Award-winning cocktail maven Abigail Gullo of Compère Lapin in New Orleans and drinks historian Elizabeth Pearce have recently launched Drink & Learn – a podcast focused on booze history and culture, with a little drinking advice thrown in for good measure. Available on the Nitty Grits Network, the media division of non-profit organization National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), Drink & Learn is a fun-filled exploration of cocktail culture with witty conversation, tips and recipes.

The Drink & Learn podcast is not merely for industry professionals. Instead, Pearce and Gullo use their considerable knowledge and talent to make the vast world of cocktails and spirits accessible and fun for even the novice drinker. Their mix of history, practical suggestions and humor ensure that the listener leaves each episode with a new appreciation for America’s rich drinking ethos. Best way to learn, ever.

Abigail Gullo first started making cocktails at the age of 7 for her beloved grandfather. She has poured pints in Dublin and mixed Manhattans in New York and now swirls Sazeracs in the Crescent City, at Chef Nina Compton’s award-winning restaurant Compère Lapin. Gullo’s original cocktails have been recognized in numerous national and international competitions. She has been featured in The New York Times, Imbibe, Garden & Gun, Punch among others.  Eater Nola named Gullo “Bartender of the Year” in 2014 and she was Heaven Hill Brands Bartender of the Year 2016 and will be representing the United States in the Global Nikka Perfect Serve competition in Athens, Greece in November 2018. When not behind the bar at Compère Lapin, Abigail occasionally posts at www.ryegirlnyc.blogspot.com, but she is more likely petting her dogs Ronnie and the Bandit by the pool and dreaming of singing in a Rock-n-Roll band.

Drinks Historian Elizabeth Pearce is the founder of  Drink & Learn which offers tours and presentations telling the story of the United States through iconic beverages. Pearce is the author of the book Drink Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Best Cocktail Bars, Dives, & Speakeasies and co-author of the French Quarter Drinking Companion, a narrative guide to 100 bars in the French Quarter. She is the Drinks Curator of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and the Education Specialist for the Sazerac Liquor Company. Pearce has been honored by New Orleans Magazine as a “2017 Person to Watch.”  She likes her desk messy and her whiskey neat.

The Drink & Learn podcast is available on the Nitty Grits Network; iTunes; and other podcast platforms.

Interviews available upon request.

Media contacts:
Lauren Busch/Anabel Mendez/Gita Shonek
Brustman Carrino Public Relations

The National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural enterprise. It documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. Because everyone eats, all aspects of food and drink—culture and geography, anthropology and history, economics and politics, law and policy, media and the arts, science and technology—reveal the state of the world. NatFAB, home to the Southern Food & Beverage MuseumThe Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC)Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary LibraryNitty Grits Network, and the National Culinary Heritage Register, is among the nation's most comprehensive cultural institutions studying food and drink.

For more information, visit natfab.org.