About Tales of the Cocktail Foundation

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is an non-profit organization that educates, advances and supports the global hospitality industry and creates lasting impact in our host communities. Tales of the Cocktail 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.


MISSION STATEMENT

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is an non-profit organization that educates, advances and supports the global hospitality industry and creates lasting impact in our host communities.


CORE VALUES

Tales of the Cocktail 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, Support and Advance the hospitality industry through programs that benefit individuals and organizations in the community and to make lasting impact in communities that host our events.

EDUCATE -

We believe in the power of education to advance the hospitality industry. Programs connect the community to the knowledge of industry leaders and innovators via seminars about spirits history and new craft techniques, business training, an online knowledgebase, access to emerging and industry-leading products, and direct mentorship that can change career trajectory and lives.

ADVANCE -

We are a platform for thought leadership and development of standards around key issues facing our industry. Woven throughout our programs are professional networking and community building opportunities to better connect our diverse, global community. We accelerate the growth of the spirits industry through forward-thinking partnerships and mentorship programs, such as the Cocktail Apprentice Program, to develop the next generation of industry leaders.

SUPPORT -

We create lasting impact in the communities we serve through financial and promotional support programs geared to individuals, organizations and communities that define the history and future of the industry and in those cities that host our events. We provide direct resources in areas such as education, healthcare, addiction, sustainability and advancement of diversity. Through our support programs, the Foundation will support those who are the catalyst at the forefront of defining industry standards and of the advancement of our craft.

Tales of the Cocktail

Founded in 2002, Tales of the Cocktail® has grown from an annual walking tour of historic New Orleans cocktail bars, into the world’s premier cocktail festival. Each year the international bar and spirits industry is welcomed to New Orleans for a week of seminars, tastings, networking and special events. With hundreds of opportunities developed specifically for bartenders, distillers and other bar and spirits professionals, Tales of the Cocktail is the industry’s annual meeting place for the exchanging of new ideas, products and techniques. In addition, Tales of the Cocktail also produces Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour, manages the Tales 365 membership program, and publishes bartender-focused educational content year-round on TalesoftheCocktail.org.

Tales on Tour!

Following successful stops in Vancouver, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City, Tales of the Cocktail® on Tour is taking its show on the road once again, this time to one of the most history-rich cities in the world, Edinburgh, Scotland. This five-day festival will feature renowned bartenders sharing their insights at a series of educational seminars by day as we dive into Edinburgh's longstanding cocktail scene by night. Join us in Edinburgh, Scotland in Spring 2018 to get a taste of what Tales of the Cocktail is all about in a city you’ll never forget.

Tales 365

Tales 365 is a membership program from Tales of the Cocktail that gives spirits professionals from around the world discounts and early access to Tales event tickets. Membership includes ongoing special offers from some of the best barware product producers in the world.

Leadership Team

Neal Bodenheimer, Board of Directors Co-chair; Gary Solomon, Jr., Board of Directors Co-Chair; and Caroline Nabors Rosen, Executive Director. TOTCF Leadership Team: Neal Bodenheimer, Board of Directors Co-chair; Gary Solomon, Jr., Board of Directors Co-Chair; and Caroline Nabors Rosen, Executive Director.

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 that include the College Football Playoff, ESSENCE Festival, and Katrina 10. Under his leadership, the entertainment design, production and management firm has been listed on the Inc. 5000 as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies for the past four years. Solomon Group creates eye-catching audience experiences for sports leagues and global brands including the NFL (Super Bowl, Draft), NBA (All-Star Weekend), NCAA (Men’s Final Four), NHL (upcoming All-Star Weekend), SXSW and more. He has also overseen the creation of jaw-dropping exhibits and interactive environments for George Washington’s Mount Vernon, The National WWII Museum and the upcoming Sazerac House currently underway. Gary was named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious “30 Under 30: World’s Coolest Young Entrepreneurs” list, and has been featured in The Atlantic, SUCCESS Magazine, Forbes and USA Today. Gary currently serves on the board of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and is the past-Chair of The NOCCA Institute. Since 2011, Gary and Solomon Group have been a part of Tales of the Cocktail and provided production services for the Spirited Awards as well as major brand activations for the world’s premier cocktail festival.

Neal Bodenheimer

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, Bodenheimer discovered his passion for the beverage industry early, when he started working in a bar at 18-years old. He later went on to graduate from the University of Texas at Austin and embarked on a year-long trip around the world to explore global food and beverage traditions. Hungry to get back to the states and start working, Bodenheimer moved to New York where he invested six years working his way up the industry for respected restaurant groups including Steve Hanson’s B.R. Guest Corporation and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality.
When Hurricane Katrina hit, Bodenheimer felt the call back home to New Orleans. He opened Cure in 2009, which quickly gained national recognition as a pioneer of the New Orleans’ craft cocktail movement. Cure was named one of “America’s Best Bars” by Esquire, listed as one of the “Best Cocktail Bars in the U.S.” by Food & Wine, and hailed among New Orleans’ best cocktail bars by Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, USA Today, Thrillist and Coveteur.
In 2012, Bodenheimer and his partners purchased an existing bar and restaurant in the historic Vieux Carre of New Orleans which they developed into a new bar and restaurant project, Cane & Table. With a focus on rum, proto-tiki cocktails and Caribbean culinary traditions, the establishment opened in 2013. Since then, Cane & Table has been named one of the “Five Best New Cocktail Bars in America.” by Bon Appétit, cited as one of the best bars in America by Food & Wine, Esquire Network, Eater, and THRILLIST and one of the best new bars in the South by Garden & Gun and Southern Living. Cane & Table also garnered a coveted semi-finalist nomination for the James Beard Foundation Awards’ “Outstanding Bar Program” in 2015. Bodenheimer and partner, Kirk Estopinal, continue to oversee the operations of Cure + Cane and Table.
Cure received the coveted nod for the James Beard Foundation Awards “Outstanding Bar Program,” in 2018. In the same year, Bodenheimer partnered with the Solomon family to take ownership of the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, the beverage industry’s premier cocktail and spirits festival and non-profit.

Caroline Nabors Rosen

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. This role allowed Caroline to develop deep relationships with chefs, food brands, and numerous publications as she created events, community partnerships, and fundraising opportunities for the Foundation. 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. In her present role, Caroline serves on the leadership team of the new Foundation, shaping its global suite of events and forming new philanthropic initiatives and grants programming. Caroline is very active in New Orleans and the wider Southeast community in numerous ways. She was named a 2016 “Person Changing the South” by Southern Living magazine and served on the board of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Caroline currently serves on the Board of Directors of Young Leadership and is the Vice President of the New Orleans chapter of the Les Dames d’Escoffier.


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