Tales of the Cocktail descends on New Orleans.. The city will be buzzing and you can go their website: https://talesofthecocktail.org and find events and parties to attend. The Foundation is the global leader in spirits education and a platform to tackle issues facing the industry. The pillars of the Foundation are to Educate, Advance and Support the hospitality industry through programs that benefit individuals and organizations in the community and to make lasting impact in communities that host our events.
The three people running this foundation are impressive:
Gary Solomon Jr.
A native of New Orleans, Gary Solomon, Jr. has led the development and production of several of the country’s most popular events and attractions. He serves as the Consulting Producer for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in New Orleans, and was responsible for striking the deal to feature the nationally televised broadcast’s first-ever Central Time Zone countdown. Gary also co-developed the historic Civic Theatre in New Orleans, transforming the city’s oldest theater into a modern, flexible, high-tech event venue. As President and Co-Founder of Solomon Group, he has served as Executive Producer for major events for the past four years.
Neal Bodenheimer is the owner, bartender and restaurateur behind Cure Co., which is comprised of acclaimed bars, Cure and Cane & Table, in New Orleans. A New Orleans native, when Hurricane Katrina hit, Bodenheimer felt the call of New Orleans. He opened Cure in 2009, which quickly gained national recognition as a pioneer of the New Orleans’ craft cocktail movement. Cure received the coveted nod for the James Beard Foundation Awards “Outstanding Bar Program,” in 2018.
Caroline’s career in the hospitality industry began with Mountain Valley Spring Water in 2009, where she served as a Marketing Director, with a focus on national accounts and sponsorships. Five years later, Caroline became a partner at Matter Creative Studio, a full-service brand consultancy. In 2015, Caroline was hired to be the Executive Director of the John Besh Foundation. In that role, she furthered New Orleans’ culinary community by providing scholarships to culinary school for qualified minority applicants and by providing micro-loans to farmers in the New Orleans region. Caroline left the Besh Foundation in November, 2017 and went on to accept her current role as Executive Director of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation.