My patience and interest in industry awards has grown vanishingly small, but I can get behind the new Timeless awards introduced at this year’s Tales:
Timeless American Award presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
Napoleon House – New Orleans, LA
Timeless International Award presented by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation
El Floridita – Havana, Cuba
Kudos to those responsible, several of whom are leading members of this forum!
Seems inspired by the Beard Foundation’s American Classics.
Whenever I’m in New Orleans, I spend much of my time at the Napoleon House. It’s like their McSorley’s, but better.
I agree with you about awards. But this seemed like a worthy enterprise and was happy the co-chair the awards committee with David Wondrich. I particularly like that it is simply given out, not unlike the Obie Awards–no nominations. And it is the only Spirited Award without a liquor sponsor. I hope that aspect will last.
The Beard’s American Classics is the obvious inspiration, yes.