Dine Wine & Spirit NOLA Drinks July 13 2017

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More

Welcome to The Dine, Wine & Spirits Show NOLADrinks Edition with host, Bryan Dias.

This week, we spent an afternoon and early evening in Houma, Louisiana (about an hour or so southwest of New Orleans) in the home of filmmaker, Mathew Noel. He and his wife Becky hosted us and the gang from Catahoula Hotel, a boutique space that boasts a Pisco-driven bar program and Peruvian food in their restaurant, for a private screening of the film.

Pisco Punch – A Cocktail Comeback Story” debuted a few weeks back at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Matthew and his partner in the project, Alan Kropf, set out to make a film about Pisco and the famed cocktail, the Pisco Punch. The drink was famous in the 19th century and had strong connections to San Francisco. However, the film and story they ended up with turned into something much greater – they touched on the heart and soul of a nation – Peru. The country is the home to Pisco and is synonymous, in many ways, with its culture.

We cover a bit about this unique beverage, how it’s made, where in Peru it’s grown, and more. Nathan Dalton, Food and Beverage Manager at the Catahoula Hotel, guides us through much of this discussion. We talk with Mathew and Nathan further about the movie, how it was made, and the story that was uncovered.

Peru experienced considerable upheaval beginning with the ill-fated agrarian reform of 1968. It resulted in the seizure and removal of many family vineyards that yielded the grapes used to make Pisco, nearly killing off its production. Pisco and Peru continued to suffer through the 80’s with the terrorism and political violence wrought by the Shining Path and others.

However, it isn’t all dark days in Peru. The country is enjoying a revitalization and Pisco is along for the ride. The drink has been at the fore of the modern craft cocktail movement that started in the late 1990’s. The country’s cuisine is enjoying a similar lift around the world. Perhaps most importantly, the pride of the nation and its people has returned. Pisco is emblematic of this phenomenon.

At one point, two Catahoula bartenders, Sam Perez and Tristan Ferchl, join the show and discuss their love of Pisco and more about the bar program at the hotel. We close out this segment, again with Nathan and Matthew, and talk about next steps for the film and how it’s an important documentary to see – not just for those in the bartending/beverage world, but for anyone interested in Peru, history, culture, and politics.

We then talk with Felecia and Scott Mayer regarding their participation leading a seminar and panel discussion on preventing sexual violence in bars and the industry. This is an issue that we discussed on our show on March 2, 2017 with Mark Schettler and Molly Bird of Proof Positive Project who also participated on the panel. Also, joining the panel were an officer of the New Orleans Police Department and a nurse with University Hospital who focus on this area. Felecia, a counselor that specializes in sexual violence, and Scott, Director of Brand Advocacy and Education for Fratelli Branca, discuss the issue, understanding the unique challenges that the bar “space” presents, and things that can be done.


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