Liz Caskey has been an influential part of the food culture in Santiago, Chile, for the past decade after fleeing the world of Wall Street and high finance to follow her true calling in the realm of food and fine wine. Latin America first seeped into Liz’s blood as a teenager, following a student trip to Costa Rica.
Caskey’s approach to food revolves around authenticity, using only the fresh, healthy local ingredients, taking traditional dishes and applying a new and contemporary twist.
Caskey set out for Santiago, Chile, in 2001, where she gained hands-on experience working the harvest and rolling up her sleeves to help in the kitchens at some of Santiago’s premier restaurants. Subsequently, she teamed up with her Chilean husband, photographer and artist, Francisco Ramirez, to establish Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences, offering custom luxury culinary and wine tours in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Today, Liz is an acknowledged expert on South American food and wines. She and her husband are the author/photographer of South American Cooking, (Globe Pequot Press 2010). Liz also writes the popular blog, Eat Wine, and recently released Eat Wine Santiago, the first English-language culinary online guide to Chile’s capital. Liz and Francisco are currently working on their second book, Pure Chile, a recipe travelogue chronicling Chilean food, wine and culture.
In addition, Liz has been a local consultant and guest on several high-profile TV shows, including Anthony Bourdain’s no Reservations, PBS’ Diary of a Foodie, and on Delta Airlines’ Local Flavor with sommelier, Andrea Robinson. From her state-of-the-art kitchen at her beautiful home in Santiago, Liz also conducts cooking classes and develops recipes.
For more information about this culinary dynamo, check out www.eatwineblog.com.