Tuesday, October 20, 2009

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First Annual Food Symposium and Literary Feast

This Saturday, October 24, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans is hosting its first annual food symposium. Museum director Liz Williams explains: “...The conference will focus on issues and trends in the culinary arts, memoir, food business, food history, farming and agriculture, restaurant business, and other aspects of food.” The inaugural theme is The World's Fairs in New Orleans and Inventing Creole and Cajun Cuisine.

Presentations cover:
  • The 1884 World’s Fair: Inventing Creole Cuisine;
  • Creole Food and the Works Progress Administration;
  • Creole and Cajun Food Demonstration, sponsored by the Intercontinental Hotel;
  • The 1984 World’s Fair: Reinventing Cajun and Creole Cuisine;
  • Food Writers and the Future of Cuisine.
Presenters include: Liz Williams, Gene Bourg, Susan Tucker, Rien Fertel, Paul Freedman, Sara Roahen, Judy Walker, Pableaux Johnson, and others.

Tale of the Cocktail attendees know that the Southern Food and Beverage Museum shares space with the our own little happy hour shrine, the Museum of the American Cocktail. Others might need a little help finding the place: Riverwalk is so big and the Poydras Street address is a little misleading. The museums are all the way over on the Julia Street entrance, next to the convention center on the upper floor.

Southern Food and Beverage Museum
1 Poydras Street #169
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-569-0405
Fax: 504-587-7944

The cost is $85.00 per person ($75.00 for SoFAB members), with a student discount at $25 and $35. Directions for tickets are on SoFAB's website.


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