Tales of the Toddy used to be a December tradition where patrons could buy tickets and sample holiday spirits and cocktails while hobnobbing with suppliers and industry professionals. But under the new leadership team of Solomon Group, Gary Solomon, Gary Solomon Jr, Neal Bodenheimer, and Caroline Rosen as Executive Director, they decided to use one of their signature events to promote their new multi-level event space on the corner of Camp and Common Streets in the CBD.
The space, formerly known as Pigeon & Prince, was owned and operated by the Besh Restaurant Group. Solomon Group recently announced the takeover of the space and plans to use it for special events including restaurant and bar pop ups as well as a new home for some of the signature Tales of the Cocktail events. The lovely grey building includes four stories of event space, partitioned into spacious rooms with beautiful hardwood floors, exposed brick, and ornate chandeliers throughout. The rooftop patio overlooks the bustling Central Business District and offers panoramic views of the neighborhood.
The big difference about this year’s Tales of the Toddy is that is wasn’t open to the public. Instead, Rosen saw it as “an opportunity to give back to the cocktail community.” The guest list included local bartenders like Star Hodgson and Paul Gustings, as well as Mattias Dylan Horseman, National Brand Ambassador for Hendricks Gin who was serving up some tasty cocktails. Each room had multiple bars sponsored by brands like Makers Mark, Don Julio and Hendricks, while a fantastic barbecue feast was provided by the chefs at Marjie’s Grill.
For those in attendance, it was a great opportunity to meet the team behind the new Tales of the Cocktail Foundation. If this event was an indication of their renewed commitment to our local industry professionals, then they’re certainly off to a good start.