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!

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!

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