Board of Directors

Adam Fleischman (Chairman), Founder, Umami Burger, Los Angeles, CA

Elizabeth M. Williams (President), President, National Food & Beverage Foundation in New Orleans, LA

John Anjier JD (1st Vice Chairman), Lawyer, Lisko & Lewis in New Orleans, LA

Dale DeGroff (2nd Vice Chairman), Founder, The Museum of the American Cocktail in New York, NY

Tony Abou-Ganim (Secretary), Bartender, Cocktail Writer, and Author; Owner, Modern Mixologist, Las Vegas, NV

Rosemary McIlhenny (Treasurer), Community Philanthropist in Nashville, TN

Andy Anderson, Vice President, Sims Foods, Inc. in Dadeville, AL

Butler Burdine (Immediate Past Chairman), Managing Director, Client Services at PureRED Integrated Marketing in Charlotte, NC

Sheila Crye, Owner, Young Chefs, Inc. in Silver Spring, MD

Vince Hayward, Owner, Camellia Brand in Harahan, LA

Edward Johnston, Retired Executive in Covington, LA

Julia Johnston, Owner, Kitchens for Cooking in Boca Raton, FL

Maria Machita, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Consumer Division, Domino Foods, Inc in Iselin, NJ

Cedd Moses, Founder and Proprietor, 213 Hospitality Group in Los Angeles, CA

Brent Rosen, Director of Business Development, BRG Hospitality in New Orleans, LA

Lauren Busch Singer, Vice President of Operations, Brustman Carrino Public Relations in Miami, FL

Advisory Boards

In addition to the National Food & Beverage Foundation Board, there are several targeted boards for each division.


Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, Cocktail Writer and Historian; Saloonkeeper, Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29, New Orleans, LA

Theodore Breaux, President & Founder, Jade Liqueurs, LLC, Birmingham, AL

Julian Cox, Bartender; Partner, Soigné Group, Los Angeles, CA

Tomas Estes, Co-Creator, Tequila Ocho, London, England, UK

Joshua Goldman, Bartender, Sommelier, Restaurateur; Partner, Soigné Group, Los Angeles, CA

Charles Joly, Co-Founder, Crafthouse Cocktails, Chicago, IL; Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year, 2014

Joe Keeper, Owner, Bar Keeper; Special Curator, The Museum of the American Cocktail, Los Angeles, CA

Cedd Moses, The Proprietor, 213 Spirited Ventures Downtown LA, Los Angeles, CA

Michael Neff, Cocktail, Beverage, and Spirits Consultant, M.J. Neff & Co., Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY

Steven Olson, Owner, aka wine geek; Partner, Beverage Alcohol Resource, New York, NY

Julie Reiner, Bartender, Clover Club, Flatiron Lounge; Owner, Mixtress Consulting, New York, NY

Noah Rothbaum, Author, Writer, and Cocktails & Spirits Expert; Founding Editor,, New York, NY

Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, Cocktail Writer and Author; Senior Editor, Chilled Magazine; Editor-in-Chief, SoFAB Magazine, Valencia, CA


David Bernahl, CEO at Coastal Luxury Management in Los Angeles, CA

Brandon Boudet, Chef/Partner, Little Dom's in Los Angeles, CA

Dickie Brennan, Owner: Dickie Brennan's SteakhousePalace CafeBourbon House in New Orleans, LA

Regina Charboneau, Chef and Owner, Twin Oaks Plantation in Natchez, MS

Chena Dederian, Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing Executive, Bank of America in New York, NY         

Rick Ellis, Food Stylist: Rick Ellis Food in New York City, NY

Randy Ensminger, Owner, Primrose Creek in Little Rock, AR

C. Pat Garner, Professor, University of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham, NC; President (past), Southeast and West Asia Division, The Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, GA

Jim Gossen, Chairman, Sysco Louisiana Seafood; President & CEO, Louisiana Fine Food Companies, Houston, TX

Philip Greene, Lawyer and Author, Former Board Member of MOTAC, in Washington, DC

Jessica Harris, PhD, Professor, Queens College, NY | Cookbook Author & Food Historian

Linton Hopkins, Executive Chef, Restaurant Eugene and Holeman and Finch Public House Atlanta, GA; James Beard Foundation Award 2012

Rebecca Maisel, Vice President, FIN Branding Group, LLC in Mobile, AL

Rex Nelson, President, Arkansas‘ Independent Colleges & Universities and prominent culture blogger (“Rex Nelson‘s Southern Fried“) in Little Rock, Arkansas

Louis Osteen, Retired Chef, Louis’s at Sanford’s, Pawleys Island, SC; James Beard Foundation Award 2004

Donny Rouse, Rouses Markets, New Orleans, LA

Norman Van Aken, Founder/Chef/Partner: Norman’s in Orlando, FL

Andrew Wallace, Senior Policy Adviser to Senator Tom Udall in Washington, DC

Nora Wetzel, Chef-Owner, Educated Palate, LLC, New Orleans, LA

John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library Advisory Board

Nancy Burvant, Branch Manager of the Rosedale Branch, Jefferson Parish Library System in Louisiana 

Angelique Carson, Head of Access Services, Catholic University in Washington, DC