Neal Bodenheimer

New Orleans, LA CURECane & Table

Born in New Orleans, Bodenheimer began working in a bar at age 18. After graduating from the University 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 the country and in 2014, was named one of the 50 Best Bars in the World by Drinks International. Cure has been a James Beard Foundation’s “Best Bar Program” semi-finalist in 2013, 2014 and a finalist in 2016.

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. Unfortunately, the Hotel Modern was sold during the summer of 2016, so Bellocq was retired.

In late fall of 2012, Bodenheimer and his partners purchased an existing bar and restaurant in the historic Vieux Carre of New Orleans which developed into a new restaurant project, Cane & Table. With a focus on rum, proto-tiki cocktails and Caribbean culinary traditions, the restaurant and bar opened in July of 2013. In just a few years, Cane & Table has been named one of the 5 Best Cocktail Bars in America by Bon Appétit, 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. Cane & Table also garnered a semi-finalist nomination for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Bar Program” in 2015.

Just this summer, Bodenheimer and his team opened a small neighborhood restaurant called, Cafe Henri in the up and coming Bywater area of New Orleans. Named after his father, Cafe Henri seeks to bring back the classic New Orleans neighborhood restaurants of his father’s day that have been rapidly disappearing from the modern culinary landscape.

Accolades & Publications

  • James Beard Foundation – Outstanding Bar Program semi-finalist (CURE, 2013, 2014) & (Cane & Table, 2015), Outstanding Bar Program nominee (CURE, 2016)
  • Bon Appétit – 5 Best Cocktail Bars in America (Cane & Table, 2015)
  • Garden & Gun – Best New Bars in the South (2014)
  • Drinks International – 50 Best Bars in the World (CURE, 2014)
  • Esquire – Best Bars in America (Bellocq, 2013)
  • FOOD & WINE – Best New Bars in America (Bellocq, 2012)

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