Cocktail Menus and Memorabilia

On June 24th, the Museum of the American Cocktail displayed an exhibit of cocktail menus and memorabilia at the RumFest Rum and Rhythm Celebration, which was part of a larger event, the First Annual Caribbean Tourism Summit.  The Summit was held in the International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., and featured exhibits, cuisine, presentations, seminars, a silent auction, live music and dancing, all with the theme of the islands of the Caribbean, tourism, and trade promotion.  Many Caribbean nations were represented, as were many of their excellent rum producers, including Martinique, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Bermuda, Anguilla, Curacao, and several others.  Several hundred people were in attendance.

Phil Greene represented the Museum with a portion of his menu and memorabilia collection, offering about 35 priceless examples of 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s era menus, booklets, bar guides, matchbooks, coasters, and other memorabilia, including a 1940’s copy of the Trader Vic Bartender’s Guide, a 1941 menu from Don the Beachcomber, two 1930’s menu/booklets from La Floridita in Havana, several items from the Roosevelt Hotel and Pat O’Brien’s in New Orleans, and many, many others.  Phil plans to incorporate several items from his collection into the live exhibit in New Orleans, as well as make all of them available for viewing as part of a virtual exhibit on the Museum’s Web site.

Phil’s participation in the Carribean Tourism Summit was courtesy of Dori Bryant and The Polished Palate™ (www.PolishedPalate.com), which did a tremendous job in staging the successful RumFest Rum and Rhythm Festival.

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