President & Director
National Food & Beverage Foundation
Always fascinated by the way the lure of nutmeg and peppercorns motivated the exploration of the world, Liz Williams was lucky to be born into a family of Sicilian heritage in New Orleans. She grew up eating in two great food traditions. She is a founder and President & CEO of the National Food & Beverage Foundation which includes the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, the Museum of the American Cocktail, Pacific Food & Beverage Museum, and the Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library. Much of her research and writing centers on the legal, policy and cultural issues related to food and foodways. She co-authored with Stephanie Jane Carter, The Encyclopedia of Law and Food. In 2013 AltaMira published New Orleans: A Food Biography which has been selected as the One Book, One New Orleans book for 2018. In 2016 her book, co-authored with Chris McMillian, Lift Your Spirits, was published by LSU Press. She is working on a book about Creole Italians right now.
A graduate of Louisiana State University (BA, English) and Louisiana State University Law Center (JD) Williams has served in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate General (JAG). She has practiced law in Washington, DC and Louisiana. She has written many articles for a variety of magazines and journals, has served as a judge in many cooking competitions, and has consulted internationally on the food of the New Orleans area. Travel is an excuse to eat in new places.