Floria Woodard, 2005, by Amy Evans Streeter
We just learned that Floria Woodard, better known as Ms. Flo, a bartender at The Court of Two Sisters for more than forty years, passed away on March 16.
Originally from Mississippi and one of the first African American employees at The Court of Two Sisters, Ms. Flo was interviewed in 2005 as part of our Bartenders of New Orleans oral history project. When asked what makes a good bartender, she responded, "Because [when you make a drink,] if you don’t put the love and tenderness in there with that, it’s not going to taste good. So you take your time—I mean, you’re rushing. You’re doing that. But you take your time, and you make it right."
Read more about Ms. Flo and her four decades behind the bar here.
The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society and Crescent City School of Bartending have partnered to create a bartending scholarship in honor of Ms. Flo. The Flo Woodward Memorial Bartending Scholarship will annually select a bartending professional to attend the Bartending/Beverage Management Course, which is a 12-week program taught by Daniel Victory at the Crescent City School of Bartending in New Orleans and valued at $3,000. The New Orleans Culinary and Cultural Preservation Society will begin taking applications for the scholarship shortly. Those interested should contact email@example.com.