Natalie Bovis, NMCC Founder and Event Producer: Ms. Bovis developed a deep appreciation for the culinary arts while growing up in Santa Fe which led to positions in some of Los Angeles’ top catering and events companies in the 1990s. Later, while a Restaurant Publicist in Washington DC, she became fascinated with the study of spirits and historical cocktails – aka: “Mixology” – which led to launching TheLiquidMuse.com in 2006. The Liquid Muse was quickly recognized in national media, including: Washington Post, Marie Claire, Everyday With Rachael Ray, US Weekly, USA Today, People, Martha Stewart Radio, E! Entertainment, Platinum Babies TV, among others. As a Spokesperson for beverage brands, Natalie has appeared dozens of TV shows, nationwide, and her signature cocktails have been served at celebrity events from the Playboy Mansion in L.A. to Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ball in Washington DC. Bovis authored three cocktails books, teaches at mixology events around the U.S., consults for liquor brands, conducts spirits trainings for staff. She is the co-creator of award-winning, certified organic OM Organic Mixology Liqueurs, now in 6 states, including New Mexico. Finally settled back home in Santa Fe, she fosters New Mexico’s cocktail culture with The Liquid Muse Cocktail Club events, her Kiss My Glass column in the Santa Fe Reporter, and is paving educational, business and community-building opportunities with New Mexico Cocktails & Culture. Ms. Bovis is the Vice President of United States Bartenders’ Guild, New Mexico chapter, the annual host of the Spirited Awards Winners Video at Tales of the Cocktail, and Co-Founder of Mind Body Spirits wellness program for hospitality professionals. In her free time, she is an enthusiastic home chef, avid traveler, hiker, writer, and animal welfare advocate.
Layla Linn, Corporate Mixologist / Account Development Specialist: An Albuquerque native, Ms. Linn has been working as a beverage professional with over 20 years of hands on experience ~10 years in the restaurant and bar industry working behind the bar, as Beverage Manager, as well as General Manager roles, and now over 10 years within the Supplier Role as Market Manager and most currently, within Alliance Beverage Distributing Company as the Corporate Mixologist and Account Development Specialist. Layla has attended the renowned Beverage Alcohol Resource Program (BAR) and is B.A.R. certified. While studying the history of Spirits, Layla also went through numerous blind tastings as well as identifying and creating drink lists to match account needs. She has also traveled extensively across the world learning the history, allure, distilling process and utilization of all spirits, with a special passion for Tequila. Layla is a beverage expert who teaches Mixology seminars to both industry professionals & bar staff trainings, to Progressive Mixology seminars at exclusive resorts, and In-Home Mixology classes at accounts such as BevMo and Total Wine for beginners with the passion to entertain. Layla serves on the board for Arizona Cocktail Week and is also Advisor for the Phoenix Chapter of the USBG (United States Bartenders Guild). She also serves on the Arizona Restaurant Association Foodist Awards Nominations Guild, is a C.R.T Trained Tequila Expert and a Judge for multiple competitions throughout the country, including Diageo World Class.
Cynthia Delgado, Tourism Santa Fe: A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ms. Delgado is the Director of Marketing for TOURISM Santa Fe responsible for advertising, social media, public relations, email marketing, SantaFe.org website and the annual Santa Fe guide. Before this Cynthia was the owner of Pinnacle Consulting, a marketing consulting company. Pinnacle Consulting provided public relations, marketing strategies, community outreach, presentation development and marketing research for nonprofit and for-profit companies. She is a past Board member of Presbyterian Health Service and currently sits on the International Fork Art Market Advisory Board, and National Dance Institute of New Mexico Board. In addition, to Board positions she also sits on the Lensic, Communications Committee; Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, External Relations Committee; and the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Committee. Ms. Delgado enjoys skiing, cooking, traveling, gardening and exploring Northern New Mexico.
Cheryl Alters Jamison, cookbook author, radio host: Ms. Jamison is among the nation’s most lauded writers, with four James Beard book awards and numerous other honors to her credit. She, and late husband, Bill penned enough books on food and travel to endow a small library, all the while traveling the globe in search of great meals and adventure. Their dozen+ books cover broadly the subjects of outdoor cooking and American home cooking, and are noted for their depth of research and cultural background. Cheryl and Bill’s classic Smoke & Spice, on real American barbecue, has sold over a million copies. Nothing thrills Cheryl more though than living in New Mexico, and she’s written about it for publications such as Saveur, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit and in books including The Border Cookbook, The 50th Anniversary Rancho De Chimayó Cookbook, American Home Cooking, and Tasting New Mexico: Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Distinctive Home Cooking. Most recently, she collaborated with Chef Martín Rios on The Restaurant Martín Cookbook. Cheryl was culinary editor for New Mexico Magazine, where she remains a contributor. She has consulted with the New Mexico Tourism Department too, where she developed the cuisine section for newmexico.org and worked on culinary initiatives such as the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and Culinary Treasures Trail. Cheryl teaches cooking classes internationally, and often at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. She has instructed Matt Lauer to make French toast, Al Roker how to grill chicken, and Bobby Flay how to make a New Mexican breakfast. She is a three-decade resident of the village of Tesuque, where she raises a small flock of chickens with out-sized personalities and all hues of eggs. Thanksgiving is her favorite holiday, though she likes any excuse for a party. Cheryl is always—always—excited about food. She digs into the food world’s hottest topics weekly as host of Heatin’ It Up on KVSF radio, 101.5, The Voice of Santa Fe.
Beth Caldarello, Film Festival, TV and Film Producer: Ms. Caldarello has worked in festival operations in various capacities for the past 7 years. Most recently she held the title of Festival Producer for The American Film Institute’s, AFI FEST. Prior to that she has held various management positions at Telluride Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival and Cinevegas. Beth’s experience has ranged from working in the television industry on such shows as ER and Nip/Tuck, managing a fine art photography gallery in Los Angeles, to producing films. She Co-Produced the short film AASHPORDHA (Audacity) that played the festival circuit winning the Audience Award at Indian Film Festival Los Angeles and Assoc. Produced the documentary film SEMBENE! that was in International Competition at Sundance Film Festival and was invited to Cannes as well as multiple other prestigious film festivals. She currently resides in Santa Fe, NM, serves on the Advisory Board for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival and is working as a freelance producer and consultant for film festivals and movies.
Andrea Murphy, General Manager, Jinja: A native Santa Fean who has enjoyed 29+ years in the hospitality industry, Ms. Murphy proclaims, “I started at the age of 15 and fell in love with the business. The second longest relationship in my life is with my husband who I have been with for 24 years, lucky for me both relationships are still going strong!” Murphy has been the General Manager of Jinja Bar & Bistro in Santa Fe since October 2012. A Santa Fe favorite hangout for locals, Murphy was a loyal customer long before leading the team. Prior to working at Jinja, she spent over a decade as the Food & Beverage Director/Event Coordinator at the Santa Fe Country Club. She was the Silent Auction Coordinator for NMCC 2015, and returns this year as a member of the Advisory Board. Murphy adds, “Being part of our Community means everything to me; both personally and professionally. It is for that reason that I am proud to be included on the Advisory Board of the New Mexico Cocktails & Culture event. I look forward to assisting in making this a staple event for the Food & Beverage Community in New Mexico.”
Chef John “Johnny Vee” Vollertsen : director and creator of The Las Cosas Cooking School in Santa Fe, New Mexico- now celebrating its 17th year under his direction. John’s career in the hospitality industry has taken him from New York, through Sydney, Australia, and finally Santa Fe. He has taught cooking for over 20 years and enjoys a second career in food writing as a regular columnist for Su Casa Magazine and The New Mexican seasonal magazines, and as Dining & Food Editor for The Santa Fean magazine. John has hosted a Food Radio talk show called “Bits and Bites with Johnny Vee” on 1260 AM-KTRC. He regularly participates in food events around the country including a recent stint at the Palm Springs Modernism Week where he and Victoria Price, daughter of Vincent Price, presented a seminar called, “Those Fabulous Foods of the 50’s and 60’s”. His first cookbook Cooking with Johnny Vee has just come out in its 2nd edition in hardcover with enhanced fonts. John is also a “Super Chef” mentor for the Cooking with Kids program in local elementary schools. John also mentors teenagers through the Teen Access program, an offshoot of the Teen Shelter USA.
Laura Rebecca Shields, Managing Editor SantaFe.com: Ms. Shields is a celebratant of Santa Fe’s foodie scene and revels in spirited drink. This “good time Charlotte” eats up and drinks in the town’s exotic venues with the coolest movers and shakers. Currently an Account Executive and Creative at THE magazine, Laura’s creative talents have led her through careers in journalism, jewelry design, real estate and finance, and launching a digital business. In her free time, she enjoys staying fit and keeping time with her teenage girls.
Kate Kennedy, Small Business Owner & City Council Nominee: A born-and-raised Santa Fean, Ms. Kennedy came home after university in Miami to enjoy a life and a career in her hometown. Today, she is a partner in Skylight, a music and entertainment venue right off the plaza. She is involved in the community through the Santa Fe Prom Closet, Santa Fe Prep Alumni Board, the NM Cocktails & Culture Advisory Board, and serves as the co-vice chair for the Nighttime Economy Taskforce. She is currently running for City Council, District One.
Dana Luttrell, NMCC Volunteer Coordinator: Ms. Luttrell is an Albuquerque native, has been a restaurant veteran since the age of 16, and has been bartending for 35 years. She was a key team member opening five restaurants, two major hotels and the Albuquerque Convention Center. She came to Santa Fe in 1990, where she has held several positions, including ten years at Tiny’s. Dana also placed in the “Bar Wars” Mixology Competition for the Santa Fe Harvest Festival in November 2011.