Neal Bodenheimer was born and raised in New Orleans. In 2009 he opened his first cocktail bar, Cure, on a flood-damaged stretch of Freret Street. Since then he has opened several more bars in New Orleans, including Cane & Table, Bellocq, Vals, and Dauphine’s, which is in Washington D.C. In 2018 Cure won a James Beard Award for “Best Bar Program.” He is the co-chair of the board of directors for the Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, a leader in the global cocktail community committed to educating, advancing, and supporting the hospitality industry around the world. Emily Timberlake is a writer and editor based out of Oakland, California. Previously an editor at Ten Speed Press, Timberlake acquired and edited 12 James Beard and IACP Cookbook Award winners. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Punch, TASTE, and more.