Say New Orleans to people and they immediately think of a few things. Until recently those thoughts would always include food, drink, and good times at the top of the list. Depending on who you listen to New Orleans is either home to the only original cuisine in America or a waste land of laurel resting, terrible food producing restaurants(and if you are listening to Alan Richmond, my apologies to your ears). Regardless of your opinion you will soon be able to receive an educated look at the food and beverage customs of the South when the Southern Food and Beverage Museum opens next week where Julia meets the River.
A museum on food and booze and the cultures they beget or get begetted from seems like a no-brainer, especially in the South. Luckily, the South lacks the puritanical dread that other parts of the country seem to focus on when one combines delicious food, good drink, and good times. Mr. Bourdain said it best when he said, "Good food and good wine does lead to sex. And that is the way it is supposed to be." Southerners and New Orleanians (they are wholly seperate) enjoy good food and good drink. Now a museum will explore that relationship.
To celebrate the opening of the Southern Food and Beverage (SOFAB*) Museum a party (naturally what did you expect a lecture?) will be held next Thursday from 7-9 pm at the above location. Tickets are $60 and include food from not just New Orleans restaurants, but also some of the South's best known eateries. Some great spots on that list. Ohhh and booze, a good amount of it. I am in; Peter is in; Pope? Anyone else?
I hate to sound all civic booster-ey. But go to this. Its a Thursday night for crying out loud. You can be home, in bed, drunk, full, content and sound asleep by 9:15.
*I can't decide if I think the name SOFAB is hip or the worst thing I have ever heard. It sounds at the same time like a Manhattan Night Club owned by Sofia Coppola and Antonio Banderas, a skin condition which requires Blue Star ointment, and something we have all been called at one point in our lives.