Lolis Eric Elie - SFA Founder
Among our most original foods are those in the Southern United States. And so my hope is to encourage that even further, so that our food is taken seriously as any other food.

Lolis Eric Elie

Lolis Eric Elie

Lolis Eric Elie was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He holds an MA from the Columbia School of Journalism and an MFA from the University of Virginia. Elie was a featured columnist for New Orleans’ Times-Picayune from 1995 to 2009, and his writing has also appeared in the Oxford AmericanThe New York TimesBon Appetit, and Gourmet.

He wrote Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country and edited Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue. More recently he joined the writing staff of HBO’s series Treme, a show that tells the story of the post-Katrina rebuilding and recovery of New Orleans. Elie lives and writes in New Orleans.

Date of interview: October 8, 2004Interviewer: April Grayson, Friend of the SFA