Karl Franz Williams
Karl is the master mixologist and partner behind Solomon & Kuff’s Rum Hall---a 5,000-square-foot pan-Caribbean restaurant, rum bar, and lounge in West Harlem. A Yale graduate, Karl’s experience in the beverage industry includes 10 years in the marketing, brand management, operations, and innovation departments of Procter & Gamble and Pepsi-Cola North America. While working at Pepsi in innovation and searching for inspiration for new beverage concepts, Karl started working with top mixologists in NYC. Karl left Pepsi in early 2008 and opened 67 Orange Street to critical acclaim, receiving strong reviews from the "New York Times" and many others. In fall 2016, Karl reopened the iconic Anchor Bar in New Haven, with cocktails inspired by port cities around the world. Following his talk, Karl will perform a mixology demonstration and tasting. These lectures are free for current ICE students; $15 for alumni; and $40 for the general public.