Meet Tamu, the mastermind behind Liberate Your Palate, the chicest craft cocktail experience in the Queen City. Liberate Your Palate creates a hands on, professional cocktail class that will leave you feeling like a world class bartender, or at least you’ll be able to make one awesome drink.
Liberate Your Palate Q&A: Tamu
Question: Introduce yourself!
Tamu: Hi, my is Tamu and I am a California native who has been in Charlotte since 2012. Quite a change but the transition to Charlotte has been a wonderful experience.
Question: Why did you decide to open your own business?
Tamu: Charlotte is defintely known has a craft beer town but I saw the craft cocktail scene rapidly expanding as the resturant industry exploded. Being more of dinner and cocktails than a burger and beer type of girl I thought more people should be exposed to the awesome professionals behind the food and beverage scene here in Charlotte.
Question: When did you start your first business?
Tamu: I would have to say, I've always had some type of business on the side. I actually started my career as a Controller in the Entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Being in entertainment I had a lot of creative friends who needed help doing business plans and structuring their talents so they could montetize their careers. I offered consulting services and did business plans. I made a major shift in my career to marketing and it was during this time when I also structured my consulting business to be more marketing and PR than business strategy. I started my first company, Trademarked PR in 2008 and my second company, Liberate Your Palate in 2015.
Question: Which is your favorite craft cocktail and how do you make it?
Tamu: That's a hard question, there is a never ending selection of cocktails to be tried, that's why I enjoy them so much. So let's just say, I'm still having fun tasting my way to my favorite ;-)
Question: What does your brand mean to you?
Tamu: My brand is about providing a unique experience that is designed to expand the five senses. Liberate Your Palate's mission is to expose people to new offerings through their the palate.
Question: If someone were to start to begin the entrepreneurial process, what advice would you give them?
Tamu: The more research you do about your industry, the more prepared you will be and that helps elimnate the fear of jumping into entrepreneurship.
Question: A message for locals?
Tamu: I would say, be open to expanding your circle. There is so much, culture, talent and creativity here in Charlotte and when we embrace our city in that way, that's what will make us a world class city.
Interested in trying out your craft cocktail skills with Liberate Your Palate or just want to try something new? Check out Liberate Your Palate's Shake. Stir. Sip. Socialize public classes here and if you’re looking to plan an epic team outing or private event, you can check out their private event offerings here!