Steve CraneÂ´s Luau Scorpion -Â Photo courtesyÂ Matt MarcheseÂ akaÂ mr Bali HaiÂ
ItÂ´s soon time for the 10 year anniversary of the Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans and hereÂ´s the first peek at some of the boozy seminars…
The two great fathers of the Tiki craze – we know who they were -Â Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic. But how many knows anything about the third man – Stephen Crane?
Joseph Stephen Crane – Steve to his friends, and â€œHigh Talking Chief Stefoomaâ€ to all his customers at The Luau inÂ Beverly Hills.
Crane opened his first restaurant in the late 1940s, and he also married Hollywood star actress Lana Turner – but he cemented his place in history with the 1953 opening of The Luau on Rodeo Drive and at which he createdÂ new innovativeÂ cocktails and took the food, drinks and decor to another level never seen before -Â the faux tiki/polynesian concept at itÂ´s best.
The LuauÂ became the destination for Hollywood celebrities and was the start of a chain of successful restaurants nationwide.
Join Smugglerâ€™s Cove owner Martin Cate for a rare look back into the amazing world of Steven Crane.
Discover his talent for hospitality, mixology, and business through rarely seen images and artifacts and new interviews with his (and Lana Turnerâ€™s) only child, Cheryl Crane.
Enjoy tastes of The Luauâ€™s famous exotic cocktails while discovering a story so amazing, it could only have happened in Hollywood.â€
Location -Â Fleur de Lis Room, Royal Sonesta – New Orleans – 1:00pm â€” 2:30pm – wednesday july 25th.
See you there!