Posts Tagged ‘LUPEC’

TAKE THE PLUNGE

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Embrace an icy cold refreshing jump into a pool to raise funds for the Museum of the American Cocktail
By Francine Cohen

You’ve been known to prattle on about ice and the various merits of its size, shape and quality. You can wax poetic about pellet ice, clear 1 x 1 cubes, crushed, avoiding bubbles, hand chipped ice, etc. and will, when given the chance. Now, at 4:00 PM on July 26th during Tales of the Cocktail, you can channel your inner polar bear and put your money where your mouth is, all by taking part in the Macallan Ice Ball Plunge — a refreshing way to raise some much needed funds for The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC – www.museumoftheamericancocktail.org).

Why jump into a cold pool in the name of scotch and a museum? Well, besides the fact that it’s going to be warm in New Orleans and a quick dip will sure feel nice, you’ll be doing some good for the cocktail community and culinary history aficionados everywhere. MOTAC, which is currently housed within the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (www.southernfood.org) in New Orleans’ Riverwalk complex, is about to move to a more permanent home and needs your help to do so.

Laura McMillian, Managing Director, Museum of the American Cocktail explains, “The museum has to move December 2012 to a new location. The fundraising is to finance the move itself and the build out. The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, our partner, has purchased a historically significant building in the Faubourg Lafayette which was the old Dryades Market. The new museum will be on the corner of Oretha Castle Haley and Martin Luther King Blvd in a 39,000 square feet facility. This area will be the Culinary Corridor of New Orleans and it is only three blocks off of the St. Charles streetcar line. It is in one of the four corridors New Orleans has slated for growth and federal funding and grants.”

While the federal government is contributing some funding to assist in MOTAC’s development they won’t underwrite everything, thereby giving you a hands-on chance to support a piece of American history and help rebuild a city. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity you’ll cherish; hopefully as much as we cherish the memory of our private tour of the museum just a week before it officially opened in

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RAISE A GLASS FOR THE GIRLS

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

International Women’s Day is celebrated with a wee dram once again
By Vincenza Di Maggio

Each year International Women’s Day is celebrated globally in various ways. In Italy and Russia men traditionally give women sprigs of bright yellow Mimosa blossoms to commemorate the holiday, and in China women are given the day off. Well, leave it up to New Yorkers to chicly celebrate the occasion by raising their glasses and toasting to the infinite past, present, and future accomplishments of women!

This year, at Julie Reiner’s Lani Kai cocktail lounge in SoHo, Compass Box Whisky Co, and Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails joined together for the third annual “Whisky and Women Unite” cocktail party. Women gathered at this spirited celebration to only to honor the occasion and raise money for Bottomless Closet, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged New York City women transform their lives by helping them to become self-sufficient and thus allowing them to succeed in the work place.

Abigail Gullo, a founding member of LUPEC shares, “The LUPEC Compass Box event for International Women’s Day has always been a favorite of mine because it’s an opportunity to work with such amazing and accomplished women. It inspires me to see women in this industry come together and celebrate not only our craft, but our desire to make a difference and make the world a better place for women everywhere. I am always honored to be a part of this event and look forward to it every year.”

The fact that it is even possible for this event to exist speaks volumes about how far women have come since 1911 when the holiday was first observed. John Glaser, renowned whiskey maker and founder of Compass Box Whisky Co, comments on the event, “I love this event and I am so proud that we sponsor it. It’s something that never would have happened even ten years ago in this industry: a Scotch whisky brand sponsoring a women’s event.”

In honor of the occasion New York City’s most talented female mixologists blended together six different deliciously refreshing cocktails using Compass Box Whisky’s newly produced Great King Street, a craft blended scotch whisky.

Among the group of skilled bar tenders who participated in the event was Meaghan Dorman, of Raines Law Room and

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BE LIKE A BULGARIAN

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Compass Box Whisky and LUPEC NYC and LUPEC SF

LUPEC NYC and LUPEC SF, the fine first ladies of liquor, know one thing for sure; whisky cocktails are a great way to celebrate achievements of women around the world. And there’s no better way to honor their accomplished sisters in arms who hit the mark with memorable “firsts” all the time than with whisky cocktails made with a brand new spirit – Compass Box Whisky Co.’s Great King Street – Artist’s Blend, a craft Blended Scotch Whisky that has a signature elegance and approachability for both whisky enthusiasts and novices. (www.compassboxwhisky.com).

This Thursday in NYC and SF women (and men, too) will unite like their counterparts in countries such as Bulgaria, China, Russia, and Vietnam where International Women’s Day is a national holiday. They’ll lift a glass or two for International Women’s Day (IWD), a day to recognize the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

In NYC Compass Box Whisky Co, innovator and award-winning boutique Scotch whisky maker known for breaking down barriers in a once staid category and the NYC Chapter of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC), announce their 3rd annual “Whisky & Women Unite” cocktail party to benefit Bottomless Closet NYC (www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org). Bottomless Closet is a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged NYC women become self-sufficient through comprehensive programming and support.

Don’t miss Thursday evening’s cocktail at industry luminary Julie Reiner’s tropical-influenced craft cocktail lounge in SOHO, Lani Kai (www.lanikainy.com). The evening promises a menu of half price

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A GIRL AND HER CANS

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Content New York’s fastest female bartenders are raising money for breast cancer research and you can help
By Francine Cohen

Russian hands and roamin’ fingers used to be the sole purview of boys trying to get some action in the back row of the movie theatre, but now it’s time for the girls to put their hands to the test.

And for a good cause. Join 16 of New York City’s fastest mixtresses in combating breast cancer as they reach for the well and put their speedy drink making skills and drink knowledge on the line at Speed Rack, the inaugural edition of the national speed bartending competition created by Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero of LUPEC and presented by LushLife Productions (www.lushlifeny.com).

In addition to promoting women in an industry dominated by men, Speed-Rack connects top female talent with industry partnerships while raising funds for breast cancer, one of the biggest risks to women across the globe. Marrero notes, “Speed Rack is the perfect opportunity to unite the national LUPEC family. The competition embodies the fun aspect of LUPEC, along with our appreciation for cocktails. Adding the judging element to the drinks based on skill adds a new dimension to speed competitions. In line with other competitions, charity is a huge part of this event and raising money for breast cancer research is most important.”

Mix adds, “Speed Rack started as a joke I had with a bartender in San Francisco about getting women to double shake on camera about a year ago. Now it has morphed into this awesome competition to promote women and help save women. I got Lynnette on board and now things are really moving forward. I am so excited to have you ladies on board, not only are we going to raise money but we’re also going to have a blast.”

An all star-lineup of bartending talent representing some of the city’s most desirable watering holes competitors will be blasting out drinks as called out by a team of judges

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DRINKS TO HELP YOU DRESS (FOR SUCCESS)

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Photo by Gary Landsman

Charity cocktail party to celebrate International Women’s Day

On Monday, March 8th from 6:30- 8:30 p.m., in celebration of International Women’s Day 2010, LUPEC (Ladies United for the Protection of Endangered Cocktails), Compass Box Whisky (www.compassboxwhisky.com) and @sweetblogomine (www.sweetblogomine.com) are co-hosting Astor Center’s (www.astorcenternyc.com) fly-by-night bar featuring tippling and tweeting all night long.

Everyone (yes, men too) is invited to attend this cocktail party fundraiser, with $5 of each ticket going to Dress for Success. Guests will enjoy a tasting of boutique blender Compass Box’s whiskies and cocktails as they toast to women’s accomplishments and empowerment in New York, and around the globe, all while rubbing elbows with some of the fixtures of the NYC cocktail twitterati.

The cocktails, created especially for this evening, will be shaken and slung by Lynnette Marrero and friends, working as members of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC). The ladies of LUPEC represent the talent behind the bar at some of New York City’s most notable cocktail spots including: Rye House (www.ryehousenyc.com), Pegu Club (www.peguclub.com),

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