Karl Franz William

Cocktail Name: Orange is the New Black

By Karl Franz William

Directed and Filmed by Valarie Wong. Photography by David Libespere.

About Karl Franz Williams

Karl Franz graduated from Yale University with a degree in electrical engineering, eventually shifting his electricity to hospitality where he is now a nationally recognized restaurateur. He began his career as a corporate marketer for the likes of Procter and Gamble and Pepsi. His stint in corporate was well recognized; he won key industry awards (both a Reggie and an Effie award) and has also been honored as one of FOX Business’s Young Guns, by Black Enterprise Magazine, and was the Wallpaper* City Guide New York Insider for 2012.

A passion which started in conversation while working on an innovation project at Pepsi, ultimately led Karl to pursue opening cocktail lounges, eventually hitting his own mark and style, inspired by lost stories of African American culinary history and culture. 67 Orange street, opened in 2008 in Harlem and is the address of the Almack’s Dance Hall, a legendary iconic bar and dance spot in NYC.

Karl’s family hails from the stunning Caribbean Island of St. Vincent. With the desire to celebrate this heritage and the Caribbean’s great spirit – RUM, Karl then opened Solomon & Kuff’s Rum Hall – a 5000 square foot pan-Caribbean restaurant, rum bar, and lounge – located in the Manhattanville Factory District of West Harlem.

In July 2016, Karl re-imagined the iconic New Haven Anchor Bar and Restaurant. Specializing in craft cocktails, the menu is pan-Caribbean. The New Haven Chamber of Commerce has recognized the Anchor for its creative concoctions and awarded the kitchen teams its Best Savory Dish Award.

Karl is a proud resident of Harlem, NYC and a founding member of Harlem Park to Park, a neighborhood merchant association formed to help more local businesses succeed. He is also a board member of the NY Hospitality Alliance and serves as an advisor to the NY Alliance Against Sexual Violence. His hobbies include snowboarding, hiking, martial arts, and music. He has designed cocktails for the Yale Club of NY, JC Penney, D’USSE Cognac, and many other clients. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc

This one-of-a-kind culinary tour features five local chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs from local farmers in a friendly competition for a cause. After dual guest|judge vote, the winner is crowned the "Princess|Prince of Pork" and advances to the Grand Cochon finale. The 9-city Tour kicks off in Febraury, connecting quality-driven diners with family farmers, chefs, winemakers, restaurateurs, brewers, and distillers while contributing to a local charity. Learn from a local buther while they breakdown a whole hog, and take home some cuts with the proceeds benefiting a local culinary school.



25+ bites from our 5 competing chefs

VIP Oyster Bar [VIP Ticket Only]

Artisan Cheese Bar with Jasper Hill Farm and Cabot Creamery

Charcuterie with Les Trois Petit Cochon

Porky Bite with Pigs & Pinot

Sweet Ending with Swine & Sweets
and more...



Welcome Cocktail by El Tesoro

Somm Smackdown

Whiskey 5

Bloody Mary Bar by Wheatley Vodka

Old Fashioned Bar by Buffalo Trace

Pigs & Pinot with Patz & Hall

Refresh with some LaCroix
and more...