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Vive La Vodka! Celebrating the Subtle Spirit

MOTAC Presents Touring the Cocktail: New Orleans

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MOTAC's Touring the Cocktail series returns to New Orleans when "Vive La Vodka!" takes us through the history of vodka, beginning with the year 700 and ending with the present day. As we learn about its development, spirits expert and Grey Goose Vodka Ambassador Nathan Reffell will pour six contrasting examples of the category, including Polugar, or bread wine, the so-called proto-vodka. Finally, we’ll taste the newest Grey Goose expression, the delicious product of a partnership with Michelin-Starred Chef Alain Ducasse.

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Guests will enjoy three cocktails prepared by the afternoon's drinkmaster Ian Reilly and gourmet bites from several of New Orleans's finer restaurants.

Tickets are $30 for National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) and USBG members, $35 General Admission in advance, and $40 at the door (if available). NatFAB membership is available to all at

All sales are final. Because our host restaurants require non-refundable deposits and reliable guest counts, we cannot issue refunds on our curated dinners or cocktail seminars. We regret any inconvenience this may present and appreciate your understanding.

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. 

About the Drinkmaster


Ian Reilly found his way into the beverage industry more than a decade ago as a 19-year old with a hard head and the bright idea that bartending was cooler than school (it was). He has had the pleasure of working in and operating wonderful establishments, including The Joule Hotel, Chino Chinatown, and Smyth, as well as working to develop a phenomenal incubator brand, Angel’s Envy, before coming to advocacy full time with Grey Goose to help jumpstart its North American Vive program. He was named among Zagat’s "30 Under 30" for Dallas-Ft. Worth, and made the cover of ultra-luxury travel advisor Virtuoso’s global quarterly with a feature on one of his programs. His musings on liquid culture have been published in the Dallas Morning News,, and a number of great cocktail blogs, including And when he isn’t proselytizing about fine spirits and conscious consumerism in the industry, he enjoys waking up in the backcountry, slinging kettlebells, and spending time in the sun with his wife and two dogs.


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