Growing up in an energetic family in Massachusetts with an Italian father from Long Island and a Midwestern mother, Laura Bellucci’s upbringing was a lively mixture of Marinara Sauce, excited yelling, and sneaking out of church early. Her grandmother and parents all had a powerful influence in her love of the culinary world, teaching her every recipe in their lexicon.
After a couple of years in ice cream and bagel shops, Laura found an apprenticeship with the head pastry chef of the Black Dog Co. on Martha’s Vineyard, where she learned to truly respect the genuine patience and dedication it takes to succeed in the food and beverage industry. She found her first home at Flash’s Cocktails, a funky, retro regulars’ bar in Boston’s blustery downtown. She quickly made her way behind the bar, continuing to work weekends while pursuing a Writing, Literature and Publishing degree at Emerson College. 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 the city of 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. Still craving the boisterous character of a “down town,” she sought out SoBou in February 2015, and her adventures in the French Quarter truly began. She has come to roost at this quirky, modern Creole saloon, exploring and experimenting in an environment that fosters sophisticated yet unpretentious creativity.
With a literary backbone and a flare for the culinary, what Laura loves to do, above all else, is create; and this applies to every aspect of life - from cocktails, to poems, to menus, to new relationships, to a surprising and memorable guest experience. Laura sees the bar as a place to escape the orderliness of life and cocktails as vehicles to transport its sipper away from the mundane.