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A Summer Soiree in New Orleans

In mid-July, GREY GOOSE Vodka kicked off Tales of the Cocktail with a brunch held in the sunny courtyard of Maison Montegut, an event venue in New Orleans, LA built in 1794 of Creole-Spanish style architecture.

The event began with a lively cocktail hour, where guests were met with refreshing GREY GOOSE Le Grand Fizz cocktails—a welcome reprieve from the New Orleans heat. After some introductions and a bit of mingling, guests were invited to take a seat at the lush farm table and were greeted with welcoming words from North American Ambassador, Julien LaFond. LaFond then instructed guests to participate in a guided cocktail creation activity. Each guest had the full selection of the company’s flavored vodkas in front of him or her, along with Perrier, a choice of citrus, and sprawling herb planters from which they snipped and incorporated mint, basil, thyme, and rosemary into their individual cocktails. 

Throughout the brunch, guests enjoyed courses that consisted of Porcini and Wild Mushroom Tartelette, Saint-Tropez Scallops, Duck à l'orange, and Vacherin Lime Meringue, each paired specifically with signature Summer Soiree cocktails that accentuated the herb and citrus flavors within. 

Guests stuck around long after the meal ended, snapping photos and enjoying a few more cocktails before departing for the rest of the day’s activities at the French Embassy. Before they left, each guest received a jute gift tote filled with cold Perrier to brave the afternoon heat, as well as all of the ingredients needed to recreate a Summer Soiree cocktail at home.

Guests mingle prior to the brunch

Le Grand Fizz was the pre-brunch cocktail

After guests were seated, North American Brand Ambassador Julien LaFond addressed his guests

Herbs served two purposes, as centerpiece and as cocktail ingredients

Sharing of bottles encouraged guest interaction

Lemons served as placeholders

An overhead view shows the vibrant tableset

The Grey Goose logo topped the cocktail skewers

Two guest-crafted cocktails

 

Get Fresh August 2015

Kathleen Stoehr

Kathleen Stoehr is the Director of Community & Content Strategy for Informa Connect | Catersource, which includes print and digital content, as well as live education at both Catersource, the Art of Catering Food, and Leading Caterers of America Executive Summit.