Thursday, March 27, 2008

Where we're always talkin' about food....

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will move into its new home at the Riverwalk Marketplace in New Orleans, with a grand opening gala on Sat., June 7.

The site is within easy reach of the French Quarter. Rivewalk Marketplace is a few blocks south of the Quarter. Take the Riverfront Streetcar line to get to and from the historic district.

The museum, which was founded in 2004, is dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and related culture of the South. Since its inception, the museum has contributed to national culinary scholarship by launching the Menu Project, a collection of menus from throughout the South and menus from restaurants serving southern food throughout the U.S. and the world, and through its exhibits, "Toast of New Orleans," "Tout de Sweet - All about Sugar," and "Restaurant/Restorative."

"The South offers this country's best defined food culture," says Dickie Brennan, the newly elected chairman of the museum and NOLA restaurateur. "We need a museum to pay homage to our rich food and beverage traditions. Celebrating these traditions in New Orleans just makes sense, and SoFAB will be a great addition to the museums in this city."

Opening exhibits include "Laissez Faire-Savoir Fare," the cuisine of Louisiana and New Orleans, "Eating in the White House - America's Food," featuring the food in the White House with an emphasis on the kitchens and chefs, "Wish You Were Here," a private collection of postcards depicting African-Americans and food which has never before been displayed, and more.

The museum will feature a gift shop called the SoFAB store and a Tasting Room where tastings related to exhibits will be held. The Tasting Room will also lend itself to demonstrations, lectures, books signings and other special events.