New Cocktail Classes Announced for Toledo and Tecumseh

posted Jan 15, 2015, 2:51 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Jan 15, 2015, 2:55 PM ]

I'm excited to announce that we've finalized dates for cocktail classes at the Paula Brown Shop in Toledo and Evans Street Station in Tecumseh!

Evans Street Station
Friday, February 6, 7 pm: Along the Bourbon Trail - come on out for a rare Friday night cocktail class and enjoy sampling one of the quintessential American spirits!

Tuesday, March 3, 7 pm: Spring Break Cocktails - tour the tropics in your glass. Prizes awarded for tropical attire.

Note that you can order food from the regular menu during the Evans Street Station classes. But for an even better experience, consider coming early or staying late for dinner!

Paula Brown Shop
Tuesday, February 3, 6 pm: Stirred, Not Shaken - learn why James Bond was wrong!

Tuesday, March 10, 6 pm: Tale of 3 Whisk(e)ys - explore three of the world's greatest whiskey styles - Scotch, bourbon and rye.

Tuesday, April 14, 6 pm: Better with Bubbles - The only thing better than a glass of champagne is a cocktail with champagne!

Visit the registration page for full details and to buy your tickets!

TT Supper Club - January 23

posted Jan 14, 2015, 5:53 AM by Tammy Coxen

I'm now accepting reservations for the next version of my pop-up dinner series. $60 gets you 6 courses of innovative, delicious, and seasonal food, with an emphasis on locally grown products. Yes, local is a bit of a stretch in January, but you'll be amazed at what our local farmers are able to provide, even now! To reserve your seat, email me with the number of people in your party and any allergies or food restrictions. Dinner starts at 7 pm, and you'll get information on the menu and location a few days beforehand. You'll dine at a communal table with some of the Ann Arbor area's most fascinating people! Here's what some recent diners have had to say:

The food was matched only by the company. Superb!

We had a wonderful evening.  The food was amazing and the company was delightful.

It was a great night out.  Thanks for preparing a delicious dinner.

2014 Year in Review and a Gift for You!

posted Dec 19, 2014, 6:04 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Dec 19, 2014, 7:22 PM ]

2014 was Tammy's Tastings best year yet! Thank you for your support!

Interest in my cocktail classes continues to grow - 2014 saw 24 public classes across four locations for over 500 attendees! That included perennial favorites like Along the Bourbon Trail and Farm-to-Glass cocktails, but also a whole bunch of new classes, like Viva Vermouth, Equal Parts, and the Manhattan Lab. In addition to my public classes, I taught five private cocktail classes and had three TT Supper Club dinner, four private bartending and/or catering gigs, one chocolate tasting and one modernist cuisine demo. Maybe 2015 will be the year that I create a unique food and drink experience especially for you? Email me to discuss your special event!

In other highlights... Even though I didn't win, I was thrilled that my Washington's Cherry cocktail recipe was one of just twelve finalists in the Slow Food Speakeasy cocktail contest. And I'm really honored that Tammy's Tastings was featured in the Ann Arbor News' ultimate gift guide for the Ann Arbor area. Plus I got a great new logo and work is underway for a brand new website for 2015, that will feature a much improved event registration system!

As a thank you, I've published my traditional end of the year cocktail recipe collection. This year, rather than including only the recipes from the 2014 classes, it includes everything from 2011 through 2014. That's 40 pages of great cocktail recipes just in time for your holiday entertaining.

Have a very happy holiday season, a joyous and safe New Year's Eve, and I look forward to seeing you in 2015.

2015 Cocktail Classes Announced (and sale on 3-class passes!)

posted Dec 10, 2014, 5:48 PM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Dec 10, 2014, 6:06 PM ]

Classes at The Last Word are now posted for the first 3 months of 2015. I think you'll find a nice mix of old standbys and brand new topics! I'm really excited about the January 12 class - Sour Power! We pay a lot of attention to the spirits that we put into our cocktails, but the non-alcoholic ingredients are possibly even more important. This class will give the same focus to citrus juices that past classes have given to gin or bourbon or rum.

Here's a list of what you can look forward to! Full descriptions and ticket purchase are here.
January 12 - Sour Power
January 26 - All About Bitters
February 9 - Sherry and Port
February 23 - Spring Break Cocktails
March 9 - Crafting with Vodka
March 23 - Flips, Fizzes, Sours & Nogs

In honor of the new classes being posted, and the upcoming holiday season, I'm putting 3-class passes on sale for $110 (regularly $120) until December 24. You'll save a full $25 over the cost of purchasing classes individually, so buy now and save! You can decide on the classes when you purchase the pass, or use it on an ad-hoc basis.

November events - Apple Tasting, Supper Club, and Cocktail Classes

posted Oct 27, 2014, 10:39 AM by Tammy Coxen   [ updated Nov 6, 2014, 2:07 PM ]

There's something for everyone this November! Visit the registration page to sign up for one of these delicious food and drink experiences!

November 3 - Year Round Gin cocktail class at The Last Word - taste different styles of gin and learn a variety of cocktails to make with this eminently mixable spirit. $45

November 11 - Apple & Cheddar Tasting at Juicy Kitchen - taste a wide array of apples, from standard grocery store varieties to unusual heirlooms, and some cheddars to go along with them. $25

November 17 - Better with Bubbles cocktail class at The Last Word - get ready for holiday entertaining as you learn a variety of champagne cocktails to delight your guests. $45

November 18 - Festive Fall Cocktails at the Paula Brown Shop - visit my newest cocktail class venue in Toledo and learn some great cocktails for Thanksgiving and beyond that highlight seasonal flavors. $45

November 22 - TT Supper Club - enjoy six courses of local and seasonal cuisine at this pop up dinner. Email to reserve your spaces.

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!

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