New Orleans Branch
Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas has partnered with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (New Orleans) to open Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Louisiana.
On Monday, February 10, 2020, Southern Food and Beverage Museum president Brent Rosen and museum founder Liz Williams joined Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas director Alessia Paolicchi for the inauguration of the chamber’s new Louisiana office in New Orleans.
Based in Houston and ranked the number-one office in the U.S. (and number-five worldwide), the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas focuses primarily on food and wine, oil and gas, interior design, and manufacturing sectors.
The new office is led by the museum’s founder, Liz Williams, an Italian-American renowned for her work as a food historian and chronicler of southern foodways and mixology. She was lucky to be born into a family of Sicilian heritage in New Orleans, and is a founder of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum and President of the National Food & Beverage Foundation. Much of her research and writing centers on issues related to the culture of food and drink in New Orleans. She also writes and consults about food museums.
Opening of an office in New Orleans is part of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas' plans to expand its efforts in building community and ties between Italian companies operating in Texas and Louisiana and local businesses and business leaders in both states.
“Based on our success in Texas,” says Italy-America Chamber of Commerce Texas director Alessia Paolicchi, “it was only natural that we would look to our neighbor to the east. For more than two years, we’ve already been working with Louisiana-based companies, especially when it comes to the food and wine industry.”
“Like the Italian Consul General in Houston,” adds deputy director Maurizio Gamberucci, “our office also covers Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. By opening an office in Louisiana, we will be able to better serve Italian-focused businesses in those states as well.”