Who Are We?
Find Out More About the Five Senses Tastings Team
Founder & Chief Event Composer
Kala Maxym is the Founder and Chief Event Composer of Five Senses Tastings, and the Co-founder of the company’s cocktail branch, Song & Tonic. Her varied professional background includes time as a Senior Program Analyst with the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, as a Customer Success Manager at a VC-funded Tech start-up, and as a professional opera singer performing on stages around the world.
Kala was born and raised in Germany and has spent time living in the UK, Spain, Chile, and across the United States. She brings a European sensitivity – and sensibility – to her work as a performer and in the wine tasting events and full-sensory storytelling experiences she composes. She speaks Spanish, German, and French, is WSET Level II Certified with Distinction, and is also a California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS).
Kala lives in Los Angeles with her two Bronx street cats, Ollie and Caspar. Learn more or listen to audio and video clips on Kala’s personal website.
Manager, Growth & Engagement
Alison Mahoney is a multi-faceted performer whose performances have spanned the worlds of musical theatre, opera, and new music. Alison was part of the first national tour of EVITA, the Off Broadway productions of CHURCH, Ragtime, Dream of Love, Hot and Sweet, The Extraordinary Ordinary, and Einstein’s Dreams as well as the opera The Last of Manhattan. As a soloist, she has graced the stages of Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, and The Boston Esplanade. She also toured Italy, which culminated in a performance for the Pope in St Peter’s Basilica. Alison travels the country as a soloist, singing opera’s greatest hits with the Three Waiters International. Aside from her performing, Alison has appeared as the “Singing Baker” on the Food Network show Sweet Genius, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, The Steve Harvey Show, VICE, The New York Post, and the PIX11 Morning Show.
At Five Senses Tastings, Alison supports our client engagement efforts and serves as Kala’s right-hand woman in their growth and outreach efforts.
Naya A. Ford
Social Media & Marketing Manager
Naya A. Ford was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and originally started her content journey by posting singing videos. Over time, she has shifted to making beauty and personal growth content and supports Five Senses Tastings with our social channels on Instagram and TikTok. Naya is also a singer/songwriter. Though she has been singing since the age of seven, she did not study voice as a child and developed her singing voice through mimicking. Two years ago, Naya began to attend singing classes while working with well-known industry teachers and coaches and has performed live at several events in venues across New York City
Naya enjoys a good laugh, believes in the power of resilience (even when we think we’re the only ones, she wants you to know that your experience is not isolated), and channels the support of her community and friendships in her work with her clients.
Meet Our World Class Artists
We are so fortunate to have worked with some of the most amazing musical artists gracing the world’s stages today from flamenco to folk, pop to classical, and so much more. We present musical selections spanning over 500 years – from
Bach to Bon Jovi, we like to say – and each of our events is exquisite in its specificity and joy at bringing the five senses into harmony and beauty with one another.
Our artists have performed around the world for thousands of people, and we are incredibly grateful for their amazing artistry and dedication to our mission.
What Our Clients & Guests Are Saying
“Kala’s creativity with pairing song, story and wine is incredible! I loved her live events pre-Covid, but am so impressed by what she has created with her monthly online events for the Five Senses Tastings club. I always learn more about music at these events and come away with a note pad full of new songs to add to my playlist. Brava!”
Guest at Public Event
“The clients were thrilled! The carefully chosen music, wine and chocolate were delightful and it was so fun to watch everyone unwind together. Kala is extremely detail-oriented and professional. She was quick to make requested changes and made a great, welcoming host.”
“We had an amazing event with Kala and the team at Five Senses Tastings. We’ve been doing a lot of virtual events lately, but this one really stood out as something different and fun. Our customers could not stop raving about it! One of the best afternoons we’ve had in a while!“
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