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Neal Bodenheimer

Cure, Cane & Table, and Bellocq
New Orleans
Born in New Orleans, Bodenheimer began working in a bar at age 18. After graduating from theUniversity of Texas at Austin, he embarked on a year- long trip around the world with a focus on exploring food and beverage traditions. Hungry to get back to the states and start working, Bodenheimer moved to New York City where he worked for Steve Hanson’s B.R. Guest Corporation and Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality during his six years in NYC. After Hurricane Katrina, Bodenheimer felt the call back home to New Orleans; where he opened the craft cocktail bar, CURE in 2009, which has been nationally and internationally recognized as one of the Best cocktail bars in New Orleans, in country and in 2014 was named one of the 50 Best Bars in the World by Drinks International.

In January of 2012, Bodenheimer and his partners opened Bellocq at The Hotel Modern in New Orleans. Bellocq, an exploration of 19th century drinks with a focus on aromatized and fortified wines, was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Bars in America in 2012 and Esquire’s Best Bars in America in 2013.

In late fall of 2012 Bodenheimer and his partners purchased an existing bar and restaurant in the historic Vieux Carre in New Orleans which developed into a new restaurant project, Cane & Table. With a focus on rum and proto-tiki cocktails and Caribbean culinary traditions, the restaurant and bar opened in July of 2013. In a little over a year, Cane & Table has been named one of the 5 Best Cocktail Bars in America by Bon Appetit, named one of the Best Bars in America by Food & Wine, Esquire Television, Eater.com, Thrillist.com and one of the Best New Bars in the South by Garden & Gun and Southern Living.

National Visibility: FOOD & WINE, GQ, ESQUIRE, PLAYBOY, Tales of the Cocktail Awards, Bon Appetit, Garden & Gun, Wall Street Journal, New York Times. The Washington Post, LA Times, Southern Living, Cooking Light. Four-Time James Beard Foundation “Best Bar Program” Semi-Finalist.

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