Join SoFAB's Director and President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, Liz Williams, for a discussion and celebration of her newest book, Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans. Co-author and world-renowned bartender Chris McMillian will join Liz to share stories from the writing of the book and more.
Lift Your Spirits will be available to purchase in the SoFAB Pantry. Presentation begins at 2 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air. Free with museum admission or purchase of a book.
About the Presenters
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 of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation. Much of her research and writing centers on the legal and policy issues related to food and foodways. Her book, coauthored with Stephanie Jane Carter, The Encyclopedia of Law and Food, was published by Greenwood Publishing in 2011. In 2013 AltaMira published New Orleans: A Food Biography. Her latest book, Lift Your Spirits: A Celebratory History of Cocktail Culture in New Orleans was published by LSU Press spring 2016.
Chris McMillian, a Louisiana native and descendant of four generations of bartenders, was named one of the 25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century by Imbibe magazine and Best Bartender by New Orleans magazine. His passion for bartending has been covered in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, and GQ, among many other publications.