“a woman walks into a bar…” for SoFAB’s Inaugural event…a gin tasting at Dominick’s

on 14/04/14 at 11:57 am

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woman-barfinal2What’s SoFAB you ask? SoFAB Institute is the home of The Museum of the American Cocktail which is in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Here’s a bit of what they do:
* Celebrating the Food and Drink of All Cultures through Exhibits, Programming, and a Range of Media
* Producer of the CULINARIA Query & Lecture Series and MOTAC Mixology Seminars
* Home to one of SAVEUR magazine’s “Five Great Museums Devoted to Food”
* Farm to Table International Symposium Producing Partner

Gin patiently waiting to be made into delectable cocktails

Gin patiently waiting to be made into delectable cocktails

Check out their websites and think about becoming a member. Membership entitles you to these benefits which include access to all Southern Food and Beverage Museums, Museum of the American Cocktail, and SoFAB Institute events. You can join at different levels for different benefits such as the terrific inaugural gin tasting event at Dominick’s last week…the perfect venue on their outdoor back patio. gin2As a gin lover, the presentation by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson was enlightening. Lesley knows her gin and gin history inside out and was a great presenter. It didn’t hurt that we had 5 cocktails throughout the talk that highlighted the era that Lesley was talking about.

Here’s the description of the event that fills in the details and will, hopefully, encourage you to check out SoFAB Institute, home of The Museum of the American Cocktail, and JOIN this wonderful addition to the LA food and booze landscape.

Join the Museum of the American Cocktail for the first presentation of the Touring the Cocktail: Los Angeles series. Using five gin cocktails as a historical road map, Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, author of “Gin: A Global History,” will trace the evolution of gin from its earliest days as a medicinal juniper-based tonic to the current explosion of artisan gins. Cocktails and snacks are included in the ticket price.

When it comes to the world of spirits and cocktails, gin has been front and center since the beginning. Gin’s origins start with the malty, juniper-based genever, the “original gin” created in Holland. When William of Orange, a Dutchman by birth, took the English throne in 1688, he brought with him an enthusiasm for genever. The rich drank with the king, but the poor had to make do with rotgut gin flavored with oil of vitriol and other additives to conceal the poor quality of the spirit.

The resulting “Gin Craze” crippled London until a new class of gentlemen distillers arrived in the late 1700s. With improvements in distillation came better quality gin, first Old Tom, a sweetened spirit which then led to the arrival of the juniper-forward London Dry style. Today, London Dry gin shares the spotlight with modern, artisan styles that incorporate innovative botanicals like rose, cucumber, lavender, and other non-traditional flavors.

About the speaker: Lesley Jacobs Solmonson is the spirits/wine writer for the LA Weekly, as well as a freelance food/drink journalist. Her work has been published in GourmetWine Enthusiast, and numerous other publications. Her book “Gin: A Global History” was released in spring of 2012 by Reaktion Books. She is the co-founder, with her husband David Solmonson, of 12bottlebar.com, a Saveur-nominated site that focuses on cocktail history and classic drinks.  Their book “12 Bottle Bar” will be released in August 2014 by Workman Publishing.