one on Thursday doesn't count, as it's really just a big drunken clusterfuck) and I'm nervous, but the Carousel Bar is one of my favorite watering holes, and if nobody shows up, at least we can drink. On Sunday at 2:00 I'll be on a panel, "The Flavor of New Orleans," with food goddess Lorin Gaudin, chefs Bob Iacovone (Cuvee) and Jared Tees (Bourbon House), and at least one or two other people whose names I've shamefully forgotten. And that is Tales of the Cocktail. It's drunken, it's fun, and I think it's maybe a little under-attended this year, so if you can possibly come out and support one or more of these events, please do. I'll post reminders of them later in the week as they draw near.