Bartenders, drinks authors, liquor marketers and cocktail enthusiasts gather in New Orleans this week for Tales of the Cocktail, and as part of the annual celebration of all things distilled, many will take a seat for special Spirited Dinners on Thursday, July 22. Local chefs work with guests from the liquor business during these festive meals, which feature a different cocktail pairing with each course. This year's line-up includes 25 restaurants, and from Thursday to Saturday, July 24, five restaurants also will host Spirited Luncheons. Reservations are required. Menus and details are online at www.talesofthecocktail.com.