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Friday, July 17 • 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dame Hall of Fame Luncheon

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Dame Hall of Fame 2015
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
525 Fulton Street
Presented by Casa Noble Tequila

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Ever since there were cocktails there have been dames. Strong, confident women that were happy to serve you a drink or kick you out if you’ve had too many. Today there are dames around the world that are shaking up theindustry. At the Dame Hall of Fame luncheon, a new class of extraordinary and spirited cocktail women will receive the recognition they deserve. Join us at Ruth’s Chris, a restaurant built by one of the New Orleans’ most legendary dames, Ruth Fertel, as we salute all the dames that are redefining bartending with every shake.

Welcome Cocktail Reception
Ahi tuna poke, wonton crisp
BBQ shrimp crostini
served with
Estrella Ochoa by Kirsten Amann
Casa Noble Tequila, Apricot, Lemon, Agave, White Peach, Peychaud’s, Soda 

Seared ahi tuna steak
green papaya slaw
served with
Leo & Lioness by Meaghan Dorman
Casa Noble Blanco Tequila, Macchu Pisco, Grapefruit, Creme de Peche, Hibiscus Tea

Entree Course (choice of)
Filet mignon
Almond crusted sea bass
Accompaniments:
Smoke house mashed potatoes
Green beans with roasted garlic
served with
Specialty Cocktail by Misty Kalkofen
Laird’s Old Apple Brandy, Casa Noble Reposado, Dolin Blanc, Nux Alpina, Orange Oil

Chocolate dipped trio of cookies
paired with
Specialty Cocktail by Lynnette Marrero
Casa Noble Anejo, Zacapa Rum, Cocchi di Torino, Amontillado Sherry


Personalities
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Claire Smith-Warner

Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology, Belvedere Vodka
Claire Smith-Warner is Head of Spirit Creation at Belvedere Vodka and has been working with alcohol in its various forms for over 15 years. Committed to discovering new ways to drink ‘better’, Claire has developed a range of sugar free and 100% fresh fruit flavoured vodkas for Belvedere, as well as pioneered the Drink, Eat, Live approach towards responsible drinking ‘in action’.
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Kate Gerwin

World Champion/Global Brand Ambassador, Lucas Bols
Kate is the General Manager of HSL Hospitality in Bismarck, North Dakota. She oversees the operation of three bars, a restaurant, catering facility and retail operation, and has owned and operated her own award winning establishments. She is the current BATW World Champion and has started the Girls With Bols female bar mentorship program beginning in six major markets in the US this year. She is a consultant for Spike TV's Bar Rescue. Kate... Read More →
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Melanie Asher

Distiller and Master Blender, Macchu Pisco
How does an investment banker on Wall Street become the world’s first female pisco distiller? For Melanie Asher—the Peruvian Embassy’s 2013 “Peruvian Woman of the Year in the U.S. in Business” and founder of Macchu Pisco—it comes down to family: collaboration with and encouragement from her sister, Lizzie, the company’s President; the support of her mother and late father; and the mantra of her... Read More →
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Pamela Wiznitzer

Creative Director, Seamstress
Pamela Wiznitzer has a true passion and zest for the industry that is seen and tasted in every drink she serves and also transcends the bar. Since 2006, Pamela has been working throughout NYC, and most recently as the Creative Director and bartender at Seamstress on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan. She has earned honors from her industry peers such being selected as winning 1st place in the 2014 National Restaurant Association's "Star of the... Read More →

Sponsors
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Casa Noble Tequila

Casa Noble ultra premium tequila begins with carefully selected mature Blue Agave plants, which have met our strict requirements for water and sugar content. We employ only traditional methods and slow cook our rich agave piñas for 38 hours in stove ovens. Then, using only the core and heart of the agaves, we extract our sweet nectar. Our fermentation process is 100% natural, followed by triple distillation. The result is a tequila so pure and... Read More →


Friday July 17, 2015 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Ruth's Chris Steak House 525 Fulton St, New Orleans, LA 70130