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Jon Taffer Brings Rescue Tour to New Orleans July 17

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Jon Taffer (center) with Spirits on Bourbon owners Steve Smith (left) and Brad Bohannan (right).

Anyone who studied Jon Taffer’s bar rescues knows there is a method to the madness. If numbers are any indicator of success, 77 of 128 bars (including four that were sold to other owners) Taffer rescued are still open, including Spirits on Bourbon.

See: Spirits on Bourbon is Wildly Successful (Video)

And that’s just for the Spike TV show, “Bar Rescue.” His experience goes far beyond the statistics, though. In reality, Taffer has “opened, operated, and conceived” of more than 800 bars in 30 countries. Complies sucha s Hyatt Hotels, Hilton Hotels, TGI Fridays, Subway, Wolfgang Puck Express, Anheuser-Busch, and others have utilized Taffer’s know-how.

“This is what I do,” Taffer says.

Now Taffer is taking his expertise on the road with his Rescue Tour. Starting on July 10 in San Jose and concluding in Long Island, New York on August 24, Taffer will take his tour across America with a series of four-hour keynote seminars on how to be successful in the hospitality industry, particularly in the bar business.

The seminars will cover a range of topics within Taffer’s “bar science” philosophy, enhancing bar food, developing beverage programs, and perfecting guest experiences.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014.

Jon Taffer at Spirits on Bourbon in 2014. Picture by Brad Bohannan.

The tour is intended for anyone who either owns, operates or manages a small business within the hospitality industry. Businesses don’t just include bars, but also restaurants (quick service, casual dining, etc.) and any small business that wants to increase revenues and gain more customers. New entrepreneurs and hospitality business students are also welcome.

Specifically, Taffer will teach his “sales trifecta”, which includes growing new customer traffic, increasing guest frequency, and building guest spend (basically getting people to buy more of your stuff). Also, he’ll give some advice on hiring the right people for your business.

Taffer’s Rescue Tour will be in New Orleans on July 17 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located 2 Poydras Street. Tickets are still available at several price and access levels. Go to www.rescue-tour.com for details. 
10:30 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder check-In begins at Registration Area
11:00 a.m. – VIP Ticket holder Meet & Greet with Jon Taffer promptly begins
11:15 a.m. – General Admission ticket holder’s check-in begins at Registration Area
12:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour Starts
1:30 p.m. – 30 Minute Break
2:00 p.m. – Rescue Tour resumes
3:30 p.m. – Rescue Tour ends

More information about the events and future tour dates can be found at rescuetour.com. Here’s a video of Taffer’s upcoming Rescue Tour:

Jon Taffer’s Rescue Tour from Bjorn Wallman on Vimeo.

And be sure to stop by 615 Bourbon St. before and after the seminar.  You might be able to catch Jon hanging out at Spirits on Bourbon. In any case, at least drop by and hang out for awhile.

Spirits on Bourbon is located at 615 Bourbon Street in New Orleans and is open 24 hours. Follow Spirits on Bourbon on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

-Written by David Minsky-

Spirits on Bourbon…Proud home of Tim Buie’s Piano Entertainers Convention 2017

 Tim Buie’s 2nd Annual Piano Entertainers Convention will converge on the French Quarter at Spirits from March 26-29.

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JOIN DUELING PIANO PLAYERS, GREAT PIANISTS, PIANO BAR OWNERS, AND MORE ON INFAMOUS BOURBON STREET FOR FOUR DAYS OF LIVE PERFORMANCES, MASTERCLASSES AND SEMINARS WITH CELEBRITY SPEAKERS, CELEBRATIONS OF NEW ORLEANS CULTURE AND JAM SESSIONS!

The convention is both an informational and networking opportunity for those in the business. There will be classes, seminars, celebrity speakers and live auditions for those in the business. It’s a great opportunity for musicians, entertainers, club managers, owners, and agents to get together and learn from one another discussing all topics in the field.

Seminars will include classes by

Liberty DeVitto, Billy Joel’s long time Drummer

Bob Baker, #1 Music Guru and Social Media Expert

Dr. Clark Rosen Vocalist Throat Specialist

Marty Richardson Owner/Pianist Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos

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The event will include a Crawfish Boil at Spirits during check in on Sunday as well as a very special charity event. Beginning Sunday at 8pm. Spirits will be open 24 hours for the duration of the convention with DUELING PIANO MUSIC featuring some of the WORLDS MOST ENTERTAINING MUSICIANS playing LIVE at Spirits for 24 hours a day from March 26-29.

In addition to our great staff of musicians at Spirits on Bourbon, performances will include:’l

Billy Joel’s long time drummer Liberty DeVitto,

Dr. Dirty John Valby #1 Comedic and Parody Specialist in the World

Long Island’s own David Clark

Award winning singer/songwriter Chris Foster

Piano Bar Diva Susan Erwin

World Renowned Dueling Pianist Tom Basler

All these great talents and more will converge on Spirits on Bourbon for this 24 hour 4 day event.

Steve Smith, Spirits on Bourbon, “I can’t wait to host the 2017 Piano Entertainer’s Convention.  It’s a great opportunity for musicians from around the world to learn and network with the best in the business. It’ll also be a huge treat for our customers who will reap the benefits of having all this talent under one roof for 4 days. We are going to have great shows 24 hours a day for the entire event. It’s my hope that we can expand this convention into a Festival!!”

Brad Bohannan, Spirits on Bourbon, “With our already great crop of entertainers at Spirits, partnering with Tim Buie and his Piano Entertainer’s Convention was a no brainer. We are so proud of our staff of entertainers and we can’t wait to host this event”

Tim Buie, World Famous Piano Entertainer, “Spirit’s is a a natural host for our 2nd annual event. In the heart of Bourbon St and already with tremendous talent on staff. It’s going to be a great 4 days at Spirits”.

Please Visit PIANO ENTERTAINERS CONVENTION WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS!!!!!

 

 

 

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Spirits on Bourbons Bread Pudding Recipe

          ​             Spirits on Bourbon

                           Bread Pudding 

                          YIELD- 20 orders

 

Ingredients:​​​​1x​​

 

​​2 loaves of French bread

​​2 cups of craisins

​​½ cup of sugar

1 cup of cinnamon

1 qt. of heavy cream

¼ cup of vanilla

1. Read recipe completely. Do not take short cuts – think QUALITY.

2. Gather all ingredients and utensils in a clean workstation.

3. Cut bread into 1 inch slices and put to the side.

4. In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients together except bread.

5. Place bread into wet batter and mix with hands, making sure all bread gets wet. Let stand for 10 minutes.

6. Take 2 baking pans and spry with pan spray, place bread mixture into pans evenly.

7. Bake 15 to 20 minutes turning once until bread is firm, let cool

8. Place 5 oz. of pudding into to go soup cups, 

Spirits on Bourbon’s Has Rasied Over $20,000 for Breast Cancer at Reality Rally

Spirits on Bourbon will be attending Reality Rally  with over 100 Reality TV Stars representing over 30 shows!   

  For the third year, Spirits on Bourbon owners, Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith were invited to Temecula, California to participate in Reality Rally, an annual event that pits reality TV stars against each other in an obstacle course-style race.  

        Reality Rally Promotional Commercial

 The event is organized by Gillian Larson, a contestant from the hit series Survivor: Gabon. Because of Bohannan’s and Smith’s appearance on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue they were invited to attend in April. Other contestants included stars from TV shows such as Big Brother and The Biggest Loser. At this event.  

 This year Brad and Steve have had several raffles and a movie Premier party to raise money for this great event.  

  Together they have raised over $5000 this year and over $20,000 for a three year total for Michelles Place. Michelle’s Place is a Temecula based non-profit that provides support for breast cancer survivors and their families.  
Spirits on Bourbon  is honored to participate in Reality Rally! If you would like to donate under Brad Bohannan or Steve Smith  it’s not to late to help Michelle’s Place.

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Bar Rescue 100 Episodes Party

Spirits on Bourbon was excited to be invited to the Spike Television celebration of the 100th episode of Bar Rescue at STK midtown! The President of Spike TV said some kind words about the show before Jon Taffer spoke to the crowd thanking everyone let them know that with out all the hard work of the production team and show participants the show would never have reached 100 episodes.  

  After the speeches the party ensued led by famous a music great, DJ Lil Jon who’s a rapper, actor, and producer!  

  He played some of his newest mixes and had everyone on their feet! Of course the party featured some of the best Specialty Cocktails. 

  “We felt honored to be included with anything involved with Spike and Jon Taffer,” said Brad Bohannan.  Steve agreed, “It’s nice to see that even after all this time we are considered the most successful episode! It’s truly a family and they always include us!”

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Chef Rob Soper adds his flair to Spirits on Bourbon’s Kitchen

Nothing in Spirits lacks magic and the food is no different. Chef Rob Soper infuses his brand of comfort food magic into the menu offering treats that balance well with the bar’s famous specialty drinks.         Hard work and love of food are part of the menu. Starting in 1980 as a dishwasher of a local restaurant, and acquired the skills that eventually made him a standout chef. Spirit’s menu has been reinvented by Chef Rob with a vision of comfort food meets wild nights of Bourbon.

 Today’s  Menu of comfort foods offer signatures such as are Fried Mac and Cheese with Crawfish Cream Sauce,  

 Alligator Poppers and Cheesy Bacon Bombs along with American favorites such as a Half Pound Hamburger and a Grilled Chicken Sandwich. As any good local restaurant in NOLA we are rather proud of our gumbo here as well. To end on a sweeter note try Chef Rob’s Bread Pudding! 

 Chef Rob has a soft spot for Italian food so personal favorites for him are dishes like baked ziti or lasagna. As for me I have requested a southern favorite, I wish for a Spirit’s Banana Foster. I can dream, right? Either way you have to visit Spirits to see what Chef Rob has in store for us!

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Spirits on Bourbon featured on different TV Show

VH 1 She got Game  

 

VH 1  Tiny and Shekinah’s Weave Trip

 

Esquire Best Bars in America  

 

ABC Extreme Weight Lose  

  
TLC Gypsy Sisters 

  

AXS TV Art Man Presents  

 FYI TV     My City Is Just Not That Into Me
E Caitlyn Jenner I am Cait 

 
Spike TV Bar Rescue Turtle on its Back 

 Spike TV Bar Rescue Hurricane Jon Vs   

                 Hurricane Sandy

Spike TV    Taffer’s Toughest Rescues 

Spike TV  Bar Rescue The Study

Spike TV. Back To The Bar     

 
 

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Edward DeBoire’s Barber Chair

A stop at Spirits on Bourbon isn’t complete without a shot on Edward’s Barber Chair!  
Why a barber chair? Spirits was formerly owned by Edward DeBoire  
who had a rather successful tonsorium business here. Unfortunately, the free flowing drinks and beautiful Creole ladies called to Edward in a most unnatural way!  
He met a rather tragic death at only 33 years of age. It is said that his spirit enjoys our bar. In fact, what is now our stage was where his barber chair stood. It was clear when the stage was erected that Edward did not appreciate having his barber chair removed. To pacify him, we added the Barber Chair to pay homage to Edward in a fun way, that we thought he would appreciate. Hope you enjoy it too! 

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Charles Grant and Spirits on Bourbon Team Up to Feed Hundreds in Need

Charles Grant is a Super Bowl hero and New Orleans Saints legend. Spirits on Bourbon is a French quarter hotspot with philanthropic owners. When the pair teamed up, they created a team that would rival the New Orleans Saints themselves!  

  

 The idea started when Charles Grant wanted to help his community. Founder of SACK Success Foundation, Grant is no stranger to giving back. Given the holidays, his goal was to pass out hundreds of turkeys to families in need. When he reached out to Brad Bohannan and Steve Smith, owners of Spirits on Bourbon, the idea grew into something much larger.

“I thought that Charles Grant was onto something wonderful! But the more we thought about it, I knew that the turkeys would only help someone who had the ability to cook them. Owning a restaurant, it may have been a lot easier to just cook the meal and drop it off at the mission or the homeless shelter.  

 Instead, I thought that I wanted to give them more than a meal. I wanted to give them an experience,” said Brad Bohannan. Steve Smith was on board from the beginning, “I thought it would be wonderful to open the doors to our restaurant, have live music, and make it an experience that they would remember.”

In no time at all, between the three of them had volunteers, donations, and lots of helping hands. Several Saints players put smiles on many faces when they surprised everyone by showing up at the event!  

 A local baseball team, the Château chargers, even volunteered to serve all the food!  

 Charles Grant started the day, with a bowed head blessing to help everyone remember those who are not so lucky during the holiday season. Every age, creed and story passed through the doors of Spirits on Bourbon and were greeted with open arms and a hot meal. 

Today’s efforts served over 200 people in need, and provided over 150 turkeys to families!

“This is just the beginning, giving back is what we should all do. We look forward to growing, and growing these types of opportunities for our local community in need,” vowed Charles grant.