De Kuyper has announced that Salvatore Calabrese will host this year’s The Works bartending workshops, set to take place across Australia’s capital cities in mid- to late-August.
Calabrese – also known as The Maestro – is one of the world’s leading and most respected bartenders. His career spans more than 40 years in hospitality, beginning in Maiori on Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
He holds the record of creating the oldest cocktail in history and the world’s most expensive cocktail. Original creator of the world-famous Breakfast Martini and the Ultimate Dry Martini, Calabrese is also the undisputed thought leader of the cocktail and food pairing trend.
“I am very excited to be visiting Australia for the first time and look forward to sharing my love and passion for the art of bartending with the local hospitality community,” said Calabrese.
Along the way, The Maestro has also found the time to write 13 books. His first book, entitled Classic Cocktails, has sold over a million copies, and The Complete Home Bartenders’ Guide (2002) has sold over 600,000 copies, with a revision in 2012 to include 50 new recipes.
His other titles include After-Dinner Drinks, Summer Cocktails and Cocktails by Flavor. His latest book published in April 2015 is a re-write of his 1997 best seller Classic Cocktails.
“De Kuyper is determined to be the key ingredient partner of great cocktails in bars and homes alike, so we partner with the best the world has to offer to develop creativity and inspiration in cocktail makers,” said Pete Hollands, De Kuyper Brand Ambassador for Australia.
“Bringing a living legend such as Salvatore Calabrese to Australia to feature the ‘After Dinner Cocktails’ trend is a dream come true and I’m sure he will add value to all attendees alike.”
2019 marks the fifth edition of De Kuyper The Works in Australia, with Calabrese set to follow in the footsteps of previous hosts and event partners Dale De Groff, Jeff ‘BeachBum’ Berry, Alex Kratena and Nicolas St. Jean.
This year will also mark the first time that Adelaide plays hosts to The Works, with the schedule for 2019 expanding to include South Australia due to popular demand.
While venues are still TBA, see below for the De Kuyper The Works schedule for 2019:
- Perth – Sunday 18 August
- Adelaide – Tuesday 20 August
- Brisbane – Thursday 22 August
- Melbourne – Sunday 25 August
- Sydney – Tuesday 27 August
Bartenders from the Northern Territory and Tasmania won’t miss out either; Bacardi-Martini encourages bartenders from these states to talk to their local sales representative to discuss how they could win a trip to Adelaide or Melbourne to take part in The Works.
Calabrese’s presentation for The Works will also be filmed and shared for all bartenders across the country to view.