Liz Caskey founded Liz Caskey Culinary & Wine Experiences with her husband, Francisco Ramírez, in 2004. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, this former Wall Street investment banker has been an influential part of the food culture in Santiago, Chile for over a decade since she jumped ship from the world of finance to follow her passion for food and wine. She first ran her own catering operation before attending sommelier school and after, shifting into their present travel business. Liz published Knack South American Cooking (Globe Pequot Press, July 2010) along with Francisco Ramirez as photographer. Liz has worked as the chef and culinary ambassador in the US market for Chilean biodynamic and organic winery, Emiliana Orgánico, and has participated in festivals like the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and Epcot Center’s Food & Wine Festival as a guest chef. Liz has also appeared on and off camera in TV productions with Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations for its Chile episode along with hosting PBS/Gourmet Magazine’s, The Diary of a Foodie.
Francisco Ramírez founded Liz Caskey Culinary and Wine Experiences in 2004 with his wife, Liz Caskey. A native of Santiago, Chile, Francisco spent his childhood in the wine country near the city of Talca (300 kilometers south of the capital). He returned to Santiago to study Fine Arts at the University of Chile, graduating in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in painting. As a visual artist, Francisco has more than a decade with a successful independent art career in both the Chilean and International Contemporary Art Circuit. He has participated in various group and individual exhibitions including his signature series, Cabecitas. In his third individual show, he launched a new series of work, The SUV, at the Die Ecke Gallery in Santiago during May-June 2008. Francisco also freelances as a professional photographer on food, wine, and travel articles for esteemed international publications like Celebrated Living (American Airlines), Sherman’s Travel, LAN Airlines’ IN Magazine, Placeres magazine, among others. He also was the talented photographer for their first cookbook, Knack South American Cooking, to debut in the United States in July 2010.