Elizabeth Pearce is a writer, public speaker, tour guide, and self-described “cocktail historian,” born and raised in a state known for its food. A native of Covington, Louisiana, Pearce earned her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and her master’s degree in education from University of New Orleans, where she perfected her recipe for a great evening: good food, strong drinks, and fun friends.
Pearce is the co-founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, where she designs exhibits about the connections between culture and food. Pearce shares her passion by serving as a contributing columnist to many different publications, including the New Orleans Times-Picayune food section; food and culture journal Gastronomica; Saveur; and Put A Egg On It. She also maintains a regular column called Neat with a Twist in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s blog Okra, where she writes about everything from moonshine to toasting the New Orleans Saints.
A dedicated thespian, Pearce’s enthusiasm for food, drink, and culture has helped her become a gifted public speaker. She has lectured on New Orleans and Southern cooking at the College of Charleston, Savannah State University, Tulane University, and other universities around the country.
Pearce lives in New Orleans, where she combines her love of delicious food and drink with her interest in people by offering guided tours of New Orleans’s favorite and famous watering holes.