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State of the Art 2018

  • Southern Food & Beverage Museum 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard New Orleans, LA, 70113 United States (map)

The Museum of the American Cocktail presents State of the Art: A Cocktail Extravaganza on Monday, July 16, 2018. The annual fundraiser, cocktail party, and competition features some of the best bartenders in the city of New Orleans and jump starts the week of Tales of the Cocktail. Join us to sample the creative concoctions, meet the NOLA bartending community, and support The Museum of the American Cocktail.

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State of the Art 2018 begins at 6PM with a welcome cocktail prepared by Adam Fleischman, founder of culinary empires Umami Burger and 800 Degrees Pizza and Chairman of the National Food & Beverage Foundation. Adam will join MOTAC Director Philip Dobard for a lively discussion of how both professional and home bartenders can detonate flavor in beloved cocktails by using ordinary ingredients that are naturally high in umami, the so-called “fifth taste.” Then Adam will sign copies of his newly published Flavor Bombs! The Umami Ingredients That Make Taste Explode.

At 7PM the competition begins as 12 of the city's best bartenders and bartending teams vie for “Most Creative Cocktail.” The cocktails will be judged by a team of professionals as well as the public, so our mixologists will be competing for the coveted Judge’s Choice award as well as the People’s Choice! You get to vote for your favorite cocktail, too, and ballot-box stuffing is definitely encouraged.

The Bartenders:


Admission includes drinks and a variety of gourmet bites and a token to vote for your favorite cocktail. Additional tokens can be purchased during the event. 

Advance tickets are $25 for National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) and USBG members and $35 for the general public. Admission at the door will be $35 for members and $45 for the general public. NatFAB membership is available to all at

If you have any issues with the ticketing software or would prefer to make your reservation on the phone, please call us at 504-267-7490 during the week or 504-569-0405 on weekends. Tickets may be refunded or exchanged up to 48 hours prior to the event. After 48 hours no refunds will be available. 

Proceeds support The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), a division of the nonprofit National Food & Beverage Foundation. MOTAC celebrates that singular cultural icon and develops its craft, field, and market through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. MOTAC maintains permanent collections in Los Angeles and New Orleans and provides educational resources to professionals and enthusiasts in the fine art of crafting the cocktail.

About the Presenter

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Adam Fleischman is a self-taught food innovator and entrepreneur. He is widely regarded as an influential tastemaker and culinary personality (including appearances on Iron Chef). In 2009, he founded Umami Burger (and soon afterward, the Umami Restaurant Group), and co-founded 800 Degrees Pizza, both multi-unit innovative concepts. Recently, he has been putting his tastemaker abilities to use as Co-Founder and Managing Director of AdVantage Restaurant Partners, creating and sourcing the next wave of culinary brands. Fleischman was featured on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and National Restaurant News’s “Power List: The 50 Most Powerful People in Foodservice."

Many thanks to our generous sponsors!

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