From our organizers:
No stranger to theater, Tiki was born out of 1930s Hollywood fantasy and post-WWII South Pacific nostalgia, becoming shorthand for all things exotic for American audiences. Tiki’s tacky takes on cultural phenomenons as disparate as Cantonese cuisine, Maori mythology, and Caribbean spirits, by way of British colonialism, created a distinctly American culinary phenomenon.
Tiki’s original personality, Don the Beachcomber, who used the phrase “rhum rhapsodies” to describe his unique flavor combinations, and named drinks like Missionary ‘s Downfall and Three Dots and a Dash, continues to inspire a new generation of bartenders. “With all its history and tradition, the style, nevertheless, represents freedom and fun in cocktail-building, with invention and innovation at its heart,” author, educator, and rum expert, Shannon Mustipher reminds us.
Join Shannon Mustipher, Garret Richard, Selma Slabiak, Claire Sprouse, and Julia Turshen as they celebrate the publication of TIKI, and the flavor, phenomenon, and lasting legacy of Tiki culture.