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Sailor Jerry Root Beer Floats, Weekend Events, More

CALI? Ralph Brennan has been asked to give a speech to the graduating class of the CIA at Greystone in Napa Valley, on August 16, and his own son Patrick Brennan will be among the 48 students receiving their Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry degrees. [Eaterwire]

NOLA? National Rum Day is next Friday, August 16 , and five New Orleans' venues are celebrating with Jerry Floats, root beer floats made with Sailor Jerry and New Orleans Ice Cream. This crazy delicious drink will be available at Mimi's, R Bar, 13, Tracey's and House of Blues at 6 p.m. [Eaterwire]

NOLA? Wondering what else is up this weekend? NolaVie reports on the start of COOLinary month, dining recommendations for Saints preseason, a watermelon eating/seed spitting contest at the French Market, the Red Dress Run, Dirty Linen Night, and more events coming atcha Friday-Sunday. [NolaVie]

Sailor Jerry's BFF, the R Bar [Photo: R Bar/Official Website]