Board of Directors

Butler Burdine (Chairman), Consultant in New Orleans, LA

Edward Johnston (Immediate Past Chairman), Retired Executive in Covington, LA

Elizabeth M. Williams (President), President, SoFAB in New Orleans, LA

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

Adam Fleischman (Treasurer), Co-founder and Managing Director, AdVantage Restaurant Partners, Los Angeles, CA

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

Jeanette Bell, Owner, Fleur D’Eden Community Garden in New Orleans, LA

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

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

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

Dale DeGroff, Founder, Museum of the American Cocktail in New York, NY

Rosemary Dinkins, Community Philanthropist in Nashville, TN

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

Vince Hayward, Owner, Camellia Brand in Harahan, LA

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

Matt Konigsmark, Vice President, Marketing, KontrolFreek, Atlanta, GA

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

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.


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

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

Adam Seger, Mixologist, iPic Entertainment; Creator, US-WOOBAR Singapore; Founder, HUM Spirits LLC, Chicago, IL

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


John Besh, Chef, Besh Restaurant Group, New Orleans, LA; James Beard Foundation Award 2006

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

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

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

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