The Southern Food and Beverage Museum, based in New Orleans, is a not for profit museum dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the culture of the staple foods and beverages of the American South. The museum holds exhibits of food-related artifacts that satisfy anyone and everyone's curiosity in a tasteful and unique way. Aside from the exhibits, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum also hosts cooking demonstrations, lectures and food tastings, children's workshops and book signing events.
Set inside the commercial-esque environment of the Riverwalk Marketplace, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is more passion-oriented as it delves deep into the roots of the Southern cuisine - tackling every aspect from traditions to recipes and communities.
Some of its notable exhibits include the Leah Chase Louisiana Gallery, a permanent gallery named after Creole chef Leah Chase that highlights the food and traditions of Louisiana; Corn in America showcases a wide range of corn-shaped items, tackling the history of one of America's most important grains; the Menu Project is a collaborative exhibit involving various restaurant menus where visitors can dissect the similarities and differences of Southern cuisine.
Founded in 2004 by Matt Konigsmark, Gina Warner, and Elizabeth Williams, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum started with an exhibit on the history and influence of New Orleans beverages but on a temporary venue. This exhibit was only to give people a taste of what the museum would be, thereby gaining support and solicitations from interested individuals and organizations. The museum grew and more exhibits came up like the Restaurant Restorative, which is based on the resurgence of restaurants post-Hurricane Katrina.
The museum has since found its home in the Riverwalk Marketplace opening its doors to the public on June 7, 2008. As a testament to its patronage, role and success, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum is relocating to an even larger venue in the historic Central City, New Orleans in 2013. The museum may be hired to host for private events.
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