Elizabeth M. Williams is founder and president of the
National Food and Beverage Foundation (formerly the Southern Food
and Beverage Institute), a member of the Louisiana Folklife
Commission, and coauthor of The A-Z Encyclopedia of Food
Controversies and the Law and author of New Orleans: A Food
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.
Winner of the James Beard Award for Wine & Spirits, an inductee of the James Beard Foundation's Who's Who of American Food & Beverage, and author of The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail, mixologist Dale DeGroff's enormous influence in the bar world has spanned three decades. He is also a partner in the award-winning bar training program Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) and founding president of the Museum of the American Cocktail.