Liz Caskey and Francisco Ramírez met in 2001, founded LCCWE in 2004, got married in 2007, and welcomed their first daughter, Micaela, in 2014. Together, they have been traveling, eating and drinking along the way to discover life and culture in different parts of the world. They focus their research on the marvelous Southern Cone where they run a boutique outfitter in Santiago, Chile, also their home.
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.
A native of Santiago, Chile, at the age of eight, Francisco’s family moved to the wine country near the city of Talca (300 kilometers south of the capital), Here, he enjoyed country life until he turned 18 and 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 made an independent art career in the Chilean and International Contemporary Art Circuit and participated in various group and individual exhibitions with his signature series Cabecitas, SUV and Highlight.
Francisco also works as a professional photographer on food, wine, and travel articles for international media like American Airlines, Sherman’s Travel, Forbes, LAN Airlines, Martha Stewart among others. He also is the photographer and visual editor of the LCCWE website and blog. Liz & Francisco published their first cookbook together, Knack South American Cooking, in the United States in 2010.