John and Allison Anjier (Chairpersons)

Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans, La.  Business and litigation lawyer and adviser practicing primarily in the area of securities regulation, corporate, and business transactions.  Examiner, Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions.  Former president, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.; W (504) 556-4177 - Cell (504) 251-1202.

Adam Fleishman.  

Founder and chief executive officerof the Umami Restaurant Group. Los Angeles, CA.  Among the group’s holdings is Umami Burger, an American restaurant chainthat specializes in gourmet hamburgers with 25  310-480-2366.

Bryant York.  

Associate, Stone Pigman Walther Wittman.  Former bartender now focuses primarily in the areas of litigation, trade regulation and government relation with strong emphasis on beer, wine, spirits, and alcohol beverage Law. (504) 593-0803

Dale DeGroff.

King of Cocktails, New York, NY.  Founder, The Museum of the American Cocktail in New York, NY and noted author and  W (516) 489-0353 - Cell (516) 655-8348.

Dickie Brennan. 

One of the country’s preeminent restaurateurs, he began his career working under Paul Prudhomme at Commander’s Palace. Later opened Palace Café serving as executive chef winning the title of Best New Restaurant from Esquire magazine, among many other awards. In 1998, opened Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse followed by the Bourbon House Seafood and Oyster Bar and then Tableau. (504) 274-1814.

Holly Barrett

Director of Outreach and Adventures, NatFAB.  NewOrleans.  Former hotel manager, corporate sales and marketing executive.  

Lauren Busch.  

Vice President of Operations, Brustman Carrino Public Relations, Miami, FL. Brustman Carrino specializes in high profile culinary and hospitality campaigns; developing innovative publicity, marketing and special event programs for over 30  Cell (305) 573-0658

Liz Williams.  

President, NatFAB, New Orleans, LA.  Founder, President and Director of SoFAB and the NatFAB Institute.  Liz is the author of four books on food and New Orleans culture.  She previously served as President and CEO of the University of New Orleans W (504) 267-7490 - Cell(504) 430-5619.

Lyn Morein.  

Maitre ‘d at Arnaud’s & The French 75 Bar, New Orleans, LA.  Previously with Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, Grand Isle Restaurant, Reginelli’s, and Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Austin, Texas.  Lyn serves on a number of non-profit boards and committees in the New Orleans area.  512.552.2940

Phillip Dobard.  

Vice President of the NatFAB and plays an integral role in all its programs. He serves as Director of The Museum of the American Cocktail and President of Pacific Food & Beverage, NatFAB’s Los Angeles-based West Coast operations.  Cell(504) 251-4739.

Rosemary McIlhenny.  

Community philanthropist, Nashville,  Cell (615) 260-5827

Stephanie Carter.  

Award-winning editor and writer. Current editor of Eater New Orleans (Vox Media). Former publisher and editor of Edible New Orleans magazine. Founding president of Les Dames d’Escoffier New Orleans Chapter. Co-author of A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law. 2016 Legacy Journalism Award Winner. 2017 City Business Woman of the Year. Cell (504) 913-6959.

Tony Abou-Ganim.  

Bartender, Cocktail Writer, and Author; Owner, Modern Mixologist, Las Vegas, NV.  Widely regarded as one of the pioneering and leading bar professionals in the world.  Abou-Ganim has also won three Iron Chef America competitions.  Cell (702) 210-0973