The Southern Food & Beverage Museum welcomes Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez and Bar Master Laura Bellucci, both of SoBou, for a cooking and cocktail demonstration. One of the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, SoBou brings together an all-star team to create delicious New Orleans-influenced dishes and stellar cocktails.
The program begins at 1 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, samples are first come first serve. Free with museum admission.
About the Chefs
Chef Gonzales was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gonzalez began his culinary career as an apprentice under Chef Eric Ripert of New York City’s revered Le Bernardin. In 2000, Gonzalez relocated to New Orleans to work for Commander’s Palace under the late Chef Jamie Shannon. Gonzalez continued his career at Commander’s Palace for the next five years, eventually working his way up to sous chef under current Executive Chef Tory McPhail. In 2012 he became executive chef for SoBou, the newest addition to the expanding Brennan family restaurant group. His menu reflects his upbringing and culinary training, combined with the flair of New Orleans street food and Louisiana’s freshest ingredients.
Laura Belluci, a native of Massachusetts, began her career at Flash’s Cocktails, a funky, retro regulars’ bar in Boston’s blustery downtown. Finally fed up with Boston winter, she left Flash’s for a 50-day road trip to 15 different cities. Those travels led her to New Orleans. Her first job was at Victory bar, crafting drinks with an equal focus on balanced recipes and fresh ingredients and learning to tailor each drink to the imbiber’s tastes. Later, she joined the Booty's Street Food team, exploring international ingredients to surprise and intrigue the palate. She was then offered a bar management position at Apolline, where she directed a program based on excellent service and elegant libations, served up beside some of Magazine Street's best food in an intimate, fine dining atmosphere. She joined SoBou in February 2015 and sees the bar as a place to escape the orderliness of life and cocktails as vehicles to bring delight, to transport its sipper away from the mundane. Laura’s work has won her recognition with Restaurant Hospitality’s Best Gin Cocktail in America, Nightclub & Bar’s Bartender of the Month, FSR Magazine’s Restaurant Stars on the Rise, and Judge’s Choice at the Museum of the American Cocktail’s State of the Art cocktail competition.