Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Matt Ray is one of the Experience Team Leaders at the Sazerac House in New Orleans, Louisiana. As an Experience Team Leader, Ray trains and educates team members, leads virtual and in-person tastings, and guides guests through the Sazerac House. Before joining the Sazerac House, Ray was the beverage director at the Ace Hotel and previously worked for some of the most well-respected bars in New Orleans as a bartender. His skills as an educator were honed during his time as an English and Social Studies teacher for three years at a local high school.
Book-loving volunteers are essential to the Louisiana Book Festival's success. Whether it's escorting authors, guiding visitors, selling refreshments, working with children in the Young Readers Pavilion or other fun and rewarding assignments, the Louisiana Book Festival wants you to join the volunteer team.