What is it?
Tales of the Cocktail and W New Orleans invite movie buffs and libation lovers to indulge in celebrating the cocktail in three films. Cheryl Charming aka Miss Charming™, cocktail author and founder of MissCharming.com, plays hostess for the silver screenings.
Movie tickets are $25 in advance per movie or $30 at the door. The price of admittance includes cocktails and movie snacks. W New Orleans is offering a special rate of $109 per night to film festival patrons to take the lift home after the movie. This rate reflects a savings of 20 percent of regular rates during April 10 – 12. Please use promotion code LIF. For event guests, a rate of $12 per car will be available. For questions, please call 1-877-WHOTELS for assistance. For more info visit here.
The Film Fest schedule is as follows
• Saturday, April 11th, 4 p.m., King Creole
• Saturday, April 11th, 6-8 p.m., Dean Serneels is the Mad MXologist
• Saturday, April 11th, 8 p.m., Cocktail
• Saturday, April 11th, Midnight, Moulin Rouge
Seating for all films are dinner party style.
Saturday, April 11th
King Creole (1958)
This Elvis Presley summer hit of 1958 was filmed in New Orleans when he was 22 years old. The cast and crew blocked off the entire top floor of the Roosevelt Hotel (now Fairmont Hotel and soon to be Waldorf Astoria). King Creole was Elvis’ last B&W film and is considered by critics to be his best. Elvis plays a nightclub busboy turned nightclub singer and even though there are many bar scenes not one single cocktail is mentioned, so we will be serving famous New Orleans cocktails including the Sazerac, Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane, Scarlet O’Hara, Ramos Gin Fizz, and more. Retro candy and popcorn will be served and popular soundtracks to look forward include Trouble, Hard Headed Woman, King Creole, New Orleans, and Dixieland Rock.
Dean Serneels is the Mad MXologist
Come meet Dean Serneels as the Mad Mixologist! This Dean of Drinks is an Inventor, Hospitality Consultant, Entertainer, Motivator, Flipping Mixologist and owner of Flairco.com. Dean will be sharing his skills in a hands-on bottle flipping workshop and will also entertain you with his magic and moves on the bar. Dean has won over 22 bartending awards, has appeared on the FOOD Network and as the bartender trainer on CMT’s Search for the Ultimate Coyote. Dean is also the creative mind behind all of the Flairco brand bartending products. Join Dean as he flips, spins and tosses the fictitious Blue Turquoise from the film, Cocktail, Pink Squirrels, and Sex on the Beaches. Landshark beer will also be available.
Cocktail finally turns 21! And what better way to celebrate this summer hit of 1988 than with a Jamaican style dinner and birthday cake for dessert! Special guest star, Dean Serneels will be showing you the flair bartending moves in the film. Alcohol is not permitted at this event because Touchstone/Disney owns the film, so we have to abide by their rules. We will be serving only non-alcoholic drinks.
This film kick-started modern flair bartending worldwide and introduced three hit songs, Kokomo, Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Addicted To Love.
Moulin Rouge (2001)
Can-Can you join us for a midnight enchanting screening of this lush and visually-rich modern musical that was nominated for 8 Oscars?
The Green Fairy will be upon us as we serve the first absinthe allowed into America after being banned for 95 years, Lucid. Glass blown fountains will be at each table and all the supplies to drip your own absinthe. Nibbles, bottled water, and French wine will also be available.