The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit living history museum dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. We open our first exhibit on the history and influence of New Orleans beverages in June, 2004 at a temporary location in New Orleans. Our goal in opening the temporary space is to give the public a taste of what we hope to create as we build support and solicit donations for a permanent home. While based in New Orleans, the Museum will examine and celebrate all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. It will bring all races and ethnicities to the table to tell the tale, from the farmer and the homemaker to the line cook and the celebrity chef. And it will be fun, with tastings and other food-centered events that capture the essence of Southern foodways.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum will celebrate, interpret, investigate, entertain and preserve. A collaboration of many, the Museum will allow foodies of all stripes – Southerners and non-Southerners, locals and tourists, academics and food industry insiders -- to pull up their chairs and dig into the food and drink of the South.