Last Word Fall Cocktail Class Schedule Now Posted!

posted Jul 28, 2014, 8:55 AM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Jul 28, 2014, 8:56 AM ]

I've just posted six new classes for fall at The Last Word. Check out the registration page and sign up now! Here's what's on the schedule for the rest of the year:

August 25 - No Shots Allowed: Tequila Cocktails
September 22 - Manhattan Lab
October 13 - Fall Cocktails
November 3 - Year Round Gin
November 17 - Better with Bubbles
December 1 - The Forgotten Whiskey: All About Rye
December 15 - Holiday Cocktails

Expanding my reach - classes for Zingerman's and Evans Street Station

posted Jul 2, 2014, 4:53 AM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Jul 2, 2014, 5:02 AM ]

I'm really excited to announce that I'll be expanding my cocktail classes to a couple of new locations this summer (and hopefully on into the future). 

First up, on July 14, will be my Summer Gin class at the new Zingerman's Cornman Farms event space in Dexter. This class is $65 and includes awesome Zingerman's Food! 

On August 12, I'll be teaching about Farm-to-Glass cocktails at Evans Street Station in Tecumseh. This class is my standard $35, but you may order food on your own before, during or after the class. Note that this is a Tuesday, so if you've not been able to attend because classes have been on Monday, then this class is for you!

Get all the details or sign up on the registration page.

Vote for me in the Slow Food Speakeasy cocktail competition

posted May 20, 2014, 9:26 AM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated May 20, 2014, 9:28 AM ]

  My cocktail, Washington's Cherry, is a finalist in the Slow Food Speakeasy cocktail competition. Out of the 12 finalists, the top 4 will get to go to Italy this October to represent the USA at Slow Food's annual Terra Madre conference in Turin. I'm really excited by this opportunity to share my passion about food and drink and learn from other people from all around the world, but I need your help! Please vote for my cocktail! You can vote once per day, and it's really easy - you just need to type in your email address. Voting closes on June 19. Thanks for your support!

Spring and Summer Cocktail Classes are now posted!

posted Mar 26, 2014, 1:34 PM by Tammy Coxen

Check out the event registration page for descriptions and registration for the summer class schedule. Here's a sneak peak of what's coming up:

May 5 - Brandy is Dandy!
June 9 - Summer Cocktails
June 30 - Equal Parts
July 28 - Farm-to-Glass Cocktails
August 25 - No Shots Allowed

I hope to see you at a future class! Cheers!

Added Dates for Tiki and Bourbon Classes

posted Jan 15, 2014, 4:58 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Jan 15, 2014, 4:59 PM ]

These two classes are filling up fast, so I've added some extra dates! Serious Tiki Drinks will now be offered on both February 17 and February 24, while Along the Bourbon Trail will be offered March 31 and April 7. Maybe I'll see you there!

Celebrate Valentine's Day with Tammy's Tastings

posted Jan 14, 2014, 6:33 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Feb 1, 2014, 6:15 AM ]

Why fight the restaurant crowds this Valentine's Day, when you could enjoy a TT Supper Club meal instead? You'll enjoy four courses of creative cuisine, a unique location, and the company of interesting tablemates. And at just $50/person, it's a great deal too!

Friday, February 14
7 pm
Details on the secret location sent a few days in advance.

1st course
Shrimp and Arugula Salad with Pink Grapefruit, Avocado and Shaved Fennel
2nd course
Choice of:
Chestnut Ravioli with Fontina and Celery Root Puree
Cauliflower Soup with Curry, Marcona Almonds, and Golden Raisins
3rd course
Choice of:
Beef Short Ribs with Broccoli Cream and Horseradish "Styrofoam"
Imam Bayildi (Turkish Stuffed Eggplant) with Rice Pilaf, Pomegranate Molasses and Pinenuts
4th course
Cherry-Chocolate Linzer Tarts with Thai Basil Ice Cream

To reserve your seat, please email me with the number of people in your party, your choices for the 2nd and 3rd courses, and if you have any food restrictions or allergies. Vegetarian and gluten-free diners can be easily accommodated.

2013 Year in Review and a Gift for You!

posted Dec 19, 2013, 5:51 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Dec 19, 2013, 6:59 PM ]

Thanks to all my supporters for making 2013 another great year!

My cocktail classes were more popular than ever, with over 290 attendees in 15 classes. That included a few perennial favorites, like Farm-to-Glass Cocktails and the Classic Martini Lab. But 2013 also saw the premiere of a bunch of new classes on topics such as Absinthe (Visiting the Green Fairy), egg drinks (Flips, Fizzes, Sours and Nogs) and those complex and bittersweet Italian amari (Amaro Amore).  Check out drinks from these classes (and many more) in my holiday gift to you: a pdf book of every recipe from every class in 2013!

After a lengthy hiatus, late 2013 saw the return of TT Supper Club, with a dinner featuring local seasonal food in August, September, October and November. I'm planning to continue hosting TT Supper Club events throughout 2014, kicking off with a special Valentine's Day dinner on February 14. Save the date!

Other fun events from 2013 included:

  • a hands-on Modernist Cuisine class and dinner
  • the cocktail ingredients workshop where participants made their own brandied cherries, grenadine, and other indispensable cocktail ingredients
  • Townie Tiki Tuesday at The Last Word the night before Art Fair started
  • Exploring the intersection of food and thought in Eating Your Values

Look for some of those to return in 2014 as well!

2013 was also a great year for giving back to my community. I donated cocktail class gift certificates and other services to over a dozen organizations. I had especially great times donning my 60s garb to make classic cocktails for Washtenaw Literacy's Mad Men-themed fundraising event, and mixing up "Geezer Gimlet's" for the Twist and Shout dance party for grownups at the Neutral Zone.

In addition to all of my public events, 2013 also see an increasing number of private parties, cocktail classes, bartending, and personal cheffing. Whether it's teaching classes on cocktails or chocolate truffles with Google, or Harry Potter-themed candymaking for a (grownup's) birthday party, or cooking a wine-pairing dinner, I love it when I get to craft a perfect food and drink experience for a group! Maybe 2014 will be the year I can do that for you.

Going, going, gone... my last holiday chocolate sale is now on

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:30 AM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Nov 14, 2013, 8:31 AM ]

My artisanal chocolates were the start of Tammy's Tastings, and now they're back, for a limited time only. This will be my final sale. You can place your order now. Chocolates will be available for shipping or pickup beginning December 1.

The chocolate collection includes four flavors: salty caramel, cardamom, ginger, and pumpkin pie, available in boxes from 2-16 pieces. Plus peppermint marshmallows - perfect for hot chocolate! In addition, I'm offering three kinds of bark:

  •     dark chocolate with dried cherries and pecans
  •     milk chocolate with smoked almonds and bacon
  •     white chocolate with candy canes

Order early - quantities are limited, and when they're gone, they're gone!

December 2 Holiday Cocktails Class

posted Nov 14, 2013, 8:24 AM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Nov 14, 2013, 8:25 AM ]

Join me on December 2 as we discover the secrets to making delicious holiday cocktails. You'll take a stab at crafting your own house champagne cocktail, warm up with hot toddies, mix up some unusual spiced wine drinks, and - of  course - learn all about the secrets of great egg nog. Many of the drinks we'll be making are easy to make ahead for holiday entertaining, so you'll be ready to impress your guests!

As usual, this class will be hands-on with lots of tasting opportunities. Register now for $35, and I'll see you at The Last Word on Monday, December 2 at 7:30 pm!

Celebrate "Haute-sgiving" with Tammy's Tastings

posted Nov 7, 2013, 12:20 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Nov 7, 2013, 12:23 PM ]

I scheduled a TT Supper Club dinner for November 21.  When I realized that it was exactly one week before Thanksgiving, I couldn't help but start thinking of ways I could take those traditional Thanksgiving flavors and turn them into a TT Supper Club-worthy fine dining feast. So on Thursday, November 21, I invite you to join me for "Hautes-giving."

(subject to last minute inspiration and guest food restrictions)

  • Potato Latkes with Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche
  • Butternut Squash Soup with Sunchoke Dumplings
  • Brussels Sprouts Three Ways
  • Turkey Roulade with Chestnut Stuffing, Pommes Puree, Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter-Sage Marshmallows, and Cranberry Gelee (vegetarian alternative available)
  • Pumpkin Sticky Cakes with Hard Cider Caramel Sauce

This should be a really fun dinner, I hope to see you there! The cost is $55 and you can reserve your space by emailing!

Chestnut photo used by permission from Will Cook for Friends, an awesome food blog you should totally check out!

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